10 Easy Tips to Balance Hormones Naturally

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When it comes to health, hormones and gut microbiome play a big role. Even if everything else is dialed in, these factors can destroy health. On the flip side, regulating hormones and fixing our gut can do a lot to boost health. Even if your supplements and diet aren’t optimal. There are even studies about using certain hormone reactions to treat brain trauma!

Here’s how to balance hormones the natural way.

Why Hormones Matter

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

What factor contributes to weight gain during pregnancy? Hormone balance. What causes weight fluctuations, bloating, and other health symptoms throughout the month? Hormones. What’s a huge contributing factor of growth in children? Hormones.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

When it comes to losing weight or improving health, what do we focus on? Calories, micronutrients, or diets. If you have symptoms like fatigue, PMS, PCOS, or infertility, you’ll find balancing hormones is vital for recovery. Here are some other signs you’re dealing with a hormonal issue:

  • Hot flashes during menopause or perimenopause
  • Mood swings
  • Fluctuating blood sugar levels or high insulin levels
  • Insulin resistance
  • Menstrual cycle symptoms like painful cramps or irritability
  • Weight gain or obesity
  • Lack of sex drive
  • High-stress levels (which also affects cortisol levels)
  • Hair loss or hair growth in unwanted areas (like facial hair in women)

It’s All About the Hormones

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. They travel in the bloodstream to tissues and organs and affect many different processes. Everything from metabolism to sexual function, mood, and much more.

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

Our adrenal glands can really take a beating in modern society. Chronic stress, not enough sleep, and busy schedules trigger excess cortisol. This leads to insulin resistance, belly fat, and other health conditions.

It’s a complex process, but hormone production depends on beneficial fats and cholesterol. When we don’t have enough of these dietary factors it can cause hormone problems. The body doesn’t have the building blocks it needs (fats) to make hormones.

Phytoestrogens and toxins that mimic these building blocks or hormones themselves are also a problem. The body can try to make hormones using the wrong building materials. Estrogen dominance anyone?

Many people start eating a healthy diet and exercising but still can’t lose the weight. After talking with many of them it seems the underlying common factor is hormone imbalance.

I’ve written about Leptin and thyroid hormones before. These are a small piece in the complicated hormone system in the body. Female hormones have their own considerations. In a given day or month, a woman’s body will have fluctuations in hormones like estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and thyroid hormones, to name a few.

How to Balance Hormones Naturally

The endocrine system is complex and we’ll probably never completely understand it. However, there are basic things you can do for overall health to help create hormone balance.

1. Eat Enough Healthy Fats

Our bodies aren’t made to eat man-made fats from vegetable oils. Most of the fat in our body is made up of saturated fats. Only 3% comes from polyunsaturated fats, aka Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. Ideally, we need a balanced ratio of omega fatty acids for our well-being.

Seed-based vegetable oils, like canola and soy, are really high in Omega-6 fatty acids. Modern diets have replaced traditional fats like butter and olive oil with processed vegetable oils. This is one reason why many don’t get enough high-quality Omega-3 fatty acids from their diet. On the other hand, seed cycling is one way to balance hormones.

These healthy fats are vital for proper cell function and especially for hormone function. They’re literally the building blocks for hormone production. When we don’t give the body adequate amounts of these fats, it uses what’s available, relying on lower-quality polyunsaturated fats.

Polyunsaturated fats are less stable and oxidize easily in the body. This can lead to inflammation and mutations in the body. Emerging evidence suggests this inflammation can occur in arteries, potentially increasing clogged arteries. The problem extends to skin and reproductive cells. These may be connected to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and other hormone problems.

Healthy fats, saturated fats included, are vital for hormone health. As this article explains the loss of saturated fatty acids in our immune cells causes a decline in white blood cell function.

For this reason, fats like coconut oil can be amazing for hormone health. It helps us make hormones, can aid in weight loss, and reduce inflammation. You can even blend it into coffee or tea.

Other healthy fats include:

  • Avocados and avocado oil
  • Animal fats from grass-fed meat, pastured eggs, and raw dairy
  • Butter and ghee
  • Tallow and lard
  • Olive oil
  • Seafood for Omega-3s

2. Limit Caffeine

I love coffee, but too much caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system. Especially if there are other hormone stressors, like pregnancy, toxins, or stress. It can also further tax our adrenal glands, which are responsible for releasing stress hormones.

Cut back on coffee if you can or replace it with beneficial herbal teas. My favorite coffee brand has a healthy decaf option that also tastes amazing! There are also some great mushroom coffee options with stress-relieving adaptogens mixed in.

If you do still want some coffee, use it as a way to sneak some healthy fats in. I’ll add some coconut oil to my coffee and blend for a healthier version of a latte!

3. Avoid Harmful Chemicals

Harmful chemicals from pesticides, plastics, household cleaners, and even mattresses can contain hormone disrupting chemicals. They can mimic hormones in the body and keep it from making real hormones. Things like hormonal birth control can (obviously) do the same thing.

If you’re struggling with hormonal imbalance or infertility, avoiding these chemicals is important! Opt for glass or non-toxic metal pans and skip the Teflon and most non-stick coatings. Avoid heating or storing foods in plastic. Find organic foods (or grow your own!) whenever possible. And of course, skip the pesticides and toxic cleaners.

Here are some more tips for avoiding indoor toxins:

Beauty products are another big source of toxins for many people. There are tens of thousands of chemicals in the personal care products we encounter daily. And most haven’t been tested for long-term safety. Avoiding these products can make a tremendous difference in achieving hormone balance.

Start by making simple switches like homemade deodorant or homemade lotion. There’s even DIY makeup if you’re feeling adventurous. Check out my full index of natural beauty recipes here.

4. Prioritize Sleep

I can’t emphasize this one enough! Without adequate sleep, hormones will not be in balance. Period. While this has often been a struggle for me I’ve been able to really dial in my sleep with the below tips.

When we’re asleep our body is busy removing toxins, recharging the mind, and creating hormones. Just one night of missed sleep can create the hormone levels of a pre-diabetic. Try some of these tips to help improve sleep:

Better Sleep Tips

  • Improve your sleep environment – Remove artificial light, use blackout curtains, and create a quiet space. Choose a non-toxic mattress and sheets.
  • Sleep cool – We actually sleep better if we’re in cooler temps. This bed cooling system creates your perfect sleep temp. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my sleep!
  • Daily routine – Create a daily routine to help support your natural circadian rhythms. Wake up and go to bed at the same time, even on weekends to keep your hormone cycle regular.
  • Protein and fats – Eat a high protein/high fat snack 3-4 hours before bed or at dinner. If you have trouble falling asleep, try these four tricks.
  • Morning Sunlight – Getting natural sunlight outside is key for setting circadian and hormonal rhythms for the day. Natural light boosts serotonin and cortisol levels to balance nighttime melatonin.
  • Ditch artificial light Avoid artificial light as much as possible after the sun goes down. Use night mode on electronic devices to reduce blue light and help you sleep better. I also turn off the overhead lights and have lamps with red lights.
  • Hydrate – Drink enough water during the day. Stop drinking about 2 hours before bed so you don’t have to wake up to use the bathroom.
  • Salt bath – Take a soothing salt bath about an hour before bed with some relaxing music or a great book.
  • Breathe – Pray, meditate, use journaling, or find a way to reduce stress. Get a massage or stretch before bed.

5. Supplement Wisely

Unfortunately, we live in a world where food is often depleted of nutrients due to over-farming. ur water is often contaminated with chemicals. Even the air can have compounds that cause havoc in the body.

Ideally, we’d get all of our nutrition from food and get enough vitamin D from the sun every day. Since this rarely happens supplements are sometimes needed. I’ve shared what supplements I regularly take, but here are some more options for hormone balance.

Be sure to check with your healthcare practitioner before starting new supplements. Especially if you’re on medications or contraceptives.

Maca Root

This powerful adaptogen has a long history of use in places like Peru. Women often see improvements in fertility, less PMS symptoms, and healthier skin and hair. In men, it can help with sperm production, testosterone levels, and muscle composition.

Maca is a good source of minerals and essential fatty acids to support hormone balance. You can get it in powder form or capsules. It easily blends into smoothies, tea, or coffee. Maca should be discontinued during pregnancy.


Magnesium is vital for hundreds of functions within the human body. Many of us are deficient in this master mineral (here’s how to tell if you are). There are several different ways to get Magnesium, but a combination of topical and oral magnesium works best to boost levels.

Vitamin D and Omega-3s

I try to eat lots of healthy seafood, like sardines, for Omega-3s. You can also supplement with good quality fish oil. Vitamin D is a pre-hormone we need for hormone function. The sun is the best source, but you can also use a D3 supplement.

Gelatin and Collagen

These are a great source of minerals and necessary amino acids. Gelatin and collagen support hormone production and digestive health in various ways. Gelatin powder can actually “gel” and is useful in recipes like homemade jello and probiotic marshmallows. Collagen doesn’t gel but is easily added to soups, smoothies, coffee, or any other food.

Natural Progesterone Cream

PMS and menstrual troubles are often linked to specific hormone imbalances. Especially for those with short cycles or a short second phase of their cycle (ovulation through the start of menses), progesterone can be the issue. Sometimes just adding natural progesterone cream can greatly reduce symptoms.

If you do opt for hormone replacement therapy be sure to choose a good brand. It should only be used from ovulation through menses. Check with a doctor or professional before using any hormone supplement.

6. Exercise The Right Way

If you’re struggling with hormone imbalance, intense cardio can make it worse. This further stresses the adrenals and releases more stress hormones. Sleep is much more important, at least during the balancing phase. Focus on relaxing exercises like walking or swimming and avoid extended running and cardio.

I like rebounding, which is great gentle exercise and has additional health benefits. Yoga and gentle bodyweight exercises are also great options.

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

7. Consider Adding Herbs

Certain herbs and plants can also help the body bring hormones into balance. Of course, it’s important to talk to a doctor before taking these. Especially if you’re on hormonal contraceptives or other medications. Some herbs I’ve used are:

  • Vitex– Nourishes the pituitary gland and helps lengthen the luteal phase. It lowers prolactin and raises progesterone. For some women, this alone will improve symptoms.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf– A well know fertility herb that’s also helpful in reducing PMS and cramping. It has a high nutrient profile and is especially high in calcium and is a uterine tonic. You can get it in capsules, but it makes an excellent tea.
  • Adaptogens– Herbs that help the body handle stress and support the adrenals. They’re a natural way to work toward hormone balance for many people.

8. Support Digestive Health

Our digestion impacts hormones more than we realize. Not only is it a source of vital neurotransmitters, but an imbalance can translate to a hormone imbalance. We need serotonin, a neurotransmitter for sleep and stress balance. Serotonin is more concentrated in the gut than the brain! 70% of our immune system is in the gut and it’s the motherboard of our bodily functions. Even thyroid health is linked to gut health.

What Hippocrates knew thousands of years ago seems just as true today… that “all disease begins in the gut.” Those who struggle with gut problems may have trouble ever achieving hormone balance without first addressing gut health.

Many programs and diet experts recommend getting fiber from whole grains. These aren’t the best option when trying to heal gut flora though. Dark leafy greens however provide fiber, supply calcium, and help with healthy estrogen levels. If you’re struggling with thyroid issues, be sure to cook them first.

This is the most comprehensive program I’ve seen for addressing gut health issues.

9. Fix Your Leptin

Leptin is a master hormone. When leptin’s out of balance or if you’re resistant to it, no other hormones will balance well. If someone is overweight and really craving the carbs, then they’re likely leptin resistant. Fixing leptin will also help boost fertility, make weight loss easier, improve sleep, and lower inflammation. Dr. Jack Kruse, a neurosurgeon, has a whole system for getting leptin into balance.

10. Continue With a Hormone-Balancing Diet

This isn’t a one and done diet! The ideas above need to be part of a whole lifestyle change to keep hormones in balance. Take it from a recovering perfectionist, though… baby steps are just fine!

Once you master these tips (or even just a few of them) make the changes stick. Support your body with a whole foods, hormone-friendly diet. For in-depth guidance, I recommend my friend Magdalena Wszelaki’s Cooking for Balance course. It’s targeted help that leads you through every (baby) step of the process.

Bottom Line on Hormone Balance

Balancing your hormones can seem like a daunting process, but the small changes add up. Thanks to all the toxins around us it’s an ongoing process. With the right steps though hormone balance is achievable.

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Scott Soerries, MD, Family Physician, and Medical Director of SteadyMD. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


520 responses to “10 Easy Tips to Balance Hormones Naturally”

  1. Laura Avatar

    Hi All!! So glad I found this page and all the great advice that comes with it!! Although I do find all the info about what I should be taking or trying to incorporate in my diet to help rebalance my hormones naturally, a bit confusing!! The thing is I need to come off the contraceptive pill ASAP!! I first went on the pill about 19 years ago, after the first 5 years – I started to get terrible rashes on my face that just wouldn’t clear up – many many trips to the Drs never helped, and then someone told me I was having a reaction to my pill. I came off the pill and the rash went!! About 4 years later after having my first daughter, I started using a different contraceptive pill – all seemed fine and then after 3 years I took a break from the pill and started loosing my hair. This went on for months, which I found very hard to deal with, especially as I don’t have much self confidence anyway – after many lotions and potions, pointless trips to the Drs – a nurse finally advised I get back on the pill as this was probably why I was loosing my hair. I went back on the pill and my hair stopped shedding after acouple of months. I stopped the pill again to have my 2nd daughter, and my hair started shedding dramatically until my pregnancy hormones finally kicked in. I swore I was never going on the pill again, but as soon as my daughter turned 3 months, I started loosing my hair so in a panic got straight back on the pill. The shedding slowly stopped. So now my hair is fine-ish in every sense of the phrase, that it’s ok but I can’t really afford to loose anymore of it – so here is the dilemma – the awful face rash has started!!! I need to stop the pill, but I know my hair is going to start shedding and with no clear solution – I’m feeling a bit desperate, as I don’t have the thickest hair to begin with! Any advice would be warmly welcomed as the quickest way to gain control of my own hormones!! Many thanks in advance!

  2. Jesse Avatar

    Hey Katie! Thank you so much for this post! I am currently 4 1/2 months postpartum and I have been struggling with postpartum OCD… It is the worst thing ever! I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone… anyways I am slowly becoming very interested in a healthy lifestyle and have already made some great changes for my family but since encountering this issue of postpartum OCD I think I need to step it up a notch and I truly believe that balancing out my hormones will help me a ton! Anyways! My main question for you was how do you feel about decaffeinated orange pekoe tea? Kicking caffeine is one of the hardest things I’m trying to do! But I know that it is necessary. I do enjoy herbal teas and I have also tried red Rooibous teas which do not contain caffeine but for some reason these aren’t satisfying me enough! Decaffeinated orange pekoe tea seems to be the one Tea that satisfies my craving for coffee! Just wondering how you feel about drinking a decaffeinated orange pekoe tea as an alternative to kicking caffeine? N

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Hope you are able to find answers and relief soon! I’d check with a doc/midwife if you have any specific concerns about it, but I personally really enjoy orange pekoe tea and would think it would be a good alternative to caffeine for someone struggling with hormone balance problems…

  3. Waajida Ali Avatar
    Waajida Ali

    can anyone tell me…I’m loosing weight color becoming dark…skin too getting loose…what could be the reason

  4. Ludavia Avatar

    I want to balance out my hormones naturally; because, I have had 5 periods in the last 2.5 months. I’m constantly PMSing. No fun. The doc says I need to get my hormones back in balance to have regular periods. He suggested birth control; but, I don’t like taking it because it gets me sick. I have a newborn and I am breast feeding. Are all these vitamins okay to take while breastfeeding?

        1. Patty Avatar

          Having been through this myself, I would highly recommend you see a naturopath or another natural health care practitioner who can test your hormones and see why you are having hormonal issues. I tried all the things on the market guaranteed to solve hormonal issues and spent A LOT money on things that did nothing for me. We are all individuals and our hormonal issues are just that – individual. If you try to mess with them yourself, you may make things better or worse – you won’t know because you will be using things that may or may not be appropriate for you.

          In my own case, it was found that I was deficient in DHEA, which is much higher up the hormone chain, so all the products that helped with estrogen or progesterone did nothing for me. I needed the building blocks to produce those hormones.

          Many women today are estrogen dominant, particularly if they are at all over weight. Women who are thin do not necessarily fall into that category, so as I said, we are all individuals and it is best to get professional help from a naturopath to make sure that you target exactly what you need for your personal hormonal health. I know it is even more complicated than weight, but those are some of the factors – it’s complicated.

          1. Jesse Avatar

            Do all naturopaths do testing like this ? I’m wanting to see one but want to find a good one to help me balance my hormones !

          2. Patty Avatar

            I would imagine most naturopaths do. If it were me, I would ask what type of testing they do first and are they experienced at dealing with hormonal issues. Then you can find one who is experienced in what you need.

  5. Kim Avatar

    Hi, I have a three month old baby after being diagnosed with PCOS. I took Maca and Vitex and they fixed my issues. Now, I want to continue taking them but am a bit concerned since i am breast feeding. Will they be passed on through the breast milk and can they harm my baby? Thanks.

  6. Karena Avatar

    I would love a reply if possible, maybe an email, I don’t know, I just would like some feedback. I recently started reading your blog (like last week) and I LOVE it, I printed off your quick start and am working on that. The biggest thing I would like to overcome is my HORRIBLE menstrual cycles. I am currently on birth control pills to control my menstruation and I love how my flows are now. No more passing out, no more feeling like my uterus is eating my insides, no more changing heavy pads every hour, and I only have 1 period a month! I am very concerned about side effects though, and would like to get off it. I don’t want to be on it either when my husband and I decide to have children, I fear for side effects there too. This may be a silly question, but can I work on balancing my hormones while still on the pill, or would it help to quit? I am honestly terrified of going back to how things were before it, but I feel I am harming myself this way too. Are there any questions I should ask my Gynecologist about going natural? Does anyone think an IUD an acceptable replacement for actual birth control?
    It’s going to be a very slow process to change our lives but I look forward to changing!

  7. Deena Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    Thank you for the helpful info this article! I found as a woman having just given birth 2 months and BF’ing around the clock my hormones are quite out of whack at the moment. I am however, trying to find more info on male health, particularly so on the drop off level of testosterone that takes place in men past a certain age. Do you have suggestions you’ve either given your hubby yourself or advice on how to maintain optimal levels?


    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Podcast on this with a hormone expert in the works actually… but good idea for a post. In short, there are some lifestyle things that can help (consuming enough protein, lifting weights, supplements, etc) but also some other more medical related things. Hope to have those up soon 🙂 Congrats on your little one!

  8. daisy Avatar

    I had the same problem as you, because I have suffered hormonal acne and I have tried several different creams to no avail. My skin was really bad – redness, flaky. The best product that keeps it under control for me is the Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash and the citrus Clear moisturizer. Within minutes I felt my skin calming down – my skin felt comfortable.

    It has cleared my acne since the past two weeks of using it – I use it morning and night time.

  9. Abigail Avatar

    What would you say is a good “limit” for caffeine? I usually have one grande iced coffee in the morning. Is that an acceptable amount?

  10. Vailhem Avatar

    Should google ‘boron health benefits’

    Magnesium is a must anyway, but esp if taking boron.. …it helps the body to more efficiently utilize magnesium and, as such, the body tends to use more of it as a result (a good thing).

    But, it also has the capability of balancing hormones… …in both sexes. Super crucial element, right there with magnesium & iodine. Really inexpensive, no negatives, and TONS of positives… .. including the hormone balancing.

  11. Rachel C. Avatar

    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.

  12. Kris Avatar

    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.

  13. Emily Willgrass Avatar
    Emily Willgrass

    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

  14. Bwalya Pascal Avatar
    Bwalya Pascal

    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.

  15. Gary Avatar

    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!

  16. Darla Avatar

    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!

  17. Mary Avatar

    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.

  18. Mary Avatar

    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!

  19. Raya Avatar

    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!!

    1. Gary Avatar

      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.

      1. Mary Avatar

        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.

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