Do you have a hormonal imbalance?
Do you ever feel bloated, fatigued, and just a little off before the time of your period? While hormone fluctuations are normal throughout the month, there may be an imbalance worsening your symptoms. According to the nutrition guide Prescription for Nutritional Healing, it’s estimated that up to 75% of all women experience some premenstrual symptoms and between 3 to 8% of women have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) where their symptoms are severe enough incapacitate them.
Today we’re going to share some of the top herbs and adaptogens known for helping with female hormone balance, including maca, ashwagandha, rhodiola, and medicinal mushrooms. Find these products listed on our website!
Maca may enhance energy, nourish your adrenals, relieve PMS symptoms, boost libido, reduce cravings, support your liver and enzymes, and strengthen bones. Specifically regarding hormone health, maca is believed to help ease hot flashes associated with estrogen fluctuations. It can provide similar benefits to women going through menopause.
Ashwagandha has been shown to improve mood and physical symptoms of PMS, according to PukkaHerbs.com. This is a great option for women who struggle with debilitating stress/anxiety around the time of their periods. We’re big fans of the Himalaya one, linked here!
Rhodiola Rosea is believed to help with PMS fatigue, according to Dr. Jolene Brighten, a well-known naturopathic doctor who focuses her work on women’s hormone health. It may help women who experience moodiness or exhaustion before/during their periods. (MindBodyGreen)
Other products known to support women through PMS is raspberry leaf tea, which supports the production of progesterone. Enjoy a cup or two in the weeks leading up to your period for best results.