What we eat and drink can affect our hormones—just like foods that lead to other health issues. Especially for women, being mindful of what we eat and how it affects us – including changes to our hormones – is incredibly important.
The hormones that typically become imbalanced first are the stress and blood sugar hormones, cortisol and insulin. Symptoms of hormone imbalance can include weight gain, depression, fatigue, insomnia, low libido, infertility, and hair loss. This is nothing that we want, so it may be time to do something about it!
Refined foods such as bread, pasta, and crackers made from white flour can cause wild fluctuations in blood sugar, leading to inflammation and ultimately also affecting our hormones. Instead, opt for high fiber carbohydrates like sprouted grains, legumes and vegetables along with protein and healthy fats like avocado, which may help improve blood sugar responses throughout the day
Luckily, there are several alternatives to focus on when you suffer from hormone imbalance!
We know that foods like leafy greens and healthy fats are great for hormone balance, but what about drinks? There are plenty of hormone balancing drinks out there, and not only are they tasty, they’re full of ingredients our bodies need. It’s amazing to think how certain ingredients more than others can boost our energy, keep us happy, and satisfied between meals!
14 Hormone-Balancing Drinks + Recipes
1. Superfood Green Smoothie
2. Warm Lemon Water
Warm lemon water can actually help boost your energy while keeping your skin clear, thanks to vitamin C. Lemons can also help regulate hormones like glucose and leptin. Try this recipe for Warm Lemon Water!
3. Golden Milk
This golden milk contains turmeric, which has been praised for its anti-inflammatory properties, and even its effect on estrogen metabolism.
4. Red Raspberry Leaf, Dong Quai, and Nettle Tea
Here’s a great recipe from Mind Body Green! The raspberry leaf has historically been used to strengthen uterine muscles, and better yet, some claim the herb can have powerful effects on hormones.
5. Chocolate Fudge Balls
You wouldn’t normally put chocolate or fudge on your to-eat list, yet these Chocolate Fudge Balls from Karen Luvs Life are both antioxidant rich and hormone balancing. The secret ingredient is maca, which is used to treat hot flushes and HRT, while also regulating the endocrine system
6. Matcha Latte
Matcha is full of health benefits, and has been also linked to its effects on our hormones. Many believe that coffee may disrupt our hormones, making teas a potentially better option. This matcha latte recipe from Hormones Balance goes farther than plain matcha tea, and delivers an amazing latte with coconut milk, coconut butter, maple syrup, stevia, vanilla powder, and cinnamon.
7. Hot Chocolate with Cacao, Chia, and Maca
Every once and awhile, many of us get cravings for chocolate. It’s part of just being a normal person, right? Good news is, our hot chocolate recipe has amazing benefits for our hormones, and it’s even vegan. The cacoa and maca powder both contain a good dose of minerals and magnesium, which can help control mood swings. Lucuma is a great natural energizer, and gives vitality and depression help.
8. Green Smoothie
This green smoothie by Charlotte’s Book is loaded with ingredients great for balancing your hormones. It combines coconut milk, dates, maca root, protein powder, and much more. It’s an especially excellent for those suffering from disruptive PMS symptoms.
9. Granola Bars
Hormone imbalance can make you feel exhausted for no reason, so you need all the energy you can get. These granola bars from Vegan Does It are packed with good for you nutrients to help keep those hormones in check and you feeling your best
10. Banana Mocha Smoothie
It’s clear that bananas are a great source of potassium, but they’re also full of tryptophan, which can help fight depression as tryptophan is a key ingredient in the production of serotonin. And, as most of us know, serotonin is the “happy neurotransmitter.” Check out our banana mocha smoothie to maximize these benefits.
11. Green Tea and Berry Smoothie
This super simple 4-ingredient Green Tea and Berry Smoothie will jump start your metabolism and keep you burning calories all day long.
12. Ladies’ Porridge
Especially before that time of the month, a bowl of porridge with maca powder inside will make mornings easier. The ancient Peruvian powder balances feminine hormones, it has a subtle taste and it won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Give this Ladies’ Porridge from The Vegan Cookie Fairy a try!
13. Infused Water
Water is the most important drink we need for health bodies. Drinking water to stay hydrated prevents headaches, weight gain, and exercise difficulties. Don’t like the idea of 8 ounces of plain water everyday? Try some of our infused waters, perfect for warm weather.
14. Natural Fruit Gummies
Gelatin will help your thyroid and adrenal glands regain their balance, while also reducing excess estrogen. It’s often recommended in a post birth control diet. And it’s even better when you can consume it in the form of homemade fruit gummies.