15 Natural Remedies for Hormonal Imbalance
Each individual has a unique balance of hormones. During perimenopause and menopause this unique balance can be disrupted. Getting back into balance and feeling more yourself can be a tough task for many.

1.      Heal Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is a condition that not only affects your digestive tract but also causes hormone issues and can more specifically target your thyroid.

When undigested food particles like gluten leak through your gut into your blood stream it will cause inflammation of the entire body and more specific organs like the thyroid.

Also, most people with leaky gut have an a deficiency of probiotics in their gut.  Probiotics actually help your body in producing certain vitamins that effect hormone levels like insulin.

The top foods and supplements that can support healing leaky gut include: bone broth, kefir, fermented vegetables and good sources of fiber like vegetables and sprouted seeds.

In addition, supplements like digestive enzymes and probiotics can aid in repairing your gut lining, which in turn can balance your hormones.

Some of the main things that damage your digestive health include processed foods, gluten, hydrogenated oils and emotional stress.

2.      Limit caffeine intake

Too much caffeine can have an adverse effect on the endocrine system especially if there are other factors at play including pregnancy or stress. You can cut down on the amount of caffeine and replace it with beneficial herbal teas. You can also add health fats to your coffee such as coconut oil.

3.      Eliminate Toxic Kitchen and Body Care Products

Another way to eliminate toxins in your body is to stay away from conventional body care products that are high in DEA, parabens, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate.

The Environmental Working Group has evaluated over 72,000 products and rank them in an easy-to-understand guide to make sure you have a resource to keep your family safe. Check out EWG’s “Skin Deep Cosmetic Database” today!

Also, the use of plastic bottles should be replaced with glass and stainless steel because of BPA’s, and switching from teflon pans to stainless steel, ceramic or cast iron can make a big difference in your hormonal health.

Toxins found in common items such as plastics, pesticides, and household chemicals and cleaners can have an adverse effect on hormone levels in the body. You can avoid toxins by eliminating the use of chemical pesticides and cleaners from your home, storing food in glass instead of plastic containers, and cooking in non-coated pots and pans.

4.      Avoid commercial cooking oils

Commercial cooking oils such as canola, vegetable, peanut, soybean, margarine and shortening all contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which may metabolize in your body to become a type of fatty acid. And this fatty acid may lead to conditions such as heart disease and hormonal imbalance. Choose healthy fats such as coconut oil and olive oil, and use real butter.

5.      Eat coconut oil and avocados

Coconut oil and avocadoes as well as other healthy fats contain omega-3 fatty acids, which is the best way to increase levels of female hormones and testosterone. The cholesterol in these healthy fats is necessary for the production of healthy cells and normal hormone production.

Eating a variety of foods high in short, medium and long chain fatty acid is key to keeping your hormones in check. Not only are these essential fats fundamental building blocks for hormone production, they speed up your metabolism and promote weight loss.

My four favorite foods packed with healthy fats include: coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter and wild caught salmon.

6.      Balance Omega-3/6 Ratio

Since the early 20th century, the use of vegetable oil in our diets has skyrocketed.

Coincidently, because people didn’t boost their Omega-3 intake to balance out the elevated Omega-6s they were consuming, I have seen an onslaught of chronic diseases and inflammatory processes literally take over our society.

Research from Pennsylvania State University suggests that jumping from the 1:1 Omega-3/6 ratio our hunter-gather ancestors enjoyed to the astronomical 20:1 ratio most people take in today is the primary dietary factor of most diseases in America!

Rule of thumb: Be sure to steer clear from oils high in Omega-6s (safflower, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, canola, soybean and peanut) and load up on rich sources of natural Omega-3s (wild fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and grass-fed animal products).

I do want to also mention, there is a type of Omega-6 fat you want to try and get in your diet called GLA.  GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) can be taken in supplement form by using evening primrose oil or borage oil and it’s also found in hemp seeds.  Studies have shown supplementing with GLA can support healthy progesterone levels.

7.      Change your leptin

Leptin is necessary for the regulation of metabolism and suppressing hunger. A reduction of leptin is caused by consuming too much processed foods and sugar or by foregoing normal sleep patterns. So be sure to get plenty of sleep, avoid sugar and processed foods, and eat whole foods.

8.      Try maca root

Maca root is an endocrine adaptogen that boosts normal hormone production. It also helps reverse hypothyroidism, increase fertility and is beneficial for libido.

Being a good source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, phosphorus, zinc, essential fatty acids, protein, fiber and sterols, it is good for your overall health and improves energy and vitality.

  • Mix ¼ teaspoon of maca root powder in a cup of water, juice, herbal tea, smoothie or yogurt.
  • Consume it daily, gradually increasing the amount of maca root up to 1 or 2 teaspoons over a few weeks.
  • Continue at least for a few months.

Maca root has been known for years to provide a hormone boost due to its being rich in minerals and essential fatty acids. Women have reported increased fertility, fewer PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms, and healthy skin while men have reported better sleep, increased libido, and increased sperm production. You can take it in a capsule or add it to a smoothie.

9.        Learn to handle stress

Chronic stress causes an increase in the level of cortisol and this affects all of your other hormones, altering balance. Learning how to better manage your stress can keep cortisol levels normal. Try exercise, yoga, or meditation to help ease stress.

10.      Eat carrots

Eat 1-2 raw carrots a day can help the colon absorb endotoxin and estrogen for excretion. According to Ray Peat, several women who suffered from premenstrual symptoms, including migraine, had their serum estrogen measured before and after the “carrot diet,” and they found that the carrot lowered their estrogen within a few days, as it relieved their symptoms.

11.     Get More Sleep

Unless you’re getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night, you’re doing your body no favors. Lack of sleep and sleeping at the wrong time, actually may be the worst habit people have that disturb hormone balance.

Why? Because hormones work on a schedule! Case in point: cortisol, the stress hormone, is regulated at midnight. People who go to bed late at night, therefore, never truly get a break from the sympathetic flight/fight stress response, which has led to widespread stress-related health disorders.

To maximize hormone function, get to bed by 10:00 p.m. Endocrinologists (hormone experts) claim that one hour of sleep between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. is equal to 2 hours of sleep before or after these time slots!

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.

12.    Exercise Lightly and Regular

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.

Lightly regular exercise can help restore hormonal balance, alleviating your symptoms, improving sleep and digestion.

13.     Back Off Birth Control Pills

In its simplest sense, “the pill” is hormone therapy that raises estrogen to such dangerous levels that it causes:

  • Increased risk of breast cancer
  • Increased risk of blood clotting, heart attack and stroke
  • Migraines
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea, irregular bleeding or spotting
  • Benign liver tumors
  • Breast tenderness

There are many other safer ways to prevent pregnancy.

14.     Nourish your liver

Increase protein to 70-100 grams+ per day based on your weight, about 20-25% of total calories. Make sure to include eggs, dairy, if tolerated no allergy, gelatin, fish, and shellfish to help balance muscle meats chicken, lamb, beef, turkey. This will help to create the amino acid building blocks of protein balance needed to reflect “eating the whole animal.” In doing this, you empower the liver’s detoxification process to help your body take out the trash, and detoxify estrogen properly.

15.     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.

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, 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.