9 Drinks To Balance Hormones
Reviewed by: Dr. Erin Biller, ND, CMO at Feminade
Having a hormonal imbalance can affect every system of your body. The hormones your body creates all have a specific purpose, but when there’s too much or too little of these essential hormones, you may feel like you’re losing control or out of balance.
Treating hormonal imbalance with medication or therapy can be expensive and time-consuming. But did you know that you may be able to help balance your hormones naturally just by incorporating delicious and nutritious drinks into your diet? Let’s discuss how.
How Can The Right Drinks Help Balance My Hormones?
Fruit juices, herbal teas, and nutritious seeds can add flavor to your day and help balance your hormones. Many different fruits, plants, and herbs have unique medicinal properties.
From immune-boosting to stomach-soothing, these natural remedies can be a safe and easy way to support a healthy balance of hormones in your body.
While delicious and refreshing, Lemon water also packs a punch with medicinal benefits. Lemons contain powerful antioxidants which help prevent damage from free radicals. In addition, lemon water has been known to increase your metabolism and support liver health.
Maintaining a healthy liver and metabolism can help your body create and maintain healthy energy levels, increase the amount of nutrients you consume, and support healthy hormone levels. This is done by flushing out toxins that can affect your body’s ability to create hormones.
Kombucha, a slightly carbonated fermented tea drink, has become very popular for its health benefits. Like many fermented foods, kombucha is rich in natural probiotics and can be beneficial for maintaining good gut health and digestion.
Kombucha is rich in probiotics to help restore hormone and digestive balance. Probiotics help improve insulin resistance, meaning your body cannot utilize the insulin it produces. Having healthy blood sugar levels can help ensure your body can function the way it’s supposed to, such as:
- Maintaining healthy weight
- Increased energy levels
- Improved mood
- Improved heart, liver, and kidney health
The antioxidants in kombucha also help alleviate hormone imbalance symptoms and improve reproductive health by detoxing harmful bacteria, toxins, and yeast.
Like lemon water, green tea can help maintain an optimal metabolism rate, which makes it easier for your body to expel excess estrogen and testosterone. When your hormones are imbalanced, it may cause symptoms of weight gain, mood swings, head and neck tension, excessive body and facial hair growth, and irregular periods.
Otherwise known as holy basil, Tulsi tea is a unique green tea that has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Tulsi tea is known for its adaptogenic benefits and has been used to support healthy cortisol and adrenaline levels.
For women with hormonal imbalance, tulsi tea can offer a little bit of everything: increased energy, healthy stress levels, and maintaining a stable metabolic rate.
Fruit and Vegetable Juice
Fruit and vegetable juices can be jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function. Juicing can help release these nutrients that are often missing in conventional juice drinks. Having the right fruit and vegetable juices can ensure that your body runs as smoothly as possible.
Apples, for instance, are loaded with dietary fiber, which can help to eliminate excess hormones from your body. Kale is rich in phytochemicals, which fight against an increase in estrogen levels. This leafy green can be used to promote healthy estrogen metabolism, ensure your body is properly using the estrogen it produces, and flushing the extra hormones it doesn’t need.
While juices can offer many health benefits to your life, make sure you watch your sugar intake. Even if there are no added sugars, the natural sugar in fruit may still affect your blood sugar levels, so take everything in moderation!
Like juices, smoothies can be a delicious way to consume essential nutrients from food products. Many of the same fruits and vegetables used in juicing can also be used to make smoothies, in addition to milk or a milk alternative and ice, if you prefer.
Smoothies typically include a variety of fruits and vegetables with powerful medicinal properties.
For example, blueberries are common for their antioxidant benefits, and bananas are rich in potassium, all of which are essential for supporting a healthy heart.
Flax, chia, and hemp seeds are all a great addition to any smoothie, as they support a healthy metabolism and are also full of essential fiber and fatty acids. These fatty acids are beneficial for skin, brain, and heart health.
Maca powder is another excellent ingredient to add to your shopping list. Maca is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps your body adapt to stress by promoting healthy energy and cortisol levels.
Cacao powder may also benefit your smoothies as it is a natural source of iron and magnesium. Iron supplementation may help promote healthy blood flow in your body, and magnesium has been known to provide a feeling of relaxation and better quality sleep.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Seriously, what can’t apple cider vinegar do? In addition to its medicinal properties for digestion, acid reflux, and acne breakouts, apple cider vinegar can also benefit hormonal balance by maintaining a healthy metabolism and blood sugar levels.
Using apple cider vinegar can help reduce redness and swelling, improve estrogen metabolism, and reduce feelings of stress and tension by helping to maintain spikes in your blood sugar.
Ashwagandha Golden Milk
Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogenic Indian herb that has been used to help your body’s natural stress response for many years. Ashwagandha may help promote healthy cortisol levels, which control how your body reacts to stressors.
Golden milk combines milk and turmeric, another Indian herb known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Incorporating these herbs into a drink may help to promote healthy stress hormones and may support chronic inflammation often associated with hormonal imbalance.
Ashwagandha and golden milk can be enjoyed hot, cold, or even added to a smoothie!
As we mentioned, turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric can be helpful for those experiencing chronic inflammation due to hormonal imbalance.
Turmeric may also be beneficial as a detoxer, helping your body eliminate built-up toxins. This can be especially important for those affected by hormone imbalance. The detoxifying properties may help flush out excess hormones in your body and alleviate symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance.
Dong Quai Tea
Dong Quai is a common herb used to help support women experiencing symptoms related to menopause. Dong Quai tea may also be beneficial in maintaining balanced sex hormone levels in women, including estrogen and progesterone.
When hormones are at healthy levels, they can help reduce symptoms of hot flashes, irregular periods, mood swings, and fatigue associated with hormonal imbalance or menopause.
At Feminade, our goal is to help you regain control over your health and your hormones so that you can thrive each and every day.
Experiencing and managing a hormonal imbalance doesn’t have to be scary. We hope that our tips, tricks, and recipes can help you on your journey to a balanced life and balanced hormones.
Our team of medical professionals is at your service for any additional help you need thorough your hormone journey.