Balancing hormones can be a challenge, especially if you want to do it naturally. Hormones are our bodies’ chemical messengers; they travel in our bloodstream to tissues and organs. Few people realize how important it is to regulate hormones and even fewer are aware these have the power to affect everything from mood, to weight, to PMS and menstrual troubles. Want to learn how to balance hormones naturally? Keep reading!
Eat Real Food
Keep a 50:50 balance between Omega-3 fats and Omega-6 fats. Omega-6 can be found in vegetable oils while Omega-3 fatty acids are common in salmon or avocado. Instead of over consuming Omega-6 and under consuming Omega-3, find a balance that will help your cells function properly since these are the building block for hormone production.
What to do? Consume coconut oil (amazing for hormone health), real butter, olive oil and animal fats from healthy sources!
Avoid Harmful Chemicals
Pesticides, plastics, household cleaners, and even mattresses can contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones from the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Crazy right? Beauty products, such as deodorants, can be another source of chemical exposure
What to do? Cook in glass or non-coated metal pans (no non-stick or Teflon) and avoid heating or storing food in plastic containers. Make simple switches on your every day beauty products, such as creating your own homemade deodorant, lotions and make up.
Rule of thumb: Without adequate sleep, hormones will not be in balance. Period. When you are sleeping, your body is recharging the mind and thus creating hormones. A night of missed or shortened sleep can create the hormone levels of a pre-diabetic.
What to do? If you are having trouble sleeping, try improving your sleep environment, eating a high protein/high fat snack a few hours before bed, taking a soothing salt bath, praying or meditating and avoiding artificial light.
Certain supplements are especially helpful for hormone balance. Maca, a hormone-boosting tuber, reduces PMS. Similarly, natural progesterone cream has been used to reduce PMS and menstrual troubles, especially for those with short cycles.
Exercise The Right Way
Yes, exercise is the answer to all of our problems. While you might think that intense extended exercise is beneficial, if you need to regulate your hormones, a relaxing exercise such as walking or swimming can be much more useful. Is walking not enough of an exercise for you? Not to worry! Short bursts of heavy lifting, such as kettlebells, deadlifts, squats and lunges can trigger a cascade of beneficial hormone reaction.
This post was written by Tania Green, CEO and Founder of PMS Bites.
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