Hormonal Imbalance + My Story with Adaptogens

Living with hormonal imbalance isn’t always easy and when a lot of doctors just prefer to stick medications that don’t actual treat the issue rather than mask it, it can get even more frustrating. I was diagnosed with manic depressive illness when I was 18 and after finally jumping into a different path when I was 23 I was diagnosed with PCOS.

It was three years ago right around this time when I became an advocate for my own health and started to treat my illness rather than put a bandaid on it.

I first saw signs of PCOS when I started to get random hairs on my neck, checks, and chin. That was beyond weird for me, so my momma bear took me to see a functional medicine doctor in Panama. She ran a bunch of test and realized that my estrogen levels were high, my progesterone were mega low, my cortisol (stress hormones) were high as kite in the morning and shot down by the mid afternoon.

Which totally explained my weird energy crashes and spikes.

My doctor was awesome and put me on bunch of supplements and made a few tweaks in my dietary needs to get me back on track.

One of them was to start eating meat again. I had been restricting my food intake because of my gluten + dairy intolerance, and took things to extremes measures by removing anything that was not plant based.

Right around that time I also started to see a holistic nutritionist who showed me the best way for me to live was label free. I don’t consider myself paleo, vegan, vegetarian or gluten free.

I started to eat for my body and mind for the first time in 24 years.

I learned to listen to my body, pay attention to my cravings. It took a while to get in tune with my hunger cues. I had been restricting off an on for over ten years my mind didn’t know what was what.

This didn’t happen overnight.

When I started doing research on Ayurveda lifestyle earlier this year, I realize that I could mesh what functional medicine is all about with Ayurveda and come up with something truly beneficial.

I’ve been dabbling with few adaptogens since last year and it’s crazy cool how my PCOS and manic depressive has been able to kept at bay.

I still have manic depressive.

I still have PCOS.

I say keep at bay because I’m treating them in a natural, holistic way.

NOTE: I am not a doctor and recommend you see a trained professional, herbalist, doctor before getting into herbs, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an illness.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting-FOLLOW OUR PASSION

MACA

I started using maca years ago, when my aunt’s friend gave me her raw brownie bite recipe which included maca root. At the time I didn’t really know much about it, other than it’s a root from Peru and can increase your energy and stamina. When I started reading up on it earlier this year, I learned that it is also great to help balance your hormones, and support a healthy libido. I honestly have noticed such a difference in my energy now that I am off the coffee wagon and on the maca one.

Where to get it:

I like using Organic Burst, or Gaia Herbs 

Use it in:

Golden milk, chocolate fat balls, Chocolate Cupcakes, matcha and so much more.

ASHWAGANDHA 

I first heard of Ashwagandha through my holistic nutritionist/ eating disorder coach. Kate brought it up as a way for me to keep my cortisol levels balanced. I honestly didn’t know what to do with it at first so I started taking  Ashwagandha supplement capsules.

Over time I have learned to incorporate ground Ashwagandha into my daily routine. I love adding it to my golden milk latte in the evenings, my smoothies and just about anything. I consume it on the daily.

Where to get it:

I really like buying it from Wild Harvest, in either powder form or in root and then grounding it myself.  I  get it from Sun Potion too.  I also love drinking Sherpa Power Mango Black Tea, which has Ashwagandha in it.

Use it in

Golden milk, matcha latte, iced tea

Sherpa Power- Follow Our Passion-HORMONAL IMBALANCE

CORDYCEPS

I started taking Cordyceps because I kept hearing how awesome it is for your digestion, sleep and also your liver. I found out after that it is also great at balancing your hormones. Not only that but it’s also an energy booster.

Where to get it:

I like using Root & Bones 

Use it in

I add it to my smoothies or smoothie bowls, my fat balls, and to my energizing cocoa latte.

Magical Energizing Cocoa Latte-FOLLOW OUR PASSION-BALANCING HORMONES

SAW PALMETTO PILLS

Kate again was the one that got me on these pills, since I had excessive hair growth in weird places. I’ve been taking it in pill form, I haven’t tried it ground or in my foods.

Where to get it:

I get mine from Wild Harvest also, you can get it in any natural food store, like Whole Foods or Natural Grocers.

xxx. Andrea

Andrea Broom

Hi! I'm Andrea. A girl who loves her chocolate as much as her greens.

47 Comments
  1. So happy to hear you found some things that worked for you. I have never even heard of many of these things, so thanks for explaining what they are all used in 🙂

  2. Sometimes we really need to take control of our own health and not rely so much on doctors and prescriptions. I love that you took charge and changed your diet and lifestyle. It’s awesome that you’re handling your PCOS your way and that it’s working so well for you too.

  3. I have a few friends that have PCOS so I definitely will share this with them! Would be great for them to know this information because I’m sure they can benefit from it too!

  4. Hormonal imbalance can be really a pain. I have never thought of organic way to treat it. Thank you for this great tips. I cant keep my eye on that MACA. great presentation.

  5. There is a place near me that make a maca iced coffee. It is the best thing I’ve every had (or close to it.) It wasn’t until I got my degree in holistic nutrition that I probably had PCOS when I was younger. I had a lot of the symptoms which resolved when I started eating more sensibly and cutting the sugar way down. I still struggle with hormone balance though. I think I’m predisposed so I have to work really hard at it. Thanks for sharing your story.

    1. Thanks for sharing this with me Erica. I think that the fact that you are investing in your health is so brave and amazing! sending warm vibes your way and with you the best with this.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this, it is super important to eat based on your body and your uniqueness. I’m so happy you found what works for you

  7. This is so interesting. The more I learn about natural supplements, the more interested I am in trying them. I also think it is important to take your own health into your hands and be advocate for what is right for you body.

  8. These are great ways to help natural regulate your hormones. I have always been pretty balanced but after a miscarriage about five years ago I had a horrible time getting back to regular.

    1. I am so sorry about your miscarriage Heather, and I hope you found something in this post that can help. sending warm vibes your way!

  9. I’ve never thought about hormonal imbalance before with myself but I do know a few friends of mine who have been dealing with something similar. Glad to see you’ve found some things that do work for you!

  10. My mom loves golden milk and wants me to try it – I haven’t tried it yet. I haven’t heard of any of these before besides maca. It is great when you can find something natural to work with.

  11. Thank you for being so open about this. I would love to hear all of the other health benefits this has for you too. I am always looking for good natural things for my family.

    1. Thanks Brittany! Yeah def, I love talking about it, we are all different but sharing my journey has helped a lot and when people feel they can relate or find something that works for them it an incredible feeling 🙂

  12. My husband prefers natural, holistic remedies as well. I don’t think I could ever talk him into going to a doctor. Maybe a share this post with him and see if he finds something new to try.

  13. Wow that is pretty intense, good on you for taking control of your own health and life!! I have always heard amazing things about maca and should really give it a go!

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