There is a lot of information out there when it comes to heart health, digestive health, brain health, and virtually every area of our health – but sadly, not a ton when it comes to our hormone health.
If you are anything like me, I had no idea how crazy complicated female bodies were until I started on my hormone healing journey. Learning how to manage your hormones and getting in tune with your body might sound *woo woo* but it really isn’t. We’ve just been taught that there’s not much differentiating us from men when we are biologically worlds apart.
If you are just diving into hormone health you might be asking questions like:
- Can I always get pregnant?
- Why do I get migraines when I get my period?
- What is the normal length of a period?
- Why do I crave specific foods during my period?
- Why do I have more energy some days than others?
- Is birth control the only way to not get pregnant?
- Why do I get acne when I get my period?
- Do other people get depressed before their period?
The truth is hormones play a vital role in virtually every part of our daily life – from your sleep and appetite to mood, weight loss (or gain), to your mental health, your cognitive abilities, and even things like your sex drive.
While I think there needs to be an education shift on the female body in both schools and by doctors (my GYN still doesn’t take me seriously when I bring up these things) the shift should start with us. Learning more about your body and why it feels and acts the way it does can really change your life.
Why is it important to understand hormone health?
For me personally, I found out that I had PMDD, a serious condition where one basically has very severe PMS. For years I had no idea why I became so severely depressed a week out of the month. But when I finally learned about PMDD and the hormones that were off-balance I was able to take action. Now, I rarely experience these dark moods that used to suffocate me monthly.
While the topic is complex, there are a variety of books written on hormonal health with women in mind. These books can help you understand and deal with your hormonal issues or help you maintain hormonal health and balance.
Whether you’re looking to take control of your hormonal health or you simply just want to know more about hormones, these books on hormone health are good places to start!
7 Books on Hormone Health That Will Jumpstart Your Hormone Journey
1) WomanCode by Alisa Vitti
If you find yourself suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or hormonal imbalance in general, Alisa Vitti’s WomanCode can help you work towards solving your problem! Alissa herself has PCOS. Unfortunately, instead of finding proper information and treatment for PCOS, she found misinformation, and the treatments she received mostly didn’t help her PCOS.
Eventually, she decided to take charge of her health. After finding ways to solve her hormonal problem, she realized that food and proper nutrition, among many other things, is key to solving these issues. If you suffer from PCOS or hormonal imbalance, check out WomanCode.
WomanCode can also be very helpful if you are suffering from irregular periods, depression, low or lack of sex drive, and fertility issues. It goes through the “cycle syncing” method which is also helping in balancing your hormones as well as having the most optimal month possible.
If you want to learn more or purchase Women Code, click here.
2) Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi, PhD
Brain Food is an interesting book, but you may wonder: what does this have to do with hormones? Well, in female health there is a strong connection between brain health and hormone health.
To begin with, did you know that estrogen, aside from being the main female reproductive hormone, is also a main metabolic regulation for the brain? Good levels of estrogen in the brain will keep it healthy, lively, and well-functioning. However, once the estrogen level in the brain declines, so is our brain activity.
In short, if we want to keep our brain healthy, we must take care of our hormones, too – especially, the hormones that get into our brain (which we will never know how much goes there). For me personally, I always had a problem with my estrogen dropping dramatically days prior to getting my period. This would cause massive migraines along with depressive fogs. Learning how to curb what I was eating along with supplementation helped balance out my estrogen and still does to this day.
Dr. Lisa Mosconi also includes a food plan recommendation that is super helpful. This is one my favorite books on hormone health. I’ve even gifted it to a few friends.
If you want to learn more or purchase Brain Food, click here.
3) The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD
If you are looking for an in-depth look at hormones and hormonal health, consider getting a copy of Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure. In today’s world, there’s an unfortunate stereotype that women are moody. And to be frank – we often are. But while I think we need to focus on healing this, it’s not often our fault, but our hormones mixed with our chemical makeups.
But instead of teaching females about their bodies, and why they feel certain ways at certain times of the month, doctors often prescribe birth control or depression pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a board-certified gynecologist, and a Harvard-educated physician believe that there’s a way for women to be in control of their hormones without taking the pills.
With The Hormone Cure, you will learn Dr. Gottfried’s three-tiered treatment strategy which will help you take control of your hormones and not allow hormonal imbalance to control your life – or your mood.
If you want to learn more or purchase The Hormone Cure, click here.
4) The Adrenal Reset Diet by Dr. Alan Christianson
You might be wondering why is this in an article on books on hormone health?
Keeping your adrenal glands healthy is crucial. They produce key hormones such as cortisol (“stress hormone”) as well as sex hormones. Although cortisol may sound bad, it is actually necessary to help us properly deal with stressful situations (for that matter, all hormones are helpful and necessary as long as they don’t go too much or too low in your body).
When the adrenal gland is disrupted, it can cause problems such as fatigue, unhealthy stress, weight gain, and it can even lead to major diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In The Adrenal Reset Diet, Dr. Alan Christianson aims to help us take control of our adrenal glands so that we can be “lean and thriving” instead of “wired and tired” – which is the case of many people today.
But what’s more? His program is not a mere product of theory or personal experience, but decades of careful clinical experience with over 75,000 patient-care visits.
If you are interested in taking care of your adrenal hormones or simply lose weight, The Adrenal Reset Diet is the perfect book for you! If you want to learn more or purchase The Adrenal Reset Diet, click here.
5) The Fifth Vital Sign by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
Menstruation is more than just about fertility – it is actually one signal about your health! Hence, understanding your menstruation process is important if you want to achieve optimal fertility and overall health – and Lisa Hendrickson-Jack’s The Fifth Vital Sign can help you with that!
Based on over 1,000 meticulously researched and read scientific references, The Fifth Vital Sign will help you learn the following:
- What a normal menstrual cycle is
- The best methods to chart your menstrual cycle
- Help you increase your fertility awareness
- Manage the daily aspects of your health – such as sleep, diet, exercise, etc.
- How to avoid pregnancy without taking the pill
- … and many more!
If you want to better understand your menstrual cycle, you should grab a copy of The Fifth Vital Sign now! Learn more or purchase The Fifth Vital Sign here.
6) Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden
If you want to understand what happens during your cycle, why it happens, how to repair your period, and more, this book is for you.
Periods are mostly a painful phase for many women, and they have no choice but to simply endure this monthly-occurring phase. This is, at least, how women are taught about periods. With Period Repair Manual, you will find out that you can manage your periods so that your period that does not need pain and uncomfortable as you think it should.
The book mostly tackles natural solutions and treatments such as natural diet, supplements, medicine, and natural hormones. Period Repair Manual is applicable for every woman of every age – whether you’re in your menopausal years or you’re still in your 20s or 30s. Wherever you are in the age group, if the period is your concern, you should grab a copy of this book!
If you want to learn more or purchase Period Repair Manual, click here.
7) Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten
Beyond the Pill is one of the best books out there if you are finding a way around the pill. Dr. Jolene Brighten is one of my personal inspirations and someone who has helped heal so many women.
Although pills are mainly marketed as a great way to deal with many of our hormone-related problems such as PCOS and painful periods, these same pills could also cause you to be depressed and be susceptible to some of the major diseases including heart attack and even cancer.
With this perspective, our issues indeed go beyond just finding some natural solutions to actually finding a way to get away from the pill – hence, beyond the pill! If you don’t know where to start then don’t worry. Beyond the Pill will show you the way – right from the beginning of the transition period up to the end!
This is one of my favorite books on hormone health – if you want to learn more or purchase Beyond the Pill, click here.
I hope this article helps steer you in the right direction when it comes to books on hormone health. I know that many of these started my hormone healing journey, and even now when I am completely balanced they still come in handy. If you know you want to get a book but don’t know which one you should choose feel free to send me a DM on Instagram or an email and I can help point you in the right direction.
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about hormone health, check out a few of my other articles on hormone health here:
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