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Drink Every Day To Balance Your Hormones
Hormone experts know today that medications and pricey supplements are not the ideal fixes for hormonal issues ranging from amenorrhea to fibroids to PCOS. The real healing happens at breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Leafy greens, root veggies, healthy fats, and other wholesome foods are steps in this direction. But in addition to reaping hormonal rewards through food, it is also recommended that women drink their way to health with some easy, potent beverages that can have a big impact on the endocrine system. These recipes are simple, affordable, and — yes — totally tasty.
Here are three hormone-balancing beverages you may want to try:
Warm Lemon Water
Sure, this one is simple — but the effects are profound! It makes a big difference to the skin, boosts energy, and helps keep you feeling satisfied between meals.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which has been shown to benefit the skin and boost immunity. Lemons have also been shown to help the liver detoxify the body and improve insulin resistance by regulating hormones like glucose and leptin.
Adding this powerful citrus fruit to warm water is also a tasty way to stay hydrated — an important component of overall health — and keeping your digestion in motion.
Instructions: Start the day with a big glass of warm water and a few squeezes of lemon first thing in the morning.
“Woman Balance Tea”: Red Raspberry Leaf, Dong Quai, and Nettle Tea
Raspberry leaf has historically been used to strengthen uterine muscles, and there’s some scientific evidence to back the claim that the herb can have a powerful effect on hormones. According to a study, women who drank raspberry leaf tea actually had shorter second stages of labour and fewer of their babies were delivered by forceps. Another study found that women who drank the tea were less likely to require C-sections.
Adding calcium-rich nettles to a raspberry leaf tea is also a great way to support bone health. But the powerhouse ingredient in this powerful brew is dong quai. An ancient root often used in Chinese medicine, dong quai has traditionally been used to address reproductive problems like dysmenorrhea and painful periods. One study even found that a supplement containing the root was effective in treating menopausal symptoms without side effects.
Instructions: Just combine 1 bag each of dried red raspberry leaf with dried nettle leaf and dong quai to brew a tea and drink as often as you like.
Golden Milk is the ultimate hormone-balancing concoction, and it’s also warming, soothing, and delicious. The combination of turmeric, coconut oil, coconut milk, sweeteners, and spices is warming and rejuvenating, and helps with all kinds of endocrine issues.
Turmeric, the powerful, potent spice that plays a big role in Ayurvedic medicine, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and improve circulation and estrogen metabolism. In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered an important tool in combating everything from amenorrhea and endometriosis to fibroids and cysts, and the other ingredients, including coconut milk, are wonderful sources of healthy fats.
Golden Milk is a great supplement for women trying to combat bad cramps, an underactive thyroid, or super-cold hands and feet. And — bonus — the recipe is easy!
Instructions: To get the most out of your milk, it’s best to first cook a golden paste by blending five tablespoons virgin coconut oil, 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder, one cup water, and 1.5 teaspoons black pepper in a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes. Once this cools, you can keep it in the refrigerator in a jar for about two weeks and just take a dollop every time you make the milk.
To make the milk, warm two cups of coconut milk and a teaspoon of the golden paste in a pot, and whisk until fully mixed. Then add cinnamon, honey, and maple syrup to taste. For an added kick, you can also add cayenne pepper!
So, how do you fit all three drinks into your day: lemon water in the morning before breakfast, Woman Balance Tea in the late afternoon, and the Golden Milk before bed.