How to balance your hormones naturally?

How to balance your hormones naturally?

Midway through writing this, I went out for nachos.

It surprised my husband because we just had a big dinner. Then he looked at the calendar and went, “Oh, it’s near that time of the month.”

Hormones. They are the culprits; chemicals in our bodies that control our body functions like moods, cravings, metabolism, hunger, reproduction and even our growth.

When we had our growth spurts in our youth, remember that acne, lousy mood, and insane sweating?

Hormonal imbalance is a natural body process at certain points in our lives – puberty, pregnancy, menopausal, monthly menstruation.

Warning signs of hormonal imbalance are dry skin or oily skin (thus the acne), dry or brittle hair, food cravings, fatigue, mood swings, and weight gain.

The doctor may prescribe pills to help balance hormones, but these are chemicals that may adversely affect us, plus they cost a lot.

There are more natural ways of combatting hormonal imbalance, and they will be organic, and thus safe. It may just take some extra effort and a lot of determination on our part, but it will greatly improve the way we look and feel.

Tips to balance hormones naturally:

Eat healthy

  • Load up on healthy fats. Choose coconut oil, olive oil, or butter over canola oil, margarine or shortening. Eat fish because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Actively add best foods to help balance hormones in your diet. These foods are avocado, maca root, walnuts, almonds, sweet bell peppers, and tomatoes. We may cook them or toss them in a salad.
  • Juice up the greens – broccoli, spinach, kale can go well with other leafy vegetables and fruits, and make a green smoothie. It is a healthy but delicious way to get those greens and anti-oxidants.
  • Eat protein. Superfoods which are rich in protein are pasture-raised egg yolks and wild-caught salmon. Our bodies do not produce protein on its own, so we need to consume it to get it into our system. Enough protein will give us healthy muscles, bone and skin.
  • Eat enough. Don’t overeat, and don’t eat too little. Keep the meal balanced by having protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats in it.

Drink healthy

  • Water up. There is nothing like water to hydrate the body and wash out toxins. Don’t drink a lot in one go; drink a glass as often as we can and reach the target of 2 liters in a day.
  • Lesser caffeine. Coffee can affect our heart, trigger gout, and cause insomnia.
  • Abhor sugary drinks, like soda. Liquid sugar is the worst kind of sugar and can cause obesity and diabetes.
  • More on green tea. Go as organic as possible. Green tea has anti-oxidants which fight off the bad cells in our body.

Exercise regularly

  • We can go to the gym where a professional can help balance different kinds of exercises, or even just a regular walk or jog regime will improve those hormone levels.
  • If we are a bit advanced in age, we can try the slower approach of yoga or meditation.

Sleep regularly

  • Our body and brain need 7-8 hours of uninterrupted, good quality sleep during night time.
  • Splurge on comfortable mattresses and beddings; they are the best rewards we can give our tired body after a long day.
  • Growth hormones work during sleep at night so if we want our teenagers to grow taller, confiscates the gadgets at 9 P.M.

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Get vitamin D from the sun, plus the fresh air will be good for our lungs.
  • Enjoy a swim, play football or even just a Frisbee.
  • Go for a walk or a drive through scenic mountains or beach sides. Stop and smell the roses.

Eliminate stress

  • Our body is made beautifully, with stress hormones, known as Cortisol, which helps our body cope with stress.
  • Ever heard the term ‘adrenaline rush’? Adrenaline is actually our ‘fight or flight’ hormone that provides our body with energy to respond to emergencies or warnings.
  • Stress raises the cortisol level causing imbalance, and thus, excessive food intake. That is why call it ‘stress eating.’
  • Eliminate stress by conditioning the mind not to panic, not to worry, to slow down; we can listen to relaxing music or go for a message.

Hormonal imbalance is not an issue with women alone, although I have to say we are the most plagued by it – at puberty, monthly, during pregnancy and through menopausal.

Teenagers can also go through bad patches of hormonal imbalance, and we have to support our children who are having a hard time with acne, excessive food intake, and mood swings.

They, too, have to understand that what they are going through is normal and it is just a phase that will soon pass.

Hormones affect all aspects of our health and our life. It affects us literally from the cradle to the grave.

We need to keep the hormones healthy and balanced, not only during certain times of the month but as a healthy lifestyle altogether.

Eating healthy at certain times is just a Band-Aid cure. What we need is to eat healthy all throughout our lifetime.

We have to teach even our children to love vegetables; there are fun ways of making them eat it. Keeping them active in sports while young can lead to a healthier lifestyle even as adults.

When we start them young, it will just be another part of their life without much adjustment needed.

When a person is used to drinking soda at a young age throughout adulthood, it will be much difficult to have him stop. But if he never started in the first place, then there would not be an issue.

Healthy living means a healthy diet, active lifestyle, less stress.

The healthy life means healthy, balanced hormones. Balanced hormones mean healthier bodies, younger-looking skin, and better mood all the time.

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