Hormones are like couriers that send chemical messages throughout the body, sparking important signals that enable various processes throughout the body and influencing almost every aspect of our mental and physical well-being. Are you experiencing raging adult acne, horrible periods, dry skin, uncontrollable mood swings, persistent weight-gain, or the inability to lose weight no matter what you do? Or perhaps your period stopped all together and your sex drive has become that of your grandmother’s? I have to tell you, you are not crazy, old, nor are you broken. If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, please read on. There is a way out. I will share with you with five of the best ways to balance your hormones naturally and regain your sanity, your sex life, and your waistline.
Why are hormones important?
Hormones are extremely important and are responsible for regulating most major bodily processes, so when they are out of balance it can affect us in a multitude of way such as:
difficulty regulating body temperature
weight gain around the mid-section
What causes hormonal imbalances?
If you are human than you’ve experienced hormonal imbalances at various stages of your life. We think about the big ones such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, but we give little thought to what comes between, or the reasons they get out of balance in the first place. Numerous offenders contribute to our hormonal imbalances including:
Viruses or parasites
Ok, so you’ve read this far and I know you are dying to know the key strategies to balance your hormones and find relief RIGHT?? Okay! Here we go.
Five ways to balance your hormones naturally
I will not tell you that all hormonal imbalances can all be treated on your own, because that would not be true. While you can do a lot, there are times when you should seek support from an integrative doctor, or an alternative medicine expert. That being said, you have the ability to make massive changes staring with what you eat. These five strategies can provide an amazing starting point.
1.Remove inflammatory foods
As a Health Coach, and a believer that food really is medicine, I approach almost every client’s problems initially through dietary changes. Eliminating (at least for awhile) know inflammatory foods such as refined sugar, gluten and dairy first, is always the starting point. Replacing low nutrient, highly processed foods with high quality vegetables, fruits, protein, and fats will help to eliminate cravings, and keep hunger at bay. Is it EASY? Honestly…no, but if you are tired of the symptoms and tired feeling like crap, it’s really not that bad. Think of it in terms of the 4-6 weeks within the rest of your life. Focus on how amazing you’ll feel when you’ve done the work and celebrating the wins will be crucial for your success.
2. Balance blood sugar
One of the biggest contributor to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease is due to insulin resistance. When we constantly feed our bodies with sugary, carbohydrate dense foods without adequate physical activity our cells get overloaded and as a result our body can no longer process insulin properly. Ensuring you add in fat, fiber and protein with each meal will help to eliminate large insulin spikes throughout the day. In no time you’ll be able to say goodbye to your former “hangry” self.
3. introduce adaptogenic herbs
Adaptogens are herbs and plant medicines that have been used for thousands of years throughout the world. They help your body handle everyday stress, and can be a great way to balance your hormones naturally. In today’s life we are surrounded by stress. Whether it be during your commute to work, an overbearing boss, or trying to juggle being a working mom/uber driver/chef/wife/house cleaner (you get my drift), we all face daily stress. Being in this state day in and day out causes our body to go into a sympathetic state, aka “fight or flight”. Not only does this cause our digestive system to crap out, it increases the hormone cortisol, which is a major contributing factor to that excess tummy fat that won’t go away no matter what you do. Ashwagandha is my #1 favorite adaptogen and is something I take daily. Some other great ones are rhodiola and holy basil.
4. Drink way more h20 than you are right now
I know you know that you should drink more water, but you still aren’t doing it. Here’s why you need to make it a priority and get used to taking many more pee breaks than you are right now. We need water to flush out excess toxins that build up in the body from everyday, modern life. We also need it to flush out excess hormones that if not eliminated, can re-circulate back into the blood stream. YIKES!
Add in fresh lemon, mint or fresh fruit to make it easier if you struggle with plain old water. As a goal you should be striving to consume 3-4 liters per day, or 1 gallon for the American folks.
5. get tested
If you’ve implemented all of these key strategies and really given it time and your full effort and are still not feeling 100%, perhaps it’s time to go get tested. I personally get a full blood panel done every six months, and a DUTCH test every 1-2 years. I love the DUTCH test for it’s comprehensive assessment of hormone levels. There are some traditional doctors that have not yet bought into notion of an integrative approach and I have heard from many women who have experienced resistance from their GP when they asked for additional testing. This is where you need to stand in your power and be your own advocate. If they refuse, look for another doctor.
We are all different, so not all of these methods may work for you, but they did for me and I wanted to share.
I wish you the best of luck on your hormone balancing journey and if I can support you on a deeper level through my 1:1 coaching program I would love to hear from you. Click here to book your free call.