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8 Hormone Balancing Drinks to Support Hormone Health

These hormone supporting and hormone balancing drinks are an easy and delicious way to support your endocrine system naturally. I’ve had my fair share of hormonal imbalances in the past, and these are drinks I’ve personally consumed over the years to help support my overall hormone health.

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Each drink has its own set of unique health benefits as you’ll read below, so I like to rotate them to ensure I’m getting it a variety of nutrients and health promoting compounds.

Keep in mind, there’s no magic drink recipe or one-size-fits-all approach to balancing your hormones. Your endocrine system is very complex and consists of multiple organs and glands (i.e. adrenals, thyroid, ovaries, pituitary, etc.). It usually takes a multi-faceted approach, including dietary and lifestyle changes, to correct hormonal imbalances. Having said that, these hormone balancing drinks can be a great addition to your diet when it comes to your overall hormone health.

Hormone Balancing Drinks for Optimal Wellness

The hormone balancing drinks below are a combination of herbal tea blends and smoothie recipes, including my adrenal support smoothie, red raspberry leaf iced tea refresher, and a roasted dandelion root tea latte (favorite caffeine free coffee alternative).

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These hormone balancing drinks contain a variety of health promoting compounds that are specifically good for hormone health. Continue reading below to get the recipes and read all about their health benefits.

Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor or medical professional before beginning any new diet, supplement, or natural remedy, especially if you’re on prescription medication, pregnant, or breastfeeding. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or disease.

Adrenal Support Smoothie

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Supporting your adrenal glands is this modern era of overstimulation, daily caffeine intake, and highly stressful careers is more important than ever. This adrenal support smoothie is my go-to drink when I’m feeling run down, overworked, and just overall fatigued. It’s packed with adrenal-supporting nutrients, anti-inflammatory properties, and includes ashwagandha (one of my favorite adaptogenic herbs for adrenal health). Here’s a break down of the ingredients and their benefits for adrenal health:

Vitamin C – This vitamin is essential for the health of your adrenals. In fact, the highest concentration of Vitamin C in the body is found in the adrenals. The reason for this is because Vitamin C is used in the production of adrenal hormones, specifically cortisol (the stress hormone), so if you’re constantly stressed, it uses up your Vitamin C reserves in your adrenals really fast.(source 1) And, if you’re not constantly supplying your body with more Vitamin C, it can eventually put more stress on the adrenals, which may lead to an adrenal imbalance or HPA Axis Dysfunction in the longterm. This orange used in this smoothie will ensure you get a good dose of Vitamin C.

Healthy Fats & Proteins – One very important part of maintaining proper hormone balance is to maintain steady blood sugar levels. This is especially important for adrenal health because if you have adrenal fatigue (HPA Axis Dysfunction), then your cortisol levels are out-of-whack, which affects your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels properly, leading to uncontrollable cravings, low energy, etc. By consuming lots of high quality fats and proteins, it helps to keep blood sugar levels balanced, which puts less stress on your adrenals and entire endocrine system. In this adrenal support smoothie, I like to add both hemp seeds and ground flax seeds for healthy fats and fiber and a high quality collagen protein powder for boosting the protein content.

Adaptogenic Herbs – As stated above, my favorite adaptogenic herb for adrenal health is ashwagadha. Some studies suggest that it can help to normalize cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in the body.(source 2source 3) This is beneficial because excess levels of cortisol for long periods of time (due to chronic stress) can lead to lots of negative health symptoms and has been linked to inflammation and increased belly fat. Ashwagandha can be very beneficial in supporting your body’s overall stress response, lowering anxiety, and many people also experience increased energy levels and better memory when consuming this adaptogen.(source 4source 5) *Note: Ashwagandha may increase testosterone levels, so if you have PCOS, you may want to avoid this adaptogenic herb.

Turmeric – This powerful herb can be very beneficial for those experiencing chronic inflammation due to underlying hormonal imbalances.

Matcha Latte

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It’s no secret that matcha green tea is a superfood thanks to its high levels of antioxidants. But, did you know it can also be beneficial for your hormones? Yep! Here’s how…

Matcha Benefits for Your Hormone Health

  • Insulin Sensitivity: Matcha may help to improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels. (source 6, source 7, source 8)
  • PCOS: It may also help to lower testosterone levels in women with PCOS (source 9).
  • Adrenal Fatigue: Too much caffeine over time can be hard on the adrenals and may ultimately lead to adrenal imbalance or HPA Axis Dysfunction. So, if you’re showing the signs of weakened adrenals, it’s a good idea to eliminate coffee altogether or drastically reduce your intake. Matcha is a great alternative to coffee if you’re trying to reduce your caffeine intake but you still need a pick-me-up. While matcha does contain some caffeine, it also contains an amino acid, called L-theanine, which promotes calmness and relaxation, so it doesn’t trigger your nervous system and adrenals as much as coffee and/or energy drinks do.

The Quality of Your Matcha Matters

Not all matcha powders are created (or grown) equally. Some are much higher quality than others and you can usually tell in both the color and taste. Personally, I use and recommend Pique’s Ceremonial Grade Sun Goddess Matcha. Here’s what sets their matcha a part from others I’ve tried in the past:

  • High Quality: It’s organic and quadruple screened for toxins.
  • High Chlorophyll Content: When comparing it to other organic matcha powders (as shown in the recipe video), you will see it has a deeper, more vibrant green color. This is due to its higher chlorophyll content.
  • Smooth Taste: It has zero grassy taste to it and it’s super smooth (best I’ve ever tried!).

For a limited time, they’re offering all of my readers a really good bundle deal. You can get 15% off a month’s supply of their matcha powder and their super popular BT Fountain, which is an electrolyte beauty elixir that contains clinically proven ceramides and hyaluronic acid to improve skin elasticity, promote hydration on a cellular level, and protect the skin’s barrier. Additionally, they’re giving you a glass beaker and rechargable frother for FREE!

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FTC Disclosure: This portion of the blog post is sponsored by Pique. All opinions are my own.

Red Raspberry Leaf Iced Tea Refresher

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Effects on PMS and Fertility

The leaves of the red raspberry plant are loaded with nutrients and beneficial compounds that have often been used for medicinal purposes throughout history, particularly for women’s reproductive health.

Most of the evidence is anecdotal, but many women have reported that red raspberry leaf tea has helped to regulate their monthly cycle, reduce PMS symptoms, such as mild cramping and nausea, and even improved their fertility.  

It’s believed that a certain compound found in RR leaves, called fragerine, can help to tone the uterus and strengthen the pelvis muscles, which in turn may help to reduce heavy blood flow, regulate your cycle, and reduce overall pms symptoms.  Of course, more studies need to be done on the effects of RRLT and its potential benefits to the female reproductive system.

Effects on Pregnancy

It’s also believed by many that drinking RRLT in the last few weeks of pregnancy may help to strengthen the uterus resulting in a shorter second stage of labor (the stage where you’re pushing).  

But, experts warn not to drink RRLT before 32 weeks & some even say to wait as late as 37 weeks because it could lead to premature labor. And, do not drink it if you’re planning on having a c-section.  As with any natural remedy, always consult with your doctor first, especially if you’re pregnant.

Other Health Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Outside of women’s reproductive health, RRL are also high in antioxidants, which can help to fight inflammation and combat certain chronic diseases.   It contains beneficials plant compounds, including tannins and flavonoids.  It also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, and Magnesium. It’s good to get a variety of hormone balancing drinks and foods into your diet to support your overall hormone health and reproductive health.

Sources:

Source 10, Source 11, Source 12, Source 13, Source 14, Source 15

Spearmint Tea

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Spearmint tea is not only delicious, but it can also be a natural aid for those dealing with PCOS. Some studies have shown that it may have anti-androgen effects and help to lower elevated levels of free testosterone in women with PCOS. And, as a result, it may help to lessen the symptoms associated with it, including acne, hair loss, weight gain, etc. It also showed that spearmint tea may help to increase Luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and estrogen. (source 16, source 17, source 18)

Of course, spearmint tea alone isn’t a miracle drink, but it may be helpful for those dealing with PCOS and lessening the symptoms of it alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Spearmint tea is also high in antioxidants, very soothing to the digestive tract, and is caffeine free.

Estrogen Detox Smoothie

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If you’re dealing with elevated estrogen levels or showing signs of estrogen dominance, this smoothie will be a great addition to your weekly routine! Estrogen is primarily metabolized via the liver and excreted (mostly) through your feces. Therefore, it’s super important to ensure you’re eating high fiber foods on a daily basis.

Fiber binds to estrogen excreted by the liver and moves it into the intestinal tract to be eliminated instead of being reabsorbed into the body. If you’re not having a bowel movements at least once per day, there’s a chance you may have excess estrogen in your body. Ideally, you want to have a bowel movement at least once or twice per day. And, by incorporating this smoothie into your routine, it’ll ensure you’re getting in extra fiber throughout the day/week.

High Fiber Foods In This Estrogen Detox Smoothie:

  • Carrots: Be sure to leave the skin on to maximize the fiber content. Famed biologist, Ray Peat, claims carrots contain a unique fiber in their skin that binds to excess estrogen in the body and gets rid of it. Thus far, these claims are anecdotal. But, personally, I eat 1-2 raw carrots per day because it’s an easy (and low calorie) way to get in more fiber.
  • Apples: Apples contain a fiber, called pectin, which may help to stabilize blood sugar levels and even acts as a prebiotic to your microbiome promoting the proliferation of good bacteria. The high fiber content of apples can also aid in regular bowel movements helping your body to eliminate excess estrogen.
  • Beets: This superfood has so many health benefits. One of them being that it supports liver health. And, since estrogen is metabolized in the liver, it’s very important to support the overall health of your liver so it can function at its best. Beets are also a good source of fiber.

Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

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Dandelion root has been used for centuries in ancient medicine as a medicinal tonic, and many cultures believed it had liver healing properties. The health of your liver is directly connected to your hormone health, especially when it comes to metabolizing excess estrogen in the body. So, it’s a good idea to include herbs and foods into your diet that support liver health.

Some studies have shown that dandelion root may benefit your liver by protecting it from oxidative stress allowing it to function optimally. (source 19, source 20). Dandelion root is also high in antioxidants. The polysaccharides found in dandelion root may also be benficial to liver function. (source 21).

Additionally, the bitter compounds found in dandelion root may also help to increase bile flow and, as a result, improve digestion. (source 22)

Cinnamon Vanilla Dandelion Root Latte (coffee alternative)

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In addition to its liver benefiting properties, roasted dandelion root tea can also be used as a coffee alternative when you’re looking to go caffeine free. It has a bolder, slightly bitter flavor similar to coffee. And, as I mentioned earlier in this post, too much caffeine can lead to weakened adrenals, which may lead to adrenal fatigue and/or HPA Axis Dysfunction over time.

So, it’s a good idea to go on what I call a “caffeine detox” from time to time where you eliminate caffeine completely for at least 30 days. Removing stimulants, such as caffeine, for a period of time allows the adrenals to rest and repair. This roasted dandelion root tea latte tastes SO good that you won’t even realize it’s not coffee!

Liver Support Smoothie

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I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating – your liver health is directly connected to your hormone health. The liver is where your hormones are metabolized, so it is crucial that you keep your liver healthy and functioning optimally by supplying it with nutrient-filled foods and herbs as well as high fiber foods.

A fatty or sluggish liver isn’t able to function optimally and, as a result, may not be able to break certain hormones down fast enough, leading to things like estrogen dominance.

Foods to Support Liver Health

  • High Fiber Fruits and Vegetables: Foods that are high in fiber, such as apples, spinach, kale, etc. are great for supporting liver health. For instance, a recent study found that spinach may help to lower the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). (source 23)
  • Avocado: Not only are avocados a great source of healthy fats, but they also contain a good amount of fiber. In a recent finding, researchers in Japan have discovered that avocados contain potent chemicals that may reduce liver damage. (source 24)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This superfood oil is well known for being heart healthy, but did you know it’s also great for your liver health? Olives are rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants – two things your liver loves! It raises your “good” cholesterol, which is actually protective for your liver against fatty liver disease. Additionally, it can help to stimulate bile production, which helps the liver to relase toxins. (source 25, source 26)

Looking for More Hormone Balancing Drinks and Recipes?

If you’re on the search for more hormone balancing drinks, foods, and recipes, here’s a few of my favorites.

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8 Hormone Balancing Drinks

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These hormone balancing drinks are great for supporting hormone health and overall wellness.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 8

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Ingredients
  

Adrenal Support Smoothie (1 serving)

  • 1 Orange, peeled
  • 1 Banana, frozen
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 inch Fresh Turmeric, peeled
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ashwagandha Powder
  • 1 scoop High Quality Protein Powder (I used grass-fed Collagen Protein Powder)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pinch Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • Unsweetened Plant-Based Milk, to taste

Matcha Latte (hot & iced, 1 serving)

  • 1 tsp Matcha Powder (I use the Pique brand)
  • 6 oz Water
  • 6 oz Your Favorite Type of Milk (I used almond)

Red Raspberry Leaf Iced Tea Refresher (8 servings)

Spearmint Tea (1 serving)

Estrogen Detox Smoothie (1 serving)

  • 2-3 Carrot Stalks, cut into about 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Apple, core removed & roughly chopped
  • 1 Small Beet or Half of a large Beet, peeled & roughly cubed
  • 1 inch Fresh Ginger Root, peeled
  • Juice of Half a Lemon
  • Water and Ice, to taste

Roasted Dandelion Root Tea (1 serving)

Cinnamon Vanilla Dandelion Root Latte (1 serving)

Liver Support Smoothie (1 serving)

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Green Apple, cored & roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 1/3 C. Fresh Parsley, loosely packed
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice from 1/2-1 Lemon
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Water and Ice, to taste
  • Optional Add-Ins: Protein Powder and Matcha Powder (for energy boost)

Instructions
 

For the Adrenal Support Smoothie:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
  • MEAL PREP: This smoothie can be prepped up to 2-3 days in advance and stored in the fridge. It'll last in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

For the Matcha Latte:

  • Hot Latte: Into a glass beaker or mug, add the matcha. Pour in 6 oz of hot water. Blend with a frother (or use the traditional matcha method). Add warm milk to the glass/mug. Froth again. Enjoy!
  • Iced Latte: Into a glass, add 6 oz of room temperature water. Then, add the matcha powder and blend with a frother. Add 6 oz of cold milk of choice. Froth again. Lastly, add ice and enjoy!

For the Red Raspberry Leaf Iced Tea Refresher:

  • Add tea leaves to a large glass bowl with a spout. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add 4 C. of water. Bring to a light boil. Then, pour the hot water into the bowl with the tea leaves, add a lid, and steep for 5-15 minutes depending on how bold you want the flavor to be (I steep for 12 min).
  • While that's steeping, add the fresh raspberries to the bottom of a large pitcher and muddle them (gently press them to release the juice but not too hard because you don't want to crush the bitter seeds).
  • Once the tea is done steeping, strain the liquid into the pitcher. Add the honey and lemon juice. Stir until honey is fully dissolved. Then, add 4 more cups of room temperature or cold water. Stir again. Refrigerate for at least an hour. When ready to serve, pour tea over ice and garnish with fresh mint and extra raspberries (optional).
  • MEAL PREP: This tea will last for up to a week in the fridge. To make it last longer, remove the muddled raspberries by straining the tea after you've let it "marinate" in the fridge with the raspberries for at least 24 hours.

For the Spearmint Tea:

  • Using a tea press: Add the spearmint tea leaves to the tea press container. Pour in hot water. Add lid and let steep for 5-7 minutes. Pour tea into a mug and add honey and garnishes (optional). Enjoy!
  • Using a tea ball: Add spearmint tea leaves to mesh ball and place it into a mug. Pour hot water into the mug and let steep for 5-7 minutes. Once done steeping, remove the mesh ball, add the honey and optional garnishes and enjoy!

For the Estrogen Detox Smoothie:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
  • MEAL PREP: This smoothie can be prepped up to 2-3 days in advance and stored in the fridge. It'll last in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

For the Roasted Dandelion Root Tea:

  • Add tea bag to a mug. Pour hot water into the mug and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Add a sweetener if you prefer. Enjoy!

For the Cinnamon Vanilla Dandelion Root Latte:

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the water, maca powder, vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Whisk to combine. Bring to a light boil then turn off the heat.
  • Add the tea bag to the saucepan. Cover with a lid and let steep for 5-15 minutes (I steeped the full 15 for a bolder flavor). Once it's done steeping, remove the tea bag, turn the heat back up to medium and let it heat through again. Add the honey at this time. Whisk until it's fully dissolved.
  • Strain the liquid into a mug using a fine mesh strainer. Add your favorite creamer and enjoy!

For the Liver Support Smoothie:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
  • MEAL PREP: This smoothie can be prepped up to 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge. It'll last in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Adrenal Support Smoothie (1 serving):  380 Calories, 44g Carbs, 9g Protein, 19g Fat, 9.5g Fiber, 23g Sugar (**does not include protein powder macros)
Matcha Latte (1 serving):  30 Calories, 1g Carbs, 0g Protein, 2g Fat, 1g Fiber, 0g Sugar (**does not include macros for honey or sweetener)
Red Raspberry Leaf Iced Tea Refresher (1 cup):  70 Calories, 19g Carbs, 0g Protein, 0g Fat, 1g Fiber, 18g Sugar (**feel free to use a low carb sweetener instead of honey, such as monk fruit or birch xylitol, to make this drink low calorie and low carb/sugar)
Spearmint Tea (1 serving):  20 Calories, 6g Carbs, 0g Protein, 0g Fat, 0g Fiber, 6g Sugar (**this includes the optional 1 tsp of honey to sweetenen.  This drink is 0 calories and carbs if no honey is used)
Estrogen Detox Smoothie (1 serving):  190 Calories, 47g Carbs, 3g Protein, 0g Fat, 11g Fiber, 32g Sugar
Roasted Dandelion Root Tea (1 serving):  0 Calories, 0g Carbs, 0g Protein, 0g Fat, 0g Fiber, 0g Sugar
Cinnamon Vanilla Dandelion Root Latte (1 serving):  50 Calories, 7g Carbs, 0g Protein, 2g Fat, 0g Fiber, 6g Sugar (**this includes 1 tsp of honey and 3 Tbsp of dairy free creamer)
Liver Support Smoothie (1 serving):  392 Calories, 35g Carbs, 4g Protein, 29g Fat, 13g Fiber, 16g Sugar (**this does not include macros for protein powder)
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2 Comments

  1. You mentioned cycling through the different drinks. What would that look like for you? Is it a weekly or monthly rotation?

     
    • It really just depends on how busy I am that week and how much time I have to prep the drinks. I don’t really stick to a schedule. For instance, I may have a matcha latte one morning and sip on a spearmint tea that evening. If I’m doing a caffeine detox, I’ll have the dandelion root latte in the mornings instead of coffee. I try to keep the teas on hand at all times since they stay fresh longer. For the smoothies, I like to rotate them weekly to minimize the amount of produce I have to buy each week. Hope this helps!

       

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