We can all get tired, emotional, or short-tempered for seemingly no reason! It’s often hard to understand what we need to do in order to get back to feeling like our usual self.
There are many reasons you may be feeling “out of sorts”; one possible cause is hormone imbalance! It’s a normal and natural challenge that many people face at some point.
In today’s blog we’re going to explore why some people experience hormone imbalance and some natural ways to regain hormonal harmony and combat premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
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What causes hormone imbalance?
Our hormones influence nearly all aspects of our health and wellbeing and they can become unbalanced for a number of reasons, particularly during changes to the menstrual cycle. Some common causes of hormone imbalance include being on your period, pregnancy, giving birth, and even perimenopause (the five to ten years leading up to menopause).
While everybody’s health is different, hormone imbalance may be to blame for mood swings, becoming more irritable, and experiencing anger, anxiety, and depression, especially before and during menstruation.
Natural ways to rebalance your hormones
Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to steady your hormonal seesaw and get you back to feeling happier and healthier.
Our team has handpicked some of the best hormone-balancing vitamins and supplements below. Here’s how incorporating them into your diet can boost your mood and combat hormone imbalance and PMS symptoms!
1. Chaste tree berry
Chaste tree berry extract – sometimes known as Vitex – is widely considered to benefit women during their reproductive years and is known to help promote regular menstrual cycles.
Research into Chaste tree berry found that 93 percent of women who were consuming the herb extract reported a decrease in PMS symptoms including cravings, anxiety and depression. The herb works by modulating progesterone levels, thereby promoting regular ovulation and more balanced hormone levels.
This Chaste tree berry supplement offers a high dose of the scientifically studied concentrated extract as well as the whole dried berry.
We’ve mentioned magnesium in blogs before, particularly on how the mineral can improve your anxiety and combat poor sleep. Magnesium has also been proven to boost your mood and help curb PMS symptoms!
Magnesium affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis, which is our central stress response system in the brain. A 2012 study found that magnesium significantly improved symptoms like depression, anxiety and water retention in women suffering from PMS, this is thought to be due to it helping to increase levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.
A simple way to incorporate a magnesium supplement into your diet is by adding a scoop of powder into water or juice daily, magnesium powder is a potent source that is easily absorbed into the body.
Studies indicate that approximately 2-3% of your body mass is bacteria! Your body’s microbiome is a major player when it comes to regulating your hormones, especially your estrogen levels.
While you can incorporate probiotic-rich foods into your diet such as kimchee, miso, kefir, and yogurt; taking a high-quality supplement is a good idea if you’re not fond of these foods.
Having a healthy gut can boost your general well being too, from supporting your immune system to benefiting your digestion.
4. Vitamin D3
Alongside maintaining bone health and supporting a healthy colon, Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin and a hormone which helps to communicate with your other hormones and combat imbalance.
A 2018 study into the relationship between Vitamin D and menstrual health found that women with Vitamin D deficiency are five times more likely to suffer from menstrual disorders and hormone imbalance.
While Vitamin D can be found naturally in a few foods and can be produced by our bodies following sun exposure – it can be difficult to ensure we are getting enough to combat deficiency, which is why introducing a supplement is a great way to boost your general health.
Research has shown that calcium supplements can help to relieve some PMS symptoms, with women taking part in a 2016 study reporting that their mood significantly improved after receiving 1000mg of calcium a day.
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