Do you sense your hormones going haywire? Are you a victim of mood swings, irregular menstruation, unexplained unhappiness and weight fluctuations? Well, you need to get your hormones in control. Hormones are vital chemical messengers that affect our overall health. Hormones like estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin are secreted by many important glands and organs like thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas which work together to control the level of hormones flowing through the body, and if any of them is imbalanced it can lead to major health issues. This results in people resorting to synthetic hormone replacement therapies, birth control pills, insulin injections, thyroid medications which eventually makes them dependent on the drugs for the rest of their lives. Sadly, the medications only mask the lifestyle disease instead of solving it hence it leads to irregularities in other areas of the body. This is not all, it may often also lead to serious side effects such as stroke, osteoporosis, anxiety, reproductive problems, cancer etc. Folks, if you are suffering from hormonal imbalance there are natural ways to balance your hormones via herbs, proper lifestyle and food.
If you have hormone imbalances your body could be harmed by the following:
- Infertility and irregular periods
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Depression and anxiety
- Low libido or drive
- Changes in appetite
- Digestive or gut health problems
- Unexplained Hair loss and hair thinning
- Endometriosis and reproductive issues
- Nerve damage
- Eyesight Issues
Herbs To Boost Hormone Health
It has been used for centuries by people for fertility, hormonal balance, libido, immune system and endurance. This herb works and adapts to each body’s circumstances and balances hormones depending on the needs. If a person is producing too much or too little of a hormone, it will either increase the deficient hormone or decreasing the body’s production of the profuse hormone besides acting as a regulator it checks to not get out of control. This herb is not just for women, men benefit greatly from it.
2. Red Raspberry Leaf
Just like a tea, this is a nutrient dense power packed herb, strengthens the uterine, rich source of vitamins like C and minerals, helps increase fertility in both men and women, prevents miscarriage or hemorrhage, and helps decrease heavy blood flow and painful menstrual cramps. This one is ideal for hormonal health.
3. Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex
This herb is a famous hit for hormone regulation. Helps in treating endometriosis, infertility, PMS, preventing miscarriage, menopausal symptoms, regulates menstrual cycle. It works to help naturally balance the body’s hormones and regulating the pituitary gland because if this is not balanced it may throw off the balance of the other glands.
4. Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is one of the best liver cleansing herbs, a healthy liver is important for hormone balance and toxic removal. If you liver’s not in the pink of health, with surplus estrogen and lack of progesterone due to it, excess estrogens get filtered out of the body through the liver. So if the liver is choked, stagnant the body cannot eliminate these excess estrogens and they re-enter the body and lead to further hormonal imbalance and disruption.
This beautiful herb typically strengthens the nerves, calms the body, strengthens the blood, stabilizes moods, strengthens digestion, soothes stomach, balances the endocrine system and hormone producing glands, benefits the hair, skin, and nails, cholesterol lowering, and improves heart health.
Eat Healthy Fats – You can keep your hormones in check by including varied fats to create hormones, these essential fats are essential building blocks for hormone production, they keep inflammation levels low, boost metabolism and promote weight loss. Anti-inflammatory, healthy fats are coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter and wild-caught salmon. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and turn to matcha green tea.
Nutritionist Shipra Samanta says, ‘Eat organic as much as possible and befriend fresh seafood. Reduce stress and sleep well to balance hormones. Avoid chemicals at home like pesticides, plastic, household cleaners, or mattresses and beauty products with disrupting chemicals all these things keep the body from producing real hormones. Get enough Vitamin D and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Indulge in balancing exercises like walking, swimming, cycling. As far as herbs are concerned, we would recommend Indian herb Ashwagandha aka Withania somnifera, helps the endocrine system, a balancing effect on the adrenal glands and the thyroid. People with thyroid have got help as it reduces stress, improves blood circulation, prevents premature, aphrodisiac. Also American ginseng is another, although it has a milder work compared to the Chinese ginseng, it helps the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal maintaining hormonal balance.’