If you have persistent weight gain, excess weight around your belly, low libido, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, poor sleep patterns, digestion problems, or cravings…you may have a hormonal imbalance. In addition to exploring medications or herbs, there are foods you can consume to naturally balance your hormones.

(Note: many of these symptoms can be related to other health problems, and it is best to consult a qualified functional medicine or naturopathic physician if you suspect your hormones, or health, are out of balance.)

Here are some great examples of hormone-balancing foods and herbs and what they are used for:

Spirulina

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Contains high amounts of the nutrients calcium, magnesium and potassium. These can help reduce PMS symptoms.

Bee Pollen

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Provides protein, B vitamins and folic acid. These can help balance blood sugar, weight and mood and the blood sugar balancing hormones.

Cod Liver Oil

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This has been taken by most European and Nordic countries for centuries. It contains high levels of vitamins A and D and Omega-3. This will help fight inflammation, bloating, and mood problems.

Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry)

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This medicinal herb is specifically known for women’s health in order to help the body raise progesterone levels. This is helpful to alleviate PMS symptoms, fatigue, skin disorders, mood disorders, bloating and sleeplessness. Can be found in tincture, capsule, or tea form.

Red Maca

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This is a root vegetable, most often sold in powder or capsule form, although we feel powder is best as you need ~ 2 tablespoons/day, from South America and is very high in calcium, potassium, iron, fiber and protein. It is said to help regulate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which stimulate hormone secretion. This can help with PMS and menopause symptoms. (Note: women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) should not take this as it may have testosterone-boosting effects)

Kale

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Another reason to include this trendy veggie in your diet! It is chock-full of fiber and antioxidants, vitamins A, K, B6 and C, as well as minerals manganese, copper and calcium. This will help reduce mood swings, cramps and bloating.

Healthy Fats

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Avocado, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, oh my! These help us absorb and use the nutrients we need and help regulate hormone production.

These foods are great to add into a well-balanced diet. Along with improved stress management, sleep, physical activity and digestive health, you will be on the road to naturally balancing your hormones and health in no time!

 

Yours in Health,

Kelsey

Bastyr University Student Intern

 

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