Foods to Balance Her Hormones

Did you know your hormones affect your urinary tract and vaginal health?*

Before menopause, your hormones rise and fall with your menstrual cycle, causing you to be more likely to develop an imbalance in your vaginal microbiome in the two weeks following the beginning of your period.1 Additionally, the hormonal shifts that come with perimenopause and menopause also affect urinary tract comfort.2

As well, disruption to your hormone levels may also cause a range of symptoms like PMS;3 heavy or light periods;3 tender or swollen breasts;4 weight gain around the butt, hips, waist, and back of arms;5-7 low mood; anxiousness; fatigue;7 and reduced libido.7

Here are some foods to eat and others to avoid to help keep your hormones in harmony:

Another way to ensure you're getting the nutrients you need to support your health is to add supplements like Wellness Essentials® Women or Wellness Essentials Women's Prime to your daily regimen.

For additional urinary tract and vaginal health, consider taking a probiotic specific to urinary tract and vaginal health.*


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