Let’s face it. 15 years ago, we didn’t give estrogen a second thought. And, really, we didn’t need to. Our levels of estrogen were doing just fine on their own. They needed no further intervention from us.
Our hair, nails and skin were glowing, we were having regular menstruation cycles, and we weren’t struck by hot flashes, night sweats, or vaginal dryness.
We didn’t even know how lucky we were. Well, as they say, youth is wasted on the young.
Now that we’re in menopause, symptoms of low estrogen are making us perk up and learn something about this important female hormone.
By “perk up,” I mean that most of our thoughts revolve around getting our hormones back in balance so that we can feel normal again! My, how things can change!
Aside from the symptoms listed above, low estrogen levels can lead to hair loss, osteoporosis, weight gain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and a host of other uncomfortable or dangerous conditions.
So, ladies, let’s learn about some estrogen boosting foods and start eating up!
Here are some foods that you can easily incorporate into your diet to help increase your estrogen level.
Fruits: apples, cherries, dates, papaya, plumbs, pomegranates, tomatoes
Veggies: alfalfa, beets, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, olives, parsley, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, rhubarb, yams
Grains: barley, hops, oats, brown rice, wheat
Beans: soy beans (and soy products made from soy beans), chickpeas, lima beans, lentils, navy beans, red beans, split peas
Other: parsley, sage, clover, garlic, licorice, flax seeds
You might also want to include some natural herbal supplements that women have been using for thousands of years to treat “female issues.”
These herbs contain a plant estrogen, or “phytoestrogen,” which can give your body estrogen-like effects and cure some symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and cramps.
Herbs: Black cohosh, Dong quai (also known as “Angelica herb”), licorice root
You can find these natural herbs for menopause at your local health food store, or you can order them online.
Now that you have this list of estrogen foods, invite some lady friends over, cook up some estrogen rich foods, and dig in!