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Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones

Consider These Lifestyle Changes...

Eat soy protein. Soy isoflavones have been the subject of numerous studies and the subject of more than 1,000 articles in medical and scientific journals in the past decade. Researchers have found that soy phytoestrogens (plant estrogens that act like natural estrogens when ingested) help prevent bone loss in menopausal women, and that they lessen hot flashes, night sweats, and breast tenderness. It’s no wonder the average woman in Japan, who eats four to six servings of soy every day (100-200 mg soy isoflavones) experiences one third the menopausal symptoms and a far lower death rate from breast cancer than women who live in the West.

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Exercise! It lowers stress hormones, boosts your energy, builds bone mass, and increases immunity. Choose an activity that you like (walking, dancing, yoga, tennis) and do it several times a week.

Cut down on caffeine and soft drinks. As little as 300 mg of caffeine can cause a considerable loss of calcium from the body. Caffeine also elevates the stress hormone cortisol, which can set you up for a host of health problems including poor sleep, impaired immunity, and age-related deterioration. Also, carbonated beverages have been found to leach calcium from your bones.

Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Water is the key to life. It clears out toxins, lowers your levels of histamines—which trigger allergic reactions— promotes clear, moist skin, and maintains overall health. Without enough water, dehydration in the body creates an imbalance in minerals, which can throw your hormones out of whack.

Eat whole, organic, unprocessed foods. Eliminate dairy foods that come from cows fed hormones that increases milk production. There’s no telling how they may affect your hormones, so why take the risk?

Get outside! A little sunlight everyday will enhance your body’s natural rhythms and provide you with vitamin D—essential for healthy bones.

…and Take These Herbs and Supplements

TransMist Natural Progesterone Spray or Natural Progesterone Cream -- increase your progesterone levels and decrease excess estrogen levels.

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus) – appears to increase secretions of LH (luteinizing hormone) and decrease FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which means progesterone levels are increased and estrogen levels are decreased. This herb is especially helpful in treating PMS symptoms, heavy menstrual bleeding, and perimenopausal symptoms.

Black Cohosh – Phytochemicals in black cohosh decrease LH, shifting the estrogen/progesterone ratio towards estrogens—just the opposite of what chasteberry does. This herb is especially useful as an aid for depression, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness at the time of menopause.

Don Quai (Angelica sinensis) – One of the most respected herbs in Chinese traditional medicine, this herb is used as a women’s tonic to treat PMS and menstrual cramps. It acts as an estrogen modulator, which means that if estrogen levels are low, the herb’s phytoestrogens increase estrogen levels by filling unoccupied receptor sites. When estrogen levels are too high, the phytoestrogens block some of the estrogen by occupying the same receptor sites.

Licorice – contains natural estrogenic compounds. Its active ingredient, glycyrrhizin—like the isoflavones in soy—appears to act as an estrogen modulator like in don quai, reducing estrogen levels in women when they’re too high and increasing the levels when they’re too low.

Panax Ginseng – has been traditionally used in Asia for a wide variety of menstrual cycle disorders, as well as an anti-aging supplement; it is especially helpful for relieving vaginal dryness and pain.

Magnesium - Relieves mood swings, and stress; enhances energy; supports normal sleep patterns.

Vitamin B complex - Boosts immunity; protects against nervous disorders; alleviates fatigue; plays an important role in hormone balance.

Multi-vitamin/mineral supplement for overall health.

Calcium/magnesium/vitamin D supplement for bone health.

Iron - if you have heavy bleeding.

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23 Comments

Once a month I have high anxiety and panick attacks. How do I know what products will help me with this? I’m 48 and have not had a period in 343 days.

Sounds very likely that it is a hormonal imbalance. I suggest you check out our new book by Jonathan Wright at
http://www.stayyoungandsexy.com

Then you will probably want to test your hormone levels. The best way is to get a 24 hour urine test from Meridian Valley Labs.

Also watch for our upcoming technical article on hormone testing in Longevity Medicine Review at lmreview.com

Although your real problem is hormonal you might try the following for short term relief: kava kava, magnolia or hawthorn (available from Health Freedom Nutrition at hfn-usa.com )

One thing to keep in mind when talking about hormonal issues is that hormones can be too low or too high. You should get a good idea of what your actual situation is before you start taking supplements. I made myself very sick by eating too much soy (thinking it would help me). Its best not to pump yourself full of potentially dangerous foods without knowing what you are doing.

I have had a bad case of insomnia for the past 10 yrs,I have tried just about every thing. Also, have severe puffiness under my eyes, as if they are swollen, again have tried everything but surgery. Can not seem to get my iron levels up, eat green veggies daily. What can I do to correct these problems? About to hit age 44 in a few days, want to remain healthy.

I have insomnia too so I feel for you. I use GABA, taurine and sometimes valerian or magnolia bark. (Check hfn-usa.com).

Puffiness could be caused by high cortisone/cortisol. That can also cause insomnia. I suggest you get the test kit from ZRT to test your saliva at 4 points throughout a day to get a picture of your circadian pattern. You could also have insulin resistance. Have you tested A1C to test for possible type 2 diabetes?

About iron: green veggies won’t do it. You need to take iron supplements (of which there are many choices) or red meat.

I would need a lot more information about you, your health history, your sex (you didn’t say), etc.

Good luck.

Hello!  Thank you for your help.

I believe i suffer from an imbalance.  I have horrid migraines from the start of my period until i ovulate.  that leaves me in bed for about 15 days out of the month.

i am thinking my progesterone levels plummet at menstruation?

any suggestions on what to use?

Sounds very reasonable. You could have low progesterone triggering the migraines. You could try progesterone since it is very safe.

A lab test would be simple for you to do. You can order your own at directlabs.com or do the Merridian Valley 24 hour urine test.

I suggest you check out our new book by Jonathan Wright all about bio identical hormones at
http://www.stayyoungandsexy.com

Also I STRONGLY suggest you do the Solutions Health Advisor to find the real causes of your problem. http://www.smart-publications.com/health-advisor

I have PCOS. I’m my case I have a lot of hair growth in places I shouldn’t. Some acne.. Not much though. I got my hormones test through a blood test. My LH was 32.4 my FSH was 8.  Do you have any advice for me as I am TTC. I had a hard time tolerating Metformin.

Thank you

i had yasmine recently and had very harmful effects on my body now wat sud i do get rid from these bad effects

Hello Paulette:

Your situation sounds complicated, with many different things going on that may be interacting with each other.The name of the game is to figure out what the causes are for your various health issues. We have something that may be very helpful for you: Is it a new utility on our site called Solutions Health Advisor. It is easy to use, you just answer the questions it asks you. Yet it is a very sophisticated artificial intelligence system that dips into a database of over 25,000 peer reviewed scientific studies to get to the root of your problems. Oh and, by the way, it is free!  Please check it out at:
http://www.smart-publications.com/health-advisor/

You might also be interested in our new book by Dr. Marianne Marchese called:
8 Weeks to Women’s Wellness: The Detoxification Plan for Breast Cancer, Endometriosis, Infertility and Other Women’s Health Conditions is about the environmental links to women’s health conditions and how to remove toxins form the body. It does have extensive information on PCOS.
http://www.smart-publications.com/books/view/8-weeks-to-womens-wellness

You might also check out the new book by Jonathan V. Wright, MD & Lane Lenard, PhD called:
Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement The Science Explained
http://www.smart-publications.com/books/view/stay-young-sexy-with-bio-identical-hormone-replacement-the-science-exp

Hi,
I was wondering if you know of anything to help with urinary incontinence.  I have stopped menstruation now—-for past 10 months, I’m 51 years old and almost as soon as I stopped my periods I began to have stress incontinence which now is a “wet feeling” in the vagina with very slight leakage, almost constantly.  If you can suggest anything I would be so grateful.  I’m too young for this!

So iam going threw menopause I keep getting panic attacks only when I don’t have a period and also my blood pressure only goes up right before I get ready to have a period hotflashes what do I do.

my doctor said i probably have a hormone imbalance. I have very irregular periods for instance i had my period 7 days after the pervios period and then with the second period i bleed for almost 3 weeks and i get cysts on my ovaries a lot and i know i dont have pcos. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

I balanced my hormones by doing the following things, eating non processed foods, no dairy products, lots of nuts especially almonds which are packed with vitamin e, eating lots of broccoli and brussel sprouts.  I take vitamin d everyday in a shot glass full of extra virgin oil. The only supplement I take is called total omega’s by Barlean, found it at a healthfood store, with no health-care provider I took my health into my own hands.  I also am very active.  It worked for me and I am in menopause right now.  Mood swings went away, sleep pretty good and energy has returned

Hi,

This is for ppl who are suffering from insomnia.. It is advicable to have vitamin B supplements on a regular basis. Decrease in vitamin B is associated with insomnia, constipation, fatigue. Natural food that are rich in Vitamin B are, Poultry foods, Whole grain and Oats, Banana’s. Make sure you have adequate amount of this vitamins. Have a healthy life.

For Carol concerning incontinence…I am 54 and post menopausal and have identified this problem with hormone imbalance. Start experimenting with different hormone therapies ( chaste berry/ squaw vine/ sage/ DGL/ Dim ) you will know one is working for you when this symptom is alleviated.

Best Wishes ; )

Linda

Carol, please add L-Arginine on your list of things to try for hormone balance.

Linda

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hai, i have LH (Luteinizing Hormone)  14.23 IU/L.    What is the normal rate???  How to reduce this naturally???  my weight is 65 kg .. what are the causes of this decease???

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I do not think it is quite possible to balance ones hormones. It is not something that is within our power to control these. Only thing we can do is control it very slightly by using these methods. And it might not work always either. EMR software companies


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