Help! September is so, so hectic—I need an extra boost to get through my busy day.

For additional oomph, try adding 1 Tbs. of maca root powder to your morning smoothie, oatmeal or yogurt daily. This Peruvian superfood is what homeopathic health experts call an adaptogen—a metabolic regulator that boosts the body’s ability to resist, respond to, and recover from stress. It works by optimizing the body’s output of key hormones like cortisol, insulin and estrogen. Many of my clients say this gives them the burst of energy they need during hectic times—plus improves their mood and bolsters their sex drive.

It’s also worth noting that maca root can be especially beneficial for women going through Perimenopause and menopause. That’s because it short-circuits the estrogen fluctuations that trigger symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes and night sweats. In fact, in a study published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science, women who took maca root experienced an 84 percent reduction in menopausal symptoms compare with those taking placebo.

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