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Healthy Herbs to Support Women’s Hormone Health

  • Erika Geisheimer, Blog Coordinator
  • Communications, Good n' Natural Health Food Store

All women know that there are times in our lives that we experience hormonal imbalances or deficiencies. There is help out there for us!

There are products out there that can help women with hormone issues at any stage and any age. Safe natural remedies can make life more comfortable at key times in life, whether it is menopause, peri-menopause, painful periods, adrenal exhaustion, bladder infections, low iron, or borderline thyroid issues.

There are great herbs that you should consider, and there are many great and safe supplements that you can take on a daily basis. Many women, will notice a difference within the first month.

To support the Adrenal Glands, you can find natural formulas containing Rhodiola, Suma, Siberian Ginseng, Schisandra, and Ashwagandha. Health care practitioners recommend these supplements to help improve mental and physical performance after periods of exhaustion and to temporarily promote relaxation. These herbs improve mental and physical
performance after periods of mental and/or physical exertion, relieve general debility, aids during convalescence, and support healthy cortisol levels and adrenal function.

To support hormone levels during menopause or peri-menopause, which each and every woman will experience in our lives; you can look for formulas containing Dong quai, Chasteberry, Black Cohosh, Gamma-oryzanol, and Hesperidin. These are good for the reduction of hot flashes, night sweats, and the other symptoms of menopause, as well as improving irritability and nervousness. No one likes hot flashes; they disturb our precious hours of sleep. So, as well as cutting back on caffeine and alcohol during the key time in life, taking these supplements can help alleviate discomfort greatly.

Another situation women will often experience at some point in our lives are urinary tract infections, which are uncomfortable and often painful as well. Cranberry supplements are great natural remedies providing high doses of concentrated cranberry extract in each capsule to help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Health care practitioners recommend cranberry extract to support urinary tract health and help reduce the likelihood of UTIs. In a high concentration, 1 g of concentrate is equivalent to 36 g of whole cranberries.

To maintain healthy Estrogen levels throughout life, consider supplements that are complete natural formulas containing Calcium D-Glucarate, Indole-3-Carbinol, Green Tea extract, Turmeric extract, Rosemary extract, Lycopene, Sulforaphane, and Milk Thistle Seed extract. These are optimal to help promote healthy estrogen metabolism and maintain healthy hormone balance regardless of the time of month. Also, many products out there are so full of chemicals that they affect our estrogen levels, resulting in estrogen dominance and throwing all our systems out of whack. Natural remedies help to alleviate estrogen dominance.

Did you know that many people are actually on the cusp of having low thyroid without actually being diagnosed with low or underactive thyroid? Look for a balanced nutritional and herbal formula containing L-Tyrosine, Ashwagandha, Guggul, Pantothenic Acid, Copper, Manganese, Iodine, and Selenium. Health care practitioners recommend taking a supplement to support thyroid health. These supplements can also help the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. They also nourish and support thyroid health, support conversion of T4 to more active T3, and offer nutrients to support overall good health.

Finally, for overall women’s hormones support, you can get supplements that support bladder health. Look for a supplement that provides supportive therapy for bladder irritation. You can find non-GMO, gluten-free formulas that contain a water-soluble pumpkin seed extract that is easy for the body to absorb. Pumpkin seeds have a long history of therapeutic use for incontinence and are nature’s aid for healthy urinary control in overactive bladders. Pumpkin seeds help control urinary incontinence, help control an overactive bladder, and provides supportive therapy for bladder irritation and night-time urinary frequency.

Any of these herbal remedies can be found in single dose capsules that are sold at select natural health pharmacies or health food stores. You can take one or more of these safe supplements to help to balance your hormones and optimize your health, as well as helping yourself further by avoiding certain foods or drinks or chemicals and additives in your soaps, hair products, or packaged foods. Our hormones are for life, so we need to care for them gently in order to feel our very best!

To your good health!