When women struggle with low hormone levels, including low estrogen, there can be many root causes. During the postpartum period and during the time when a woman breastfeeds, lower estrogen levels are normal. During perimenopause, if a woman is depleted or has a poor stress response, her naturally lower estrogen levels can be even worse and more symptomatic than normal. Stress with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) dysregulation with high or low cortisol, or blood sugar imbalances can also cause low estrogen. Plus, nutrient deficiencies – deficiencies in fat, vitamins A and E, and magnesium deficiencies – can all contribute to low estrogen levels.
Today, I want to share with you a delicious smoothie recipe, specifically designed for women with low estrogen, vaginal dryness, joint pain, skin dryness, and painful sex.
Please feel free to share this video and recipe with the women in your practice and in your life who struggle with low estrogen.
1 cup spinach or other leafy greens
2 Tbsp flaxseeds
1 cup frozen berries
1-2 Tbsp sunflower, almond, or cashew butter
2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond, coconut, or hemp milk
*To make this a complete breakfast smoothie add 1-2 scoops of this high quality protein powder.
Blend in a high speed blender. Garnish with pomegranate seeds!
Enjoy! (Serves 2)
Interestingly, pomegranates have been used for centuries to support fertility and estrogen balance. Pomegranate is a selective estrogen receptor modulator that can contribute to the prevention of estrogen-dependent breast cancers, and can benefit other estrogen dependent tissues (Sreeja, et al., 2012) In in vitro and animal model studies, pomegranate is also protective against endometrial, cervical, and ovarian cancer cell lines and supports bone health, reducing osteoporosis risk due to its estrogen receptor modulation properties (Sreekumar, et al., 2014).