This juice has been an almost daily staple of mine for a little while now. Not only is it just so delicious and refreshing, but it’s also full of some key nutrients that help to keep our hormones balanced.
Hormone balance is a key to health and it is something that our society seems to be struggling more and more with. There can be many reasons for having unbalanced hormones – such as stress, pollution, plastics, chemicals in most cosmetics, hair and skin products, fluoride, chlorine in our drinking water, the use of non-stick pans, a poor diet, lack of exercise. Unfortunately many things about the way we are currently living can disrupt our hormones and put them out-of-whack. And when our hormones are unbalanced, we are unbalanced.
But the good news is that of course there is so much you can do! So that’s definitely something to celebrate! As with all health conditions, diet, natural remedies, stress-relief and exercise can go a long way to putting some wrongs right.
I gave a talk on Wednesday to a group of ladies all about how to balance hormones naturally. This talk was specifically about oestrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. These two conditions are at the root of so many menstrual problems including PCOS, irregular periods, heavy periods, endometriosis, infertility, low libido, PMS, miscarriage, early/ difficult menopause as well as many wider health problems such as depression and anxiety, osteoporosis, memory problems, lack of focus and concentration and oestrogen-dependent cancers. So as you can see it is such an important topic and one I am very passionate about!
During the talk I spoke about many things that you can do to counteract oestrogen dominance and increase progesterone levels (btw you can purchase the summary notes for this talk for £5 – just drop me an email) which I will be covering in more depth in an article I am writing for you all. One thing I mentioned was my Hormone Balancing Juice. At the time my mind actually went blank and I couldn’t remember one of my key ingredients (oranges!) but at the end of the talk someone asked me again and I gladly reeled off the recipe to them all!
The ingredients are white cabbage, carrot, turmeric and orange. Please don’t be put off by the idea of juicing cabbage! I know it sounds a little odd but trust me, it is actually very mild and you really wouldn’t know it’s there as it’s balanced by the other gorgeous flavours. Plus cabbage is a pretty star ingredient as far as hormonal balance is concerned!
Here’s the low down on why I have included these ingredients and how they work...
White cabbage is full of a class of compounds called ‘indoles’. These have a plethora of medicinal actions but as far as balancing hormones go, they help the liver break down and get rid off excess oestrogen (through our bowels).
Indoles also competitively inhibit oestrogen in the body – this means that they stop oestrogen’s from binding so much to our oestrogen receptors, which is a key action when addressing oestrogen dominance/progesterone deficiency.
Fresh oranges are a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to help raise progesterone levels. In particular vitamin C has been shown to correct luteal phase defects (this means problems with the luteal phase of our menstrual cycle – which refers to the second half, days 14-28 of a classic 28 day cycle. This is the time when progesterone is made).
Is there anything turmeric isn’t good for? Turmeric contains potent medicinal compounds (such as curcumins) that help to balance our hormone levels through various mechanisms.
Turmeric helps to increase our sensitivity to insulin (perhaps by acting as a strong anti-inflammatory) which has been shown to raise progesterone levels and help balance many other hormones in the body.
It also helps to detoxify and improve the function of our liver, which plays a key role in balancing our hormone levels by helping to excrete excess oestrogens. In particular, turmeric helps to raise levels of glutathione in the liver which controls the liver’s ability to breakdown more concentrated forms of oestrogen into weaker and less active forms.
Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene. Studies have shown that beta-carotene helps to balance menstrual hormones and raise progesterone levels, probably through having a beneficial effect on the health of the corpus luteum (the ‘egg sack’ that is responsible for making progesterone in the luteal phase of our cycle).
Carrots as well as turmeric also help to balance the HPA axis (the hormonal axis) which aids proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body and plays a key role in the balance of all hormones in the body.
Now I hope that’s enough reasons to inspire you to start including this juice in your diet on a regular basis! I’d love to hear how you get on!
- 1/2 small white cabbage
- 3 medium carrots
- 2 oranges – peeled
- 1 2×2 cm stick of fresh turmeric – peeled
- Place all ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!
- I recommend having this juice in the morning before or with breakfast.
- Also, if you can’t get hold of fresh turmeric then you can use 1 tsp of good quality turmeric powder instead.