Hormones are extremely important in our organism since they regulate the metabolism, mood, digestion, respiration, reproduction, growth, tissue function, and stress in people. So, in case you experience anxiety, chronic fatigue, bloating, or sudden weight gain, you might be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalance appear as a result of stress, poor diet, genetics, medical history, and environmental pollutants. Besides, they can be also caused by birth control pills, insulin injections, thyroid medications, and hormone replacement therapies.
Hormonal imbalances can also cause:
- Lack of energy
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Puffy eyes
- Memory fog
- Sleep problems
- Low libido
- Skin issues, such as acne
- Brittle hair and nails
- Changes in appetite
- Irregular periods
Luckily, the following natural herbs will help you to restore the hormonal balance:
Oatstraw -- It soothes the body and relaxes the central nervous system. Moreover, it improves the mood, relieves stomachache, boosts blood flow, regulates the glands that produces hormones, and strengthens the nerves. Besides, being rich in calcium and magnesium, oatstraw strengthens the bones, improves the health of the nails, skin, and hair, and lowers the high levels of cholesterol.
Ashwagandha – It treats hormonal imbalances, reduces stress, balances the adrenal and thyroidgland, treats hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, and treats Graves and Hashimoto Disease. Besides, it fights anxiety and depression, and improves mood.
Maca – This herb was used for centuries by the Peruvian people to boost endurance, fertility, and treat libido loss. It promotes the hormonal production and replaces the adaptogenic agents. In fact, it adapts to the body and provides the body with the necessary amount of hormones or lowers them, if needed. By so doing, it normalizes the hormonal levels.
Furthermore, Maca nourishes the master body glands, which are the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, whose role is to regulate and to control all other body glands. It improves the libido and boosts endurance, therefore is considered to be a natural Viagra.
Red Raspberry Leaf -- The tea which is made of these leaves is abundant in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, that strengthens the uterine. So, this tea soothes menstrual pain, boosts male and female fertility, and prevents heavy blood flow and miscarriage. It is especially recommended for pregnant women because it soothes the labor pains, stimulate the production of the milk in the breastfeeding women, and reduce nausea.
Vitex or Chaste Tree Berry– It’s commonly used for treatment of endometriosis, infertility, hormonal imbalances, menopausal symptoms, and against miscarriage in the 1st trimester. Moreover, it regulates the pituitary gland which controls the function of all other smaller glands.
Milk Thistle -- It detoxifies the liver and thus, restores the balance in the hormones. In cases when the liver is rich in toxins, it provokes excessive levels of estrogen hormone and low levels of progesterone. So, milk thistle will improve the liver function, help the body cleansing, and regulate the hormonal levels.
To sum up, if you are affected by a hormonal imbalance, what you should first do is to try to treat it in a natural way and avoid taking medications. Increase the omega-3’s intake, reduce stress, sleep well, start exercising, eat a healthy diet, and use all of the above listed beneficial herbs.