Certain processes in the body work so seamlessly that they go unnoticed. However, as we’re all about educating our readers here at TLN, we figured we’d delve into the topic of oestrogen. For women, it’s an especially important subject as oestrogen plays a role in adolescent development and is essential for a healthy menstrual cycle, pregnancy, bone development and brain function. As we get older, our oestrogen levels naturally decrease and this can affect our health in a number of ways. To find out how to increase oestrogen levels naturally, keep reading…
First of all, what is oestrogen?
Although we tend to associate oestrogen with women, it is actually a hormone found in both men and women. The difference is that women have higher levels of oestrogen. In women, oestrogen is essential for reproductive and sexual development and can be found in the ovaries, adrenal gland as well as the fat cells.
Lack of oestrogen
As mentioned above, getting older (especially around menopause) can lead to low oestrogen levels. This can cause:
- Hot flushes
- Changes in mood
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal dryness
How to boost your oestrogen levels
There are three ways to naturally increase oestrogen levels, and that’s through food, natural remedies and exercise.
Top 10 Oestrogen-Boosting Foods: Consider increasing the intake of these ten common foods, which have been found to boost oestrogen levels.
- Pinto beans
- Dried apricots
- Butter beans
- Soy milk
- Sesame seeds
There are a number of herbs that hold oestrogenic properties. The oestrogenic herbs contain plant compounds called phytoestrogens, which replace lost levels of oestrogen in the body. Choose from naturally oestrogen-enhancing herbs such as ginseng, red clover, black cohosh, ginkgo biloba and don quai, in order to elevate low oestrogen levels.
Everyone knows that there are countless benefits of exercise. Exercise is not only an effective way to keep your heart healthy but maintaining a regular exercise regime regulates hormone levels, including oestrogen. Read our articles on how to get fit and exercises to keep you in shape in the fall, for more fitness advice.
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