The two most significant things you can do to balance your hormones are to reduce inflammation and boost the health of your liver. And one herb that does both of those things really well is turmeric! So, in this post we’re going to dive into the benefits of turmeric and how to actually use turmeric for hormonal imbalance.
And more specifically, we’re going to focus on two ways in which you can add turmeric your diet:
- By drinking a hormone-balancing turmeric milk (aka golden milk).
- Taking a turmeric supplement.
By the end of this post you’ll be armed with two simple yet effective strategies that you can use to boost your health now and for years to come!
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HOW TURMERIC AND TURMERIC MILK HELPS TO BALANCE HORMONES
Since I’ll be sharing an easy and hormone-friendly turmeric milk recipe with you, let’s have a look at how the ingredients in that recipe support your hormones.
Starting off, of course, with the star of the recipe…
It used to be that turmeric was known mainly as the yellow spice in curry.
But that’s all changed! Turmeric is now the darling of the holistic health world.
And it’s all thanks to one thing: turmeric is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting inflammation.
This matters a lot because inflammation – particularly chronic inflammation – manifests in two main ways:
- Physical pain, such as joint pain or menstrual cramps.
- Systemic imbalances, which includes hormonal imbalances.
So, by adding turmeric into your hormone-balancing diet (or taking it as a supplement) you are addressing a major root cause of hormone-related symptoms.
In addition to all this, turmeric is also very beneficial for your liver.
As a matter of fact, research indicates that curcumin, one of the main components of turmeric can (source):
- delay the progression of inflammatory conditions of the liver
- prevent liver cell damage
This is significant for hormone balance because your liver is responsible for removing hormone-disrupting toxins from your body.
So, as you can see, turmeric alone is able to address the most significant factors that affect your hormones.
But why stop there? There are 4 more hormone-friendly ingredients that you can use together with turmeric to supercharge your results!
On to the next one…ginger!
Similar to turmeric, ginger is also an anti-inflammatory herb.
In addition, ginger provides lots of other benefits for hormonal imbalance, such as:
- inducing ovulation (research shows that it’s as effective as the fertility drug, clomid).
- regulating blood sugar levels which is helpful for weight loss, sleep and PCOS symptoms.
- relieving painful period cramps.
- Improving heavy menstrual bleeding.
Not too shabby for a regular ol’ spice!
If you’d like to dig deeper into the above benefits, then read these posts on:
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the best cooking oils for your hormones because it:
- supports the gut, which is where many hormones are made.
- is easy to digest, which means it creates less stress and inflammation in your digestive tract.
- contains fatty acids that are used to make sex hormones and adrenal hormones.
- improves insulin resistance.
- kills excess candida albicans, which is a yeast that contributes to gut dysfunction.
- supports weight loss by improving leptin resistance. Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain that it’s time to stop eating. When your body doesn’t respond to leptin, overeating can occur.
- supports liver health.
For more on coconut oil, be sure to check out this post on coconut oil for hormone balance.
4. Coconut Milk (or Almond Milk)
Plant-based milks – like coconut and almond milk – have one major advantage over conventional cow’s milk: no antibiotics or growth hormones.
Antibiotics are harmful to your gut bacteria, while growth hormones mess with your hormones (particularly since they’re hormones that are meant for a cow, not a human).
So, the combination of antibiotics and growth hormones in conventional increases inflammation and therefore, contributes to throwing your hormones off balance.
By using coconut or almond milk, you’re lowering the amount of pro-inflammatory ingredients that enter your body.
5. Raw Honey
Regular cane sugar, as well as many zero calorie sweeteners, are processed or artificial.
And in most cases both types of sugars cause a lot of inflammation.
On the other hand, raw honey is a healthier sweetener because all of its beneficial enzymes and nutrients are still present.
Because raw honey hasn’t been tampered with, there’s less worry about inflammation or damage to your hormones.
TURMERIC MILK RECIPE FOR HORMONE BALANCE
1 cup full-fat coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 – 3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp ginger
Pinch of black pepper
1 to 2 tsp raw honey to sweeten
- Combine all ingredients except the raw honey in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Heat the ingredients (BUT DON’T BOIL) for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure they blend well.
- Pour directly into a mug if you don’t mind the spices settling at the bottom of the mug. Otherwise pour through a strainer.
- Stir in honey to sweeten and enjoy!
Optional adds ins: Cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and fennel.
OTHER WAYS TO USE TURMERIC POWDER FOR HORMONAL IMBALANCE
Aside from drinking turmeric milk, you can also enjoy turmeric by adding it to:
- Veggie dishes
Lastly, you also have the option of using a turmeric supplement.
If you’re struggling with a lot of hormone imbalance symptoms and/or you’ve had them for a long time, then you likely have a buildup of inflammation.
A supplement can be an easier option in this case because it allows you to take in more turmeric than you can actually eat.
If you want to go the supplement route, then I recommend going with Gaia Herbs’ turmeric.
It’s the only brand of turmeric I’ve ever used (thanks to my naturopathic doctor for insisting I use this brand and nothing else!)
One thing that I particularly love about this supplement (and everything else from Gaia) is that it’s a whole herb supplement.
This is very important to note because a whole herb supplement – versus an extract of just one or two components of the herb – gives you the benefits of the entire plant.
You can get Gaia’s turmeric supplement here on Amazon.
Can turmeric help with menopause?
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are definitely beneficial during menopause. Many common symptoms of menopause are actually due to the body struggling with varying levels of inflammation..
You can learn more about this particular topic in this post about the 7 steps that will help you go through menopause naturally.
What medications should not be taken with turmeric?
Turmeric can interact negatively with blood thinners, aspirin, antacids or blood-sugar lowering drugs (source).
I hope this post has helped you get more clarity on turmeric, how it can help your hormones and why it’s such a popular herb!
If you have any comments or questions about this post, go ahead and drop a comment below!