Many women experience the symptoms of hormone imbalance as a result of menopause and pregnancy. Regardless of the reason, in most cases, hormone imbalance can be treated naturally and effectively by making simple changes to lifestyle and diet. These natural methods are a safe and cost-effective alternative to medications (e.g., hormone replacement therapy) to treat hormone imbalance.
How Can I Treat My Hormonal Imbalance Naturally?
There are three ways to treat hormone imbalance naturally: exercise, diet, and natural supplements. Most doctors recommend starting with the first two options —exercise and diet — before introducing natural supplements into your lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the three natural approaches for hormone imbalance.
Of all the options to treat hormonal imbalance naturally, exercise perhaps requires the most discipline. That being said, following a regular exercise routine is important in maintaining good health, which will help keep hormone levels balanced. A few good exercises for promoting wellness include:
- Yoga. Yoga helps reduce stress – a factor that can aggravate hormonal imbalance – and promotes blood flow.
- Cardiovascular exercise. Running, walking, or cycling 30 minutes daily can increase blood flow and reduces stress.
- Resistance training. Weightlifting helps to build muscle and boost testosterone levels, a hormone important to maintaining a woman’s sex drive, mental sharpness, and strength.
An imbalance between estrogen and progesterone levels in a woman’s body causes her to experience a host of potential symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, hot flashes, and mood swings. Maintaining a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and protein can help restore hormone levels. Change your diet by gradually introducing these phytoestrogen-rich foods into your diet:
- Soy, including tofu and soymilk
3. Natural Supplements
There are two types of natural supplements that can be used to restore hormone balance: phytoestrogenic and hormone-regulating supplements.
Phytoestrogenic herbs (e.g., dong quai) treat hormone imbalance by introducing plant-based estrogens into the body. However, they don’t help the body to produce its own hormones.
Hormone-regulating supplements (e.g., Macafem) treat hormonal imbalance by nourishing the endocrine glands, stimulating a woman’s natural hormone production. Because these supplements contain nutrients that support a woman’s own hormonal glands, outside hormone compounds are not needed.
Most natural supplements are available in a variety of forms, such as teas, capsules, dried herbs, tinctures, and in some cases, as topical creams or moisturizers. Click here for more information about the benefits and side effects of natural supplements.
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