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How to Balance Female Hormones: 5 Ways Mushrooms Can Help

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Hormonal imbalances can manifest in various symptoms, often leaving many women unaware of the root cause for years. Fortunately, there are effective ways to balance female hormones. In this article, we provide you with five tips on how to use medicinal mushrooms to restore female hormonal balance.

Female hormonal imbalance: symptoms 

Hormones have their own rhythms and cycles, just like a clock that tells us when it is time to sleep and wake up. But sometimes something goes wrong. When the hormone balance is disrupted, it can cause problems. This can affect how you feel and how your body works.

The following symptoms can result from hormone imbalance – or other health problems. Always discuss your symptoms with your GP to make sure you get the right treatment.

  • An irregular menstrual cycle. Changes in the duration, frequency, or intensity of your periods, especially if they occur suddenly.
  • Weight changes. Unexplained weight gain or loss, especially if there are no changes in diet or exercise.
  • Skin problems. Acne, oily skin, dry skin, and other skin problems can be caused by hormonal fluctuations.
  • Hair problems. Hair loss, thinning hair, or unwanted hair growth in unusual places.
  • Fatigue. Continued fatigue, even after adequate rest.
  • Mood swings. Irritability, anxiety, depression, or mood swings.
  • Sleep problems. Problems with sleeping, such as insomnia, difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too long.
  • Changes in libido. A decrease or increase in libido.
  • Gut problems. Impaired serotonin balance, elevated cortisol levels or a change in oestrogen, progesterone or thyroid hormones can lead to constipation, diarrhoea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Potential causes of a hormone imbalance

Prolonged stress, too little or too much sleep, poor diet, too little or too much exercise and the use of certain medications, such as contraceptives, can all play a role in a hormonal imbalance.

Chronic stress can lead to overproduction of cortisol, which can eventually deplete the adrenal glands. This can then cause sleep problems, creating the vicious cycle of stress and lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep can also lead to increased cravings for sugar or caffeine, which can lead to unhealthy food choices and gut flora imbalances. These imbalances, in turn, can lead to reduced energy and less exercise, reinforcing the cycle of hormonal imbalance.

5 ways mushrooms can help balance female hormones

mushrooms to balance female hormones

To balance female hormones, it’s crucial to reduce stress, eat healthily, improve gut function, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Medicinal mushrooms can assist in these areas in the following ways:

1. Reduce stress and improve sleep with Reishi

Reishi (Ganoderma) is known for its calming properties. A 2021 study identified 34 calming components in Reishi, noting its insomnia-inhibiting effects through multiple mechanisms. Reishi’s sleep-promoting benefits are primarily attributed to its sedative effects on the central nervous system, muscle relaxation, improved digestion, and calming the mind.

2. Improve gut function with Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail contains polysaccharopeptide (PSP), which has prebiotic effects. A 2014 study demonstrated that PSP from Turkey Tail altered the gut microbiome in healthy volunteers, functioning as a prebiotic. Prebiotics nourish ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, which are crucial for immune support and maintaining hormonal balance. These beneficial bacteria aid in nutrient conversion and hormone production, making a healthy gut flora essential for balanced hormones.

3. Boost immunity with Chaga

Chaga has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for its immune-boosting properties. Rich in antioxidants and polysaccharides, Chaga can reduce inflammation and strengthen immunity. Since inflammation and a weakened immune system can contribute to hormonal imbalances, incorporating Chaga into your routine may help balance hormones indirectly through its adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Enhance brain health with Lion’s Mane

A healthy brain is vital for hormonal balance. Lion’s Mane is known for its neurotrophic qualities, mood regulation, and sleep improvement. Memory problems and mood swings, common in hormonal imbalances, can be mitigated with Lion’s Mane. Research indicates that Lion’s Mane improves mood, irritability, and cognitive function. For instance, a study on menopausal women showed mood and concentration improvements after four weeks of using Lion’s Mane.

5. Increase Energy Levels with Cordyceps

Cordyceps is renowned for boosting energy levels and enhancing vitality. If low energy levels hinder your ability to exercise regularly, Cordyceps can help. This mushroom supports physical activity by improving stamina and overall energy, making it easier to maintain an active lifestyle.

For more detailed information on the benefits and effects of Cordyceps, check out our comprehensive article.

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Disclaimer

Supplements should not be used as a replacement for a diverse diet, a healthy lifestyle, or as a treatment for any medical condition. Keep this product out of the reach of children. If you are ill, pregnant, or in doubt, always consult with your healthcare provider. The information provided on this website is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. While traditional Chinese medicine has a history spanning thousands of years and has been tested on numerous individuals, MushPeak does not make claims indicating the proven medicinal properties of herbs or mushrooms, in accordance with current EU legislation. Detailed information about mushrooms is available from publicly accessible sources on the Internet. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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