Natural Remedies to Balance your Hormones

Considering natural remedies to balance your hormones is a good option if things are a little out of balance. An intricate relationship occurs between the differing female hormones in our body and to conceive these hormones need to be working in perfect balance with one another. On occasions this perfect balance can become a little out of kilter and mean that we are not able to conceive so easily. Acupuncture is fabulous at balancing hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle, however there are other natural ways you can help yourself too.

Low oestrogen levels

Oestrogen deficiency most commonly occurs in older women in the years leading up to the menopause. However a low body weight or undertaking excessive exercise may also impact. Symptoms can include irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flushes, night sweats, dry skin, anxiety, depression, insomnia and lack of concentration.
How you can help by considering natural remedies to balance your hormones …….
• Introduce phyto-oestrogens into your diet. These can be found in soya, oats and hops and in green veg such as parsley, cabbage and sprouts.
• Consult a qualified herbalist who (with the permission of your doctor) may recommend natural low dose oestrogen supplements.

Low progesterone levels

This is a common imbalance in women of all ages and is linked to ovulation. It is therefore really important to consult your doctor if you suspect that this may be causing you a problem as there may be other causes for progesterone deficiency such as Thyroid disorders or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Symptoms can include breast tenderness, loss of libido, headaches that are associated with your menstrual cycle, acne, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, weight gain, PMS, and irregular bleeding.
How you can help by considering natural remedies to balance your hormones …….
• Start taking vitamin B6 and vitamin E supplements
• Consider taking magnesium and evening primrose supplements
• Consult a herbalist to consider taking Agnus Castus to regulate progesterone levels
• Reduce stress
• Increase a low body weight
• Cut down on excessive exercise

Elevated Oestrogen levels

Elevated oestrogen levels may in part be explained by exposure to environmental toxins. However a poor diet may also be responsible. Symptoms can include bloating, water retention, weight gain, breast tenderness, heavy and lengthy periods, mood swings, migraines and insomnia.
How you can help by considering natural remedies to balance your hormones …….
• Avoid toxins such as pesticides, plastics etc containing PCB’s and cling film (for more information on toxins and fertility have a read of my blog on the subject
• Reduce intake of refined carbohydrates and saturated fats
• Eat a high fibre diet
• Enjoy moderate exercise

Excessive androgens (male hormone) in women

Too much of the hormone androgen is usually as a result of PCOS however it may also be seen in women with a poor diet, as a consequence of disorders of the adrenal system, due to the use of anabolic steroids or obesity. The symptoms that may be experienced are acne, ovarian cysts, excessive body hair, weight gain and irregular periods.
How you can help by considering natural remedies to balance your hormones …….
• Ensure you have a high fibre diet
• Reduce intake of saturated fats and refined carbohydrates
• Add phyto-oestrogens into your diet

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol

Excessive levels of cortisol react with progesterone, making it less active and increasing oestrogen dominance. It may also result in a deficiency of cortisol this may result in unstable blood sugars and excessive tiredness. A woman may be more prone to allergies including thrush and more susceptible to recurrent viral infections. Recent research shows a direct link with stress and infertility.
How you can help by considering natural remedies to balance your hormones …….
• Reduce sugar, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
• Try relaxation methods such as yoga, reflexology, aromatherapy and massage
• Make time for moderate stress busting exercise
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this blog it is vital that you consult your doctor to discuss this further, it may not necessarily mean that you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance but it is crucial to rule this out.

Natural Remedies to Balance your Hormones