Beverages are just as important as the food we eat for balancing hormones, and can be powerful medicine for healing.
Teas are a favorite to incorporate into our daily routine. Oftentimes you can even find seasonal selections that can be an amazing replacement to some of your not-so-healthy holiday favorites.
Teas are easy to either make ahead or when you are in the mood. So many teas use a combination of herbs and spices that can help balance hormones, support digestion and aid in detoxification.
Stay Hormonally Balanced
These three teas can easily be found at your local market. They have proven positive effects for women struggling with symptoms of PCOS.
Spearmint – Studies have shown that enjoying 2 -3 cups of spearmint tea daily can help reduce levels of free testosterone in our bodies, a key factor for symptoms of PCOS. It can help reduce hirsutism, the dark, coarse terminal hair growth in places where we don’t want it, when consumed regularly for three plus months.
Red Raspberry Leaf – Is loaded with vitamins C, B vitamins and minerals. It is one of the most beloved herbs for women in traditional herbal medicine because it strengthens the female reproductive system on many levels. This herb can help stop heavy menstrual bleeding, is high in iron, and can strengthen the lining of the uterus which can aid in conception for women with PCOS.
Stinging Nettle – Highly nutritive, containing calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and silica, it is soothing to the bladder, anti-inflammatory, considered a uterine tonic, and helps to decrease PMS symptoms and hot flashes.
Detox, Detox, Detox
Detoxification is essential for women who want clearer skin, more energy and regular periods. These 3 teas help support the liver and the detoxification process.
Dandelion Root – is not only a powerful detoxifier it also contain powerful antioxidants as well as active compounds that can help regulate blood sugar levels.
Milk Thistle – is wonderful for promoting a healthy liver by healing damaged liver cells and protecting the liver against damage in the first place. Milk thistle has been found to reduce excess estrogen and reduce insulin resistance.
Turmeric – aides in detoxification by stimulating bile in the gallbladder, your liver is then effectively able to remove excess androgens and estrogens, along with environmental toxins from the body.
Digestion: We Are What We Absorb
Digestion is a key factor for how we look and feel. Keeping our digestion in tip top shape can help reduce inflammation, aide in absorption of necessary nutrients as well as reduce unwanted symptoms of PCOS.
Ginger – this powerful spicy root stimulates muscles in your intestines to aide in digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Lemon – Lemon juice in water can help improve skin health, digestive health, and be a solid boost for the immune system. It raises the pH of the digestive tract supporting better balance, and detoxification.
Licorice Root – Licorice is an adaptogen, helping the body to deal with stress. It helps to lower testosterone, and soothe the digestive track. It’s helpful for digestive upset with gas, bloating or an upset stomach. Licorice root can soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines and can help reduce inflammation. It is also wonderful for improving energy as it helps convert cortisone, the inactive adrenal hormone, to cortisol, the active form.
Use therapeutic doses for maximum effect by leaving the tea bag in your cup. Two to three cups a day can have magical results.
Shopping the tea aisle always gets me excited! There are so many options with so many benefits. Many teas have a combination of herbs and spices designed to help with a specific need. Oftentimes I opt for a tea that just sounds the most delicious.