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In a world that never goes to sleep, and a society that is motored by natural and non-renewable gas and a world that feeds on foods filled with unmentionable substances, it is impossible not to experience some form of hormonal imbalances.

In the world today,weswallowa lot of toxic substances that are persistently altering how  our body functions and generates  hormones. The liver’s toxic burden leads allows little time and energy to control hormone failure expulsion.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can be  found in almost everything we come in contact with these days, from the creams we use on our body to the food  we eat. EDCs have been proven  to disturb the main  function of our endocrine system, in some cases imitating hormones, and in worst  cases shutting them down completely.

Why so much emphasis on hormonal balance, you may wonder? Perhaps, because they are the swift communication system the body uses to control several organ systems and methods. If you have ever experienced an email malfunction during a working week, you can relate how interference  in a communication process  can lead to system failure and disintegration.

Of all endocrine system, our toxic and surrounding burden seem to have the most solid impact on five crucial  hormones: estrogen, insulin, cortisol, dihydrotestosterone, and thyroid hormone.

Interference  in these communication  molecules can lead to acne, infertility, accumulated weight, hair loss, period irregularities, and the list is endless.

Now let’s breakdown this.

5 Hormone Imbalances

  1. Estrogen

Estrogen also known as the “female hormone”. The overabundance of this hormone result in indications of bloating, breast tenderness, and irregular periods in women, and infertility plus  erectile dysfunction in men. Toxic burden has been proven to decelerate the metabolism of estrogen, which can result in excess weight.

  1. Insulin

Insulin otherwise called “the sugar police”. This hormone regulates sugar level in the blood and cells, and too much of it can make the cells of our body to grow  resistance, resulting in a slothful metabolism, and imbalances of several other crucial  hormones we named. Insulin is a significant   hormone in the body, and as such, it is very difficult for the body to control and regulate every other hormones when insulin goes wrong.

  1. Cortisol

Cortisol, sometimes called the “stress hormone”. Too much or too little of this hormone poses a threat to the body. Overabundance result in blood sugar acceleration, leading to excess weight, fatigue, and sometimes, fatty liver disease. Deficiency in cortisol arises  from elongated stress and is connected with extreme tiredness cravings, defenseless immune system, and lack of  exercise, to mention but a few.

  1. Dihydrotestosterone

Dihydrotestosterone also known as the “kingpin of the androgens”. This hormone is the most effective form of testosterone and can cause male patterned baldness, gynecomastia, prostate enlargement, acne, and male-patterned hair growth in females when in there is over abundance.

  1. Thyroid Hormone

Thyroid hormone is the “controller or governor  of metabolism”. Thyroid  hormones regulates growth as well as the rate at which your body burns food. A lack of this hormone  lead to excess weight, tiredness, irregular bowel movements, and nail and hair breakage.

How Stinging Nettle Can Help You Balance Hormones

Although switching diet and lifestyle is  recommended when trying to shred excess burden, but stinging nettle is one easy drink  to help you get started with the process.

It is possible to find its roots and leaves in some herbal extracts, but the aqueous (water solution) components present in its leaves is what we need.

Stinging Nettle has some splendid study on hormone support, as it has been proven  to be a mildestrogen synthase  and reductase inhibitor, which decelerate the enzymes that transform testosterones into estrogens and dihydrotestosterone. Proven to enhance acne,  amenorrhea, prostate enlargement, PCOS, and all other correlating excess androgen conditions.

Although, research is still ongoing, Stinging Nettle is said to provoke hair growth, minimize  blood sugar level and enhance  insulin opposition in diabetics, and gives relief from water restraint  – all indications of hormone imbalances.In addition, Stinging Nettle possess certain elements  such as serotonin and acetylcholine, which anchor the side effects of stress on the suprarenals.

Also, it is an abundant origin of minerals like zinc, magnesium, potassium, and iron, which implies  a lengthy, scalding  process is required to extract all the good substance.

Here’s a step by step preparation process (the time for preparation is short but the scalding  time is quite lengthy)

The Hormone-Balancing Drink

Materials Needed:

  • Dried loose nettle leaves (not root) –from experience, the leaves tastes better when the it’s fresher
  • 1 liter of  water
  • A big  glass container with cover

Directions:

  1. Boil a liter  of water
  1. Add  over 1/2 cup of dried nettle leaves into the  glass container
  2. Close properly  and allow infusion for 4-10 hours (leave overnight for best result) at room temperature
  3. Drink up  1 liter of infusion all through the day. You can warm  it and add some almond milk for a coffee like taste, or drink it with a dash of honey for a revitalizing cold drink.

Added Tip:We suggest you make 2-3 days worth at a  time, keeping in mind the ratio of 1/2 cup leaves to 1 L of water. Keep the extra infusion in the refrigerator for at least 3 days. This saves time and energy.

Note:Pregnant women should not consume this drink, it has been proven to trigger  uterine contractions. But, if you’re finding it difficult to lactate, then it is recommended you drink it, since it has also been proven to enhance lactation.

Source: The Hearty Soul