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. Sara Avatar

    I am 25 years old, have been battling acne my whole life and finally began working with a naturopath, we just got my saliva hormone test results back and I am extremely low in Estrogen. My Testosterone is on the normal-high end, and my Progesterone is actually in the healthy-low mid range. I am blown away that low Estrogen is actually my problem at age 25. What would you suggest for me to get my Estrogen up? The bio Smoky Mountain Estrogen cream? Anything else? I have been snacking on flax seeds the past few days.

  2. Jacky UWERA Avatar
    Jacky UWERA

    I am sorry because i don’t know the terms but i want to ask about my priods :
    1. i need the medicine of to be balanced in my period
    2. i jumped over 6 Months without periods.
    3. The Doctors told that my Hormones are irregular and i will never get a child because of irregular Hormones please tell me all support about medicine to regularize my period and Hormones thank u so much.

  3. leanne Avatar

    great great article!!! Also, acupuncture or seeing herbalists can help guide you in the right direction as well. May I mention advanced natural probiotics are the best!

  4. Marlena Avatar

    Hello. I just finished chemo/radation was diagnosed with small cell nueroendocrine carinoma of the cervix. I underwent a radical hysterectomy with removal of lymph nodes in right groin to remove tumor and my doctor decided to leave ovaries but move them up so radation won’t effect them because of my age. Now, it looks like the radation did effect them and I was told that my FSH and LH leveles are really high. My doctor prescribed estrogen pills but informed me of risk stroke, clotting even cancer etc. . I’m looking for a natural way to decrease or stabilize my hormones. I feel like my body has already gone through the ringer with all the toxic chemicals pills etc. I have not started the estrogen pills yet as I’m looking for a better, safer and natural way. Any help us greatly appreciated

  5. Daniella Avatar

    Primrose Oil should be on on your list of supplements that balance hormones if you have an estrogen dominance. If this is the case, along with Omega 3s, Primrose is an AMAZING natural hormone regulator and I urge you and anyone else to read about it.

    Also seed and nut rotation is an effective, low cost and extremely safe way to cycle through and find your balance.

  6. John Avatar

    I have fat around waist and it’s because of insuline secretion. So I need supplement which reduce it’s secretion. Anyone have suggestions of which one to use?

    1. linda Avatar

      John, belly fat is an early indicator of insulin resistance and/or other metabolic disorders. The major causative factor is carbohydrates. For some this will purely be down to over consumption, for others there could be carbohydrate sensitivity – a condition becoming more and more prevalent.

      Carbohydrates are high in sugars. If you consume more than the body is able to use as energy the excess is converted to fat by the liver. When this fat is laid down in storage (usually around organs) it prevents access to stored fats making you hungry sooner. You eat more carbohydrates and the cycle begins again.

      The biggest issue with sugar is its fructose content. The body cannot use fructose for energy so all fructose ends up as fat stored in the liver. It is basically a poison and more addictive than some class 1 drugs. Its consumption sends no signal to brain to issue a satiety message so we just continue to consume more and more. A high fructose drink taken with or before a meal will result in consumption of much more than the body requires. Cane sugars contain 50% fructose, HFCS – 55%, Honey – 40%, Agave – 90%. Tragically some 75% of supermarket foods contain one or more sugars.

      There is some good news. Drastically reducing the amounts of carbohydrates you consume and eating more, if not all, unprocessed foods should see a reversal of your current situation. Fructose in fruit is a lesser issue because of the accompanying fibre and other nutrients, though it is advisable to look for low glycaemic load alternatives if you consume large quantities. The amount of insulin released for consumption of fats and proteins is a much lower level than that for carbohydrates because any conversion to sugars is through a much slower process.

      Eating stimulates release of insulin and no amount of supplementation can resolve this issue. What is required is a review of lifestyle and change of habits. If you continue with the diet you currently follow your insulin will reduce naturally because your pancreas will cease to function and you will be diagnosed as diabetic.

      This is not medical advice it is an informed opinion based on medical research.

  7. Phoebe Avatar

    Your blog just gets better every day! Thanks for all the thought and effort you’re putting into this. Every bit of information on how to live better helps.

  8. dabu Avatar

    Could you kindly suggest the name of the progesterone cream you use? the link in the article somehow is showing and error. Thx!!

  9. linda Avatar

    There are quite a few commenters here mentioning the struggle with hot flushes/flashes. But no-one has mentioned lemons in the same context. Along with their great store of vitamins and minerals lemons are also an excellent source of hesperidin. This is present in both the peel and the pulp but not in the juice.

    Hesperidin is a flavonoid found in lemons and oranges. As well as having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties it also acts as a vasodilator that works like a miracle, for many women, to eliminate hot flashes and night sweats. It seems that it acts upon the hypothalamus to help regulate temperatures more easily.

    Apparently it works for all sorts of vascular conditions from hypertension to haemorrhoids (and other varicose veins).

    If drinking citric juices do remember that acid can seriously damage tooth enamel but a rinse with baking soda diluted in water will neutralise any leftovers.

    Another herb to consider is sage (Salvia officinalis). Known to many as the Hot Flush Herb, as a natural remedy it exhibits a propensity to reduce all kinds of excessive perspiration.

  10. Michelle Avatar

    Great information. I have three comments:
    – I think this push to eat more Omega-3s should be replaced by eat less Omega-6s!
    – I love putting some full fat coconut cream in my coffee, I find it also works as a mid-afternoon snack to keep me full until dinnertime.
    – Ugh, birth control. I was on some form BC for about 10 years before I decided I wanted to get pregnant. Almost 2 years and 3 miscarriages later (I was a healthy 26 year old at the time!) my body finally regulated and I was able to get pregnant. Fast forward to my second pregnancy which happened without even trying after only 2 months after getting my cycles back post-partum. Not to mention my skin cleared up and a ton of other great side affects of not putting hormones into my body every day. I will never go back to hormonal birth control again! (don’t ask me what my plans are for my daughter though, ahhhh!)

  11. Carol Avatar

    I have just been made aware of another excellent oil, both for cooking and for beauty recipes:
    Camelina Oil.

    The Tollund Man was a name given to a body that was remarkably well preserved in a bog and found in Denmark in 1950. Scientific tests reveal he was likely sacrificed and buried in the bog as some sort of ritual, and that he lived in the 4th century BC. His last meal consisted of a porridge made from vegetables and seeds including: barley, linseed, camelina, knotweed, bristlegrass, and chamomile. It is thought that the elaborate combination of ingredients suggested that his last meal came as part of some sort of celebration.
    The plant belongs in the crucifer family (Brassica), and has been called many names, including: camelina, false flax, German sesame, gold-of-pleasure, linseed dodder, Siberian oilseed, and wild flax.
    During the Industrial Revolution camelina lost favor as a common everyday oil as it cannot be hydrogenated easily (turned into margarine). It has recently “re-emerged” as a popular oil for utility and health as it contains high levels of omega-3’s (polyunsaturated fats), and is one of the highest sources of vitamin E (tocopherol) content of among natural tocopherol sources.

    Camelina oil contains an abundant amount of omega 3 fatty acids. In fact, Camelina Gold oil is made up of about 35% omega 3’s. It is relatively low in omega 6 fatty acids, resulting in a favorable omega 3 to omega 6 ratio of 2:1. This oil is very unique because it is perfectly suited for an omega-3 supplement and it makes excellent cooking oil. The monounsaturated fat in the oil provides for a smoke point of 475 degrees. Packed with natural antioxidants (like Vitamin E),

    I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, my go-to for all my essentials. They also have a few comments on Camelina oil. Those of you who can’t take coconut oil, or are concerned about other oils, should try it. I have been taking it in my smoothies, but will also try it for cooking.

  12. Tracy Avatar

    Just thought I would add that I used to add a tablespoon of coconut oil to my morning smoothies for two people and my cholesterol went through the roof. I was told by my dietetic not to take it and now I have to take tablets to control my cholesterol. Although it is packed full of benefits it is still a fat and has to be used with caution, she said adding it to coffee and such was a no no so I would suggest that people who do this to get a blood test after using it for a while, my use was only from 3 months.

    1. linda Avatar

      This is in no way meant to belittle your legitimate concern but if you went from full health to dangerous levels of cholesterol in your blood stream eating 1½ teaspoons of coconut oil a day for 3 months then may I caution you to look deeper into your diet/lifestyle as a whole. Your own body makes and uses cholesterol to repair internal damage. A rise in lipids can be indicative of an as yet unrecognised health issue.

      Coconut oil is indeed well known to affect cholesterol levels. For some total cholesterol decreases, whilst others will find it increases (you perhaps fit into this category). Whether overall levels are reduced or not, just about everyone who eats it will see their HDL (good) cholesterol levels increase. This is not necessarily a bad thing because as cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol) improves, the recognised risk of heart disease reduces.

      Cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate guide to risk than total cholesterol levels. The latter being misleading because it lumps together all types of cholesterol roaming around in your blood stream. Total cholesterol gives you no indication of how much is good and how much is bad. You can have high total cholesterol but, with the larger percentage made up of HDL, still have a low risk factor. Whilst someone with low cholesterol levels but whose ratio is unbalanced if favour of LDL is in a far graver position.

      Scientific opinion is now coming to recognise that there can actually be a benefit gained from having high cholesterol levels in terms of heart health, particularly as we age (and there is more repair work for lipids to keep in order). Research is also showing that there may be a higher risk factor in the use of statins (the commonly prescribed remedy for high cholesterol), one that outweighs any perceived advantage.

      Historically members of the health profession are trained to view all form of saturated fat with, at the very least, scepticism if not disdain. Early research into coconut oil is often sited as just cause for it being seen as ‘bad’ fat but that research was carried out on partially hydrogenated coconut oil. We all now know hydrogenated fats are bad for us. Professional opinion is changing but all things, particularly changing deep-rooted opinions, take time.

  13. Barb Avatar

    A few years ago, I was inflicted with a terrible head to toe debilitating rash. It was always there but would wax during my ovulation and menstruation times. Doctors and dermatologists would not help and only wanted to prescribe symptomatic remedies. I read too waayyy too much info about Candida and was convinced that was what I was suffering from, so I went on the candida diet. I realized only recently, that the candida diet was eerily similar to the PMS diet. Then some of the pieces of the puzzle began to fit. I resolve that I was premenopausal at the time this all started, and it was greatly affected or caused by hormones. I don’t think the diet eased much of my suffering, but I wonder how much longer or worse I would have had to endure if I hadn’t changed my lifestyle. Amazingly, I found that drinking lots of water and getting outside and just going for a walk were the two things that made a noticeable difference. I ate a lot of yogurt and did take probiotics, which I think helped too.

    I have to mention the maca, since I am entering menopause and I am loathe to take HRT. I only had to read as far as one lady doctor wrote how lots of greens is very important for hormonal health in menopausal women. It is my understanding that a lot of these natural hormone replacements are “phyto-hormones”. Red clover and clary sage mimic estrogen and, if not used properly could cause breast cancer just the same way that pharmaceutical estrogen does. What I loved about maca, is that it is not a phyto-hormone, rather it promotes the growth of hormones, which sold me completely. However, I always get red flags when someone mentions a “superfood”, and I am not getting on that train! My interest in maca helped me find more alternatives that should work just as well. I believe that we should eat from the same ground we walk on, or very close to it (we are a part of our ecosystem as well, not just the plants and bugs and animals). If we can be a part of that cycle, we will be healthier for it.

    One more thing, and this I am just curious about. I have not experienced much physical change with being premenopausal/menopausal, maybe it is coming yet, I don’t know. But the women in my family have had hot flashes like crazy. I haven’t, but I attribute that to the fact that I used very little birth control or hormones in my child-bearing years. I would like to know if those experiencing hot flashes and uncomfortable symptoms had used birth control. Somehow, I think those two might be related.

    I am sorry to all who disagree with my opinion. I just did my own research and soul search and this is what I came up with. I am willing to be corrected and look forward to learning new things. I really cannot wait to sink my teeth into Katie’s book!

  14. Annalisa Roy Avatar
    Annalisa Roy

    Wait, I’m sorry to comment on the least important part of this interesting post, but… Did you say probiotic marshmallows?

  15. Laura Avatar

    I have finally discovered that there are the proper ratio of omega 3s in several types of seaweed. Both ocean and lake grown varietals. I’ll definitely be ordering up some once I’ve determined which are most affordable and cleanest. I’ve always thought that the inability to consume seafood was harming my health, but glad to have discovered that there’s another option

  16. Darla Avatar

    I ran a fan on low all night directed at my face, worked incredible, it also seemed to decrease my daytime hot flashes.

  17. Stephanie Avatar

    Hi, I believe that I am reaching perimenopause as I am having annoying night hot flashes. It has been disturbing my sleep and happens pretty much every hour for a few minutes at a time. The hot flashes only happen occasionally during the day. Any suggestions for me? I would prefer to take care of this naturally instead of through medication.

    Thank you!

  18. Gina Reedy Avatar
    Gina Reedy

    Great advice! Thank you for sharing this gift with us! 🙂 I love the advice about healthy fats as well! Unfortunately there seems to be a trend that people no longer want to eat fat so this is refreshing. Have a truly happy day! <3

  19. Laura Avatar

    I may have missed this, but I’ve read that there are 2 types of omega 3s that we need and only one is found in flax, Chia, etc. Is there a way for those allergic, like anaphylaxis allergic to seafood, to get a good mix? I’ve seen a number of supplements, but it’s hard to tell

      1. Laura Avatar

        I will do some research and post back. I believe that seafood, particularly shellfish, is the most prevalent allergy in adults in the U.S I know I need them both, but I think I need anaphylaxis less.

    1. linda Avatar

      Laura is it the briny flesh or the sea you are allergic to? Have you looked at eating seaweed? Though at lower levels, it too contains both EPA and DHA omega 3 and some folk with sea-food allergies can eat it without any issues (though I would urge caution to start with).

  20. Lizzie Avatar

    Hi Katie!!

    I wonder if you have any advice on routines to take when wanting to delay/bring forward your period naturally? I’m getting married in six months, and, having done he math, if I carry on at an average 28 day cycle, I’ll be on it on my wedding day!!

    I already came off the pill over a year ago and have been using coconut oil, raspberry leaf tea and Maca on a regular, but not daily basis, since my painful periods disappeared I’m less strict with my routine, but I do keep a relatively toxin free household and eat well 95% of the time. My cycle is mostly affected by stressors like travel, and can vary from 26 to 30 days at the moment.

    Thanks for all your great advice!


    1. linda Avatar

      You ought to check with your general practitioner or gynaecologist for medical advice. Going on the pill for a short period of time or taking a morning after pill would certainly allow you to control when your period will start. However if you prefer to take a more natural route…

      Everybody is different so what works for one will have no effect for another but you could try eating green beans, drinking (diluted) apple cider vinegar 3 times a day before your period is due, eating lemons though this might make your next period more painful, certain herbs might help or drinking lots of water – this won’t stop it but it should make it easier to cope with.

      There are other ways, and more information, if you google ‘how to stop your period’. Hopefully it will just come early of its own accord.

      Good luck with the ‘big day’.

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