Top 7 Hormone Balancing Tips
When you talk of good health, hormones and gut bacteria have a bigger role to play than what most people realize. The reality is that the two factors can destroy health even if proper diet and supplementation are followed.
In order to boost health you need to fix hormones and gut bacteria! If you happen to have the following symptoms then there are chances that you have hormone imbalance:
- Skin issues
- Trouble sleeping
- Always sleeping
- Weight gain
- Weight around the middle
- Infertility or PCOS
What exactly are hormones?
We always discuss hormones on our blog but have never explained what it means! So, here we go.
Hormones are the chemical messengers of the body. They travel through the blood to various tissues and organs. The take part in the following processes:
- Growth and development
- Sexual function and reproduction
These hormones are secreted by the endocrine glands and the major ones are pituitary, thymus, pineal, thyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas. Men produce hormones in the testes and women in the ovaries.
For hormone production you need good fats and cholesterol. This means that a lack of both can cause hormonal problems just because the body doesn’t have the material to make them.
The endocrine system is a complex one and difficult to completely understand. However, there are some basic things that you can do to boost the body’s ability to secrete and balance the hormones.
1) Avoid high amounts of Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fats
Our body is just not made to consume the man made fats (omega-6 polyunsaturated fats) in vegetable oils. So avoid eating fats like margarine that have been chemically altered. Stop using vegetable oil, canola and soybean oil. Instead settle for fats like coconut oil, butter, olive oil and get healthy fats from healthy sources like omega 3 fatty acids from fish.
2) Reduce caffeine
There are many coffee lovers in this world but the bitter truth is that excess of caffeine can wreak havoc on your endocrine system, especially if there are other hormone stressors such as pregnancy, toxins, stress or imbalance of healthy fat. Cut down the number of cups of coffee you can take. Replace them with herbal teas. They are beneficial to health!
3) Stay away from toxins
Toxins are present everywhere in pesticides, household chemicals, plastics, and even in the mattress you sleep on! They can contain chemicals that disrupt hormones. The chemicals mimic hormones and don’t let the body secrete real hormones.
If you have an hormonal imbalance or are unable to conceive, it is important to get rid of toxins. And It is not very difficult to do so, just start using non-coated metal pans( bye bye to Teflon!). Try buying organic produce as well as meat. Stop using chemical cleaners.
Sleep is of utmost importance. If you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, your hormones will not be balanced.
Sleeping well can single handedly improve hormones and provide you with a longevity, less chances of falling sick and help maintaining your weight.
5) Ensure doing light exercises
If you happen to have a hormonal imbalance, intense exercising can make matters worse. Sleep is most important especially in the balancing phase, so focus on relaxing exercises such as walking/ swimming and don’t go in for extended running and cardio.
6) Try lifting weights
Cardio can be bad for you but short bursts of lifting weights can be beneficial for you as it triggers a series of hormonal reactions. But your form should be right and you should be under proper guidance.
7) Include coconut oil in your diet
Coconut oil is the new extra virgin olive oil. It is also great for hormonal health. It has healthy fats that are the vital building block for hormone production. It can assist weight loss, help reduce inflammation. It even has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Hope you found this post useful!
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