9 Tips to Help Balance Hormones

9 Tips to Help Balance Hormones

When it comes to health, hormones, and gut bacteria have a much bigger effect than many people realize. In fact, these two factors can destroy health even if everything else (diet, supplements, etc.) is optimized.

Conversely, fixing hormones and gut bacteria can do a lot to boost health, even if not all the other factors are optimal. In fact, there are even studies about using certain hormone reactions to heal brain trauma.

If you doubt the very real power of hormones to affect everything from mood, to weight, to bowel health – ask the nearest pregnant woman if she’s noticed any difference in these areas since being pregnant. Or ask the nearest 13 year old girl… carefully…

If you have symptoms like fatigue, skin issues, weight gain, weight around the middle, trouble sleeping, always sleeping, PMS, endometriosis, infertility, PCOS or other issues, chances are you have hormone imbalance!

What are Hormones?

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including:

  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Mood

Endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells, make hormones. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas. In addition, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries. (source)

Hormones are produced using good fats and cholesterol, so lack of these important dietary factors can cause hormone problems simply because the body doesn’t have the building blocks to make them. Toxins containing chemicals that mimic these building blocks or that mimic the hormones themselves are also problematic because the body can attempt to create hormones using the wrong building blocks… mutant estrogen anyone?

The endocrine system is a complex system that we will probably never completely understand, but there are some basic things you can do to boost your  body’s ability to create and balance hormones:

1. Avoid High Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fats

I’ve talked about this before, but the body is simply not meant to consume these man-made fats found in vegetable oils. From that article:

The human body is about 97% saturated and monounsaturated fat, with only 3% Polyunsaturated fats. Half of that three percent is Omega-3 fats, and that balance needs to be there. Vegetable oils contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats, and these oils have replaced many of the saturated fats in our diets since the 1950s.

The body needs fats for rebuilding cells and hormone production, but it has to use the building blocks we give it. When we give it a high concentration of polyunsaturated fats instead of the ratios it needs, it has no choice but to incorporate these fats into our cells during cell repair and creation.

The problem is that polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable and oxidize easily in the body (if they haven’t already oxidized during processing or by light exposure while sitting on the grocery store shelf). These oxidized fats cause inflammation and mutation in cells.

In arterial cells, these mutations cause inflammation that can clog arteries. When these fats are incorporated into skin cells, their mutation causes skin cancer. (This is why people often get the most dangerous forms of skin cancer in places where they are never exposed to the sun, but that is a topic for another day!)

When these oils are incorporated into cells in reproductive tissue, some evidence suggests that this can spur problems like endometriosis and PCOS. In short, the body is made up of saturated and monounsaturated fats, and it needs these for optimal health.

Bottom line: Don’t eat fats like Vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, or other chemically altered fats. Choose fats like coconut oil, real butter, olive oil (don’t heat!) and animal fats (tallow, lard) from healthy sources instead and eat lots of high Omega-3 fish.

2. Limit the Caffeine

I love coffee, a lot, but the truth is that too much caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system, especially if there are other hormone stressors involved too like pregnancy, presence of toxins, beneficial fat imbalance or stress.

Cut down the coffee if you can, or replace with beneficial herbal teas (here are my ten favorite DIY recipes). If you can’t or won’t cut the coffee, use it as a way to sneak in your beneficial fats by adding 1 tablespoon coconut oil to each cup and blending in the blender to emulsify. It is like a latte but with healthy fats! Here is the recipe I use and the only way I drink coffee.

3. Avoid Toxins

Toxins found in pesticides, plastics, household chemicals, and even mattresses can contain hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Things like hormonal birth control can (obviously) do the same thing.

If you have hormone imbalance or are struggling to get pregnant, avoiding these toxins is very important! Cook in glass or non-coated metal pans (no non-stick or teflon!) and avoid heating or storing foods in plastic. Find organic produce and meat whenever possible and don’t use chemical pesticides or cleaners. There are recipes for natural cleaners on this page.

Here are some additional tips for avoiding toxins:


Can’t emphasize this one enough (tried with the all-caps-yelling though)! If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your hormone will not be balanced. Period.

Use these tips to help improve your sleep and just do it! This can singlehandedly improve hormones and is even linked to longer life, less chance of disease and optimizing weight.

More Info:

5. Supplement Wisely

In a perfect world, we would be rising and sleeping with the sun, getting Vitamin D from the sun and Magnesium from the ocean while relaxing and exercising in great balance each day in a stress-free world. Since I doubt that describes any of us currently, supplements can fill in the gaps. I’ve talked about the basic supplements that I take before, but there are some specific ones that are helpful for hormone support.

  • Maca– A tuber in the radish family that has a history of boosting hormone production and libido. Many women notice less PMS, increased fertility, and improved skin while men notice increased sperm production, libido, and better sleep. Maca is also high in minerals and essential fatty acids, making it great for hormones.  It is available in powder form (least expensive option) or in capsules.
  • Magnesium– Magnesium supports hundreds of reactions in the body and often contributes to better sleep (which is great for hormones!). There are several effective forms of Magnesium: In powder form with a product like Natural Calm so that you can vary your dose and work up slowly,  ionic liquid form  can be added to food and drinks and dose can be worked up slowly,or  transdermal form by using Magnesium oil applied to skin. This is often the most effective option for those with damaged digestive tract or severe deficiency.
  • Vitamin D- A pre-hormone is supportive of hormone function. Best obtained from the sun if possible, or from a D3 supplement or Fermented Cod Liver Oil.
  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil– Provides many of the necessary building blocks for hormone production including Vitamins A, D, and K. It also is a great source of Omega-3s and beneficial fats.
  • Gelatin is a great source of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. It supports hormone production and digestive health and helps sooth inflammation, especially in joints. We use Vital Proteins as I was able to verify with the company that it is sourced from grass-fed, humanely raised cows, and is higher in nutrients.

6. Exercise Lightly

If you have hormone imbalance, intense extended exercise can actually make the problem worse in the short term. Sleep is actually more important, at least during the balancing phase, so focus on relaxing exercises like walking or swimming and avoid the extended running, cardio, and exercise videos, for now….

I’ve also recently added in Rebounding, which is great exercise and has additional health benefits.

7. Lift Heavy Weights

While extended cardio can be bad, short bursts of heavy lifting (kettlebells, deadlifts, squats, lunges) can be beneficial since they trigger a cascade of beneficial hormone reactions. Aim for a few sets (5-7) at a weight that really challenges you, but make sure to get help with form and training if you haven’t done these before as bad form can be harmful!

8. Eat Some Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, can assist weight loss, reduce inflammation, and even has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

If you really need hormone help, aim to consume 1/4 cup of added coconut oil a day. My favorite way is to blend into coffee or tea. This is the highest quality one I’ve found.

9. Fix Your Leptin

Leptin is a master hormone, and if it is out of balance or if you are resistant to it, no other hormones will balance well. Fixing leptin will also help boost fertility, make weight loss easier, improve sleep, and lower inflammation.

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Reader Comments

  1. what about omega 6 from nuts (not oil, just the nuts) and what happens if you eat cooked nut flours?  what about omega 6 from avocados? are you talking strictly omega 6 in oil form or all plant derived omega 6 (like nuts and avocados)?  I know we aren’t supposed to overdo it on nuts but I do bake with nut flour and have wondered about oxidation when baking.  

    • They can be an issue, but not nearly as problematic since they aren’t as concentrated as the oils. I do try to eat fish or take extra FCLO if I’m consuming a lot of nuts or nut flour though. From my understanding, there isn’t much oxidation when baking because they would smoke or burn before this point…

      • Ok good, I got a little nervous reading that (about the skin cancer esp. bc I’m at risk anyway bc of moles and family history)..I’m totally Paleo and don’t eat veg oils except olive oil (cold), but do eat my fair share of nuts, nut meals/butter and avocados, but I take fish oil every day as well.
        Thanks for replying so fast!

        • Really, it isn’t so much about to much Omega 6’s. Your body needs them. What matters is the ratio of Omega 3’s, 6’s and 9’s. The ratios needed for this is 2:1:1. If you already get enough Omega 6’s and 9’s supplement with Omega 3’s like the suggested fermented cod liver oil or try cold pressed flaxseed oil.

          • I so loved the article on adding the fat, vanilla and cinnamon, cardamnon to coffee, the good coffee, and various teas.  Great way to get the coconut oil in.  So understood, as Tibetans LOVE it if you have Yak and can get it to let you milk it, and then make Yak butter, as they make Yak butter tea—I am thinking very similar.  Here is my question.  After working with coffee blended drinks in one of our favorite stores (always wanted to run those machines—now I never have to crave one again), and making this a couple times, I realized—am I not hydrolyzing or homogenizing this fat?  If it stays in solution, I believe I am, and this is what we do NOT want done to our fats.  Am I right?  What do you think??  So I just stirred it in today, and it was still yummmmmmmmm, in fact tasted much the same.  I am thinking it looked more like what Tibetans enjoy.

            Thanks for this post and the other on yum coffee/tea.  These are so great!!

          • From my understanding, simply blending it at the temperature coffee is does not change the molecular structure at all. Coconut oil can be heated to high temperatures without a problem, ad would, as it cooled, separate on its own anyway… That is fascinating about the Tibetans!

          • Use suggest putting 1/4 c. Of coconut oil in coffee isn’t that like over 500 calories. That is a lot of calories for a women who is trying to keep calories down. If someone who is tring to lose weight on 1500 calories and 500 of those calories are coconut oil, that seems like a lot? Just wondering

        • FYI:
          if you add any type of oil to your hot beverages, know that it holds the heat and you need to be extra cautious about the temperature BEFORE you sip….
          (learn from MY mistake…)

      • Beautiful blog Katie! And you have explained it so well…
        I want to know how good are flax seeds to get Omega 3. I am a pure vegetarian and have PCOS. Please help:)

      • I have been cooking with avocado oil because olive oil can break down when heated and avocado oil is good for high heat. Now I found out that it is high in omega 6 and I’m wondering if I should stop using it? I can’t always use coconut oil in savory dishes, so what should I use…butter?

      • Hi, Katie!

        Thank you for this article. I have a question about my husband. He has some skin issues, looks like eczema. Since he can’t eat a lot of red meat because of his hemochromatosis, he eats a lot of fish (walleye). And he likes it to be fried, so I fry it for him every day in Canola oil. Do you have any suggestion – maybe other ways to cook it for him or what kind of oil should I use for frying fish? Also he likes hot stuff, like salsa and makes his own (really hot). So I wonder – eating a lot of hot food can imbalance gut flora? Thank you for your time and answers.

          • I have been trying to switch to cooking with coconut oil and bought enough to fill up my deep fryer. The only problem is, it seems to make my daughter sick. She was trying to use it on toast and other things but she gets nauseous each time. Do you have a second best oil that would be almost as good as coconut? What are your thoughts on Grape Seed Oil? I use Olive oil but you can’t get it very hot.

          • Hiya,

            I’ve been getting the nausea as well after coconut oil but this is probably only going to last until you get used to it. I opt to put my coconut oil in my morning smoothie, and stick to organic butter on the toast!

          • I am somewhat surprised to see you advise the use of lard for cooking. For the past 30 years everything I have heard or read about lard has been negative and advised that it should be avoided. What has changed? I also remember a controversy several years ago about movie theaters using coconut oil to pop popcorn and how that was something to avoid.

            I know new research is always in progress, but this advice seems to fly in the face of every bit of conventional wisdom. Can you shed some light on what has changed to make lard and coconut not the artery clogging poisons we have been told they are?

        • I have been hearing ppl and Dr, Richard Schulze talk about red/hot peppers for decades and never once heard a mention that good probiotics didn’t like them! In fact, they are very healing to the gut. Let him eat all the salsa he wants, don’t worry as long as it’s organic.
          Yes, my sister took a lot if red pepper as Dr. Schulze suggested and was having toxic symptoms UNTIL she switched to organic!! (Dr. Schulze ALWAYS says to use organic)
          Believe it or not, hot peppers are a favorite of bugs and are a high pesticide crop. I have family members who used to grow them commerically in Louisiana.

        • I would immediately stop using Canola Oil…do some research on that, it’s terrible for you body. Grapeseed, Olive and Coconut oil would be a healthy replacement. Maybe you could try baking or broiling the fish in a light panco breading to give it that “fry” crunch?

          Also, Eczema is basically the skins way of responding to an allergy or sensitivity and in a huge percentage of cases it’s directly linked to dairy. If he gets the dairy out of his diet completely, he may see some relief!

          • I suffered from eczema for years, found out that dairy wasn’t a problem but onions, garlic, and other high sulfur foods were. Cut the onions, garlic, and horseradish and see if in three weeks if the man’s eczema clears up…my allergist says it is more common than you think. I have great relief and won’t go back.

      • Hi I would love to get my hormones balanced ! I love your site! To simplify what oils/supplements would i take on a daily basis?

    • Omega 6 goes down a pathway called the “arachidonic acid” pathway… its an inflammatory pathway in the body. Omega 3 goes down an anti-inflammatory pathway.. hence omega 3 are anti-inflammatory :) so you can eat omega 6, as much as you want (kinda kidding)… as long as you balance it out with omega 3.. its a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 for optimal health… so do not take out omega 6 (these are good for you too, its about balance), just make sure you are getting enough omega 3… today, society averages a 30:1 ratio…aghhhh, no wonder we are having such inflammatory issues… hope this helps! and i LOVE this blog :) there is a chart here for you to look at (omega 3 v omega 6 pathway)… its a website for horses, but its the same chart for humans :) http://www.performancefeeding.com/product-e-03.php

    • Hello i am worried about my health actually i have hypothyroid problem almost last 8 years and also skin problem vulgaris.and now i have harmones problem my harmones level is high range plz tell me how can i do harmones balanced

  2. You really caught my attention at endometriosis, as it’s a painful condition that’s been pestering me for years :/
    So thank you for these tips!! :)

  3. Thanks so much for this post.  My doctor told me yesterday that I’m not producing progesterone and he, of course, gave me a prescription for progesterone.  I knew that there had to be a way to take care of this naturally.  Perfect timing!  Love the info on the leptin, also.  Thanks for your great blog.

    • You could also use natural progesterone cream, which is a lot safer than the prescription kind. There is a link to the one I use in my “Store” tab or you can probably find it locally. When I’ve uset it, I just put on fatty areas (butt, stomach, legs) each night for the second half of each cycle…

        • That’s right — so if you chart, you do from ovulation to the start of your period. For people who don’t chart, it would be from day 14 until you start your period or day 30. (As per my ND)

  4. I am sort of new here so… why should I not heat the olive oil? I like to use it when I roast my veggies. I didn’t realize that it should not be heated.  I don’t use butter because my son is allergic to milk products so I use coconut oil and/or olive oil for everything.

    • Olive Oil oxidizes at high temperatures and is better in salad dressings or added once foods are already cooked. You can also use grassfed tallow for roasting veggies…

        • I know it’s a bit late but Omg! Finally I’ve stumbled on someone saying NOT to heat olive oil! It drives me absolutely nuts when someone thinks they are cooking healthy because they are cooking with olive oil! It is such a delicate oil, all the molecules strands that are in it that make it SO good at low temperatures are absolutely destroyed by heat, making it utterly pointless! No to mention ruining the fantastic taste and palate that it has! Don’t cook with olive oil! Sprinkle it on toast or salads and really appreciate the flavour and health benefits!

          • Oh my God… So what are your suggestions instead of olive oil? I feel terrible since I’ve been using it for years to cook, actually thinking it was healthy.

          • I had no idea!!! we are always cooking with olive and or coconut oil in my house. Any thoughts on substituting with grape seed oil?

          • I have always thought that it is Not OK to cook with Virgin Olive oil because it is very heat sensitive BUT i thought that regular Olive oil is OK to cook with. Is this wrong/Is regular (not virgin) Olive oil also sensitive to heat?????

          • I must take exception with Katie on this and encourage her to amend this article after doing her research. Truth is olive oil is fine for frying. Hundreds of articles support it. There’s science behind it. Google it. Infact a recent Buzzfeed article which proclaimed “using olive oil for cooking is bad for you” garnered negative Facebook replies for miles and is suspected to be a paid ad for Wesson canola oil in disguise. It’s a major misconception and a trap that weeve fallen into. I urge you to read on before making the decision to stop using it in your cooking: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/myth-buster-olive-oil-is-one-of-the-safest-oils-for-frying-and-cooking/

  5. How much of these supplements should a person take?  I’ve been taking Maca, but guessed on a dosage.  The reviews on the FCLO say you need to take 8 tablets.  Plus, some of these are very expensive, like the FCLO.  Are there any alternatives if you are on a fixed budget? 

  6. This post is sooooooo timely for me :) After decades of trying to combat acne with lotions and potions I have come to the conclusion that the change has to come from the inside and have been wanting to find out more about hormones and liver function, etc.
    I don’t eat sugar but I haven’t totally cut out white flour and I do not get enough onega 3s. I only wish I didn’t find the taste of coconut oil so revolting, it sounds like it’s very beneficial.

    • Chinese medicine views acne as an imbalance of heat in the body. Any kind of eruptions, acne, rash, etc. shows that the body has too much heat in that area. Lotions and creams will do no good controlling it.

    • ‘Healing with Whole Foods,’ by Paul Pitchford has been an excellent source for finding balance and understanding the body better from an Eastern Medicine viewpoint. (It has been my greatest source for clearing up my skin by improving my health. Now I’m reading it cover to cover to get a much better understanding of health)

    • I use organic coconut oil AND organic unflavored coconut oil, You might want to try the unflavored one!
      I get mine from swansonvitamins.com. Grapeseed oil is good at higher temperatures I use it almost daily in my ceramic cookware ( no olive oil can be used in those pans). If you want to cook without fat use (a less expensive) white wine to saute chicken, fish or vegetables and save the olive oil to drizzle over your food.

  7. How much Maca should I be taking?  I am a 28 year old woman.  Thanks for the great post!  As usual!

  8. I love your website, I refer to it often! I have a few questions, if you wouldn’t mind. What do you think about grapeseed oil in place of olive oil for roasting veggies? Can we get the health benefits of coconut oil if used topically as body lotion? Do fish oil capsules provide a good source of omega 3s compared with cod liver oil? And lastly, where would I find progesterone cream?

  9. um.. I think you’ve just saved my life! wow… I’ve never read a more succinct, easy-to-understand explanation of hormones and how fats contribute to instability in the body. I’m definitely going to use this information because my hormones are OUT OF CONTROL! plus, I do need to sleep more. thanks so much for a great article!

  10. I started reading this, but when I read that the human body is 97% fat I stopped. That’s crazy, since the human body is 74% water. Where did you come up with that silly statement?

  11. What do you mean fix my Leptins? I’m in menopause at 59 years of age I don’t think fertility is a factor. Any advice for a soon to be 60 year old about using  coconut oil and do you think I can find it at Whole Foods here in Fresno, Ca..

  12. I notice that you point out cocnut oil several times on your site as one of the healthiest things to use. However, we have a coconut allergy in our house. Is there something we can use instead?

  13. Great article. I will add that I am in the stages of pre-menopause and my hormones were a mess- I have done all of the above- got rid of coffee, cut out all oil, but the biggest change came when I gave up dairy. Today’s dairy is full of hormones and other toxins. Once I gave it up I literally felt like a different person. No more monthly rages and very mild PMS now. I will never go back to dairy! Thanks for the great post.

    • All dairy is not a problem, just that which comes from factory-farm cows. They are routinely given antibiotics, steroids and hormones to stimulate increased production. Which is bad for the cow and the consumer who drinks it. It is transferred into the milk, so what it does to the cow, it does to the drinker. Find a source of non-tampered milk fresh from the source if possible. If you have a lactose issue it is due to the protein. Goat’s milk has smaller protein molecules that are easily digested and doesn’t need to homogenized (method of breaking up the fat.)

  14. Wellness mama- sorry if someone has already asked, but: if you are already on hormone therapy (Aurmor) would this still be something safe to follow? I eat as close to raw as possible, but still occasionally eat cooked meat (and organic when I do) I just wasn’t sure if the supplementation would still be ok to do. I also do already incorporate coconut oil into everything, love it!

    • It should be fine. With thyroid issues, I’d be really careful yo avoid raw broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, etc as they have properties that can harm the thyroid when raw.

      • Be careful with the maca as well. It is in the same category as cruciferous vegetables and can affect thyroid function as well.

        • You are correct when referring to raw maca root. Therefore, *gelatinized* maca is the way to go, for multiple reasons.

  15. When I seen this “9 tips to balance hormones” it hit home with me because I have PCOS, low thyroid levels, and endo of the pelvic nerves. I have been trying to get pregnant for three years and my PCOS just wont let me win. I have lost 25lbs and still shedding hoping it will help. Trying to watch my carb intake as well. I don’t have periods at all unless the doctor gives me provera. I seen quite a few supplements and was just wondering which or all are the best ones for me.

    • I have PCOS as well and used to only get a period 1-2 times a year. These are the types of things I did to get it under control and it worked. I also recommend reading Jillian Michael’s book Master your Metabolism. After losing 30 lbs and sticking to a natural lifestyle, I am much more regular now and conceived two children naturally after being told I would likely need help. Good luck!

      • I have PCOS too. I would like to know more how you controlled everything and what it took and how long it took you to get pregnant. I have been trying for 11 years and i cant lose any weight. Can you give me some of your pointers. Thanks

    • I used to have PCOS as well, but I was able to cure it through diet. Cutting out wheat (gluten), dairy, and sugar balanced my hormones enough to eliminate the formation of cysts. I was shocked when I visited the gynecologist one day: no more cysts, they were GONE and have been gone for several years now!! I also reduced the amount of complex starchy carbs I consume in general, and if you want to clear PCOS for good, I recommend cutting out all grains, starches, and replacing simple sugars (namely sugar — you can have honey, maple syrup in small amounts) with stevia, and consuming healthy fats, coconut oil, raw olive oil, grass fed butter, and you will be cured for life!

  16. I start to have petite mal seizures around the time of my period. Sometimes I have them all night long where I can’t sleep. And during the day. It’s only during time for my period, so I was wondering if it could b bc my hormones were out of wack. I’m 30 now and remember them starting when I was 13, which is when I got my period for the first time. 3 yrs ago I had a grand mal seizure at 3:30 am. Is there any way to have my hormones checked and do you think the 2 cld b related?

    • Hi hon, I read in “The Fourfold Path To Healing” that seizure episodes can be reduced by adding more good quality fats to the diet. Also 3.30am issues tend to be related to magnesium deficiency – so try daily epsom salt baths, magnesium oil transdermal applications, cacao & pepita snacks… good luck!

  17. I have the Mirena IUD for birth control. As a person who has always been thin and in shape, i cant help but think my birth control has to do with me being 20 lbs overweight now and struggling to lose weight. I have friends telling me the hormones in my IUD are “kept locally“ in my uterus, so that shouldn’t effect my weight. What do you think?

    • I know several people who have experienced the same thing, and some who have actually had worse symptoms. I don’t have any experience with it personally, but it seems logical that something that alters hormones enough to control fertility would have more of an effect that just locally.

      • I took birth control about 15 years ago and am sorry I ever did. I have had nothing but weight and hormone problems ever since. So, yes, birth control can certainly contribute to being overweight.

    • I RECOMMEND ALL LADIES AVOID AVOID IUD AND BIRTH CONTROL SHOTS…. they’re linked to gaining weight. I don’t have to worry about bec my honey had a snip job… ha ha ha! no offense) I have no medication (except the veggies vitamins -bec I don’t like veggies and even I’m really sick, I’d use natural remedies), eat no meat, on the track to have a toxin free and fast/junk foods and have a garden for fruits (for me) and veggies (for my honey). I had no idea hormones were playing a huge role until this, so thank you for this post. I this helps greatly !!! I am trying to clear up my skin. cheers to a super healthy life !!! *wine glasses clink!*

    • I’ve always been told by Dr.s the Mirena has the same effect at taking the pill because it’s the hormones working. You would need to swap with the copper no hormone IUD to see.

  18. I ordered the progesteron you recommended in few of the posts below. When I received it the ingredients listed yam and progesterone. I did some research and this article http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/wild-yam says that these creams often list “natural” progesterone that are in fact synthetic. I’m unsure, so I am going to return the cream. What do you think?

    • The progesterone in this cream will be treated just as the progesterone in your body, and I’ve used this particular brand before. Since the hormone progesterone doesn’t exist in isolation in nature, it must be chemically converted in the cream so that it is bioavailable, but that doesn’t necessarily make it toxic as long as there aren’t any other dangerous ingredients.

      • Thank you for your response. I am 44 and, after a sonogram, found out that one ovary has closed shop for good(!) I just recently starting researching balancing out my hormones to help with a few, not too horrible, symptoms. I will definately incorporate the suggestions above. I’ll do a little more research on the progesterone cream and maybe give it a try for a month or two to see how things go. The ingredients on the jar and on Amazon don’t agree with each other, so that concerns me a little. BTW, I found your website a few weeks ago and have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the site. I have told several people about your site in the hopes that they will find helpful info. as well. Thanks again! Jane

  19. I bought the Great Lakes gelatin, mainly to help with skin and hair, because I’d heard so many great things, but then I read it can raise testosterone, which, I assume, is not conducive to hair health. So I haven’t really used it. May I ask whether it has had any effect, bad or good, on your skin and hair? Do you think any boost to testosterone from the gelatin will be detrimental to hair growth?

    • My skin and hair and both smoother, and it seems like my hair is thicker too. From my understanding, as long as it is from a clean and healthy source where the animals aren’t fed hormones or have poor hormone levels due to a poor diet, it is a safe and healthy supplement…

    • Mary,it is not testosterone but DIHYDROTESTOSTERONE that many professionals blame hair loss for. If you are a male enjoy testosterone high (healthy) levels . And,why would anyone want to take gelatin which is a collagen by product??? Take collagen!!!!!!

  20. I can’t thank you enough for all of the information in your blog. I am hoping this is just what I need to dig myself out of this horrible hole I’ve been living in for the past several years (I.E. can’t lose weight, can’t get pregnant, always tired, skin issues, etc.) I have been starting to incorporate coconut oil in my diet every day lately. I have eaten it in the past but got out of the habit of eating it every day. I had a concern about it though…I noticed a lot of days (not every day) the coconut oil has caused me to get terrible stomach pains and then I end up vomiting the entire contents of my stomach and then some (sorry that’s probably more than you wanted to hear lol). Are some people intolerant of coconut oil? Or am I not eating it right? I usually add 2 tablespoons to my daily fruit smoothie and then incorporate it into dinner somehow.

    • That is a lot of coconut oil! ! Also..oils and fruits together are bad food combos. This could be why you are experiencing the vomiting affect. Try smaller amounts and with veggies instead!

  21. What would be good for a 14 year old? She is definitely having hormonal problems (has tourettes too). Misses Menses for months, bad acne. I will not put her on birth control pills.

    • Have you looked in to GAPS for the tourettes? It would be good to have her seen by a natural doctor, but some of these same steps should help her get her hormones in balance as well. I’d remove any soy in her diet and severely limit grains and sugars. Focus on lots of healthy fats which she needs for proper hormone production…

      • I can’t stress the “avoid soy” if it is unfermented. The last thing a hormonally imbalanced woman needs is oestrogens screwing with your well-being.

        Also, might want to have your daughter screen for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

        Birth control pills would be a good idea. I was 15 when I went on them for the same reasons: Wicked PMS, bad mood swings, horribly uncontrollable periods. 10 years later, much-much-MUCH better hormonal control, even living with Hashimoto’s. Just take the Synthroid (or Armour) when you are supposed to and avoid too many processed drinks and foods.

        Pure Coconut Water, coffee, water, almond milk and occasional whole milk have become the norm for me. Tea is occasional due to fluoride content.

  22. I am on a low dose birth control pill. I plan to start taking cod liver oil & maca as well as using magnesium oil. Are there any problems/complications with this?

  23. For those of you who use as much coconut oil as i do and don’t want to spend a fortune, Trader Joe’s has organic, pure, virgin coconut oil for about 6 bucks a jar. I even make my own deodorant with it.

  24. I have been on the pill for birth control and am looking to change methods. Any suggestions of a birth control that doesn’t completely mess up your hormones?

    • Personally, I use Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness Method both because it is the only true natural option and because of personal/moral convictions. If you’re open to it, I’d suggest at least googling it though… it really fosters a closer relationship…

      • Do you have more info on this Natural family planning? Did this work for you and planning 5 kids? It is very interesting but I’d love to know if you have a reccommendation for a book or guide to understanding how to do it clear and proper. I am married but not ready for kids yet. I have been on the pill for 15 years and really would like to see what happens if im off it because of adult acne mostly. However i am scared of acne flare up or weight gain if i go off. The copper IUD would be ok but I am dealing with issues around not be comfortable with the procedure. I know it is minor I just have some issues.

    • I would like to know as well. I totally do NOT agree with natural family planning it doesnt always work. Maybe look into the cup that they can put up there for 5 years? (forget what it is called. I have been thinking about it)

      • I don’t really understand your comment. If you pay attention to your body’s signals, you will know when you are ovulating, and make a choice from there. A woman is only fertile a few days a month. Even though I have irregular periods this still works for me.

        • Nope – you can get pregnant on any day of your cycle, especially if you’re very fertile. The unreliability of the natural method is the reason I exist, as well as the reason my aunt exists! We have great fertility on both sides of the family and I would NEVER EVER trust the natural way – it just leads to accidents. Motherhood is definitely not something to be entered into on a whim or mistake.

          • Common myth… If you really do your research and pay close attention you can know when you are fertile and not! I’ve been doing NFP for years with 100% success at both pregnancy achievement as well as avoidance. No one is ever able to get pregnant during their luteal phase as at this time no eggs are available to be fertilized! If you are willing to put the effort into paying close attention to your body you can easily have complete success with NFP. Unfortunately you will not find support for this from the general population because of the myths about it. NFP is not “the rhythm method.” I have not even found one nurse in having my 4 children who understood the details of a woman’s cycle. It is considered unnecessary to learn this information. Don’t be discouraged by nay- sayers … There is so much freedom in learning NFP!

    • Though it’s not 100% natural (well, actually, it is, it’s made of copper), I love having the copper IUD called the ParaGuard. There’s no hormones in it, the copper just changes the Ph levels of your uterus. Google it.

  25. I bought some Maca powder but I hate the taste. Any suggestions for making it more palatable? I’ve tried it in a smoothie, but that was still hard to swallow. Maybe I just need to use supplements :)

  26. thank you for the information! I never really understood the role of fats, and have been using olive oil almost exclusively in my cooking. I’m definately going to try to swith to coconut oil and/or butter from now on. Love the idea of coconut oil in my coffee/tea, too!

    Can you recommend any vegetarian sources of omega 3s? I’ve heard flax meal or oil can be as good as cod liver oil.

    Also, I’ve heard that magnesium is best absorbed through the skin. How do you think epsom salt baths would compare to the magnesium oil you referenced?

    Thanks again!

  27. I don’t know if you can help me or not, but it won’t hurt to ask.:) I found out 2 yrs ago I have lyme. We cut out gluten and sugar and limited dairy. We have been eating some gluten, but on a pretty limited basis. My question is, if I have been eating so good, taking good supplements, why is my thyroid still so out of whack?? I have really been helped by taking lots of kelp. But I am scared to try to get pg again, as I had 2 miscarriages yrs ago, and only then because I was using progesterone, was I able to carry 3 to term. Will I need to go back on progest, or will I keep getting better if I give it enough time?? This spring I had a break through for getting on top of lyme, otherwise I was a yo-yo mess of good and bad days. I still have sluggish days, but nothing like I used to get. I really feel like I had lyme since childhood/teens, hence a lot of health issues we didn’t understand. My cycles have become shorter, they used to always be 32-34 days, now they are closer to 29/31. Which long cycles are a sign of a lack of progesterone. I just don’t want to go through the pain of another loss. We know we need to wait, and allow my body more time to heal. I am doing more detoxing and cleansing. And know I am on the up swing of it all. Thanks for all the info in this post. I lover learning more and more.

    • My heart goes out to you but it sounds like you have done wonderful at facing Lyme naturally and are working on beating it. Have you tried a natural progesterone cream? I have used it personally and know women who carried healthy pregnancies after a loss by boosting progesterone naturally. What they did was to use it for the second half of each cycle (ovulation until menses) and to use it continually when they got pregnant until the third month and then tapering off. You’d definitely want to choose a completely natural version if you did this… If it were me, I’d probably give it a couple more months while trying the progesterone and adding in a lot of good fats to support hormone production (fermented cod liver oil, coconut oil, grassfed meats and butter, etc). Bone broths would also help the healing from the Lyme and boost mineral levels. Best of luck to you!

    • Luis, are you having LYME desease (borrelioses) or hypothyroidism?????

      These are very different deseases. Lyme is a bucterial infection acquired from tick bug. As to Hushimoto`s hypothyroidism it could be inherited. Do not confuse these two.

      Whatever you do is good for Hashimoto. Avoid GLUTEN!!! It´s everywhere!

      Add vit. B-complex ,go to the site : WOMEN TO WOMEN/Hypothyroidism
      a very good and informative site. Good luck

  28. Your article is wonderful, and opened my eyes to some new health information. i have seen 2 different doctors and have an apt next week with an endocrinologist. Do you have any recommendations for people that have NO testosterone. i can’t sleep, i am super moody, have irregular periods, I can’t lose weight after being on a stick diet for a year…the cream doesn’t work…and i do cardio for at least 45 minutes every other day…no results…i would love to try something naturally but can’t seem to find anything.

  29. I am at the point that I don’t care for sex at all, I feel I am depriving my husband we use to have a health sex life .

  30. Thank you so much for writing about this! My husband I have been trying unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for over a year with an early miscarriage a year ago. Since then my skin has been absoulutly horrible ( I’m even getting acne on my chest!) my hair has been falling out and I can’t seem to lose weight no matter what I do ( basically everything you listed above). After months if searching online for what could be going on with me I found this. I’m definitely going to start implementing these things!

  31. hmm “background in nutrition?” Helped clients increase athletic performance, improve fertility, and overcome health problems??? Be very careful taking advice from people who have a “background” with no clear education! I am not sure a full-time housewife with a “background” in nutrition should be your go-to girl for fertility, fitness and health issues.

    • Again, if you have a specific issue you’d like to rationally discuss or debate, I’d be happy to, but if you are just interested in attacking me personally without actually knowing my background (degree) or the clients I’ve worked with, you are welcome not to read anymore and go find another corner of the internet where you feel comfortable.

    • What’s wrong with being a “housewife”? Does that make someone ignorant or unable to educate themselves? Even if someone doesn’t have a degree or attend college, they can still pick up a book and read.

  32. I am 34, just finished nursing my first child three months ago and have had my period three times in a month. I’m on the pill and taking Welbutrin to help control my moods, but my hormones are obviously getting the best of me. I’m irritable, tired, and stressed. Do you think that I could see a difference in how I feel with your prescription with the pill and anti-depressants thrown in the mix? I feel like it’s too much, but don’t feel confident going off the anti-depressants for fear that my depression will worsen. Thoughts? Suggestions?

    • That is a tough situation. Personally, I won’t take any kind of hormonal contraceptives because by their nature they do mess up your hormones (among other reasons I don’t take them). Since you are on meds and under the care of a doctor, I definitely wouldn’t suggest going off of them without his advice, but you could certainly work to improve your hormones naturally and hopefully remove the need for them as your body adjusts. It definitely is a lot on your body to have the hormone changes of weaning, plus the hormones of a contraceptive and the hormone altering affects of a medication…. Good luck! I hope you feel better soon!

  33. Found this very helpful & I took down some notes (I’ve jumped here from a pin on Pinterest.) My only downfall is that I work 3rd shift (10pm-7am) 4, at times 5, days a week on irregular days with the exception of Saturdays off. Sleep scheduling is
    near impossible with other daily obligations & my sun exposure is
    probably not where it should be. Any tips for the working night owls?

    • That is tough. I’d try to simulate darkness as much as possible while you are sleeping (cover windows, clocks, etc) and keep it cool. That should help your hormone production. Something like an earthing mat might also help the hormone changes that can come with different sleep schedules.

  34. I’m 32.years old and had a cancerous tumor removed along with a full hysterectomy I’m in hell family hates me I don’t want husband to touch me and they put me on a hormone that has a shortage…

    • I just had a hysterectomy a year ago too. I know some pharmacies compound hormone replacement specific to each female. Somehow they do it with a sample of your spit in a cup. Im not sure how this is done. A friend said she was about to go crazy before she had them evaluate her and mix the dose for her. It may be expensive, but I am not sure. Ive had several gals tell me it has been a life saver for them…but not sure how its done.

  35. I have had alot of hair loss recently and am testosterone dominant …I produce little estrogen(barely) and very low progesterone also….From my understanding this could be th epossible reason why…..How can I build up the decreased hormones I am lacking naturally without adding them directly……

  36. I have lived a life of lots if stress wheather it’s choices or happenstance I have been having strange things happen for a yr. weight gain fatigue. Temp changes like while sweating I get the chills my immune system is weak . Sine I have been to the dr and nothing seemingly wrong I have attributed this to adrenal deficit. I have started walking three weeks ago and see little change but am really interested in the maca for restoration . I am currently on the depo shot as well which is part of the reason I’m
    Having these problems however when I’m not on the shot I am a horrific basket of emotional disaster. Which I have never had to deal with at such a horrific level. I am really looking to balance everything out and see just how much better this can be on its own.. Any suggestions I am due for my next shot in November but will not be getting it. I have previously been right on schedule with female processes I do not want to wake up crying for no reason. Please help with what I may implement ASAP to avoid such a disaster ..thank u for your time and expertise it is so greatly appreciated!

  37. You recommend tallow in place of olive oil for roasting but they have similar smoke points. Why is tallow better? Is there a difference between an oil reaching its smoke point and an oil oxidizing?

  38. May I ask what your background in nutrition consists of? I wasn’t able to find that information anywhere on your site. I am a fourth year dietetics student, and I am a little concerned about the fact that you’re advising people to avoid polyunsaturated fats when they play a key role in lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease.

    • My degree is in Nutrition. I’d love to see any actually scientific data or meta analysis that backs the idea that polyunsaturated fats (in the form of vegetables oil, soybean oil, etc) reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. I used to believe the same thing when I finished school but after actually researching and reading the science myself, I realized that too many polyunsaturated fats (especially from artificial sources like vegetable oil) actually increase the risk of heart disease and many other problems…

    • I agree, it would be nice to see where you are getting your information. Do you study this or follow research studies?

    • Your goal in educating people on healthy lifestyles is a laudable one. I appreciate all the effort you’re putting into this, and you have some good information.

      However, I read the portion on fats, and I must disagree with much of what you say. You apparently are confusing trans fats with polyunsaturated fats. Trans fats, while found in nature, occur in very small quantities relative to non-trans fats. The human manipulated fats that are so common in things like margarine, have trans fats in much higher ratios than found in nature. Since the human body has not evolved to handle trans fats, there is much concern in the scientific community as to how these fats are being used in the body, and much evidence to suggest that they are quite bad for us.

      I have not seen any scientific articles yet suggesting that polyunsaturated fats are bad for people (that does not mean there have been no studies done, just that I personally have not come across any of them). The ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is very important and you do bring up a good point here. Our Western diet tends to be very heavy in omega 6, and the average Westerner needs to add Omega 3 and take out some Omega 6 from our diet.

      I’m very happy to see you talking about the benefits of saturated fat. Saturated fat has long been the unwarranted target of scorn for too long, based on unsubstantiated and cherry picked deta. Saturated fat in moderation is a healthy part of our diets. Keep up the good work Mama!

      Steven Blodgett, M.S.Ch.E.

  39. Hi, WM! I’ve been looking around your site for info on mood stabilization. I know my issue is probably hormones. I have a 2 year old that nursed until she was 19 months and now an 8 week old. My hormones are probably shot. My problem is that I blow up. I’ve been trying to breathe and pray and visualize and all that but it’s not working when I get angry with my 7 year old or husband. I’ve looked into 5HTP and sam-e or aminos and they all say not to take while nursing. I’m taking magnesium and maca and coconut oil at the moment and it seems to be helping some. Is there anything else I can take or do while breastfeeding to help stabilize my moods? I’m trying to break the sugar habit but it’s way harder than I though it would be. I don’t drink sodas or caffeine. I’ve started to try to get outside and move more. Thanks for any advice.

    • Hello. How much maca do you take everyday? Do you always take it or just certain times of the month and which type do you get: black, yellow, red? Gelatinized or raw?

  40. I am praying you see this. Baby #3 its coming soon and I already struggle with depression. My mother does as well and she has hormone imbalance issues. I believe I share the same problem. I never feel in control. Easily angered, high stress and anxiety, depression and non existent libido. What can I do or take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding? I am terrified of the ppd this time around. I had it with my first two and I don’t know how I am going to survive the lack of sleep and being too exhausted to eat a proper diet. Please help! I thought of anti depressants but would much rather avoid medication. Thank you!

    • Have you ever considered encapsulating your placenta? I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to this pregnancy and it is also supposed to help with PPD and anxiety. There are trained placenta encapsulators who can do it for you. Magnesium and good fats can also both be taken while pregnant and nursing. Personally, I make sure to always take magnesium, fermented cod liver oil, and lot of coconut oil daily to help with hormones. Congrats on your upcoming delivery and best of luck!

      • Katie, I would love to know how this went for you. I pin all kinds of stuff you suggest, have made your magnesium oil, and adore your book. I’m pregnant with my 2nd child and am considering placenta encapsulation. Do you know of any alternatives to it?

  41. Just a question….the latest buzz is all about this Visalus drink mix. Is this a safe alternative to getting all the nutrition one needs including vitamins and minerals? Some swear by it….esp with losing weight and boosting energy. Would love to hear about it as everything on the web is submitted by the company that produces it…so not Unbiased.

    • From what I’ve actually seen of the product packages (i haven’t read them all) they all contain soy, and some other questionable ingredients like sunflower oil, sucralose and more. Here is one ingredient list I found online: Visalus Ingredients: Protein Blend of (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, and Whey Protein Concentrate), Digestive Resistant Maltodextrin (Fibersol™), High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Oil, Maltodextrin, Gum Acacia, Xanthan, Sodium Caseinate, Lecithin, Aminogen™, Mono & Diglycerides, DiPotassium Phosphate, Sucralose
      I personally wouldn’t eat at least half of those, especially ones as vague as “natural and artificial flavor” which is often MSG…. Just my two cents…

  42. Oh, I truly like this post. I do some of these things, most of them actually. Some are fairly new to me, like taking the maca root powder. I mix it in with some diatomaceous earth and drink that.

    But I just can’t seem to sleep enough. It evades me! And I am exhausted. I have meditation CDs to listen to, and have no trouble falling asleep initially. It is staying asleep that is my problem. Any recommendations for that? I already do melatonin and Alteril.

  43. I would like to start taking some of these supplements because I feel like my hormones are out of whack. Are there any concerns though, about taking something like magnesium or maca, what is too much to take etc.? Or should I talk to a doctor before taking these supplements?

    • As a general rule, it is good to talk to a doctor before taking anything, especially if you have a health condition or are on other medication. Maca is actually a plant root and is generally considered safe though, and I use magnesium oil on the skin so my body can absorb only what is needed…

  44. I have been researching nutrition and health since I became pregnant about 5 years ago. I wanted the best for my baby, so I have been turning to Natural News and other natural/ organic websites for healthy eating and nutrition advice. Thankfully, I also found you. I know to avoid gmo’s, pesticides, artificial preservatives, artificial ingreds., dyes, and I know to limit meat (grass fed), soy, dairy, and gluten, grains, but those are grey areas that I am working on. I will continue reading your website for more information and clarification.

    My health problems: I just turned 27, I look fit and healthy. I am 5’7″, and 135lbs (this part isn’t the problem). Sorry in advance for some possible TMI.
    We got pregnant when I was 22 within the first few months of trying, and he grew into a beautiful 7.4 lb birthday boy. I noticed tons of stress, fatigue, slight depression, mood swings, but it was normal new mom hormonal issues plus the lack of sleep. My sex drive was down for a while. First of all I had a bad tear during the delivery of our son which resulted in a bit of trauma during sex. I was afraid of ripping it back open. Second, whenever we tried to have sex it burned, still not sure why. This went on for several months, until the burning sensation slowly stopped, and I was able to relax and somewhat enjoy it again. Third, I was worried about my performance (my own insecurities not helping). Since then, I had two miscarriages, one at 6 weeks (a year ago) and the second at 10 weeks (4 months later). My midwives, doctors, and nurses couldn’t explain a thing. The uncomfortable internal examination checked out, and nothing was apparently wrong. To them I was still healthy as before. I already had a healthy baby, so I should be able to do it again. I have not been using any birth control. The past 3 years I have noticed a rapid decline drop in my sex drive. Dryness down there makes it harder to have sex when I do manage to have a drive (we use coconut oil for that), but I want to get to the root of it all and feel that real urge (and my own natural lube) again. I feel like I am an old lady going through menopause. This frightens me. I have almost lost faith in regular doctors because they don’t agree with the nutrition the way you and I see it, and they don’t use natural remedies. How much are these tests for the thyroid, and hormones? I am definitely going to use all your tips, but I need some advice and direction. Could I get it all taken care of with a holistic doctor? If you read all of this, thank you and sorry for rambling. Thank you in advance for any response you might give me. Thank you for this website/blog. :)

    • Kristen, I had the exact same issues that you did Mama. I had pre eclampsia and a horrible tear with my pregnancy 3yrs ago! Just thinking about intimacy was nerve racking! :( Eventually I healed..but tgen came a thyroid storm. Since then I have been soooo sick..found out that I have Hashimotos :/ Recovering slowly…but the libido has been greatly affected. I would suggest that you check to see if you have candida overgrowth plus trying all of Wellness Mamas hormone suggestions! Going paleo has helped me a ton too! :) Sleeping before 10:30p is crucial! !! The body needs to heal and detox during this time; ) I would drf look into finding a good Functional Medicine Doc.

    • Greetings Wellness Mama; LOVE this site. I learned at age 21 (and engaged) I could not have kids. There was an abcess the size of a soft ball ready to rupture in/on my uterus. They removed one tube & ovary, If up to him they would have taken other side too because of bacterial infection & scaring. Dr. left the other tube to maybe be lasered open in the future. Back then doctors just called it PID (Pelvic Inflamatory Disease, a nice name for anything they didn’t understand why. A possible Etopic pregnancy had been reabsorbed? Hair, dried blood & nails were present? But NO cancer. Dr. couldn’t tell me what my hormones might do, kept me on lo-dose pill to get me regular, until I just gave up and quit. Many barren years go by, ending all my hopes of having a child. Anyway my point is I went into peri-menopause at 24. A word that I had no idea what it was. Suffered with that for about 12 years before going into the real thing. Way early for my age. Thought I had gone mad until I read an article listing symptoms. Waved that in my husbands face, relived I wasn’t crazy. We lived in the wilds of Alaska, no close doctors meant no HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) Every day asking what did women do 100 years ago. Laudnum? It finally had passed and not a murder in the house. Thank God. When I was post-menopausal it was a whole new shiny world, unaware of larger Vitamin D & calcium needs. My hormones had gone unchecked for 30 years. Now the rest of me is going kaput. My thyroid had quit, gained 50lbs in 6 months, finally lost 10lbs. but can’t seem to loose any more. Even eating like a bird & I cook real meals, don’t eat junk or have any love of soda or caffine. So Ladies & Kristen if thyroid is a worry please do yourself the favor of a simple blood test. Ask the doctor to check your T3 & T4 levels. Get cost estimate from billing dept. Tests are diagnostic, insurance should cover in full. I take levothyroxine, for the rest of my life; a generic & synthetic. (I won’t take animal based hormones for personal reasons.) it boosts my T3 levels which helps my body convert into T4. It took close to two years to get my dosage right. But I’m pretty good now- mostly. The thing we haven’t figured out is the Edema in both legs which can be a symptom. Why is mine severe. Left ankle is 1-2” larger than the right, 12” & 11” they were 7.5” before, shoe size up 2 sizes on one 1.5 on other. Get teary looking at old heels in the closet. Been tested for clots, that’s not it. Put on water pills & timed release Potassium to balance other pills, only helps a little. My Doc an Osteopath who reconizes the Mind-Body-Soul connection and still can’t find medical or other reasons for my state. So more tests. But I can’t help but wonder what hormones are still out of wack, so I read everything, try to keep a routine, stay busy to keep depression in check. The percentages are so high of people who have thyroid issues and are not aware of it because the symptoms can be inconsistent or vague. Find a doctor who really listens to you. Be persistant, log your symptoms, the answers are somewhere out there.

  45. Maca is consumed as food for humans and livestock, suggesting any risk from consumption is rather minimal. It is considered as safe to eat as any other vegetable food. However, maca does contain glucosinolates, which can cause goiters when high consumption is combined with a diet low in iodine. This being said, darker colored maca roots (red, purple, black) contain significant amounts of natural iodine, a 10-gram serving of dried maca generally containing 52 µg of iodine.[2] Though this is common in other foods with high levels of glucosinolate, it is uncertain if maca consumption can cause or worsen a goiter.

  46. Hi Wellness Mama, I love all your posts, I have incorporated many of your recommendations into my life already and am loving it. I do have a question about consuming coconut oil, when you first begin adding coconut oil to your diet, can it contribute to horrible stomach aches? Just curious. Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!!

    • Yep! from what I’ve read, it can cause this if you aren’t used to the types of fats or if you have yeast in your system, it can cause stomach pain while the body adjusts..

  47. I am a 27 year old female and recently had a hormone panel done, my testosterone levels were so low the doctor suggested I start on androgel, can you give me any info on womens experience with this. I have gained about 30 lbs in the last few months despite watching what I eat, and exercising regularly. I am so uncomfortable in my body.

  48. I’ve been having some major problems with my cycle off and on, the worst episode landed me in the ER last year to get four units of a blood transfusion. The problem comes because I will have a very heavy cycle that comes mostly as large clots every 15-30 minutes. (It’s rather debilitating, I can’t leave the house when it occurs) I had thought that it was a hormonal issue because my cycle has always been long, and when it was most regular it happened every other month. So I started taking Femaprin, which has vitex and is supposed to be good at regulating hormones. I’ve been taking it faithfully for six months, and I was doing good until this week. I haven’t missed a cycle, and they’ve all been a normal flow (at least as far as I can tell from my experience), but I’m having problems again. I’ honestly not quite sure where to turn now for help, so I’m praying you might have some wisdom to share.

    • I’m only in my early twenties, so I can’t be having menopause problems. (And I’m scared I’m going to have to face this the rest of my life.)

    • If you’re clotting during a period, that is your heads up that your iron levels are critically low. Iron is used to “flex” muscles, so at the end of the period, your body says ok, close the opening, no more blood out. The muscle is too weak to close and to save you from bleeding out, starts throwing clots to literally “plug the hole”. Losing so much blood then makes your iron levels even lower for the next period. I have yet to find an iron supplement that works well, so hopefully you’re okay with grassfed beef (liver works the fastest, but I personally can’t face it). If you struggle to digest beef, try having full fat calcium snacks/sides on days you eat the beef. Blood loss takes a major toll on your entire electrolyte balance, especially if it is prolonged/frequent like yours. So try to increase healthy foods containing magnesium, sodium (sea salt), potassium and calcium and decrease iron blocking foods such as raw greens until your cycle works itself out. Good luck!! :)

  49. I just wanted to THANK you for pointing me in this direction! :) I have been on the hunt for how to care for and love my body in the way it needs to be cared for…and this post really helped! Thank you! :) I’m posting about my experiences and research and such on my blog and would like to link to your post, if that’s ok?
    Karla Marie

  50. Great Article!! I have a question about what to do after you have regulated your hormones. I have followed this advice and for the first time in years my cycle went from 21 days to 25 days. I know that I am not completely out of the woods yet. However I am a runner and love to run for the mental clarity it brings me. I have stopped and started cross fit. I love cross fit but it doesn’t give that same clarity. How long should I wait to start running again?

  51. Ok, Wellness Mama. I have a question for you. I am currently using the IUD Mirena, and I think that it is setting me off on a bit of a hormonal imbalance in that it is causing anxiety and faster heartbeat combined with insomnia at night. I’ve also been feeling slight dizziness and fogginess during the day along with really mild tension. I drink chamomile tea EVERY night before bed just to combat the anxiety. I don’t know if I can afford to take the IUD out since I’ve tried other birth control methods and they haven’t really worked for me at all (can you say “oops baby”?) But I really need to figure out how I could perhaps use some natural products to regulate some things better. Do you happen to know what might work the best and what combination of things to try?

  52. Lots of your suggestions involve coconut oil – I’ve tried to use it, but I HATE coconut. The smell, the slightest flavor… Any replacement suggestions?
    Maybe I should hire a chef – I’m sure if I didn’t see the coconut oil being used I probably wouldn’t notice it. :)

  53. Hi, I’m trying to rebalance my hormones, which I just know are out of whack, and would like to follow a natural – preferably diet-based – method of straightening things out.

    I’m 40, generally healthy and in good shape – I do eat mainly organic and vegetarian, and exercise regularly – but in general I just feel crappy (for lack of a more creative term) and am not sure what to do. I suspect Perimenopause is creeping up on me, but I’m sort of in denial about that one since I’m still hoping to get pregnant before it’s too late. I’ve gained weight which I can’t seem to lose, have been unable to conceive and well, I just feel blah, icky, achy and stale.

    Long story short – I was wondering about your experience with Maca? Do you take it for a specific reason? Mood? Libido?
    I understand that it is an adaptogenic herb; does this infer that it might tweak any hormonal imbalance on its own?


    • Maca may help on its own, but it also may be due in part to a vegetarian diet as this makes it hard to get enough fats for hormone production. If you consume fish products, a fermented cod liver oil may help, as might grass fed butter if you consume dairy… hope you feel better soon!

  54. I love coconut oil , I use it for skin sun protection also! My husband likes canola but it’s very rare I fry , I bake and broiled and slow cook mostly . I use olive oil even on my furniture and it’s good for everything! Thanks for sharing.

  55. Wonderful article~
    I would add Spanish black radish, calcium lactate, & ecchinacea for helping PCOS too. Spanish Black Radish is a great “drainer” of toxins in the torso, so it can clear out the ovaries as well. Calcium lactate is great for pain relief when you have your period, but you need the balance of magnesium too (phosphate helps your body utilize it more sufficiently too). I’m not sure how ecchinacea plays into how it helps, but my doctor recommended it to me, & it really does help. I would not recommend vitamin D3 to anyone, since your body actually uses D1 & D2 as well, & can become insufficient over time if you just take D3. I would also recommend looking for a non-GMO supplement, & one that says something among the lines as “whole food”, since many supplements on the store shelves have synthetic chemicals in them. Sorry, thought I’d share things that have helped me, & what I’ve been learning in my classes~

    • Totally forgot to add this! You need to support your heart too. Some homeopaths call the heart, adrenals, & thyroid the ‘Triangle” since they all effect one another (if you give a person having a heart attack medication for hypothyroidism you can actually stop the heart attack). If the heart is strong, it should help benefit the thyroid & adrenals (& vise versa too).

  56. What do you think of Nordic Naturals cod liver oil?
    I’m having trouble with the fermented kind, and can’t seem to figure out how they compare..

  57. Why are we not suppose to heat Olive Oil? I saute with it. What happens to it that makes it bad/harmful?

  58. I am wondering what your thoughts are on Birth Control, I have begun taking it to help clear my skin, but I would personally rather use natural things to clear my skin and regulate my hormones.

  59. I am 29years old. I stopped taking birth control about 10 months ago as I realized it was the cause of me having constant breakthrough bleeding and it was ruining my sex life! After I stopped taking it I lost some weight but i have BAD ACNE! I’ve never had it before like this. My doctor just prescribed me Alesse(a low hormone birth control) but i’m really torn about taking it. This article was good timing for me to read!

    • Clear up acne with burdock root tea.
      Drink it every day if needed. Wash your
      Face with a little baking soda and finish
      off with a dab of diluted vinegar.
      You can also apply tea tree essential oil
      To speed healing.

  60. I have a good tip for wanting more coconut oil…i make candy bars. I dont have a double boiler so i put a half cup coconut oil, half cup dutch processed cocoa powder, quarter cup honey (i love wildflower honey I get from azure standard for this), a capful of vanilla and a sprinkle of sea salt (sometimes i add it at the end to keep it a little crunchy) into a quart jar and put that in my small saucepan and boil the water. I do this while i clean up from dinner…so it boils about ten minutes or so. I place 6 big muffin cups on a cookie sheet that fits in my freezer (refer works too) and have it ready when the chocolate is cooked. Then, i fill each about a cm or 3/8 inch full of the chocolate and chill. After they are set i fold the muffin cup down around them and wrap each one in saran wrap…i keep tese in the fridge but have had them at room temp for hours.

  61. I love this article. Thank you. It reinforces all of the healthy eating information we received at a practitioner workshop I went to this past weekend given by Julia Ross author of The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure. She went a step further though and made it easy to eat healthy by eliminating carb, sweet, chocolate, and caffeine cravings as well as eliminating depression, ADD, ADHD, anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, insomnia etc. mostly by supplementing with the correct amino acids to correct chemical imbalances. She also discussed lowering cortisol levels at night (if needed) as well as yeast, parasite, and many other issues. Please read one of her books and maybe attend one of her workshops. It is the next step in your healthy crusade!

  62. What if you’re allergic to Coconut.. is there another oil that does the same things for your body as coconut oil? Also, is all of this safe to do/use while nursing?

    • You can sub grassfed butter, tallow, lard, etc (from healthy sources) and yes safe to do while nursing, but I’d omit the Maca as it can increase fertility a lot!

  63. Hi Katie,

    I absolutely love your site and have used it for various recipes.

    I was wondering if you have any advice for me and my recent undertaking of going birth control free. I’ve been off and on birth control for the last 5 years, and have finally decided I don’t ever want it to be a part of my life again. I stopped taking it for what I thought was the last time probably a year ago. While I was in South America, about 6 months later, I stopped having a period, and was breaking out horrendously. After 3 months without a period I finally went to the doctor and after a trans-vaginal ultrasound, they diagnosed me with PCOS. The endocrinologist told me I ABSOLUTELY had to start taking birth control, otherwise my cysts would never go away, so I did. After 6 months of birth control the cysts have decreased so much that now they’re barely visible, and my face has cleared up a ton. My fear is that if I stop the contraceptives, my acne and cysts will come back. I plan to start taking vitex, or chasteberry supplements the week before ending this last pack, to try to help regulate my hormones. I have a very clean diet, consisting of mostly fish, organic vegetables, fruits and only cooking with coconut oil (but I just realized after reading your post that I need to get a non-teflon skillet!). The area where I feel I’m most lacking in your list of tips for regulating hormones is sleep. I struggle so much with sleep because I have to get up to urinate during the night at least 4 or 5 times, and my doctors still haven’t been able to figure out why. Do you have any suggestions for supplements or dietary choices? Sorry for the very long-winded post! Thank you so much for putting together this lovely website with so much valuable information. I appreciate it more than you know.

    • If it were me, I’d try Maca, magnesium, progesterone cream and vitamin d…. I would guess that the urinating is also hormone related and hopefully will fade as they balance…

    • Wouldn’t the PCOS be a potential cause for the frequent urination? Good supplements for PCOS: Vitex, DIM, Evening Primrose Oil, Saw Palmetto.. Have you had your hormones tested? If you know which hormones are out of balance then you can address the issue much easier.

      Also: a lot of people have success with weaning off the pill, rather than stopping it “cold-turkey”

      Good Luck

  64. I’ve had a hysterectomy and am no longer taking a prescription hormone. Is there anything natural you’ve found that could help bring my hormonal balance back?

  65. Has anyone had experience with hidradentitis suppurativa? I’ve only today finally been given a name for what has been causing horrible abscesses under my arms and unsightly recessed purple scars. From the information I’ve found so far most seem to think its more to do with hormones than bacteria which I’m leaning to think may be true as I regularly wash with an anti-bacterial shower gel.
    Unfortunately there’s no cure and apparently will only get worse and so I’m looking to see if anyone has any advice such as if it is hormonal do you think the maca and supplements may help?

  66. I’m struggling! Can you help me? My hormones are completely out of balance. I can sleep (I’m in bed usually at 9:30 and am in bed for 9 hours) but I don’t feel rested when I wake in the morning and realize I don’t get in a deep sleep because I often don’t dream and it’s just a light sleep all night. I have bad headaches throughout the day and feel extremely tired during the day (more so than at night) to the point where I am not productive and just often times crawl back in bed. Very fatigued. I completely lost my libido when my husband and I have only be married for 4 years. It’s a struggle. I can’t seem to keep my temperature regulated. I am freezing very often even during the summer. I’m trying to get the sleep that my body needs by going to bed early, and I don’t drink any caffeine at all. I’m using natural non toxic cleaners, and taking natural calm magnesium at night, exercising and taking coconut oil. But still having these issues. What can I do? THANKS for your help!

  67. I need some advice..alot of advice. For the past year now i have been on a roller coaster ride. My regular OBGYN ran usual blood work to find out that my hormones were out of balance and sent me to their infertility department. After two months on chlomid and close monitoring basically told me that there was nothing else they could do and refered me to a infertility specialist. I am 30 years old and have just been told that i am in the early stages of menopuase. After months at the inferility specialist, with HCG shots, MRI to rule out tumor of pituitary gland, and extensive monitoring, i was told that they do not know why my hormones levels are at this point and that basically, i only had a less than 5% chance of ever becoming pregnant…..and sent me on since i couldnt/wouldnt go forward with IVF. during the past few months, i have went about my life, with very regular 25 day cycle periods, back to my regular OBGYN that basically told me that hormone specialist are a waste of money, and here i sit. Hormones still out of balance, no explanation as to why, regular periods, no signs of being pregnant, low energy, low sex drive, and very, very painful periods, and most recently belly button pain that comes and goes. I am not sure what to do or where to go at this point. I do not have the money to spend spinning around in a circle. At this point, my focus isnt on fertility, it never was, all i have ever wanted was to balance my hormones and be able to be the wife my husband needs me to be. The OBGYN and infertility specialist only show interest in fertility and apparently cant help me with any information regarding hormones. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO? Again, i am 30 years old, 5ft 4 in, 135 lbs, have a descent diet but i suppose it could always be better. I start my day with 1/2 caffeinated coffee with creamer and a bagel, The only other thing i drink the rest of the day is water and i typically eat a salad for lunch (lettuce, craisins, soy nuts or pecans, avacados if i have them, fresh grapes if i have them, and apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar as my dressing), i usually have a greek yogurt for snack, and for dinner, its usually meat/vegetables, sandwhich, frozen pizza, or just a bowl of cereal. Like i said, not a horrible diet, i dont think, but could be better. ANY advice is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks

    • I would cut out dairy, gluten, and soy and see how it effects your hormone levels/testing/fertility. Worked miracles for me!

  68. My question is – After pregnancy and postpartum, we are currently 1 year and 3 months in, I have a developed a dense forest of bristly dark hairs located on either side of my chin……… its not going away, rather, shall we say, getting more foresty every day…… my grandma, my aunt, my mom, and my sister can all relate…. Is there anything specific you would reccomend?

  69. As My father having pimples & oily face…i am also having pimples& oily face..my age was 19…i stop eating oily food,milk,chocolate..so my pimples was lesser…but my oily face is not going..tell me how to clear oily face ?? please help me i am really struggling :( :(

    • Have you seen Wellness Mama’s post on the oil cleansing method? I also have trouble with acne even though I eat extremely healthy. I’ve been using the oil cleansing method she describes for a little while now & my skin is getting better. I use a combination of castor oil, coconut oil & apricot kernel oil. I also made a mixture of a small amount of pure witch hazel (about a teaspoon) plus a few drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil and I use that as a spot treatment (after oil cleansing, i apply a small amount directly on the pimples). Hope that helps!!

  70. I am menopausal and I sweat profusely in my hair especially when I am outside, when I am inside cleaning the house and the a/c is on 77. Its embarrassing and uncomfortable when it just drips down my hair onto the back of my neck. My scalp is always warm and when outside it’s alway very hot. What can I do?

  71. How long is the “balancing phase”? Been struggling with Acne and Skin Discoloration for about 8 years now and my imbalanced hormones are the reason. Besides doing almost everything from chemical peels to countless face washes and cremes, my sleeping habits have been out of sync since college along with my inconsistent exercising habits

  72. Great Article and really helpful….I normally use refined sunflower oil for cooking, is that considered as vegetable oil? please help….Most of the Indian cooking is done either in sunflower, Peanut or Rice bran oil. Please help….

    • Have you tried unrefined coconut oil or olive oil? I cook a lot and use coconut oil in baked goods and any foods that a slight coconut flavor wouldn’t clash with. It would be amazing in Indian food! Just warm it slightly to get it into liquid form. I also use & love olive oil, though I use the regular kind not extra virgin because of the flavor. Good luck!!

  73. I think Maca saved my life!!
    It’s wonderful for balancing hormones and stopped
    My hot flashes in under a week. I take one every 8

  74. I have so many problems specially anxiety and weakness,Drs said i have musles stiffness i took message but still one problem go one comes ,can u help me for this I m 44 yrs old,married 3 kids.please help me

  75. HI! sorry i just stumbled on this article & I love it! thank you! I wanted to ask you: how do you feel about dairy (milk & cheese)? & also what are your thoughts on raw milk?

    thank you in advance for your time.

  76. Another fantastic post! I am sooo thankful for your blog. You are such an inspiration to me, & since finding your site, I have made some major changes in my life. Keep up all the great work! =)

  77. I’m currently taking Alive multivitamin for woman and Fish Oil supplement for the swelling of my joints from recently exercising. I find myself overexhausted, bloated, heavy cramping, migraines, acne, losing my hair, slow metabolism, can’t seem to lose the weight. I have about every symptom there is and I’m only 34. Your site helped a lot, I am going to make some more changes. Can I mix with your recommended supplements for hormone support for what I am already taking?

  78. Your recommendation for blending the coconut oil into coffee has CHANGED my life! I am so happy- cream was my achilles heel- I never thought I could go with out! THNAK YOU!

  79. HI , I am 35 years old .after a tooth removal I had a facial nerve damage and within 4 yrs I have noticed that I am gaining weight. which supplements do you suggest and also how can I come out of leptin resistance … I think that can be one reason for weight gain

  80. Hi, I am not sure if you can help me or not, but I have been feeling very tired lately, seem to have prolonged PMS, and I am putting on weight. I normally weight train, and do cardio, but still the weight either wont budge or just keeps piling on. I have gone to the doctor, and they just keep giving me medication, which he says will help me lose weight (off label use) but is actually Wellbutron. Before all this, I was obese, but I lost a lot of the weight through diet and counting my calories, now I am putting it all back on.

  81. Your ink to Fructose Consumption is broken. Would love to have that info. Thanks for the article, very informative.

  82. Thanks for these extremely helpful tips for balancing hormones. Hormonal imbalance is one of the major reasons of obesity and weight gain. Imbalance in food, lack of nutrients and lack of quality sleep create metabolic disturbances which leads to hormonal imbalance in the body and that further leads to obesity. THYROID, INSULIN, CORTISOL and ESTROGEN are the four major hormones involved in weight gain. One can balance them by consuming right nutrients or food supplements.

  83. I have a huge issue with hormones going back many years, but real problems started when I found out I was low and high thyroid. I had hashimoto’s disease which has completely shut down the left side of my thyroid. The right side had a hot nodule and lesions all over it. They took out my thyroid 2 years ago. Then my female hormones went haywire (I am 39 right now).

    Doc put me on Armour, which helped considerably, and started me on bio-identical progesterone since I was having a period every two weeks. After increasing my dosage multiple times, I quit using that and went to the health food store.

    Chasteberry (vitex) has put me back on a regular cycle. I am in process of trying to clean up my diet so I won’t have cravings and mood swings, but the chasteberry was an excellent starting point. I am on day 26 of my cycle and still no premenstrual symptoms, this is a major miracle!

  84. I recently figured out that I have hormone balance problems. I feel much better in the summers when I get lots of exposure to the sun, so I plan up to up my Vitamin D during the winter. I also have found that since I cut out coffee I feel MUCH better. I feel more hydrated and don’t feel like I’m on an energy rollercoaster throughout the day. Thanks for your great blog!

  85. Hello, I have had hormone imbalance problems for over a year now and am keen to try the supplements that you recommend, instead of taking Yasmin (an oral hormone pill). I’m wondering how long to take these supplements, or how long it could take to see them taking effect? I’m planning to try them for a 3 month trial period. Do you think that would be long enough? Also, would you recommend me taking all of the supplements, or just a select few? I’m planning on getting the Macca, Magnesium, and FCLO, but am unsure about the Vitamin D and Gelatin. What would you suggest? Thanks for much for you blog and feedback! I really appreciate you taking a more natural approach to balancing one’s life and body, and am hoping it can work for me as well.

  86. Sorry, if I missed this in the comments, but I just gotta point out: I think under “Heavy Weights” you meant to put do a few REPS, not SETS. Five- seven is not a few sets :) Am I correct in this assumption? Great info, by the way. I’m on Day 16 of the 30 Day Challenge & am amazed at how easily weight is dropping. I’m not starving & I actually feel like I’m feeding my body well.

  87. Have had bimonthly spotting for 18 months. The Dr just prescribed the mini pill due to my condition of uterine adenomyosis. Im hesitante to go on it and wondering if there is something more natural to try first. Ive had two pregnancies and a tubal after my 2nd. Im 34 and tired of mid cycle bledding. I also have a hard time staying asleep. Is that linked? Im in pretty good shape and workout regularly and eat pretty healthy. I do like to enjoy my glass of wine a few nights a week though. Please advise your thoughts. Thanks.

  88. I decided today it is time to stop using birth control…I wanted to look up natural ways to help my body with the endometriosis and came across your article…I am anxious to try some of the suggestion you have listed, to see if this helps…I have used a low-estrogen bc pill for several years now and the side effects are not fun…I got terrible hot flashes, spotty periods, def weight gain, and I would bloat up so bad around my period, that I looked like I was a few months pregnant…You have so much helpful information on your site and I’m excited over everything I keep finding! It’s refreshing to find all this informationhelp, know there are other options out there…Maybe this will also help stop my migraines I get way too often and some of the other issues I keep noticing with my girl parts! I’m also going to try all natural feminine products because I have a lot of issues with store ones, like it burns when I use them and I have had pelvic pains from them…THANK-YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THIS INFORMATION!!!

  89. ”Leptin is a master hormone,’…”

    Words like ‘master’ to describe achievement, should be replaced. It is sexist to put masculine words on all achievements. Being sexist is anti information and anti progress.

  90. Thank you a million times for this article!! My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and it has been one emotional ride. I believe the reason we haven’t is because of me. I have had Colitis-ish, auto-immune issues for years. I also get my period every two weeks and battle vicious anemia because of it. A long time ago I went on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and remember the hugest benefit of that diet was my periods being regular. I eat similar now but splurge on junk a little too often and I believe it is hindering my body from adjusting my hormones. I want to be healthy so badly. I want to feel good again and sleep through the night. Mostly, I want to be able to have a baby (or two or three). I will do all the above things you mentioned. Thank you, thank you! This has given me some hope back.

    • Wellness Mama, your website is the absolutely best one I have come across. Thank you for all your hard work! I know this question can be super nebulous, but I’m hoping you can help me. My back story is that this past year I was under a ton of work stress and basically diagnosed myself with low progesterone based on my low BBT. I got pregnant and miscarried twice, which was heartbreaking. Anyway, for the past four months I have made huge changes. Walking (instead of running) everyday, magnesium, vitamin B, coconut oil, raw liver pills, no gluten, sugar, or dairy, and I quit my job. However, my BBT has improved somewhat, but not nearly as much as I thought it would by now. Do I just need to be patient? What do you think?

        • I am wondering if you have an opinion on Crinone (a natural progesterone suppository). It was prescribed and recommended to me by a reproductive endocrinologist since we have been trying to get pregnant for a long time (even though my progesterone levels are good). Is this a good option or is there a benefit you see to using the cream instead? I am supposed to start it tomorrow and trying to decide.

          Thanks so much! Making these decisions about what to try is so hard!

  91. Hi Katie! I’m wanting to get off the “pill” which has helped me with “hormonal acne” in the past – but the last time I tried to get off I had a crazy outbreak of acne for about 8 months. I then decided to get back on because it was causing scaring. :( I truly believe it’s all hormonal and if I can fix it naturally I will! Do any of these methods help with skin issues? I’m hearing Maca is great to take while getting off the pill, but I think I”m scared because of what happened last time… Anyway, I am healthy, exercise and am now doing a juice cleanse to get rid of toxins – thought now would also be a great time to rid myself of the pill! Any advice you can give would be great. I really appreciate it. Thank you! God bless

  92. I just stumbled upon this article as I was trying to learn why my heart keeps palpitating throughout the day. I’ve heard it could be hormonal imbalances. The palpitations typically trigger a panic attack. (These have been occurring for the past two months). I’ve also noticed the palpitations after eating foods.
    I’m a health nut, I don’t eat a lot of processed foods, and I’m also 23 years old. So this stuff is weirding me out. I am currently taking a 25mg beta blocker to help ward off any annoying heart thumps, but I also hate pills. I’m just looking for answers! Hope you read this!

    • Have you seen your Cardioligist? Having palpitations, especially when you are already on a beta blocker, could be a sign that you need a different dose, or have electrolyte imbalances. If they are severe enough, it could be a deadly mistake not to get checked out. A simple EKG can tell a lot about why you are having frequent palpitations! I highly suggest a follow-up with your Doctor, if you have not already.

  93. I have dark spots arround my neck and underarms?
    Pls help me im 20 yrs old
    When I was 17yrs old my neck and my underarms start to get dark.after that I meet a doctor he told me to loose my weghit.
    Then I goes to a gym fallow some diet plans
    Use some fat burning pills like Lipo6x
    But im still 100kgs
    My height is 5.10 inches
    Is there any cure to this.
    I heard this happens because of hormone unbalance

  94. I have a cyst on my pineal gland and since my fourth child I have had SEVERE PMS. I was wondering if you know of a connection between the two and where to start so I can feel better!? Do you think it is possible to shrink the cyst? Would decalcifying the pineal glad shrink the cyst? Herbs supplements etc.?

  95. I’ve read several of your posts related to balancing hormones (and scoured the internet as well). Unfortunately, I’m having a difficult time finding information specifically related to managing PCOS while nursing. The majority of the information I can find is related to increasing supply (which I don’t need to do).

    I’m 1 month postpartum and eating a clean, pseudo paleo diet. While I feel much better than when I was TTC, I can tell that my hormones are still out of balance including an increase testosterone.

    Of the supplements and herbs you discuss, what is safe while nursing? Thank you for your help.

  96. Wellness Mama,
    I am 37 and have been on a primal diet for over a year. I was recently told I have Low T. Would Maca help me too?

  97. Hi Wellness Mama!
    I love your site and all the great information for living a more natural lifestyle. I am in the beginning phase of IVF treatments and doing the blood work to check on all my levels. My prolactin level was high (not sure what it was) so now I have to re-take the blood test. I’m a little worried about this but trying to stay positive till I find out whats going on.

    What can I do to lower the prolactin levels and put my hormones in check and better my chances of IVF going through with a happy ending, a baby.

    Thanks for your help! :-)

  98. Is Swiss Water Method Decaffeinated Coffee just as bad as drinking caffeinated coffee? Also your post states that “intense exercise” can be bad in the short run for your hormone imbalance. I have been doing HIIT and Tabata drills for about 2 years, but I just found out that my progesterone and Estridol were not even registering on the blood test. I also have adrenal fatigue and on the border of having hypothyroidism.
    What kind of “aerobic” exercise is there left to do? Why is heavy weight lifting ok, when that can raise your heart rate just as high as HIIT if you are truly lifting heavy weights? I weight train 2 to 3 times a week and do anaerobics the other 2 to 3 days of the week.

  99. Wellness Mama…Hello…thanks for all of this wonderful info…so much for me to learn. One question…I have Hypothyroidism and have been on Synthroid, generic synthroid and Tirosint for the past 26 years. Due to severe endometriosis, nothing could be saved and at age 31, I had to have a total hysterectomy. I am now 48. I have been supplementing with Maca and feeling pretty good. Not all the way there yet but def on my way. I have been able to go off (gradually) my Estrogen completely but am so confused as to it is ok for me to take the Maca? Some ppl on here say no because of hypothyroid, some say it helps the thyroid. Please help me with this issue. Thanks again 😀

  100. Also, I’ve found Norweigan Cod Liver oil capsules at a much cheaper price. Would these be acceptable for those of us who are on a tight budget? I’m post-pregnancy and am no longer breast feeding (unfortunately) and have recently self diagnosed myself with hyperthyroidism. My Dr. has confirmed i do have an over active hyroid. But I am also trying to naturally get my hormones back to normal, even though i recently got the mareena iud. So, i feel like if i take these supplements in capsule form i will more likely take them than the oils and such. Are they as effective?

  101. I have had a terrible time balancing my blood sugar for as long as I can remember–I have really low dips where I am lightheaded, even though I try to do everything right with light exercise, protein, slow carbs, and all that. I’m 38 now, and have had 2 pregnancies. I feel the most balanced during pregnancies and in the time afterward, before I get my period back. Do you think the blood sugar issue could be related to hormones? Or is it even blood sugar at all?

    • did you get any answer to this? I can somewhat relate, not to the extreme low blood sugars but to the best feeling during and right after pregnancies…. It is just wierd and I have lost weight with both (down 25 lbs right after delivery)

  102. Which *color* maca do you recommend for pre-menopausal women (black, red, cream, combo)? Do you recommend a different maca for men? Thank you!

  103. What a great blog!
    I am a mommy of 2, who has been trying for the past 2 years to get pregnant again. It is just not happening. In the past 6 months, I have been seeing a fertility Dr. Hubbie and I have done a few months of monitoring, and he hasn’t found much. They found out my husband has hypothyroidism.. and he thinks I MAY be low on progesterone.. so for the past 2 months, from day 20 until I get my period, I’ve been taking 2 capsules a day. For the past year, my periods seem a little irregular.. on day 26 (ish) I will spot for the day.. then a couple days later.. I will get a full period…so I definitely think my hormones are off. I do use coconut oil in cooking (but I will try to eat more).. but do you have any other suggestions on what you think will help (I will also get some meca). thanks so much for any advice— very frustrated–

  104. I have been diagnosed with Estrogen Dominance and I’ve been told to really stick with lots of organic cruciferous veggies from many credible sources, but I saw that you suggest not eating these raw if you have thyroid issues.
    Since they usually go together, both Estrogen Dominance and thyroid issues, what do you suggest? Just that they be cooked?
    I’m trying to be as natural about all of this as I can, while still taking my progesterone pills.

  105. I’ve been poring over your blog like a mad woman. I’ve been learning a lot about this stuff already from other sources, but your blog is like a 1 stop shop… thank you so much for the service you provide!

  106. Hi katie,
    I have a pilonidal cyst and i just can not think of going under its surgery ..I want to know if you know a natural remedy to banish this horrible thing ,its one of the biggest worries and i feel so frustrated, It was due to pilonidal cysts..!would appreciate your reply. please help me .
    thanks .

  107. Great info and I agree! Except for the supplements part. There is a lot of research that shows supplements are not only ineffective because they break down as soon as they are processed into supplement form, but they are linked to many diseases and illnesses. I truly believe you can only get vitamins and nutrients from food. But, that’s just my opinion. Anyway…great article, and I am thrilled to see you sharing awareness about the dangers of Omega-6 oils which are, sadly, in SO many packaged items, including organic. I so wish companies would use coconut oil instead. Thanks for writing this! xo

  108. Have you ever heard about EstroBlock? and if yes what do you think about? i have been reading that its really good for balancing hormones

  109. hii
    my girlfriend(21 year old) has period problem,her periods are not balance…she noticed a gap of 2-3 days between dates every months(from last 3-4 months) and feeling pain in left side of back and in left knee.
    please help me.

  110. Hi,
    I was wondering about the amount of coconut oil that you recommended for unbalanced hormones. Will a 1/4 cup cause weight gain? I’ve been wanting to try this, but am already overweight and don’t want to gain more.
    Thank you,

  111. Hello Wellness Mama and readers,
    I’m wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I’ve been following the whole foods lifestlyle for nearly a year now. By whole foods I mean no gluten, only fermented dairy, lots of local fruits and veggies, sauerkraut, and adding in bone broths, meat and wild trout. While I feel great most of the time, and believe it has helped with my bipolar disorder, it has wrecked havoc on my hormones and now suffer from a painful fibroid. What caused this? There’s no family history of fibroids, and I’ve always had light cycles. The only think I could think of is that I’ve unintentionally lost some weight and my BMI is too low (17.2). The doctor prescribed a low dose birth control for me, which I start taking today. The pain is so severe, I can’t function or sometimes even walk, so I’m going to see if they help.
    So my question is what am I doing wrong? Is this whole foods lifestyle unhealthy for some people? Many thanks for any replies.

  112. Since coming off depo injection January I havent had a peroid but my temper an ranging anger, I no it hormoans I went to doctors and all they offered me was antidepressants an no advice, I want this anger to stop an my peroids back to normal… please help

  113. I did write a comment but It dint post for some reson?? My problem is I was on depo injection for just over 3 years after having my 3rd child, I come off it this January and I still havent had a peroid I no and understand it can take a while but im suffering with terrible anger and I no its my hormoans. I went to see my doctor but all they offered was antidepressants and no advice :( I just want this anger gone and have normal peroids… ive started taking cod liver oil and vitamin b complex and drinking green tea or camomile tea I dont no what else I can do to help myself as antidepressants are not for me when I no its my hormoans causing this… please help and thank you for reading

    • Hi I just wanted to say you’re not alone! I stopped Depo in December and when I told the doctor about the aggression/period issues/sleep trouble/temperature control issues he said I had depression, then tried to give me the combined pill for my period and an antidepressant!! After 3 months on the pill (I refused the antidepressants I’m not putting that rubbish in my body), SURPRISE my period’s still not sorted! I think I know my own body and I know damn well I don’t have depression because the symptoms are wrong (usually depression is permanent not every 2 weeks, doesn’t follow your menstrual cycle, and doesn’t mimic really bad PMS: I think I have PMDD), so I’ve just bought Maca capsules off Amazon to try, they should arrive next week. I went for capsules because some people said the powder tasted foul even mixed in other foods (other people really liked the taste so I guess its like marmite – you either love it or hate it). I will be taking it alongside the pill (because I’m not on it for BC reasons). I will try to remember to let you know how it turns out.

  114. I was wondering… I experienced a severe traumatic brain injury 32 years ago when I was 20 years old. No one ever asked about or tested my hormones, I didn’t have a period until I was about 30 years old, was otherwise “normal” except for the TBI, didn’t have any difficulties before the injury. Now, at age 52 I am experiencing uncomfortable heart pounding, not speeded up, I don’t believe, just more like sitting on the starting blocks waiting to run a 100 meter race, only no race and all day. I wonder now what I can do to calm my heart, it wakes me up at night, causes severe anxiety, unhappiness and fatigue. Thank you :- )

  115. Hiya thanks so much for your replies, I no mine aint depression so antidepressants aint for me im not tear full or feeling low more so frustrated as still no period’s but sensitive breasts well more pregnancy sytoms really an there nooo way of that but doctor not really willing to listen :( what is Maca capsules? Once again thanks for reply!

  116. Hi! Great post. Quick question (and I hope you get back to me!) :) you suggested a variety of supplements to help balance hormones, but j was wondering if you suggest taking all of these at the same time or just choosing one? And if just choosing one how do you decide which one would be the most beneficial for you?

    Thanks! Love your website!

  117. What are your opinions on chasteberry? I recently had my Mirena IUD removed and started taking chasteberry supplements to help get my hormones back to normal faster.

  118. I’m 48 and sprouting black course hair all over my chin and neck. I have to pluck morning and night. Whats causing this and what can I do to make it stop?

    • Go to a chiropractor. Clearing your nervous system will definitely work to balance your hormones. Search for a reputable one with great reviews in your area. If you can find one that uses torque release technique, try them.

  119. I’m so happy I found this post! I have been suffering with vulvadynia for 4 years and recently have made a few changes to my diet and have already noticed some improvement. (note: I am not taking any advice from doctors–they have only wanted to put me on medications to mask the pain, not cure it) I truly believe my vulvadynia was caused by a hormonal imbalance and from being on the pill for nearly 10 years. I am wondering though, what are the affects of alcohol on hormone? Can I enjoy a night of drinks occasionally (ie once a week or every two weeks) without being worried? Thanks again!

  120. Hi! I have been struggling with many issues the lastffew years and got a hormone test done as I was dealing with persistent acne. I was diagnosed with adrenal exhaustion by my chiropractor and put on a supplement with b vitamins and whole liver. That was 6 months ago and I am still having breakouts especially around my chin. I have been faithfully taking thepills for 6 months. Do you have any advice? My cChiro is convinced that it is a gut problem but the location is clearly hormonal and it gets especially bad before my period. I was low in an estrogen and very low in progesterone. Would bvitamins have helped raise those levels? Thanks so much for what you do!

  121. Hi Wellness mama,
    Thanks for the informative tips! I’m a very healthy 41 year old mother of 3 young kids. Just recently found out I have high estrogen level. I have to get brca gene test done and possible uterine scan. Do you feel that I fit into your catergorized tips for balancing? Any thing specific for high estrogen? Thanks!

  122. Hi Wellness Mama!,
    Thank you for your website and information on natural supplements. It`s nice to find a site that talks about hormonal imbalances in women and remedies!

    I`m a mother of twin boys and since having my twins I have had extreme hormonal imbalance during the postpartum phase. My boys are almost ten months old and I`m still experiencing different problems. One of my mistakes I think in re-balancing my hormones was getting an iud Mirena inserted 5 months postpartum, I ended up taking out the iud after two months because it through my hormones for another loop and my body did not respond well to it. So here I’am trying to re-balance my hormones again.

    I take a womens multi-vitamin ever day, vitex chasteberry, dandelion root, eat well balanced diet, get lets of rest, exercise and use all unscented soaps and products and nothing seems to be solving the problem all together.
    I have had extreme skin rashes, eczema, dry skin, Itchy red eyes that come and go, vaginal dryness, low libido, and itchy nipples being the worst!

    My skin has gotten a little better since using unscented products, hydrating, etc. I have seen a dermatologist and my doctor and they say there is nothing i can do but let my hormones balance naturally!. This is frustrating as there is only so long one can have patience with the itchiness and problems.
    I have a normal period but it is short but still on cycle. I`m at the end of my rope. I understand having twin pregnancy does numbers on your hormones and postpartum can be a year or more but the symptoms I`m having I know are hormone related and not postpartum.

    Any advice or help you can provide would be extremely appreciated. I read your post and thinking of adding coconut oil daily and maca supplement but I`m unsure as to what else to do.
    Thank you so much!!!

  123. I’ve got polycystic ovaries and been trying to get pregnant for the last 6 months. I don’t get any period whatsoever, but before going on medication to stimulate my ovaries, I’d like to try some natural remedies. I know I’m not overweight (176cm, 63kg), so I don’t need to lose weight. I LOVE coconut oil and I eat it pretty much every single day. I’ve been taking vitamins for conception (Vitabiotics, Pregnacare), but I’m starting to wonder if they’re doing my body any good. I’d like to try Maca that you mention in your post, but could you please advise if it is safe to use it, if I’m trying to get pregnant? For some reason, on the package, it says that you should consult your doctor before taking it if you’re pregnant. I just wonder if you know what the possible dangers are?

  124. Hi. After a mamogram, the Dr told me that I have density in my 2 breasts. So, what shall I eat to lessen this problem as this can put me at high risk for breast cancer.

  125. Hi,
    I bought the gelatin but could you please answer a few questions… How much do you take, how often and how do you take it?

  126. Happy Wednesday! I truly enjoy your blog, it has been so helpful to myself and I have referred many of my friends to it as well.

    Here is my question:

    So, it looks like the suggestions for balancing hormones is a combination of magnesium, gelatin, maca, exercise, sleep , good healthy food of course.. but I also see you refer to natural progesterone.

    Do you see these as working together as a solution or take one over the other? Right now, I am taking an herbal supplement with ashwaganda, red raspberry, black cohosh and a few other things in it. It has helped balance my emotions but my hot flashes and sleeping issues have not been solved by this supplement.

    I went to the bioidentical route via estrogen creme and a prescription biodidential progesterone (generic version of Prometrium) and it appears that I had hot flashes in the morning because of it? and we weren’t sure if my heart palpatations were triggered because of it.

    I am looking for some solutions and would welcome your input.

      • Thanks so much Katie, I have been on the other supplements for almost two years and I am post menopausal. I should have put that in the comment, my apologies.

        Perhaps i should take the progesterone cream with them? I did order the Maca but haven’t received it yet. I am not going to proceed until I fully investigate everything, but I truly need to get a good night’s sleep and stop peeing 10x a night!

  127. I’m implemented these life changes (except for the sleep part – I own a business so… it’s on the to do list!) into my life and my skin cleared after 7 years of adult hormonal acne. I cannot thank you enough! I love your writing and follow it all. Thank you for what you do! I wish you continued success!

  128. Hi I’m 23 years old and I usually get period for every 40 days with no pain, but i miss these month period some of my friends said its hormonal imbalance. Can u please suggest me to solve these problem?

  129. I started working a night about three months ago and since then I have not had my period. And yes I am positive I’m not pregnant. Any thing you would suggest to get my period regulated again?? Its making me Moody and a bit depressed because of hormones. Help please!

    • I’m not the hostess, but that sounds like a classic description of something motherwort should help with. (I’m assuming you’re okay with mints.) You can find the dried herb at some bulk herb stores. I make a tincture out of it, myself, and use it instead of hormone therapy, but friends have used it for moodiness, cramping, and headaches, too.

      Disclaimer that I’m not a doctor or anything, just a layman. :)

  130. This is what I needed to read!! I had a baby 6 months ago, and my body is having a really hard time regulating my cycle. So my nurse midwife could only suggest birth control as a way to balance my hormones. I have never been on the Pill before, and was having a hard time deciding what to do since I am having major issues right now! I found your article on balancing your hormones naturally and am going to give it a try! My biggest issue is sleep right now, because I have a growing baby that is teething and in and out of sleep patterns. I have no energy and feel so rundown. Do you have any tips for me on this area? Your other suggestions are totally feasible, and I am headed to grab some items today. Thank you!

  131. Hi,

    I am 26 yr old weighing 103kg. I had been overweight since my school days. At the age of 15, I went on a diet where I would only have the lunch and skip all the others. I excercised very heavily too. I lost around 18kgs at that time but since then I had my worst time. After the age of 15 I started having pimples and still have it though not so much. I am losing my hair since the last 3-4 years. And I have 1 strange problem, I seem to be allergic to masturbation. Whenever I have it, I get pimples, cold and some brown color discharge from my anus for the next few days, I am really really worried now. I feel like commiting suicide at times. I am not sure what is wrong with my body causing so many problems. Please help me if you have any idea/suggestions?

  132. I have a hormone disorder, though I have the “uncommon” form of it that isn’t quite hyperthyroidism. I’ve actually found that a motherwort tincture (made myself in potato vodka) is more effective than hormone therapy, for me, particularly when I’m supplementing iodine and vitamin D. (I’m chronically low in the latter one… My allergies are myriad, but they include grass, trees, shrubs, cacti, many flowers (including lavender), rice, tomato, egg yolk, almond, stevia, aggregate berries, coconut, and almost every single standard cooking oil.

    I actually make my own extracts and tinctures because of my allergies, because I know I won’t react to potato vodka, and I can share that without hurting any of the people I know with potato vodka.

  133. When you say exercise lightly, is some cardio okay? I have been doing T25 from Beachbody, following the low impact modifier. So I don’t jump or hop, but still get all the benefits of the workout. I usually hate working out, but this is a workout that I love and I can feel the rush of endorphins, something I don’t often feel when I exercise. I’d hate to have to put it on hold, but I know my hormones are crazy messed up right now.

  134. Hi, ever since I have been put on birth control my hormones have been totally out of whack and I have experience acne that I have never had before. Normally my skin is clear. Is there anything that you would specifically recommend to balance hormones that are put out by birth control?
    I also eat a lot of natural, organic peanut butter – does this often inflame acne?

    Thank you! Your blog is awesome!

  135. I’ve been suffering from a hormonal imbalance of some kind for awhile now. I’m 28 and I’ve been progressively gaining weight for no reason, I’m 50 pounds above my normal weight, I’ve always been skinny and nothing has really changed in my diet, if anything, now I eat a lot healthier. I’m also always very fatigued. I don’t sleep well. Last Hear I stopped getting my period for 4 months, then it came for 2 months and now I haven’t gotten it again for a couple of months. I’ve been reading a lot about hormones and I think this is the first article I find that is not only informative, but also gives some advice as what to do to help. I will follow these tips until I can visit a doctor, hopefully everything can be corrected through natural methods. Thanks for the article!

  136. Hello wellness mama thank you so much for this blogpost I come back to this every couple of days trying to figure out what I can better and what else I can do to better my situation. I am a 24 year old female who feels is desperate and depressed I am suffering from low/ unbalances hormones. I take maca often. I know I need to stay away from nasty vegetable oils which I unfortunately sometimes still have. I try to take in good fats like avocados , cold pressed extra virgin olive,coconut and fish oil . I take a probiotic and try to eat fairly decent. No refined starches and minimal carbs to keep my blood sugar balanced, grass fed and free range meats so on and so on. With all my efforts Idk why I don’t feel any better. Any help please? I feel all the good things I eat my body won’t absorb and I am still fighting inflammation . I try to keep stress at a minimum but with the way I physically feel I cant help to feel depressed an hopeless about life.Help me please wellness mama thank you so much xxx God bless
    – magy

  137. hi, after 18 days of having my periods, i still see blood after i clean with tissue when i finish urinating, and when am taking my shower as well. what could this be? please i need help. because i want to have kids soon

    • It is important to see an OB-GYN as soon as possible. Most cities have health department of free clinics if you are worried about cost.

  138. Hi

    I have my AMH level was 0.74 my age was 26 can you please tell me how to increase that via food items.Please mention the food items.

  139. Katie- I noticed that Great Lakes has two different gelatins. Should I be getting the red one or green one? Is there one you prefer?
    Thank you!

  140. Thank you so much for this, Katie!

    I was wondering something – you said that the gelatin is a great source of calcium and magnesium… does that mean I won’t need to supplement with them? I’m not getting a lot in my diet right now.

    Also, I’m super confused as to whether or not the cod liver oil has vitamin k2 in it? I want to make sure I’m getting that because I take vitamin D.

    Thanks a bunch for your help!!!

  141. Thank you for this post, :) one question though, about the leptin….I’m loosing my hair at a rate of knots, even though my youngest is just over one and a half years old, and I’m only 30. I suspect hormone imbalance though as I’m not sleeping enough, i’m very stressed, I have heart arrhythmia & I sweat a lot. I’m trying to figure out the steps to take to fix this, but I’m confused about the leptin. I can eat and eat, yet i’m skinny and never put on weight (lucky? :), is that also an issue with leptin? Not sure if I should address it, though maybe if there was a problem I wouldn’t have been fertile enough to have two kids….any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • I am 29 and my baby is going to be Two in may. I am losing my hait also. I am not on any birth control because I have bad reactions to them. I am also having tightness in my chest, anxiety, depression, and feel so stressed for no apparent reason. I try to reduce stress as much as possible. I dont get as much sleep as i should. Baby and full time job and all. I do yoga, eat pretty healthy. I eat lots of healthy fats and vegis. I had my thyroid checked and my testosterone. Both came back “normal”. Im a healthy weight but have irregular periods. My doctor keeps telling me I’m fine but I know there something not right. I shouldn’t be losing my hair and feeling like this at my age. Could it be hormone imbalance? Please help.

    • I have these same symptoms. I am 29 and my baby is going to be Two in may. I am losing my hair. I am not on any birth control because I have bad reactions to them. I am also having tightness in my chest, anxiety, depression, and feel so stressed for no apparent reason. I try to reduce stress as much as possible. I dont get as much sleep as i should. Baby and full time job and all. I do yoga, eat pretty healthy. I eat lots of healthy fats and vegis. I had my thyroid checked and my testosterone. Both came back “normal”. Im a healthy weight but have irregular periods. My doctor keeps telling me I’m fine but I know there something not right. I shouldn’t be losing my hair and feeling like this at my age. Could it be hormone imbalance? Please help.

  142. I found an awesome Wild Yam derived Bio-Identical Progesterone cream that was featured on a local radio program in Metro Detroit a couple months ago. I began taking the product right away after hearing all the benefits. It’s been incredible. I didn’t realize that the depression, irritability, and insomnia I was experiencing was due to a hormone imbalance. Thank God for this!!

    I’ve also been taking their nutritional formula for the past month or so, and accidentally quit drinking coffee as a result. Hope this helps someone as much as it’s helped me!!

  143. Great article. Very helpful information, and I particularly liked the information about incorporating exercise into a hormone balancing program. Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of cortisol, DHEA, and sex hormone testing. The ability to evaluate where in the day cortisol is low, high, or normal makes things easier when looking to optimize nutritional supplements. For example, licorice root is known to increase the half-life of cortisol so if your salivary cortisol level is normal in the morning, but low at noon than it makes more sense to take licorice root around 11 am, as opposed to first thing in the morning.

  144. Hello,

    I am a woman who enjoys working out and want to adapt some of the practices you’ve shared but afraid my active lifestyle will work against me. Is working out 5 days a week harmful? I want to keep in shape and look good. Please advise.

  145. You forgot about overtraining when it comes to weight lifting, as myself included is very guilty of this , and I’m sure many people are.
    I will lift for about 2-3 hours sometimes, so one should keep it to about 40 mins tops, I believe.

  146. I’m really trying to balance my hormones specifically leptin in hopes of clearing up my acne. I eat pretty good but I’m always hungry. My question is when u mentioned above to avoid shortening does that include Spectrum organic palm shortening?

  147. Hello Wellness Mama,

    Thanks for the tips on balancing hormones: I had terrible problems with my period ever since I was about 16: I had very heavy bleeding, terrible mood swings, and cramps so bad that I had to overdose on extra-strength painkillers just to get through the day (I couldn’t just take a week or two out of the month during college to writhe around in my bed). I later found out that endometriosis runs in the female side of my family: both my aunts had to have their uterus removed, one had an ovarian cyst burst and had to be rushed to the hospital, and my mom used to bleed so bad that when a doctor (finally) took her symptoms seriously (10 years later!!!) she needed a blood transfusion because she had NO IRON in her blood – yes, she used to bleed THAT BAD. the Doctor made her tech redo the test because my mother shouldn’t have been CONSCIOUS let alone walking! Some time later she needed surgery in her abdomen, and the surgeon sat down with her and asked, “How could you not have been in excruciating pain? Your abdominal cavity is COVERED in scar tissue!”

    I started on a low-hormone oral birth control a few years ago and it’s been a miracle worker: to women who have no reproductive health issues I’m sure it will cause problems, but for women like me? Please don’t bash the pill, or discourage women from using it! Though it took maybe 2 years before things finally “settled down”, and I’ve had nothing but good things (lighter periods, better moods, less cramps, regular periods – never had those before – and improved overall well being). Please understand that some of us really do NEED birth control as hormone therapy – no amount of sleep, natural supplements, exercise or Leptin will ever come close to doing what that magic little pink pill does.

  148. I am breastfeeding my 13 month old and still haven’t gotten my period back. We’d like to try to conceive ASAP because we’re both older ( me-39, he-44). I already do most of these lifestyle habits, but not the supplements. Would they hep to get my body regulated again and are they safe to take while breastfeeding?

  149. Hey. I am a 13 year old girl, and was finding a solution for weight loss for my mom. She is 42, and have broken feets. When seg had born me, she had a huge operation, and after some monts she got broken her feets. In her both feets there are a steel plate and 8 screws. So she have difficulties in walking. Her weight is 86 and her metabolism is very slow. I don’t if it has to do something with hormones. I hope i get an answer from u anyway. Thanks in advance.
    PS: i am a huge fan of yours

  150. Hi wellness mama:

    I’m wondering if you can elaborate on your suggestion specifically on 1/4 cup of coconut oil a day help hormonal balance in your experience? 1/4 of oil seemed a lot to me…

  151. I was wondering about maca. I was told recently that maca is very bad for people with hypertension issues. While I understand it’s very good for balancing hormones, I wonder if there is a better way to take it rather than in supplement. I know that in the Andes they cook with maca flour. Anyway, I was a big maca advocate when I suggested it to a woman who began taking it in a health shake form and ended up in the ER because of a sudden spike in her blood pressure. It was later I found out that maca should not be used by women with hypertension. However I wonder, can women who have PCOS that can lead to heart disease safely ingest maca? Your thoughts and anyone else with an experience with maca would be great. I’ve been struggling with PCOS since after my son was born, yet no Dr. (I’ve seen 12) has been able to explain why my hormones spiked after having my son. Nor can they explain why my hormones have not gone back to normal. Yet, when I’ve gotten extensive profiles and tests done, my blood work and saliva tests only come back with minor elevations in certain hormones, primarily androgens. I am not obese, nor have I ever had a problem with weight particularly. However I do have problems with acne, excess hair on my chin and belly. My periods have always been regular. Therefore, the Dr.’s have no idea what to do with me. I just wanted to share because I think it’s really important to understand that female hormone production and imbalances are severely under researched. I am one of many women who are struggling with this problem. I feel like there must be more data and herbal treatments available since the herbal practices have been around a lot longer than allopathic medicine. Anyway, thoughts, suggestions, concerns?

  152. I consume about 3-6 tablespoons daily of Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil regardless of what I eat. I don’t ever limit my cholesterol or saturated fat intake ever. I do have high cholesterol but don’t believe it is a problem. My total was 241 my HDL was 104 my LDL 128 VLDL 9 and my triglycerides were only 43…. This was 9 months ago. I don’t want to ever get it checked again and yelled at by a worthless doctor. Daily I eat about 2-3 pastured eggs and around 12-16 ounces of organic grass-fed beef or organic chicken. Along with plenty of veggies and some fruits and seeds/nuts.

  153. Hello there. My mother is 50yrs young. But since last few years she has been suffering from Headaches, Acidity, Gas troubles etc. She got her eyes operated, one for Retina detachment and the other for Cataract.
    I’m worried about her, she is a Teacher and she has to travel 13kms daily on a two-wheeler, in the Sun, or the rain or the cold.
    Sometimes she complains of severe headaches, lasting to two to three days. Simultaneously with stomach troubles like gas and acidity. Is Age factor the only cause of this..?
    As far as I think, this hormonal imbalance thing triggers her headaches and indigestion.
    Can anything be done to stabilize her body and hormones..? I read about Cod Liver oil, coconut and magnesium in your article. kindly help me out. I feel so helpless.

  154. Do you think that after eliminating as many synthetic estrogen containing products like shampoo and stuff, that it could have an effect on your menstrual cycle? I know it sounds like opposite of what would happen but ever since I eliminated everything I could think of I have been bleeding abnormally and missed periods. My gyn said that my testosterone is slightly elevated but it always has been since I was 12. Every other test came back normal.

  155. Hi Katie:

    I am 53 years old and the past 8 years have been a nightmare. I am 5’11” and have always been thin 140 lbs. But when I started menopause everything changed. I am now overweight 200 lbs and all the weight is in my middle. I am now diabetic with high Triglycerides, hot flashes that make me want to jump out of my skin, insomnia, dry eye and extreme fatigue. I’vd had blood work done and everything is good as far as thyroid. So they attribute all this to menopause. I take some supplements but not sure if they are the right things to take – milk thistle, black cohosh, muti-vitamin, green tea, curcumin and D3. Where does a person like me start? I am so frustrated and becoming depressed. I just want to feel good again and loose a few lbs.

  156. Thank you for your article. I know I have a hormone imbalance. I had C diff not long ago and still trying to get regular from that. I’ve noticed a lot of weight gain lately and excessive belly/waist fat. I tried everything. Recently did a smoothie cleanse to help regulate my hormones by cleaning toxins out but don’t think that worked. Weight came down just a little but still have the tire around my midsection. Hair thinning, lots of acne and I can’t seem to shed these pounds. What can I do to clean these toxins out to get a jump start on balancing my hormones by doing what you suggested? I am miserable.

  157. Hi Wellness Mama,

    Wanted to know your take on birth control pills – do you feel that the changes to the female hormonal system is problematically disruptive? What are your overall thoughts? Do the cons outweigh the pros?

  158. Hi! I love your article and will look at your other posts, as well. I have just started to work on my hormone health. I am on day 13 of no caffeine, no sugar/sugar substitute, no alcohol and only whole foods. I am feeling much better. My question is a little off your topic. If I make my own stevia extract ……..stevia leaves marinated in vodka, then simmered for 30 minutes, strained and refrigerated. May I use this as a sweetener?

    Thank you! Karen

  159. Hi, I had a question and I apologize ahead of time if it’s already been asked. I took plan b pill 6-7 weeks ago and am feeling extremely depressed! I’m pretty positive it’s a hormonal imbalance because I went through this same thing 2 1/2 years ago when I stopped taking birth control that I had been on for 5 years. What would help me the most? I am on a budget as well and would love to hear your advice.

    • That would be a question for your doc. Personally, I’ve always avoided any type of hormonal contraceptive as they are terrible for the body’s natural hormonal rhythms and I have seen some research that they can cause problems like that.

  160. Hi there! I’m a new follower and working on balancing out my hormonal acne at age 30… blah! Anyway I’m researching maca before I try it. Is there any documentation on the safety of taking that during pregnancy? Not pregnant yet but family planning :). Thanks!

  161. I don’t think I eat any omega 3s 6 or 9s if I was to take supplements what of each should I get? I have pcos a lot of acne and acid indegestion

  162. I was wondering if you could give diet recommendations for a hyperactive thyroid. Graves disease. As well as Adrenal Fatigue and female hormone issues. I also suffered from Fibromyalgia and Gout before I went raw vegan.

  163. what kind of diet for Graves’ disease? TSH is .010. Have cut out all sugar and white flour. I eat organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef, and only fats are avacado oil, grass fed butter, olive oil, and coconut oil. I do cross fit for exercise. Have done this for months and not feeling better.

  164. Thanks for this great article Katie.
    Im just wondering about plastic storage. I use plastic for string quite a but and i know its not ideal but find it hard to find freezing alternatives, any ideas or hot tips?

    We get our organic veggies every fortnight and I wash and freeze my greens and put them in portions in snap-lock bags in the freezer for convenience etc (I’ve known its not great but I can’t think of an easier way)

    I also use plastic containers for freezing my daughters meals.

    Any handy hints?

  165. I’m not sure if you’ve said anything about this before, but is it possible to be healthy and live naturally and balance hormones, etc if you are vegetarian? I’m on the fence about whether meat is good for you, I’m leaning towards it is only if it comes from the right place, but I myself just cannot take an animals life for my own health it doesn’t seem right to me at all, I still eat butter (organic valley because it’s all that available near me, and because it says pasture raised) but other than that I pretty much don’t eat cheese or drink milk, occasionally I’ll eat full fat yogurt (stoney fields because it’s organic but I don’t think it’s grass fed)…. So I can’t take things like fermented cod liver oil or eat gelatin, or bone broth or anything… Also I still eat grains as of right now, trying to not eat any added sugar, and ocasionally processed thing that are most likely organic, trying my best to avoid GMO’s… I live with my boyfriend (who goes along with this natural stuff but doesn’t like it’s price tag) and together we have about $2,000 a month before bills leaving us with like under 500 a month for food (except even less if we want to save money, which we do)… Do you have any suggestions?

  166. Great article! Thank you for sharing all that information with me. I bumped into your site searching for ways to balance out hormones. I started having issues with my hormones after my first miscarriage 4 years ago. I’ve gone to many doctors and all they want me to do is take bc pills… so I did for a while but my body had a negative reaction toward them it gave me horrible migraines and many other symptoms. I was wondering if you or anyone out there knew of any natural way to regulate your menstrual cycle? I have been menstruating for about eight weeks now, the doctors say not to worry unless I’m filling a pad within and hour. I’m not there but as you can imagine it is very bothersome.

    Thank you in advance!

  167. Is it true that being on your period your hormones, specifically mood swings increase? Because I’ve noticed that I get so much more snappy or sad when on my period. And if this is true then why? What causes the change? Thank you :)

  168. Is it ok to take all the supplements you suggested simultaneously? Or should I start with just a few first to see if they help? I already take Chasteberry and borage oil daily.

  169. If you are experiencing nausea and stomach pains when you eat coconut oil it is because there is some degree of mold in the oil. Don’t “get used to it” throw it out.

  170. Hi WM! I am very grateful I came across the information in this article! I am 33, almost 34, and will be getting married at the end of May. I have been on BC pills for a number of years (5-ish) now to regulate my cycle- I’ve never had regular periods, I would go for long periods of time (no pun intended) without having one at all. We would love to start a family after we are married. If I start taking the maca now (January), should I stop taking it if I become pregnant? Also, I read someone’s comment about someone’s reaction to maca because they have hypertension. Is this a valid concern? Lastly, and most importantly, are your supplement recommendations the same if I am trying to get pregnant? Thank you! : )

  171. I’ve been following you for over a year. Your blogs are making a difference. Thank you!
    I have a long morning routine trying to implement it all; warm lemon water, oil pulling, gelatin with pomegranate juice, protein shake or eggs and spinach, supplements (maca, cod liver oil, vitamin D), coffee with coconut oil. I started running Half Marathons. Being a beginner, I alternate between sprinting and power walking. I’m on Day 17 of 100 Days of Yoga to reduce stress. I do weight lifting 2-4 times a week. I sleep 8 hours a night. I take magnesium and gelatin at night, with an epsom salt/baking soda bath. I eat organically and primarily vegetarian. My meat products are grass fed, organic, range-free, etc. I rarely consume refined carbs or sugars. I drink plenty of water. I’m still challenged with body pain, hormone imbalance and the inability to lose unexplained weight gain. But I’m doing much better than before!
    My question for you is, what’s your morning and nightly routine? I’d like to be sure I’m doing things in the best order to get the full benefits.

  172. Hi Katie,
    Can any of these items help with Endometriosis symptoms? My daughter suffers terribly from Migraines and Abdominal pain about 60% of the time. The symptoms interfere with her daily life and leaves her feeling disabled. Any advice or help would be appreciated Thank you!

  173. I just found out I am allergic to many things including some natural herbs. You mention “grass-Fed” which is one of my top allergens. What can I use instead or are there dairy’s that grass feed that may be of a particular area that are pesticide free. It may be what the grass is treated with that I am allergic to.

  174. Hello this is my first time reading your article. I am having a hormonal imbalance or so my obgyn has said. He gave me a pill to take for 10 days and my period starts about a few days later. I do not want to be stuck on these pills the rest of my life. Do you suggest a supplement that will help me.

  175. Thank you so much for this article. I have been battling weight issues my whole life and pregnancy problems too and doctors went from saying PCOS to now tests say I have hardly any estrogen and way too much testerone. My weight has gotten so out of hand that I’ve tried to sign up for gastric bypass. I’m desperate. I’ve gone gluten free, paleo, etc and I gain. I’ve never known what I’m doing wrong. I’m a chef for a living and I make everything at home from scratch so when this problem presented itself, I felt lost. They want to put me on metaformin and other treatments but I want to try natural ways. I never feel good, I’m always tired, and I get bad stomach aches and anxiety attached to them. I also have embarrassing gas. I am not sure if this way of eating will help. Any suggestions?

  176. Hi Katie! 1st I love your website! i have switched to a lotof natural stuff for body etc… but I am so ipressed with the Maca powder!!! I read your post on it & did addittional research on it. I have been using the maca powder in y morning smoothies, Im up to 1 tbsls its been about 3 weeks & wow is there a difference! I am going thru menopause and this has helped tremendously! mood swings are less, hot flashes went from about 3-5 an hour to 3-4 a day! night sweats down to about 2 a night from too many to count!! im sleeping a lil better too! lol.. Thank you againKatie, your info is amazing and so helpful!!!!!!

  177. Hi Katie,
    I noticed that you only have a maca/green powder linked on this page. I read almost all of your comments to see if you give a link or brand for the capsules that you recommend. I hope I didn’t miss it… as I’m sure it’s rough repeating yourself. I’d love to know if you have a trusted/tested maca capsule recommendation for those of us who can’t stomach the green smoothies every day. Thank you so much!

  178. Hi, could you post a link of exactly what maca powder you buy? I know the link you have now goes to Mighty Maca Greens…is this what you buy?…because you have also responded to others that women should use red gelatinized maca powder, but I don’t see this kind on the Mighty Maca Greens site. Thanks!

    • There has been a lot of debate about the forms of Maca that are safe for women to take. After much research, I’m taking the Mighty Maca because it has a safe (non raw) form of Maca with other synergistic plants that help absorption. I’ve tried several types of Maca over the years and a few of them hurt my stomach, but I’ve never had trouble with this one.


  180. Thank God I found this website! I had my baby on May of 2014 and since I had my baby I never stopped spotting but no period. In October of 2014 I went to doc and they did an ultrasound and it showed some blood in uterus which they thought that’s why I was spotting. They gave me progesterone pills and it stopped the spotting and my period came 5 days later. Then I didn’t get period for November and in mid December I started spotting again and hasn’t stopped!I again went to another gynecologist and the blood work showed that the hormone that my ovary produce was low and I have two 2 small cyst but that was not why I was spotting. It was because I have just had a baby and that my hormones are messed up. He suggested birth control pills which I never took! Finally got my period in mid February but it hasn’t stopped. It stopped after a week with light spotting and came again..sorry for a long post;( but I’m desperate and overwhelmed. I am dead scared to drink birth control..please what can I do to go back to normal..i am 36 Lost all my baby weight,eat healthy,exercise a little, and I have one ovary..please someone help me!!

  181. I had been taking melatonin for over the last year. I experienced multiple problems from dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vertigo, light headedness, muscle weakness and panic attacks. I never once thought it could be from the melatonin and I never, until a few days ago, gave much thought to the fact it was a hormone and I was throwing my body out of alignment while I thought I was making it easier for me to sleep.

    So I was wondering if you had any thoughts to this type of hormonal imbalance and if your suggestions would work in this case as well? I would imagine it to being like coming off birth control(which I haven’t been on in a few years) and probably take a couple to a few months to get back on track?

  182. I noticed that there is licorice in the Mighty Maca. Isn’t licorice known to be high in estrogen? Is this safe for men to take?

  183. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for this incredibly helpful article. I was wondering if you think it’s ok to take MACA powder if you are nursing.


  184. Is Maca safe for someone with a blood clot disorder. I do not take blood thinners (YET) but I do have a blood mutation that causes blood clots and was told I could never take an HRT once menopause sets in so wanted to do something natural now that I am premenopausal. Not sure if Maca would cause me to develop a blood clot or are there no known studies? I have searched the internet and found anyone on coumadin (blood thinner) should not take Maca but what about someone who wants the help with circulation so blood clots never form?

    Thanks, Angela

  185. Great article. Will be trying immediately for acne and other health reasons! How long does it take before you notice a difference?

  186. Firstly, thank you so much for this post and for all your posts! They have opened my eyes a lot–this one and especially the one on leptin!

    I have some questions pertaining to my hormones…me and my doctor are sort of at a loss as to what to do, but she’s suggesting trying birth control for everything and I don’t want to do that.

    I’m 28 years old and have been having pretty severe night sweats which has caused really bad brain fog, fatigue, tiredness, etc., and prior to that my period went missing. I used Progesterone Cream to help with the period (but it goes missing again if I don’t keep using it), and my friend recommended Evening Primrose Oil for the night sweats, but I’m not sure if it’s working.

    I’ve struggled with acne since I was a teen, and I put on close to 40 pounds fairly quickly after I started taking Effexor XR for anxiety and mild depression a couple of years ago, and I can’t seem to get the extra lbs off (I’m 5″2 and about 165lbs now). Not sure if the night sweats are also due to the Effexor XR…

    Anyway, I have been doing all kinds of research as to what to do, and I keep coming back to your articles so I thought I’d ask you.

    I’m wondering if you have any specific suggestions on what to take or do to get my hormones balanced? I feel like there’s so many things I could try but I don’t want to overdo it and I want to know what particular product is helping with what, you know?

    Also, do you have any suggestions for a multi-vitamin? I’ve been looking and am not sure what to take.

    Currently for my hormones I am taking the Evening Primrose oil and trying to add some cod liver oil into my diet. I’m also going to be using the Progesterone Cream as that was helping my period (it skipped again this past month).

    Lastly, do you think it would be helpful to get my hormones tested? The last time I had a lot of blood work done they said everything was normal, including my hormones, and obviously that isn’t correct.

    Sorry for all the questions! Thanks for your time!

    • The progesterone cream was really helpful for me when I had many of the same symptoms. The simplest,cheapest and probably most important thing you can do is get enough sleep (also the most difficult). Diet is also really important, especially getting enough leafy greens and healthy fats to support hormone formation. Once those factors are optimized, it would probably be worth getting tested by a functional medicine doctor who understands hormone health… the normal ranges don’t necessarily mean anything since it also has to do with hormone ratios and other factors. Good luck!

  187. I started experiencing acne, facial hair, acne on my chest and I was very stressed, having anxiety.
    I just knew, I felt my body was off.
    I followed up with my ob and was diagnosed with PCOS, my hormone levels were off and I have higher levels of testosterone
    My doctor recommends birth control (specially yaz) which I’m not sure I’m ok taking, any birth control at that.
    I would really like to balance my hormones on my own and I love your article, I feel like it will help me accomplish that.
    So will your 9 steps help with balancing my issues or do you recommend a different regimen??

  188. I had ordered before from the other maca company you had linked to before. I forgot their name when wanting to order again, and I noticed that you changed the company you linked to. I know the prior company had a lot of issues with supply and therefore price inflation, but I was just wondering what the story was with this new company, Mighty Maca? Why did you choose it? Does it help as much as the add on the sight says in your experience? Just wondering, since I didn’t see a blog about the change over, if you chose it for quality or supply reasons. Thanks! I really would like to know before ordering.

    • It was partially for cost issues, since the other company was having supply issues and was more expensive. They were The Maca Team if you want to order for them. I like the Mightly Maca because it has greens as well and is a great addition to breakfast… both are great though

  189. Will following these steps possibly help me conceive? My husband and I have been trying for a while now and got excited when I was late only to have our hopes crushed when I was informed that I was not pregnant but have a hormonal imbalance and was told I need to either get hormone shots or find a way to get my hormones back in balance. I am willing to do whatever it takes to be able to feel the joy of being a mother please help anyway you can

  190. Katie –
    I lost my period about 4 years ago due to 35lbs rapid weight loss and strenuous dieting. I was put on birth control about two years ago to regain cycle. On the pill, it was never normal, and I would have cycles that lasted 7-21 days of super light bleeding. A little over a year ago I developed panic attacks so severe I had to stop going to school and move home. I went to acupuncture to tame the anxiety, it worked… for a little bit. I went off the pill in July trying to remove all prescriptions from my daily ritual. About two weeks after stopping the pill, I gained ten pounds. No matter what I did, I would not lose this weight and still have not been able to get rid of it. AND still no period! I am at a healthy weight, so I do not understand what is going on. My doctor’s want to put me on the pill again, but I would honestly rather die…
    I started taking vitex at an extremely low dose about three weeks ago (50 mg), and it did nothing. I upped my dose last Monday to 450 mg. I noticed some benefits right away (better mood, less anxiety, more female discharge, cramping…) but all these changes stopped about two days ago. So I’m wondering if I should implement Maca, I’m just concerned with further weight gain (I have read many reviews stating that they experienced 5-10 lbs increase when adding maca to their diet).
    Any help at all would be so great, I really want to get my period back and lose the 10lbs of fat that is hanging around my gut right now…

  191. This article is really great, and really helpful. I am 20yrs old and suffering with endometriosis type symptoms but cannot find a doctor that is particularly helpful and because I am renting and studying I cannot really afford to see a naturopath. I have no conformation of this condition so it is possible it is simply a hormone imbalance without the endometriosis, but either way it is painful, stressful and traumatic. I am trying to find anything I can use to help myself become well and found this article very thorough. Does large amounts of blood loss have anything to do with hormones, and can it be altered? I have developed an iron deficiency because of blood loss and am taking supplements in tablet form and trying to increase my intake of red meat, which is hard when it is expensive, and also seems to have adverse effects on my skin, which I have had acne problems with for eight years now.
    The iron I have to take sporadically because it can affect my digestion if I take it every day as is recommended.
    I have been on contraceptive for my acne for six months about a year ago and went off it when i realised that for it to work I would be on it for the rest of my life. Contraceptive is the only option that doctors are now giving me for my cycle problems and I do not want it.

  192. My name is Jessica. I have taken birth control pretty much all my life. I have been on it and off it and never had a issue until now. After my second child I decided to get a tubal ligation and therefore I no longer needed to take the pill. Well after about a year I started having weird symptoms. Black hair growing on my chin. hair loss, no energy. Etc. I was tested and it came back that my ovary hormone was to high. So I was placed back on the pill to regulate my hormones. After a year of being on orthotyicyclen I was having issues with my heart beating out of rhythm and went to the hospital a few times because of my heart racing. I was also having issues with my blood sugar. I got off the pills to try and help that. Now I have been off the pills for about 3 months and feel like I’m losing my mind!!!! I have the worst periods. No really cramping bad but I spot and bleed separately. I have days were I cry uncontrollably. No sex drive, then major sex drive. “My poor husband” I feel so bad because I can’t explain to help why I am acting so crazy. Gained almost 20 + pounds. The list go on and on. I feel miserable. I started my period about a week ago. I spotted for about 5 mins. Then didn’t bleed for 4 days. Now the flood gates have opened. I feel week and fuzzy. Like I can’t think straight. I took Midol but no relief. I’m extremely tired today and thought about going home from work because I feel just that bad. I have extremely bad acne now. It’s horrible. Cyst like bumps that really hurt and last for days. I really want my body to regulate and stay off the pills and do it the natural way. But I don’t really know how. Any suggestions???? Any tips to help me while I go through this?

  193. I’ve struggled with facial hair, the inability to significantly and comfortably gain weight and keep it on, and recently an influx of bumps on my skin particularly on my upper body – shoulders, arms, chest and back. You article has been very helpful and I’m hoping to begin working on these as soon as possible. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to report back with some success.

  194. Hi,

    Can you please post the links to your references please, I’d like to read the research.

    Thank you

  195. This would go for males, too, wouldn’t it? I have a 13-year-old son on the autism spectrum and he’s been having nasty outbursts at school, and I wonder if it’s hormones.

    I plan on doing what was described above. He goes to the chiropractor. I’m also seriously considering homeschooling since the school is trying to push drugs on him.

  196. So glad to come across this blog. I have had 4 surgeries for fibroid and ovarian cyst at the same time. The last time was 2014 30th March. I am now 43years with issues from blocked tubes though I lost the left o vary from one of the cysts. I have been experiencing constantly dizziness on a daily basis, palpitations, anxiety, joints and body aches, memory loss or concentration which I have done all investigations like MR I, CT Scan for the brain, all investigations for the heart from different Doctor’s and hospitals to rule out heart diseases and all came out negative. No cholesterol, diabetes, etc.

    I have visited two gynaecologists and after several scan, it says another fibroid and ovarian cyst please I don’t want to go to the same surgery what is the natural solution and I have suddenly loose my hair am going bald and ma skin is getting wrinkles.

    Lately i ran some samples and seems to have less estrogen, from April to June have had 4 menstrual cycles. Only. The dizziness and pounding heart is so bad feels like won’t see the next morning.

    What’s the best natural remedy? I was given some birth control pills but prefer natural remedies and what is the diet to stick to.

  197. Hi. Do you see any problem with taking maca considering the dangers of too much estrogen for women? I started taking maca without knowing for sure whether I really needed it to help control breakouts and period symptoms. Now I’ve developed a small lump in my armpit and had to go for an ultrasound and mammogram to rule out breast cancer (which does not run in my family). I’m 34 and was only on bc for ten years and have nursed for a total of 5 years (which helps to lower your risk of getting breast cancer). Just wondering what your thoughts are on that.

  198. I used to be a thoroughly researched health warrior in my 20’s and 30’s, but now at 42 I have reached the conclusion that even the ‘good stuff’ can pose a health risk if you fixate too readily on certain foods, vitamins and more.

    I am just starting to enter the menopause phase of my life and have the most henious of food cravings that other contributors to this article response have generously added their own experiences. The best way to think about food whilst hormone inducing hunger pangs begin kicking the gut for more, to realise that food just as air and water are all fluctating energies, our bodies need to fit in with a routine with this.

    I have discovered that eating at 9am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm – your body prefers this far better than a mega lunch and tea (with or without breakfast). Boiled or poached eggs and toast are a brilliant way to start the day as well as porridge rather than hollow cereals – you need to feel fullest at the start of the day and not at end of it, which is the key to controlling weight on the whole. It will stop incessant food cravings in the day if you eat breakfast and so please do try it out if you aren’t already to see I am telling the truth.

    Another thing I have discovered is that drinking fluids (excessively), simply adds to weight and bloating. The most hydrating nourishment for the body is raw bell pepper and cucmber slices – mix these with nuts and raisons if you want, and your body will eliminate its own excess fluids and toxins naturally – beverages of all kinds are essential to aid digestion and rid the body of toxins, yet not if you consume more than a few pints a day – with or without plastic bottle toxins added.

    Beetroot – even if it is vinegared variety, Lambs Liver, Spinnach (uncooked) and sweet potato with say mashed carrot, I can’t recommend enough and a glass of Dandelion and Burdock at least twice a week.

    No vitamins necessary unless you are recommended them by a GP.

  199. My grandfather never ate his biscuit with his breakfast. He ate it as dessert. He would make layers of biscuit, then butter and pour coffee over it and eat it with a spoon. The biscuit was made with lard, and the butter they made themselves from the milk of their grass fed cows. I always thought this was so very unhealthy, but I guess it turns out to be not so bad.

  200. Thank you for these great suggestions! I agree that I need to put a little more gelatin in more diet for hormone health. I was wondering on the caffeine suggestion – what would you say the upper limit would be for optimizing hormones? I recently switched to full-caffeine so that I can do a cup with butter and MCT oil and then I have 1-2 more cups with cream. I have explored doing decaf (water-processed, organic), not consuming coffee and drinking dandy blend, etc. I am not sure I have ever noticed a difference in my hormones with any of these adjustments and what level you would cut-out the caffeine.

  201. Thanks for this post. I’m going to look into possibly trying Maca Powder and Gelatin. I’m currently taking Metagenics Estrovera for PMS symptoms (it does help too). It’s made of rhubarb root.

  202. Hi! Do you have any tips on how to get your period to start. I havn’t had my period for 4 months. I eat a lot of nuts, avocados and coconut oil, I do also eat fish once or twice a week. I used to take maca powder, but stopped because I heard that it may be the cause my period stopped. Please answer I would be gratefull

    • How old are you that your period stopped. Most peril-menopausal woman enjoy the break they get from no periods…… less anemia….

      I am 47 and after having heavy short cycles for the last 2-3 years I recently have had long 2-3 months of no periods and feel fabulous…. never felt better….Can’t wait for it to stop altogether……

      I have an under active thyroid gland that I treat naturally with thyroid hormone periodically… not using an endocrinologist or a gp as they just like throwing a pill at the problem. Yes I have weight gain but I also don’t exercise the way I did in my 20’s….

      Diet and exercise is the key to all health and wellbeing ……and stay away from the pesticides and herbicides as they are slowly killing us all….

  203. Just signed on with you and have enjoyed all the information and blogs. I am about to turn 60 and have lost all sex drive and the dryness from hardly any estrogen in body. I have tried estrogen vagunal supplements and they do not work. Genetic high blood pressure and cholesterol issues plague me, but under control. I am a coconut oil user and overall, a healthy eater. Any suggestions on the above issue, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, a Kentucky girl by birth and formative years, and a Florida beach bum now….. Robin

  204. Hello,
    I’m a teenager and recently found out I have extremely low progesterone levels and borderline low estrogen. I’m about to be tested for PCOS (which my doctors are pretty sure I have) and said the best way to fix it is to go on birth control. I already eat a paleo diet and have used FCLO, coconut oil, maca, and gelatin for at least 3 months each (I ran out, but will buy them all again soon) and still have acne and hair growth problems. My naturopath said after a few years on birth control, hormones tend to balance themselves out naturally, which surprised me because naturopaths/health enthusiasts seem to always warn against it. But everything online says to only use diet and exercise, which I do and is not working. Now I’m confused? Do I go on birth control or what? If I do all these things in addition to birth control will it help or would these not make a difference because BC would already balance my hormones synthetically? Any response would be appreciated!!

    • Just to say Maca is anti estrogenic – it is a cruciferous vegetable full of DIM (Diindolylmethane) which is the component that lowers estrogen, Maca is related to vegetables like Brocolli & Cauliflower which also lower estrogen. I don’t think many women should use Maca every day unless you have abnormally high estrogen or have been on the birth control pill which I believe can heighten estrogen even after a long time quitting it. Maca is however very good for men who are over age 40 whose testosterone are naturally dropping & estrogen is increasing. Men do produce a bit of estrogen but this rises with age.

      • The little information that is out there about DIM suggests that it doesn’t lower estrogen, but breaks it down into the most favorable type (2-Hydroxy). It just helps your body metabolize it better, and then excrete it more efficiently when it’s no longer needed. This process actually helps your body utilize estrogen better because it prefers to use the weaker form of it. I’m not sure of the mechanism of Maca, but I’d bet it works similarly. My experience with taking DIM was a decrease in acne (especially cystic kind), fewer postpartum night sweats, and increased milk production. It also helped me sleep a lot better, but if I didn’t take it with a multivitamin or now with the FCLO, it would actually make me really tired during the day too. But the improvements in my skin were worth it. Additionally, someone asked about this earlier on this post, but taking my placenta in capsule form was one of the best things I did for myself postpartum. On days I took it, I could practically fly (kidding), and noticed a huge energy drop when I didn’t take it. I think it provides a lot of thyroid hormones.

  205. Hello, I’m enjoying this blog and am learning much useful information. Being 5 months postpartum and in that window of my childbearing years, I’m wondering what supplements you did not feel were safe to take while pregnant? Obviously, Magnesium, FCLO, Gelatin, and Vitamin D are completely safe, but I wonder about Mighty Maca? I’m currently using DIM for help with postpartum acne. I will likely slowly work in FCLO (slowly because taking regular fish oil caused more acne for me) and cut back on the amount of Vitamin D I currently take, but I’m unsure about the safety of DIM given the lack of studies on those types of supplements. An outline of what you did take while pregnant would be helpful and boost my confidence a bit, as you’ve had 5 children and I’ve only had one…. Thanks for you help in advance!

  206. Additionally, (sorry forgot to ask previously), did you experience postpartum hair loss and what types of remedies helped you? Also, what types of foods did you consume to promote breast milk production? I’m assuming you breastfed, but if not, forgive me for asking.

  207. Hi, I work in the camps so have 0 control over how food is cooked. Have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, am taking synthroid for that. I also take iodine pills, multivitamins, vitamin D, C,omega 3,6,9 and watch my portion size. Unfortunately I am getting fatter around the waist everyday. Any suggestions on getting rid of this extra 25 lbs. would be much appreciated! Thank you!

  208. Nice article. Being a guy who is into bodybuilding having a good level of testosterone is very important for building some muscle. Unfortunately mens testosterone levels drop naturally with age. By 1% per year after age 30 and then it accelerates to 2% per year after age 40, by mid to late 40’s most men will have noticed the drop in testosterone compared to when he was younger especially if they do not eat a diet with enough fat and if they do not exercise enough, this drop in testosterone can manifest itself in symptoms like low libido, tiredness, depression, moodyness, loss of confidence. As I mentioned above as men age testosterone levels drop but estrogen increases. Yes all men produce some small doses of estrogen too and this rises with age as testosterone falls. But fats are the number 1 factor for opitimal hormone function. Many studies have shown that when a guy of any age eats a high fat diet his testosterone levels rise. The best fats for men are saturated fat & monunsaturated. Things like Grass fed Meat & Butter, Olives & Extra virgin Olive oil, Nuts, Avocados. But some herbs, spices, fruit & veg can help like Onions, Garlic, Celery, Parsley, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts. Those 7 help to lower estrogen in the body. Also the spice Ginger has been shown to boost testosterone & increase sperm motility, anything that increases sperm motility & quality is good for testosterone. Berries like Blueberries & Goji berries can lower estrogen too. Of course I am not an expert on women’s health so I thought I would give the low down on what works best for guys!

  209. My wife loses her pregnancy within a few weeks of her conceiving. She was recently informed that it was due to hormonal imbalance. What specific actions/remedies would you recommend?
    Looking forward to your valued and helpful speedy response.

  210. Thanks for sharing your advice on balancing hormones! Since reading this I’ve purchased a number of supplements you’ve recommended. Over the last week I’ve started taking Maca powder (1 teaspoon), Great Lakes Gelatin (2 tablespoons – 1 in the morning, 1 in the evening of the hydrolysed form that’s easier to digest – green tub) and the Natural Calm Magnesiuk supplement you recommend (1 tea spoon in the morning 1 in the evening). I’m already taking a probiotic supplement which I read is beneficial. HOWEVER, I’m really struggling to consume all the supplements as they are all powders that need to be dissolved in liquid. I’ve felt very bloated (which seems to have come on since taking the Gelatin) and also seem to have quite a fuzzy head! Does this seem normal? My real question is how should I take each supplement; what time of day and with what liquid (so they don’t taste too bad). Plus, can I mix the different supplements together? I’m very keen to keep taking all 3 but struggling at the moment! I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks again for the post.x

  211. On #7, where you wrote to, “Lift Heavy Weights”, you indicated that, “short bursts of heavy lifting (kettlebells, deadlifts, squats, lunges) can be beneficial since they trigger a cascade of beneficial hormone reactions. Aim for a few sets (5-7) at a weight that really challenges you”.
    I think what you meant to write was to aim for 5-7 “reps” (short for repetitions), and complete 2-3 “sets”, of a particular exercise.
    I am a fitness trainer, and also a RN. The standard used to be, for example, with an exercise such as bicep curls, someone might do 12, “reps” with 15lbs, take a 30-60 second break, do 12 more reps with 15lbs, take a short break, then repeat. In all, they would aim to complete 3 sets with 12 reps each.
    Now, however, with the recommendations of lifting heavier as being beneficial, as long as a person is medically sound and fit enough, that same person might do 5-7 “reps” with 25lbs, take a 30-60 second break, then do 5-7 “reps” with 20lbs, and either stop after that 2nd step, or do another step with the 20lbs, or the 15lbs.
    A very important thing that is crucial to be stated, whenever you are even remotely giving fitness advice, is to at least suggest that people are getting their physician’s approval to do a particular fitness routine, or to start a new routine. If someone isn’t used to lifting weights, then they decide to lift, “Heavy”, there’s a whole host of problems that could happen: Hernias, herniated discs, increased joint pain, blood pressure and heart rate changes that can lead up quickly to dizziness and fainting, or muscle ligament and/or tendon strains.
    Bad form Can be incredibly harmful. It could lead up to an injury, a sore back, a muscle,, ligament or tendon strain. It takes a strained ligament or tendon 3+ months to heal. They have a lot of nerve endings. This amounts to an extreme amount of constant, annoying pain.

  212. I suffered from acne for many years, and it seemed be be cumulative and worsen in the past year. I tried everything since I was a teenager – accutane, retin-a, birth control pill, Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, diet changes (restricting gluten & dairy, and I’m also vegetarian), parasite cleanses, acupuncture, juicing. I have great digestion, exercise regularly, and sleep very well every night, but I still was suffering with cystic/hormonal acne.

    About four months ago I started taking Estroblock, a natural supplement that balances hormones, as well as a daily dose of Evening Primrose Oil, zinc, Vitamin D, a gentle liver support supplement and a daily probiotic, and I have ditched the pill after seven years on it (which pumps your body full of synthetic hormones and can mess with your libido and overall health, also destroying gut bacteria). Estroblock can help eliminate some of the xenoestrogens that come from use of plastic products as well, and can cause a dominance of estrogen in the body. In addition, I use a mix of coconut & lavender oil to wash my face, and moisturize dry spots with Vitamin E oil. That’s it.

    It has been four months and my skin is finally clear, after years of acne having tried EVERYTHING under the sun, including failed attempts to treat with pharmaceuticals and topicals. It wasn’t an overnight cure, but I noticed very gradually that I was getting fewer and fewer pimples, until finally the last one went away. Eating healthy is great and helps with your long-term health and so I definitely recommend you do this and the things suggested in this article, but sometimes it’s not quite enough. It would have been ideal if I could have done it without taking all the supplements, just because it is a pain to take so many pills every day, but it was hard to figure out the right balance of things that would get the results I wanted without severely restricting my life. I became so obsessed with what I was eating out of fear that it would give me a pimple that it became a borderline eating disorder. The emotional stress of adult acne is difficult enough. I just want to share my experience with others who might be going through the same thing I was.

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