Your body needs estrogen for fertility, maintenance of your sexual organs and to keep your hair, skin, heart, bones, muscles and blood vessels healthy. Estrogen can be lowered by menopause and aging, but there are things you can do to increase your levels.
In addition to quitting smoking, which can negatively impact estrogen levels, you can eat foods rich in phytoestrogens. These plant-based foods contain a hormone that your body naturally turns into estrogen. Phytoestrogen rich foods include fruits, nuts, seeds, dairy and soy products, and grains. Apples, barley, beets, cherries, plums, potatoes, sesame seeds, and flaxseeds are just a few of the foods that you should eat to help increase your estrogen levels.
Dried and fresh herbs can also help boost your estrogen levels. Consider adding spices, such as parsley, thyme, verbena, sage, or thyme to your next meal to help naturally increase your estrogen.