Estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin. Our body’s “chemical messengers”. As with everything that our bodies are made up of, these little guys are pretty important to keep balanced, because if not, they can cause all sorts of upsets. They affect the obvious hormonal issues such as infertility and irregular periods, but they also play a part in weight gain/loss/maintenance, fatigue, anxiety, depression, libido, digestive issues, insomnia, appetite, even hair thinning and hair loss. Hormonal imbalance can be caused by a number of factors, among them are your medical history, family genetics, environmental toxins, stress levels, and diet.
Since we’re all about the food, we’re going to stick to the diet related factors, because it is possible to maintain a healthy hormone balance through natural, nutritious eating (and drinking, in this instance). And where possible, it really is best to stay away from the conventional medical hormone imbalance treatments – they mostly mask the symptoms instead of solving them, they come with their own set of undesirable side effects, and they have the potential to make you dependent on them for the rest of your life. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be addicted to food than pills!
When your hormones are balanced and playing nicely with the rest of your important bodily systems to get them flowing smoothly, you’ll find that you have more natural energy, you’ll be sleeping better, you won’t suffer from mood swings, your skin will regain its natural glow, you’ll be at less risk of serious disease, and your general overall health will improve.
The things to look for in hormone balancing foods are clean protein, healthy fats, fruit and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, and healing herbs. These nutrients all help your body to produce hormones correctly and maintain hormonal balance, which it can’t do without them.
This Creamy Strawberry Milk for Hormone Balance is a great start, or to add to your already horomone-balance-tailored diet. Strawberries are (absolutely delicious and) super high in antioxidants, and they help to decrease estrogen levels by improving elimination. All coconut products contain lauric acid, which is really good for hormonal production, among so many other things (think skin health, killing viruses and bacteria, speeding up metabolism, and more).
Tahini joins the cause in balancing your hormones, especially in menopausal women, and also contributes to skin health, heart health and immunity. Raw maca powder is known to supply your body with the nutrients it needs for natural hormone production and to reduce stress hormones, and also to increase fertility. And finally we have dates to add a touch of sweetness to our drink, and which bring a plethora of their own nutritional benefits.
I think we can safely say that we’ve got most hormonal bases covered with just these simple ingredients, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in regaining control of your hormonal balance.
- 1&1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp raw maca powder
- 3 pitted dates, soaked into purified water for about 30 mins
- Blend all the ingredients to obtain a creamy liquid.
- Drink straight away.