drinks to balance hormones

There’s always a lot of talk about the best foods for hormonal imbalance. But what are some of the best drinks to balance hormones?

From kombucha to green tea and even, salt water, there are several hormone balancing drinks that you can easily add to your diet.

So, in this post we’re going to look at 6 drinks (and some recipes) that you can use for natural hormones support.

As you’ll see, these drinks help with detoxing, nourishing and supporting the organs that regulate your hormones.

So, let’s go ahead and have a closer look!

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6 DRINKS FOR NATURAL HORMONE BALANCE

1. Kombucha

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Believed to have originated in China about 2000 years ago, kombucha is a fermented tea that is rich in hormone-friendly:

  • Probiotics
  • amino acids
  • B-vitamins
  • enzymes.

This combination of nutrients makes kombucha (aka “booch”) a powerful health drink for hormone and female health.

Some key benefits of kombucha include (source):

  • Liver support: the antioxidants in kombucha protect the liver from oxidative stress. Since the liver filters excess hormones and toxins from the body, drinking kombucha is a fast and easy way to boost liver health.
  • Improves gut and digestive health: the probiotics in kombucha are a great way to populate the gut with “good” bacteria. This is a huge benefit since healthy gut bacteria is necessary for hormone production, as well as detoxification of excess hormones.
  • Immune booster: due to its B-vitamin and probiotic content, kombucha supports and boosts the immune system. This has a strong impact on your hormones because studies continually show that a weak immune system affects the body’s stress response system (i.e. affects cortisol levels) and our hormones as a whole (1, 2, 3).

How To Use Kombucha for Hormone Balance

There are more and more kombucha brands on the market, and some of them use not-so-healthy ingredients. 

The best brand, from my experience, is GT’s.

They were the first company to launch kombucha (in the U.S. market) and to this day they maintain outstanding production standards (source).

Some of my favorite kombucha blends from GT’s are watermelon wonder, gingerberry and guava goddess.

Oh, and if you’re wondering “is it ok to drink kombucha every day?” the answer is YES.

Just stick to about 12 ounces per day (source).

2. Green Tea

Just about every health issue known to man seems to benefit from green tea.

So, it’s not surprising that classic healthy tea is also one of the best things you can drink for hormone balance.

Green tea’s health benefits come mainly from an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Thanks to EGCG green tea is able to fight inflammation and regulate insulin.

In fact, several studies have shown that green tea improves insulin sensitivity in healthy people and in people with diabetes (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

This ability to regulate insulin sensitivity can be very helpful for improving PCOS symptoms, losing weight, eliminating hormonal acne and regulating cortisol levels.

Another benefit of drinking green tea for hormones is that it contains about half the caffeine of coffee.

This lower caffeine content means that green tea doesn’t stress out the adrenals as much as coffee does (source).

And if all that isn’t enough, green tea also nourishes the liver, helping it to detox toxins from the body.

How To Use Green Tea for Hormone Balance

For the best results drink 2 cups of green tea per day.

3. Salt Water (for Adrenal Support)

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The term “adrenal fatigue” was popularized by Dr. James Wilson, who discovered that his patients with adrenal issues felt better when they started drinking salt water.

This may sound odd but here’s why salt water actually improves adrenal fatigue:

  • The adrenals regulate blood-sodium levels and they need salt in order to function correctly.
  • In fact, one of the main functions of the adrenals (other than hormone production) is to retain salt
  • When there’s enough salt in your diet, that actually lightens the load on the adrenals. They won’t have to put in extra work to regulate blood-sodium levels. The less work they adrenals have to do, the less fatigue they (and you) experience 🙂

Now, if you’re thinking “wait, isn’t salt supposed to be bad?actually it’s not. 

Let me explain 🙂

  • You see pure salt contains anywhere from 60 to 84 trace minerals. So, here we’re talking minerals like selenium, zinc, chromium, boron, manganese, cobalt and so on…all of which your body needs in order to thrive.
  • On the other hand, table salt is actually sea salt that has been refined. There are only two minerals in table salt: sodium and chloride. Everything else has been removed, which means table salt is actually deficient in dozens of important trace minerals.

So, back to drinking salt water for your adrenals…it’s beneficial for the adrenals as long as you use real, unrefined salt (like pink salt or sea salt).

How To Use Salt Water for Hormone Balance and Adrenal Health

A simple way to get the benefits of salt water is to put ¼ to ½ teaspoon pink salt into a tall glass of water. 

Drink this first thing in the morning to regulate cortisol levels and blood pressure.

According to Dr Wilson (who created this protocol) if you usually crave a lot of salt, the salt water will actually feel refreshing to you (source).

As your adrenals heal, you will find that you need less salt in the water. Let your taste buds and salt cravings guide you as to how much salt to use (source).

4. Anti-inflammatory and Hormone Balancing Smoothies

Confession time: smoothies are my weakness!

Not only are they really delicious, but they’re very easy and quick to prepare. 

Not only do I drink smoothies daily (sometimes twice a day) but they are at the core of my hormone balance programs.

In fact, many women who participate in my smoothie programs are able to boost their energy, sleep better and see noticeable improvements in their skin in just 5 days.

And it’s all from drinking smoothies – no other changes!

Smoothies are an ideal hormone balance drink because they provide the following benefits:

  • Boost the immune system: when the immune system is compromised, your hormones are compromised (and vice versa). The nutrient-dense foods in smoothies are ideal for maintaining a healthy balance between both systems.
  • Heal the gut: you can put whole veggies and fruits, healthy fats (like hemp and flax seeds) and even, probiotics, in a smoothie. All of these ingredients support gut health, making it easier for your hormones to self-adjust.
  • Detox inflammatory compounds: whether it’s pesticides, food colorings, processed fats or other inflammatory ingredients, smoothies are an effective way to help your body flush out hormone-disrupting compounds.
  • Increase fiber intake: your body’s preferred way to eliminate hormone-disrupting toxins is through your bowel movements. And in order to have healthy bowel movements (at least 2 a day) you need lots of dietary fiber. Smoothies give you large doses of fiber thanks to all the fruits and veggies that they contain.

How To Use Smoothies to Reset Your Hormones

Start the day with one smoothie in the morning.

If you tend to get very tired by the afternoon, consider drinking an additional smoothie in the afternoon. It’s a great pick-me-up when that 3pm slump hits!

To get you started, I’ve included a couple of hormone reset smoothie recipes at the end of this article.

In addition, you can get more smoothie tips and tricks in this post about how to make a hormone-balancing smoothie.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

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When it comes to home remedies for health, apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular.

In fact, the web is full of testimonials from people who use it for skincare, weight loss and as an energy drink.

But when it comes to resetting your hormones, what can ACV actually do for you? Here are a few ways apple cider vinegar supports your hormones:

  • Regulates blood sugar levels (source).
  • Improves insulin sensitivity in people with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (source).
  • For women with PCOS, apple cider vinegar regulates periods and improves insulin (as well as other hormone levels) (source).

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hormonal Imbalance

If you have PCOS, studies show that a mix of 1 tablespoon ACV in 7 ounces of water does the trick. Drink this after dinner (source).

If you don’t have PCOS, you can still follow the same ratios.

No matter how you use ACV always dilute it and avoid taking more than 2 tablespoons per day. (source).

6. Herbal Tea

Long before kombucha, smoothies or supplement capsules were a thing, herbal tea was THE preferred way of administering “medicine.”

And they’re still a very viable option today!

Now, as for which herbs to use in a hormone balance tea, there are tons to choose from!

Here are a few popular teas to choose from:

  • Red raspberry tea: tones and nourishes the uterus; rich in B vitamins as well as vitamins A, C and E; cools the body; regulates heavy periods; supports healthy eggs (source).
  • Spearmint tea: regulates androgen levels; improves hormonal acne; increases female hormones; decreases ovarian cysts (source).
  • Peppermint tea: reduces menstrual cramps, improves digestion, relieves fatigue, cools the body (10, 11).
  • Lemongrass tea: supports detoxing, boosts metabolism, lowers blood sugar, improves digestion (source).
  • Hibiscus tea: regulates blood sugar, full of disease-fighting antioxidants, reduces obesity, antidepressant (source).
  • Vitex berry (chasteberry) tea: treats PMS, acne, infertility, menopause symptoms and period-related issues (source). In terms of flavor, it’s not the most pleasant though!
  • Milk thistle: supports the liver, improves insulin resistance, boosts immune system, supports weight loss (source).

How To Use Herbal Teas for Hormone Support

To get the best results from herbal teas, drink 2 to 3 cups per day.

It’s also a good idea to rotate herbs about every 3 months. This prevents your body from becoming “accustomed” to the same herb and provides better results.

For more on teas, read this post on 10 herbal teas for balancing women’s hormones.

DRINKHOW TO USE
KombuchaDrink up to 12 ounces per day.
Green TeaDrink 2 cups per day.
SmoothiesDrink 1 to 2 glasses per day.
Apple Cider VinegarMix 1 tablespoon in 7 ounces of water.
Herbal TeaDrink 2 to 3 cups daily.

HORMONE-BALANCING DRINK RECIPES

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Lemongrass and Raspberry Tea

Makes (6 cups)

Ingredients

3 tbsp dried lemongrass

3 tbsp dried red raspberry leaf

1.5 tsp dried, whole stevia leaf (NOT stevia drops or any kind of white, refined stevia)

6 cups boiling water

How To Make

  1. Place the lemongrass, red raspberry leaf and stevia into a tea infuser
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Pour the water over the herbs.
  4. Allow to infuse for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Store in fridge and drink within 48 hours.
  6. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.

Hibiscus Tea

Makes (3 cups)

Ingredients

3 tbsp dried hibiscus

3 cups boiling water

How To Make

  1. Place the hibiscus in a tea infuser
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Pour the water over the herbs.
  4. Allow to infuse for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Store in fridge and drink within 48 hours.
  6. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.

Spearmint Tea

Makes (3 cups)

Ingredients

3 tbsp dried spearmint leaves

3 cups boiling water

How To Make

  1. Place the spearmint in a tea infuser
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Pour the water over the herbs.
  4. Allow to infuse for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Store in fridge and drink within 48 hours.
  6. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.

Modification 1: you can add red raspberry leaf to this blend (it provides more nourishment to the reproductive organs). Simply change the measurements to 1 ½ tbsp spearmint and 1 ½ tbsp raspberry leaf.

Modification 2: for a menopause-specific blend, replace the spearmint with peppermint and red raspberry (1 ½ tsp each).

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Pineapple and Cherry Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 ½ cups frozen pineapple

1 ½ cups frozen cherries

2 ripe, fresh bananas

1 cup water

1 scoop superfood powder (see my favorite powder here).

How To Make

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Drink 1 to 2 servings per day.

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 apple (peeled, cored and chopped)

2 kiwis (peeled and chopped)

1 tbsp ground flax seed

½ tsp cinnamon

1 cup plain almond milk

2 cups baby spinach

1 scoop superfood powder (see my favorite powder here)

How To Make

  1. Place all ingredients (except the spinach) in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Then add in the spinach and blend everything again until it’s all well combined.
  3. Drink 1 to 2 servings per day.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/8 – 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp raw honey

juice from 1/2 lemon

8 ounces warm water

How to Make

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass.
  2. Stir to mix contents and drink immediately.
  3. Drink once a day.
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CONCLUSION: WHAT CAN I DRINK TO BALANCE MY HORMONES?

From smoothies and herbal tea, to kombucha and green tea, there’s quite a variety of drinks that you can use for hormone balance!

Similar to other natural remedies for hormone imbalance, the key to getting results from hormone balance drinks is to be consistent.

Now, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and not sure which drink to start with, then I suggest starting with smoothies.

Not only do smoothies contain a variety of nutrients, but you make them in about 5 minutes. Very convenient 🙂

Remember, you don’t have to drink everything listed in this article every single day.

Instead, go for a variety. Switch things up every few weeks or every few months.

This approach will keep your hormones (and taste buds) happy!


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