Here’s the most basic breakdown I can give you for now on how hormones work:
The stress hormone called cortisol also causes acne. Thanks for the info Becca! I like to skip over most nutrition advice in books and just learn everything else I can from them. The idea is to remove anything that taxes your adrenals. So how to get it back? The endocrine tissues include the adrenal gland, hypothalamus, ovaries, and testes. Explore the model using your mouse pad or touchscreen to understand more about the endocrine system.
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After years of exploring holistic health and alternative healing, I became a little obsessed with the female endocrine system. How to re-balance the female hormones in-particular, has become quite the passionate subject. I think part of that is because so many of us struggle with our hormones, and are taught by mainstream media that hormones are confusing, too difficult for the average person to understand, and essentially work against us.
Your hormones are not working against you, just like mine are not working against me. Your body produces cortisol and other stress hormones to help you wake up in the morning, stay energized, and to react to situations that may cause you harm. When we lived in small tribal communities, we all had pretty specific roles that allowed us to contribute good healthy stress , but not over-work ourselves to the point of exhaustion and hormonal burnout bad unhealthy stress.
These hormones keep us energized, happy, balanced, as well as promote clear and glowing skin, shiny hair and reduced PMS symptoms. These are the hormones that keep our libido balanced, and give us that feminine essence we all want to maintain but sometimes struggle with. The challenge here you see, is survival trumps sex and beauty. Claudia Welsch and credit her for educating me on my own hormones and how to begin my own healing journey. I like to skip over most nutrition advice in books and just learn everything else I can from them.
Sometimes the macronutrient ratios are helpful and then you can fill in the template from there with whole foods you know and love. So now you see, stress is at the root of hormonal imbalance. And I want to share some of the ways you can begin to heal…. Eat only fresh whole foods, and get yourself into a routine.
I suggest you pick 3 times per day when you can get some food in you, and set an alarm to make it happen. Practice some sort of gentle exercise, be it yin-yoga, brisk walking, or dance.
But it's always a good idea to talk with a doctor before taking any herbal tea or natural supplement because there may be side effects that you need to be careful of. With that information in mind, there are several herbal teas for anxiety. Make sure that you're taking one without caffeine. Caffeine itself can cause anxiety attacks in some people. Kava is by far the most well-known an well-researched herbal treatment available for controlling anxiety symptoms.
Many have likened the effects of kava to a very common anxiety drug called Buspar, and kava itself appears to have all of the qualities of an effective herbal remedy - it's non-addictive and can be taken as needed, it's safe, and it is completely natural.
However, there are a few things to note about kava tea. First, the kava tea you buy at a grocery store is not strong enough to combat anxiety. You need or so kavalactones a day at some estimates, and basic teas only provide 30 to 50 - not enough to feel any effects.
You'll need to buy a more pure kava herbal tea, like the ones sold in tea shops. You'll also need to combine it with something that has fat in it, like butter or coconut milk. Secondly, kava is strong enough that it interacts with some medications and should never be taken with alcohol. It also shouldn't be taken by those with liver disease. While you should talk to your doctor before using any herbal remedy, kava itself should never be taken without a doctor's approval. Nevertheless, kava tea is one of the few herbs that appears to have a very well-known and real effect on anxiety, and is something you can strongly consider.
Passionflower tea is "kava-lite. Because passionflower's "dosing" isn't quite as well known, it's unclear whether store-bought teas provide enough of the flavonoids that make passionflower effective. Research has only focused on "drops" of passionflower extract, usually around 30 drops three times a day.
In tea, the amount of flavonoids compared to a "drop" is much less clear. It's best to start small and work your way up, seeing if there is any effect along the way. Valerian root is unique, in that while it is not designed for anxiety, many people find that the calming nature of valerian is extremely effective for soothing anxiety symptoms.
Valerian's traditional use is as a sleep aid. Many people use valerian root to help them get to sleep when they're suffering from insomnia. But those same calming properties may have an effect on anxiety as well.
In this case, valerian is dealing with anxiety symptoms directly, not the anxiety itself. You will still have anxious thoughts, but those thoughts won't create as many physical symptoms. Physical symptoms often lead to more mental symptoms, so you may still find that your mind wanders less as a result of both the lack of tension and the tiring of your mind and body. Valerian root should be taken carefully until you know how it affects you.
The tea should be taken at night at first to see if it helps aid your sleep. If you decide it is providing you with the effects you'd hoped for, try taking it during the day, but make sure that you avoid driving until you know how fatigued it makes you feel. There are countless other teas that may be useful for anxiety. John's Wort, for example, is a popular tea used for depression. In many people, depression and anxiety are linked, so drinking St.
John's Wort may actually improve anxiety symptoms. None of these teas have much support behind them, but users of the teas swear to their effectiveness and with the exception of peppermint tea which can aggravate gastroesophageal reflux disorder , none of the teas appear to have any side effects. Regardless of your thoughts on teas as an anxiety treatment, no tea or medicine should ever be taken alone. These treatment types only reduce anxiety symptoms temporarily. They don't affect your ability to cope with future stresses or the likelihood of controlling your anxiety in the future.
You also don't want to depend on any quick fix without complementing it with a better treatment option. If you do, and it works, you will start to naturally depend on that treatment more and more.
Eventually, you'll "need" the tea to reduce anxiety, and will be much less able to cope on your own. That's why it's crucial that you combine any tea with a treatment that has been proven effective for long term anxiety management.
Take my free 7 minute anxiety test to learn more about the available options. We really suggest people take our anxiety test - it provides a breakdown of how your particular anxiety manifests itself.
Please don't send us questions about your specific mental health issues. They should really be answered by a professional who knows your history.