7 TIPS FOR NATURAL HORMONE BALANCE
What is behind our hormonal balance and how to make things right if they are unbalanced.
Hormones are essentially chemical messengers that travel through our bloodstream and deliver different messages to our cells and organs throughout the whole body. Think of them like tiny little messengers, playing many different roles in our body.
From reproductive functions to sleeping patterns, stress, mood swings and many other things. They do have many functions and roles however what is what is behind our hormonal balance? and how does one make things right if they are unbalanced?
The basis of hormone health is quite extensive, but here are 7 natural tips to help foster hormone balance.
Sleep and stress
Often, these two aspects of our lives go hand in hand. Getting enough sleep is critical, it’s not only about the quantity of sleep but also about quality. Sleep has to be enough and uninterrupted to make sure our body is able to cope with our stress levels through hormones. Cortisol, for instance, is one of the stress related hormones, and is secreted from our adrenal gland. The lowest concentration of this hormone should be around midnight, but if we are staying up late on a daily basis, this means we are releasing excessive amounts of cortisol to our bloodstream everyday and that will lead to chronic stress.
Having a proper full night of uninterrupted sleep is harder when we’re full of cortisol. We’re much more likely to wake up throughout the night, throwing our hormones out of whack. Make sure you follow a routine and do your best to go to bed at the same time each night, because this will help your circadian rhythm. Make sure you’re also practicing relaxation techniques every single day, especially if you are under a lot of stress. Those relaxation techniques will help you calm your nervous system.
This may not be the first time you’ve heard or read something about about environmental toxins and it won’t be the last. It is very important to pay attention to what you’re exposing yourself to, a lot of different products that we use are exposed to man-made chemicals like xenoestrogens on a regular basis. Those chemicals mimic or act like natural estrogen in the body, leading to many problems on a woman’s health thanks to an unnatural estrogen dominance.
These xenoestrogens are things like BPA, phthalates, parabens, pesticides and more. One simple way to avoid overexposure to some of these toxins is using glass recipients both for food storage or drinking water. Avoid plastic bottles! Try to choose well your beauty and menstrual products. Get them as natural and clean as possible.
Working out is very important to promote restful sleep and help you keep track of your weight and reduce stress levels, it will also boost your immune system and your mood. But remember to always keep the balance, vigorous exercises can also be unhealthy since they also add stress to the body, especially if you’re already dealing with any sort of health condition. The best thing to do is take a brisk walk every day.
Consume more veggies!
Cruciferous veggies like Broccoli, Kale and Brussel Sprouts are great for our hormonal balance thanks to a compound known as Indole-3-Carbinol which helps to remove excessive estrogen and estrogen metabolites from our body. They are awesome in the treatment of estrogen related cancers as well, so you want to add veggies to your diet.
Eat healthy fats
Do not be afraid of fats! Not only are they required in our organism, but they are the fundamental building blocks of our hormones. They’re great for:
Some yummy sources of healthy, saturated and monounsaturated fats are coconut, avocado, fish and extra virgin olive oil.
The coffee drinkers are probably cringing right now, but the truth is the truth. Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant and it can be really hard on our adrenal glands and cause sleep disruption. Try reducing your caffeine intake and substitute it for herbal teas.
Adaptogens are different types of foods and herbs that help our bodies to adapt and cope with stress, immune function and keep a healthy hormone ratio.
If you have never heard of maca, this is the time, it is smoothie greatness! Ashwagandha is also a healthy herb along with rhodiola, ginseng, and different kinds of mushrooms like lion’s mane, reishi and chaga… you should definitely explore the adaptogens and see what works best for you!