By Farryn Stock|
May 18, 2022|
3 mins read
Natural supplements and remedies can be used to treat the majority of hormonal struggles that women are faced with. By working with your body, rather than fighting against it, natural remedies for hormonal health can help alleviate difficult symptoms.
Hormonal health is a major concern for most women, as imbalances in hormones affect roughly 80% of women to varying degrees. Conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), endometriosis, as well as PMS (premenstrual syndrome), and menopause all cause hormonal imbalances and fluctuations, which can lead to some distressing symptoms. Some of the symptoms (as shown by the NHS website) for such conditions are as follows:
– Mood swings
– Unexpected weight gain
– Pelvic pain
– Skin conditions such as acne
– Excess hair growth
– Tiredness and Fatigue
– Irregular menstrual cycle
– Hair Loss
These are some of the main symptoms that come with having a hormone imbalance. However, such imbalances can also increase symptoms associated with anxiety and depression, as not only the hormones can negatively affect your mood but also the symptoms themselves can lead to an increase in anxiety and depression.
Although hormonal imbalances affect such a large number of women, there is limited support or treatment offered through NHS. One of the main treatments offered to women experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalances is the contraceptive pill. Although effective, the contraceptive pill has also been linked to an increase in blood pressure and serious health conditions such as blood clots and breast cancer (NHS).
For treatment of menopause, many women are prescribed HRT, which is Hormonal Replacement Therapy. Unfortunately, over the past months shortages all over the UK have been taking place, meaning menopausal women have been stuck without any real help.
Fortunately, prescribed medications are not the only way to help heal our hormones and many women are now seeking natural remedies that can offer aid without the added risk of side effects. From supplements to oil therapies, here are some of the natural remedies that can help ease symptoms of hormonal imbalances:
One of the biggest influences on hormone regulation can be done by altering diets slightly. Reducing sugar intake can help with regulating weight, as fructose found in sugar may fail to stimulate leptin the fullness hormone. A higher sugar diet also increases insulin resistance, which is a key symptom of PCOS. Eating foods that a high in healthy fats such as avocado, oily fish, and nuts boost energy levels, as they can be used directly from the liver. These types of foods are also included in a Mediterranean diet which can reduce inflammation in the body and lowers the risk of heart disease and weight gain and help with acne and insomnia.
Magnesium is one of the best minerals to take for balancing hormones. Particularly great for anyone experiencing PMS symptoms, magnesium helps to balance moods, reduce fatigue and tiredness and help with insomnia. By managing the neurotransmitters in our brain, depression and anxiety can be reduced significantly. Furthermore, by aiding in sleep, sugar cravings are decreased which leads to a decrease in insulin resistance, which helps to stabilise hormones.
Inositol is an effective, natural supplement that is used particularly to help sufferers of PCOS. Those who have PCOS lack the ability to convert Myo-inositol to D-chiro-inositol. By taking a 40:1 ratio supplement of this, many of the symptoms associated with PCOS were alleviated. Testosterone levels that can cause hormonal acne and excess hair growth were reduced by 73% of women within a trial for the supplement. Other symptoms of hormonal imbalances such as weight gain and anxiety have also been proven to have been alleviated.
Herbal teas have been used in holistic healing for centuries and are often used in Chinese medicine as an effective treatment for all kinds of diseases and health complications. Herbal teas are rich in antioxidants and can provide many different benefits to symptoms of hormone imbalances. Spearmint tea is used to reduce androgen levels, which help with hormonal acne, along with helping ovulation. Peppermint tea can help promote weight loss and relief from menstrual cramps.
As previously mentioned in an earlier post, gut health has become an increasingly popular topic when it comes to our health and wellbeing, but it also has a massive impact on our hormones. Probiotics lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone, this reduces anxiety and can help improve sleep patterns and reduce acne. This supplement also helps with weight loss as it reduces insulin resistance.
Although not as widely recognised, aromatherapy oils are great for helping with multiple symptoms of PMS and other hormonal imbalances. Oils such as mandarin and bergamot can reduce tiredness and help revitalise those that are fatigued. Alternatively, lavender and chamomile can aid in improving sleep patterns and deeper sleep.
Whilst many different supplements and natural remedies can offer different levels of support, it is important to find out what works best for you as an individual. For anyone who is experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalances, it is always advised to visit your GP before deciding which treatment to use. For more natural ways to improve anxiety, take a look here.