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How to Balance Hormone Levels Naturally

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9. Asian Ginseng

Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), also known as Korean red ginseng, helps regulate the adrenal gland that produces stress hormones.

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It acts as an adaptogen to keep a proper hormonal balance in your body. It contains ginsenosides, major constituents of ginseng, which is structurally similar to the female sex hormone estradiol. Because of this similarity, it mimics estrogen by activating estrogen receptors .

Studies suggest that this herb may also be useful in relieving some of the symptoms of menopause ,. It can help increase sperm production and motility as well.

This herb should be taken in cycles. So, take 200 to 400 mg of Asian ginseng extract (standardized to contain at least 4 percent ginsenosides) daily for 2 to 3 weeks, take a break for 3 weeks and resume again. Continue for up to 3 months.

Note: This herb may interact with certain medications, increase the effects of stimulants and lower blood sugar. Lactating women and pregnant women–during the first trimester, should avoid ginseng. Please consult your doctor before taking it.

10. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a popular Ayurvedic herb that helps increase your energy and reduce stress and fatigue.

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Also, it helps restore your body’s hormonal balance as it acts as an adaptogen and reduces cortisol. It increases the production of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), testosterone and androgens. Plus, it helps improve thyroid function.

Ashwagandha root extracts have been reported to stimulate thyroidal activity in experimental animals in a study published in 1998 . Ashwagandha extracts were able to remarkably decrease chronic stress-related symptoms such as ulcers, sexual behavior, and learning disabilities in animal models of chronic stress (21).

Take 300 mg of ashwagandha twice daily for a few months. Consult your doctor first.

Additional Tips

  • Eat healthy fats like those present in avocados and grass-fed butter.
  • Choose organic foods over non-organic.
  • Include fiber and phytonutrient-rich foods like cabbage, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts in your diet. Phytonutrients enhance the detoxification capacity of the liver, thus flushing out toxins from the body.
  • When dealing with menopausal symptoms, eat fermented soy products. Soy, however, is not good for those suffering from underactive thyroid.
  • Eliminate refined carbohydrates from your diet by avoiding processed and packaged foods.
  • Limit your caffeine intake as it increases cortisol levels that slow down your thyroid function.
  • Manage your stress and get proper sleep.
  • Steer clear of synthetic hormones, such as birth control pills.
  • Reduce exposure to environmental toxins, especially by limiting the use of plastic.

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  1. I agree. We should prefer to balance our hormone levels through natural means. Ingesting steroids directly through pills or injections is never free of danger.

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  3. I have been having hormonal imbalance for 3yrs now.I have been taking some pills but the result is not so encouraging. Thanks for such home remedy tips…they ate good ones.

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