Keeping hormones in balance, when being a woman, is a sticky activity. Throughout the female lifespan, many women endure symptoms related to excessive estrogen, especially PMS. Hormone adjustments around pregnancy and menopause can also create comfort challenges as well. There are a few key approaches and supplements that can help women reach the ultimate goal of hormonal-balance.According to Dr. Lauire Steelsmith, ND, LAc, and author of “Growing Younger Everyday”, too much estrogen at the wrong time can cause hormonal disruption. A good workout and diet, can also help the liver detox your body, including estrogen.
Vegetables related to cabbage help the liver break down estrogen. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, contain compounds like indole-3-carbinol that convert unfriendly forms of estrogen to friendly. Beets and dandelion tea are also good to increase your liver function. Dandelion is an herb known to assist your liver to produce bile, according to Dr. Steelsmith.As far as supplements go, Dr. Steelsmith likes like vitamin B6. It helps the liver breakdown estrogen and also acts like a natural diuretic. Therefore B6, can aid in enhancing mood, by activating serotonin which is one of our brain’s “feel good” chemicals.
According to Dr. Steelsmith, increasing the body’s ability to produce progesterone is another good way to keep hormonal balance. Chasteberry is an herb that can increase progesterone and relieve PMS Symptoms.
New mothers are at the mercy of hormonal inequality, after they deliver. It could take several months for balance to be restored. Mood swings and headaches are symptoms a new mother experiences, during this imbalance. Skin conditions such as acne also can develop.
Increasing your fiber intake helps rebuild hormonal balance by enhancing estrogen excretion. Furthermore most women don’t eat the necessary amount of 25 grams a day. You should increase your fiber over a couple of weeks. Any sudden surge of fiber intake, can consequently lead to gas and bloating.
Since the liver processes hormones, we need to keep it in top shape. Milk thistle is a good herb for a well running liver. The compound slymarin is also considered responsible for the herb’s detox power.
PMS, mood swings and headaches are all common symptoms due to hormonal imbalances. Menopause brings an end to the PMS symptoms and a host of new discomforts. Hot flashes, headaches, muscle aches, and weight gain are just a few of the troubling symptoms associated with menopause.Hot flashes create a lot of displeasure for women around menopause. There is an herb from Peru called Maca. This herb offers promise for the hot flash sufferer. Maca has also been linked to female hormone balance in the Andes region for centuries. A scientific review concluded that this herb showed favorable treatment for reducing hot flashes.
Pycnogenol, is an extract from the bark of French maritime pine trees, rich in antioxidants. This extract may also help with symptoms associated with perimenopause. A study of 170 women taking 30 mg of Pycnogenol twice a day for three months, experienced fewer hot flashes and better sleep. Other research on postmenopausal women, experienced a reduction in hot flashes, irritability, vaginal dryness and their sleep also improved.
Perimenopausal women who intake a good amount of omega-3 fattay acid DHA, appear to be at lower risk of receiving hot flashes or less severe. These results are scene after using omega-3s for four months or longer.
“Effect of Low-Dose French Maritime Pine Bark Extract on Climacteric Syndrome in 170 Perimenopausal Women: A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial” by T. Kohama and M. Negami, J Reprod Med, 2013
“Herbal Preparations for the Menopause: Beyond Isoflavones and Black Cohosh” by H.T. Depypere and F.H. Com-haire, Maturitas, 2/14
“Omega 3 Versus Isofavones in the Control of Vasomotor Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women” by S. Palacios et al., Gynecol Endocrinal. 2017
Personal communication: Laurie Steelsmith Interviewer: Victoria Dolby Towes, 3/18
“Supplementation with Pycnogenol Improves Signs and Symptoms of Menopausal Transition” by S. Errichi et al., Panminerva Med, 2011