Hormone help on the way. This is the blog topic for today! Balancing your hormones can be complex because there’s a lot of factors that could lead to the issue. Though if you have any of the following challenges or you already know that you struggle with hormone imbalances, you also know it’s worth searching for the answer and a solution because it’s not easy to live with these symptoms.
Signs of Hormone Imbalance
Problems can show up when the nutrients the liver needs to process toxins are in limited supply. In other words, if there aren’t enough workers on the job, and the nutrients are in short supply, the liver can’t keep up and process quickly and thoroughly. If the liver is overworked, toxins and waste build up and the excess heads back into the body, which can cause many problems.
To stimulate regular cleansing, I drink lemon essential oil in my water daily. You can add 1-2 drops of 8 ounces of water for supporting the detoxifying functions of the liver.
Dark, bitter greens like dandelions, arugula, and kale also do wonders for the liver, acting as a natural diuretic to purify the body. Plus they bring vitamins A, C, and K to the table, as well as minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium.
These are endocrine disruptors – chemicals that alter the normal function of hormones. Under normal conditions, the endocrine system releases hormones that tell other parts of the body what to do, but when chemicals from the outside get into our bodies, they have the ability to mimic our natural hormones and block or bind to hormone receptors.
Here’s the thing: xenoestrogens are a category of the endocrine disruptor group that specifically have estrogen-like effects. When xenoestrogens enter the body they’re stored in fat cells, and increase the total amount of estrogen, which can result in estrogen dominance.
You can avoid them by choosing organic foods to eat and avoiding packaged foods, using natural safe skin care products without parabens and other harmful chemicals, and avoiding plastic containers and chlorine. You can also choose chemical free, biodegradable laundry and household cleaning products. You can even your own natural biodegradable cleaning products with safe and effective ingredients, which I will cover in another blog soon!
Your hormones have to be flushed from the body by the liver after they’ve been circulated. Guess where the liver lets go of them? In your intestines, where they pass out of the body under normal conditions. However, sometimes they hang out and cause problems, because the body reclaims these “waste” hormones.
This is where fiber comes in – the fiber you eat can help bind to these hormones and prevent them from being reabsorbed. Boost your daily intake to 25 to 30 grams and you’ll be off to a good start. As Aviva Romm, MD says, “When we effectively eliminate excess and toxic estrogens, we experience fewer women’s health problems including PMS, fibroids, problems with endometriosis, frequent and heavy periods, and cyclic breast pain and lumps.” (Aviva Romm, MD is a Yale-trained physician specializing in integrative medicine for women and children.
Fat is also your friend when it comes to hormone balance. One study showed evidence that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids (found in flax seeds, chia seeds, wild salmon, avocados…) might help to prevent postpartum depression, menopausal problems, postmenopausal osteoporosis, and breast cancer. Fatty acids are vital for proper functioning of cells and hormones. The thing is, many diets have too many omega 6 fatty acids (found in vegetable oils, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening…) and the proportion of omega 6 to omega 3 gets a little out of whack. Consuming too many omega 6 fatty acids can result in inflammation in the body. So eat up on omega-3 fatty acids by adding one of these foods to your diet and smoothies on a regular basis: chia seeds, flax seeds, avocado.
Fennel essential oil has a variety of benefits when it comes to hormone balance. You can add a drop of Fennel in water or tea to help fight sweet tooth cravings, promote healthy digestion, and a rockin’ metabolism. It also supports liver function and circulation.
Wild Orange essential oil
Cold pressed from the peel, wild orange has stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function when seasonal threats are high. Wild orange essential oil is also a powerful cleanser and purifying agent, and it protects against seasonal and environmental threats, as well as provides antioxidants, which are essential to overall health.
A tuber which is native to South America and top notch for helping with hormonal imbalances, by regulating the hypothalamus and pituitary glands in the brain. Maca is high in calcium, potassium, iron, fiber and protein. What’s amazing about maca is that it’s an endocrine adaptogen, meaning it doesn’t contain any hormones, but it has the nutrients necessary to support normal hormone production. Do you have hot flashes, low libido, fatigue, adrenal issues, or PMS? Get some maca in your smoothie. Check out my Chocolate Mint Maca Smoothie below!
Basil essential oil
This herb and essential oil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma, and provides great benefits to both the mind and body. Need hormone balancing? Basil acts as a cooling agent for the skin, promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings when diffused, and you can take a drop internally to provide soothing support during your menstrual cycle.
I’m not just talking about any old candy bar here. Raw cacao and processed chocolate sold in bars and pieces are two completely different things. Processed chocolate is made with sugar, cocoa, milk, and other ingredients. Raw cacao undergoes a fermentation process that preserves the antioxidants, and is typically used in the form of powder, beans, or cacao nibs.
Cacao contains lots of magnesium which is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body! Magnesium is critical for energy metabolism, nerve and muscle function, a healthy immune system, keeping the heart beat steady, and regulating blood glucose levels. Cacao also has phenethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and neurochemicals that cause us to feel happiness and pleasure. Plus, cacao enhances brain levels of serotonin, which is the ‘feel-good’ chemical. Serotonin levels typically drop with PMS, so eating cacao can boost the brain levels of hormones that are calming and restorative for your body and mind.
Cacao Mint Maca Smoothie
Whip up this smoothie 1-3 times a week for an energizing, grounding, and hormone-balancing treat with cacao, maca, and peppermint essential oil. Peppermint is an essential oil I use almost daily. A high menthol content—like that found in the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil — distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Peppermint essential oil promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing, good digestive health, and it’s great for boosting your energy!
2 cups water
1 cup spinach
3 dates, pitted
1 Tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
COMBINE ingredients, except essential oil into a blender. BLEND until smooth and creamy. Add essential oil last, to taste. Makes 16 ounces.
Basil Green Juice
3 stalks celery
1 cup pineapple
Handful of kale
½ drop-1 drop basil essential oil
Add ingredients, except essential oil into a juicer. Juice and add essential oil last, to taste. Makes 32 ounces.
In this refreshing and sweet smoothie, fennel meets orange – another tummy taming oil. The combination of fiber from collard greens and pear, and the essential oil ingredients can help to ease stomach issues and bloating. This is a perfect smoothie to whip up before or during your menstrual cycle, or to sip before a heavy meal!
1 ½ cups almond milk
1 stalk collard greens
Juice of 1 lime
½ – 1 drop fennel essential oil
1/2- 1 drop wild orange essential oil
COMBINE ingredients, except essential oil into a blender. BLEND until smooth and creamy. Add essential oil last, to taste. Makes 16 ounces