Hormones are the regulatory chemical compounds secreted by various glands and organs, including your adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, and ovaries. The entire endocrine system works together to regulate the level of hormones that flow throughout your body, and if one or more is even slightly imbalanced, it can cause significant health problems.
Signs of Hormonal Imbalance:
Low Sex Drive
Conventional therapy to balance hormones usually include synthetic birth control pills, insulin injections, thyroid medications, hormone replacement therapies and more. Unfortunately, for many individuals suffering from hormonal imbalances, relying on such synthetic treatments often does three things:
1.) It makes people dependent on taking prescription medications for the rest of their lives in order to keep symptoms under control.
2.) Most therapies just mask the particular symptoms but don’t treat the underlying cause, which means that the patient can continue to develop disorders in other areas of the body while the disease progresses.
3.) Certain medications cause a higher risk for serious side effects such as osteoporosis, anxiety, stroke, cancer, reproductive problems and more.
The good news is there are good ways to balance your hormones naturally.
5 Ways To Balance Hormones Naturally
Limit the Caffeine
We all love coffee, but the truth is that too much caffeine intake can wreak havoc on the hormonal system, especially if there are other hormone stressors involved, like the presence of toxins, pregnancy, stress or fat imbalance.
Cut down the coffee or replace with beneficial herbal teas (e.g., green tea, ginger tea, etc.). If you will not cut the coffee, add one tablespoon coconut oil to each cup to sneak in your beneficial fats.
Avoid Harmful Chemicals
Toxic chemicals found in plastics, household cleaners, pesticides and even mattresses can contain hormone disrupting compounds that keep the body from producing protective hormones. Things like hormonal birth control pills can (obviously) do the same thing.
For those who are struggling to get pregnant or suffering from a hormone imbalance, avoiding these toxic chemicals is very important! Cook in non-coated metal pans (no non-stick or teflon) or glass utensils and avoid storing foods in plastic containers. Find organic fruits, vegetables, and meat and don’t use chemical pesticides or cleaners.
Exercise The Right Way
For those with hormonal imbalance, intense extended exercises and workouts can actually make the problem worse. Focus on relaxing exercises like walking, yoga and swimming and avoid the extended cardio that tends to put the body in stress. Consider doing rebounding exercise, which is great gentle activity and has additional health benefits.
While intense cardio can be bad, short bursts of heavy lifting ( deadlifts, squats, lunges, kettlebells) can potentially help since they trigger a cascade of useful hormone reactions. Aim for a few sets (3-5) at a weight that challenges you, but make sure to get help from a professional trainer and consult your health care provider.
Support Digestive Health
The digestive system has much more of an impact on circulating hormones than many of us realize. Not only is the stomach and intestines the source of many essential neurotransmitters in the body, but an imbalance in the intestine can result in an imbalance in hormones and neurotransmitters. Serotonin, an essential neurotransmitter for stress balance and sleep is more concentrated in the GUT than in the brain! 75% of the immune system is in the gut and is literally the mother of several important functions in the body. Even the health of the thyroid has been linked to gut health. Eating foods high in probiotics is one of the key components to improving your gut health.
Fix Your Leptin
Leptin is a key hormone made by fat cells that help to regulate energy balance by inhibiting hunger. If you are resistant to it or if it is out of balance, no other hormones will balance well. One way to fix leptin is cutting carbs. Fixing leptin will also make weight loss easier, help boost fertility, lower inflammation and improve sleep.
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