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18 June 2015

Balancing Hormones

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

2015.5.2 core bio 2 med res croppedSo much of women’s health revolves around our reproductive cycles and the corresponding hormonal cycles. I get countless questions about the estrogen/progesterone balance. Women want to understand more about their PMS, endometriosis, fibroids--or to how to support their fertility, a healthy pregnancy, or menopause.

In these times, many girls and women tend to have high levels of estrogen, or what’s being called “estrogen dominance,” in large part to the xenoestrogens found in pollutants such as plastics, pesticides, and bovine growth hormones, which find their way into our food and water supplies. This estrogen dominance is being found to contribute to many of women’s chronic reproductive system health issues.

Taking steps to balance the hormones is helpful for many reproductive illnesses as well as easing common issues such as PMS or the menopausal transition. Some ideas:

  1. Healthy fats not only help the liver process toxins but also support cholesterol, which is one of the most important compounds in the body and plays a huge role. Medically, it is considered the mother of all hormones as the body uses it as a building block to make all other hormones as needed. Healthy fats include raw organic butter, cheese, and raw coconut oil. (See Fudge recipe below).
  2. Try to reduce toxins in your life in all forms. Eat only organic foods, get good drinking water, don’t use a microwave, avoid plastics, x-rays, carpets, and all harmful chemicals (e.g., nail polish, synthetic perfumes).
  3. Support natural progesterone in your life to balance your homones. Nettle infusion supports our bodies with phytosterols (plant hormones) and Vitex extract supports the pituitary gland which helps regulate estrogen and progesterone.

May our children someday live on a planet that is creating more balance than we seem to be. Until then we must protect ourselves from illness and nourish ourselves deeply so we have energy to continue creating the world we want to inhabit.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes, which my students find is a most welcome addition to their health care plan—deeply nourishing, energizing, and divine to taste! ~

fudge ingredientsDelicious, Nutritious "Fudge"

1 1/2 cups coconut oil and/or organic butter (preferably raw)
1 cup honey (preferably raw)
1 cup roasted carob (or cocoa)
1 tsp vanilla
Optional: chocolate extract and/or walnut pieces

fudgeLet coconut oil and/or butter sit in a warm place to soften for several hours. Then stir all ingredients together with a spoon or electric beater. Keeps in refrigerator for several weeks. Eat at room temperature (soft) or from refrigerator (firm).

Eat at least a few big spoonfuls of fudge per day to maintain optimum health and receive the essential nutritional benefits of healthy fats that are so lacking in modern diets!

About the Author

Corinna Wood

Corinna Wood

SEWWnewsletterSidebarAdCorinna Wood is founder and director of Southeast Wise Women and co-founder of Red Moon Herbs. With extensive training and experience in herbal medicine and spiritual psychology for women, Corinna has been practicing, teaching, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition for over 25 years.

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