The most common symptom of hormonal imbalance in women is irregularity in vaginal bleeding along with extreme mood swings. In most such cases, there is a problem with the body’s ability to produce the female hormone estrogen in the required quantity. Fortunately, there are ways to combat such hormonal problems and using natural remedies should be your first option.
Consume the right food
To deal with hormonal problems, one of the first things you can do is weed out all the unhealthy food you are eating. Foods such as white bread, white rice and potatoes that have a high glycemic index are best avoided. Substitute these with beans, nuts, unpolished rice and whole grains in your diet. Soya, beans, lentils and peas are rich sources of compounds called phytoestrogens – substances that mimic the action of estrogen in the body and thus, help in maintaining hormonal balance.
Snack on fruits
Fruits contain a lot of fiber and this helps provide bulk to your meal without adding on calories. To deal with hormonal problems, choose healthy fruits such as orange, sweet lime, berries and red grapes. These are rich in flavonoids – chemicals that have a strong antioxidant action and help to keep your cells functioning optimally.
Opt for cruciferous veggies
Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and kohlrabi (Ganthgobi or Knol kohl) are rich in a compound called indole-3-carbinol. In the body, this gets metabolized to produce another chemical that helps to regulate the activity of estrogens. Using such veggies on a regular basis can be an easy way to help balance your hormones.
Get enough omega 3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in maintaining the normal functioning of the female hormones. Studies have shown them to be useful in dealing with menopausal problems as well as lowering the risks of premature birth. Make sure you get enough of this compound by consuming fish oils supplements or including salmon and tuna in your diet. Edamame (green soybeans), walnuts, almonds, flaxseed and beans are vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Use herbs that strengthen the reproductive system
Ayurvedic herbs such as Shatavari and Ashwagandha have been known to help to rejuvenate the female reproductive system by regulating the hormonal activity. Shatavari contains more than 50 compounds that include alkaloids, glycosides, saponins and isoflavones that contribute to its wide-ranging action and make it a powerful tonic for the reproductive system.
Ashwagandha is a non-toxic herb that works on the neuroendocrine system and is considered an adaptogen that helps the body cope with stress. It contains alkaloids, saponins and steroidal lactones that work together to regularize the functioning of the female reproductive system. An important point to be noted here is that when you wish to take these Ayurvedic herbs for hormonal problems, it is vital you do so under the guidance of a qualified Ayurveda practitioner. While several supplements containing these herbs are available over the counter, the best benefits can be attained when an expert prescribes you a specific preparation in a dose that is calculated to give you the best results.
Along with all these remedies for hormonal problems, a healthy lifestyle is an important aspect of maintaining good health. Often, women get so caught up in caring for people around them that they tend to neglect their own health. Meals that consist of what is left over from the day’s menu, lack of sufficient rest, no regular regimen for exercise, emotional stress and lack of sufficient sleep can throw your hormones out of gear. Therefore, taking care to maintain a healthy lifestyle is often one of the first things you can do to begin dealing with hormonal problems.