Don't forget your herbs when
thinking about balancing your hormones. There are plenty of herbs that can
help and they can boost your nutrition as well. When you boost your nutrition and health in general, this helps the body
start balancing the hormone levels itself. All of which give you the end results of feeling much better, and resolving various health complaints and problems you may have suffered from over the years.
As we mentioned in an earlier article, many hormonal problems are caused by disfunctions in the body's glandular systems. One of the most important glands for balancing hormones is the thyroid. When the thyroid is not functioning well, it can cause a wide variety of problems. Some of these include lack of energy, moodiness and depression, or weight gain.
One herb which is excellent for regulating the thyroid is Kelp. This herb is also quite high in natural iodine, iron, and potassium - all of which are critical minerals for women during menstruation particularly. Many other vitamins, minerals and nutrients are supplied by this herb as well though, and these contribute to your overall health and wellness. Some include various B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium.
Taking herbs which are excellent sources of various vitamins and minerals is a way to boost your overall health and wellness too, especially when you're unable to get adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables into your diet. There are several herbs which can be used as natural daily vitamins though. Kelp is just one of those...
Parsley is another herb which can be used as a general daily vitamin to help improve your overall health, and balance your hormone levels. Parsley is the highest source of iron in any green vegetable, and it has three times as much Vitamin C as citrus. This herb is also high in Vitamins A and B, pluse it's wonderful for regulating a woman's menstrual cycle.
Parsley shouldn't be used by women who are nursing though, because it helps dry up milk in the breasts.
Dandelion root is yet another herb which is very nutritous. This herb is particularly helpful in stimulating the liver though, which helps the body clear out built up toxins, wastes, and bacteria which could be throwing your hormones out of balance.
Alfalfa is another highly nutritious herb which should be on your list of options for daily vitamin and nutrition boosting. Alfalfa has eight of the essential amino acids our bodies need. Amino acids can't be made by our body, so they have to be gotten from our food sources instead. Alfalfa is quite high in Vitamins A and K, plus iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many other vitamins and minerals too.
Though hormonal imbalances can often be corrected with proper vitamins and nutrition, there are other herbal remedies and supplements which are used specifically for their natural hormonal properties.
Red Raspberry is an herb often used in tea form, which works wonderfully for a variety of common female problems. In fact, red raspberry is such an excellent general female herb that it's often used as the basis for any female herbal remedy mixture, and all women should regularly keep this herb on hand.
Red raspberry helps strengthen the entire female reproductive system, including the walls of the uterus. It also helps reduce heavy menstrual blood flows and painful cramps, and it can prevent or reduce hemorrhaging during childbirth and labor. Red raspberry is also an excellent remedy for morning sickness in pregnant women, and it will increase the milk production in nursing mothers.
Black Cohosh is an herbal source of natural estrogen. This herbal estrogen does not provide the same side effects and dangers of synthetic estrogens do though. This herb is an excellent natural treatment for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, particularly when combined with other female herbs.
This herb also helps regulate menstrual blood flows, and when combined with Ginger, Black Cohosh can also help relieve painful menstrual cramps. Ginger alone is an herb to use for supressed menstruation.
Black cohosh has added health benefits too though. It helps stimulate the secretions from the kidneys, liver and lymph glands for instance, as well as helping to break up mucus in your head, lungs, and sinus cavities.
Some women can get headaches from taking too much black cohosh. If this happens, simply reduce the amount of herb you're using next time. The headache itself will go away on its own in a few hours.
Sarsaparilla is a hormone balancing herb which works wonderfully for both men and women. It's a natural source of progesterone, testosterone, and
cortin, plus it stimulates the action of estrogen in women.
Kelp is often used for female hormonal problems too, because it provides a wide variety of vitamins and nutrition, but it also helps stimulate the various glands in the body. Kelp is particularly helpful in regulating the thyroid, and it's a natural source of iron, calcium and iodine. All of these are particularly important for women during menstruation, especially if you tend to have heavy blood flows.
It's said that menstrual blood contains 40% more calcium than other blood, so getting plenty of calcium is extremely important for women during their periods. Another particularly good herb for this is Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll can be found in herbs such as Alfalfa and Parsley.
Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.