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Hormonal harmony for women

Women’s health is affected by the hormones secreted at every stage of life, from menstruation to menopause. Below are some key steps to prevention to cope with these fluctuations and transitions more easily

Diet

  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, particularly for their fibre which helps balance estrogen and progesterone levels.
  • Sources of essential fatty acids, such as flaxseed, fatty fish and first press cold-pressed oils, are vital for hormonal balance.
  • Avoid coffee, alcohol and refined sugar because they worsen premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and hot flashes during menopause.


Personal health

  • Moderate, regular physical activity helps to manage stress, a major hormonal disruptor.
  • Maintain a healthy weight since excess weight can lead to overproduction of estrogen.


Supplements
Many medicinal plants are beneficial to the female reproductive system, such as:

  • chaste tree (agnus cactus), one of the best plants to combat female hormone disorders. Useful for PMS and certain disorders (painful menstruation, endometriosis, cysts, etc.).
  • Maintain a healthy weight since excess weight can lead to overproduction of estrogen.


Depending on your symptoms, you could also:

  • Correct nutrient deficiencies with vitamin B6, magnesium and essential fatty acids.
  • Help the liver, which contributes to hormonal production and recycling, with dandelion or milk thistle.
  • ease the nervous system with calming plants, such as skullcap.
    relieve cramps with pimbina.
  • relieve water retention with dandelion or nettle.