Knowing the ways to balance your hormones is vital in living a day full of mental peace and physical well being. Hormones play such a key role in how we operate. It affects our skin, sleep patterns, weight, reproductive health, our mood and energy levels. Here are just a few ways to balance your hormones naturally!
1. Sleep More
Sleep is when the body repairs itself and one of the best ways to balance your hormones.Without adequate sleep, our bodies begin to shut down and everyday functioning becomes a challenge! All sources recommend 7-9 hours of sleep a night for the average adult. Less than that can create many issues- including disrupting our endocrine system!
2. Stress Less
When stress levels spike, our body doesn't know how to respond because we are not activity engaging ourselves to relax in response to an increased heart rate and adrenaline. So, a hormone called cortisol is secreted by the adrenal gland in excess. A perpetual state of stress, even minimal, is chronic stress. According to an article by Elizabeth Scott, M.D. on About.com, the excess cortisol over time can cause high blood pressure, a thyroid imbalance, bone density loss, hyperglycemia, weight gain, etc. Learn how to cope with stress, perhaps by breathing techniques or a mantra, to allow your body to relax quickly after a stressful moment!
Regular exercise, light to moderate, allows the body to expend energy but not too much. This also aids in better, more restful sleep at night. Make sure not to overdue it on the activity level because, according to Wellness Mama, it can actually cause more aggravation of a hormone imbalance, at least initially. So, stick to light to moderate workouts to balance those hormones!
4. Healthy Diet
When dealing with a hormone imbalance, it's best to stick to clean eating to avoid toxic build up which can reek havoc on the endocrine system. Natural fats are essential, like avocado and coconut oil. Eat whole, raw foods as much as possible. Especially foods that are dense in vitamins and minerals like leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and blueberries. It's always best to access your essential nutrients from whole foods rather than supplements!
5. Less Caffeine
I am a coffee addict so this one is hard for me! It's true however, caffeine is a stimulant, which overproduces hormones into our systems. So, cut back on your caffeine intake as much as possible!
6. More Vitamin D
Living in the northwest where we see sun only 2-3 months out of the year, myself and others in the area seriously lack vitamin D, which is required for B12 absorption. This plays a huge impact on hormone and thus energy levels! If you can't enjoy the sunshine naturally, make sure to take a vitamin D and B12 supplement when needed!
7. Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
Our body requires a certain amount of vitamins and minerals from food to function properly. When there's a deficiency, it manifests in various ways related to hormone imbalances. Taking a multivitamin is not a substitute for whole food nutrition, but it does help in giving your body what it needs.
These are just some of the ways to balance our hormones naturally! The natural route is best for prolonged health if you're not dealing with severe medical issues. And in reality, our lives would be better doing these things anyway! Do you have any experience with different techniques used to balance your hormones naturally?