Are Your Estrogen Levels Low? Here Are (Natural) Ways to Get It Up!
Life is all about balance. Our hormones are certainly no exception. As a matter of fact, when something like our estrogen levels are lower than they should be, it can throw our bodies into all kinds of problems.
Although estrogen is a female hormone (and women have a much higher percentage of it in their system), men have some estrogen in them too (just like testosterone is a male hormone but women have some of it in their system as well). This is why it’s important for both genders to keep their levels healthy.
What Are the Symptoms of Low Estrogen? What Causes It in the First Place?
In women, having a low level of estrogen can lead to things like super-painful menstrual cycles, irregular cycles and fertility issues. In men and woman, a lack of estrogen can result in weak bones, an increased rate of urinary tract infections and even weight gain.
Something else that low estrogen can do is cause your sex drive to tank to the point that once some women enter into menopause (a time when it’s common for estrogen levels to change), they complain of barely having a libido at all.
Just what can be a contributing factor in low estrogen levels in the body? It can range from age or a thyroid disorder to excessive exercise or undergoing chemotherapy.
Although hormone therapy treatment is a common remedy for low estrogen levels, if your doctor has confirmed your estrogen levels have decreased a bit, you don’t have a serious health issue and you’re simply looking for a few natural ways to give your estrogen a boost. Here are some proven ones.
5 Things to Raise Your Estrogen Levels
Eat foods with natural estrogen in it
Did you know there are foods that contain a natural form of estrogen in them? This means that not only are they a safe way to get more estrogen into your system but because they are nutritious in other ways, you can benefit all way around. Some foods high in estrogen include flaxseeds, tofu, walnuts, green beans, peaches, strawberries and black beans.
Use some rosemary oil
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing some essential oil, make sure one of them is rosemary. It improves brain function, stimulates hair growth, reduces joint inflammation, increases your energy levels and eases stress levels. Estrogen-wise, rosemary oil increases blood circulation (including in the genitalia region). In men, the scent is even known to elevate one’s stamina while decreasing their chances of having erectile dysfunction.
Cut back on caffeine and alcohol
Although this doesn’t affect everyone, it’s still worth noting. There are studies which say that the consumption of caffeine and alcohol can lower estrogen levels. This is especially the case with younger women. There is one exception. Red wine has been shown to raise estrogen levels. So, as long as it’s 1-2 glasses, you should be fine.
Boron is a chemical element. If you take it in supplement form, it can help your body process insulin, prevent you from having a Vitamin D deficiency, reduce symptom-related osteoarthritis and much more. It helps to significantly raise estrogen levels too. Just make sure to check with your physician before adding it to your health regimen. Boron can be pretty powerful.
Drink some red clover tea
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of herbal tea. If it’s red clover, it will reduce cholesterol levels, ease PMS symptoms and soothe cold-related symptoms like a sore throat and coughing. And when it comes to your libido, because it contains phytoestrogens, a plant-based form of estrogen, a few sips may put it back into balance. Just the way your estrogen levels should be.