Hormone health isn't something I've put a bunch of thought into until recently. I'm closing in on 38 and I've noticed some changes in my body that had me wondering what might be out of whack. I know menopause is in my future and I don't want to wait until I'm moody(er), grumpy(er) and getting hot flashes to think my hormones. If need be, I want to balance hormones naturally and not take pills. I didn't realize all the ways hormones can effect a women's heath:
- sex drive
- muscle mass
- the ability to lose weight
Woah! That's just about everything I'm facing!
Who Took My Sex Drive?
Topping the list of things I don't want to get too whacky is my sex drive. I already fight off the urge to just roll over and pretend I'm sleeping, I don't need hormones messin' me up even more! In talking to women my age and older, sex drives seem to be a big concern, though some women are embarrassed to talk about it.
Sex drives ebb and flow through the years and no, we don't all “peak” in our 30's. Some women do, but there are many factors that contribute to when a woman will hit her sexual peak and when it will fall like a lead balloon. In the menopausal years, women who really want to enjoy sex and formerly desired to have sex could sometimes care less.
Now menopause is a natural event that we cannot stop, but before that time we should have some desire for sexual contact with our husbands. If your hormones are out of whack chances are your sex drive will suffer. Here are six things you can do to balance hormones naturally and help your sex drive.
5 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally
#1 Decrease Cortisol levels
Many people are familiar with estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone but there are other lesser known hormones that aid in sex drive or help the big three stay in line, thus keeping your sex drive from acting like a ride at Coney Island. These lesser discusses hormones include cortisol which we know causes fat bellies but did you know it affects sex drive too?
– – There's a direct connection between increased cortisol levels and lack of sex drive. You can reduce cortisol by:
- Reducing the stress in your life
- Skipping carbs in the morning
- Increasing sun exposure
You can read more about cortisol in the Natural Hormone Balance Guide by Katie at Wellness Mama.
#2 Eat Hormone Helping Foods
The more I research natural living the more in awe I am at God's goodness. Real, natural foods created by God can help so health issues, including hormone imbalance. The following foods have been shown to help balance hormones naturally:
- Grassfed Beef
- Cold-pressed Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
#3 Choose A Different Birth Control Method
If you are taking the pill it could be contributing to your lack of sex drive. Condoms (male and females) can do the trick but if one of you is allergic or they just aren't your thing, consider vaginal contraceptive film. We used it for years before stopping all forms of birth control. If you want to balance hormones naturally, cut out the unnecessary chemicals from birth control. Oh, and a big shout out to my friend who told me about VCF – you know who you are!
#4 Use Natural Cleaners
Avoiding toxins in commercial household cleaners as much as you can. The chemicals enter your body through inhalation and skin absorption and can disrupt proper hormone function. It's not difficult to make your own cleaners and spray cleaners and in the long run, it's healthier and more cost effective.
#5 Incorporate Gelatin or Collagen Into Your Diet
Collagen and gelatin support hormone production and they're great sources of minerals. There's not a big difference between gelatin and collagen but they do behave differently. Gelatin will gel once cooled so it's a nice addition to stews and even homemade yogurt. I use this brand.
Other Natural Ways to Increase Your Sex Drive
There are many other natural ways to increase your sex drive. Here are a few:
Supplement with this South American root veggie. I've been reading and listening to Wardee discuss maca at Traditional Cooking School and now I'm using this brand of Red Maca and loving it! I put it in my smoothie which I have at least once a day.
No, I'm not kidding. Dark chocolate stimulates endorphin production which gives you feeling of pleasure. Cocao beans also contain three neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine which fight depression and increase your sense of well-being. So tell him if he wants you in the mood he'd better bring home some 70% dark chocolate.
The green stem of the oat plant has long been touted as an aphrodisiac and it turns out that may very well be true. By supporting circulation oat straw is proving to aid in sexual desire. Plus, it has properties that reduce tension, anxiety, and stress.
Take charge of your sex drive! If you suspect hormones are part of the problem, try to balance hormones naturally. Always remember, even when you don't feel like sex, sexual intimacy with your spouse is an important part of your marriage.
Have you ever tried to balance your hormones naturally?