As a naturopathic physician, I’m constantly looking for ways to elevate my patients’ health through natural medicine. And one of the biggest questions I get in my office is this: “Is there a way to balance my hormones without turning to HRT?”
HRT, or hormone replacement therapy, is a big topic for my patients approaching, experiencing, and coming out of menopause. For some women who have exhausted the possibilities of treatment with herbs, nutritional support, and foods and still experience menopausal symptoms that compromise their health and sexuality, they could benefit from HRT. However, a 2002 long-term study from the Women’s Health Initiative revealed findings that alarmed a lot of us: Conventional hormone replacement therapy was found to increase risk for heart disease, stroke, and breast cancer.
Since then, increasing numbers of women have preferred herbal remedies—aided by healthy lifestyle choices—to ease their symptoms. One of the most immediate lifestyle changes you can make is what you feed yourself on a day-to-day basis.
For menopausal women already experiencing symptoms (fatigue, sleep problems, stubborn weight gain, low sex drive, etc.)—as well as younger pre-menopausal women who simply want to set themselves up for health—there are a few nutritional tips I suggest. All together, I call it a “healthy hormone salad.” Here’s the ingredients list: