Male or female, proper hormone balance is essential to good health. So easily our hormones can become imbalanced, leading to a number of adverse effects. Some we may not even notice. Rather than take the pharmaceutical route, let’s review a few ways of balancing your hormones naturally.
Just to emphasize the importance of balancing your hormones naturally, ask yourself: What controls reproduction? Hormones. What makes kids grow? Hormones. Why is it easier for men to put on muscle than women? Hormones. What makes women gain weight during pregnancy? Hormones.
Pretty much everything in life has one or more hormones involved.
Before we go further though, what are hormones?
Hormones are made and secreted by various glands in our body and they are important chemical messengers that have a lot of control over our general health. Balancing your hormones naturally should always be a goal, keeping your oestrogen, testosterone, adrenaline, insulin and the likes, in check.
Our whole endocrine system works together to control our hormone levels and even if slightly imbalanced we can experience things such as:
1) Digestive issues
2) Hair loss or thinning hair
3) Low libido
4) Changes in appetite
5) Insomnia and fatigue
6) Anxiety and depression
7) Weight gain or loss without explanation
8) Infertility or irregular periods
9) Irritability or moodiness
Balancing your hormones naturally can be done in most cases once it has been determined that we are in a state of imbalance. There are things we can do to preventative this though, that not only make it easier for our endocrine glands to manage but improve our overall health.
Eat the right fats
Ok, yes, it may seem that we are always hearing about eating the right fats and staying away from too much saturated fats. We hear it so much, it’s like we are immune to the warnings. Why do we need to eat the right fats and what are they?
Most of the fat in our bodies is saturated fat. There is 3% that is made up of other fats. These are Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These are found in a 50/50 ratio. With the introduction of man-made fats like canola oil or soybean oil, our levels of Omega 3s have gone down while Omega 6s have risen incredibly high, causing illness in the general population.
Too many Omega 6 fatty acids increase inflammation in our bodies, increasing our risk of certain diseases like cancer. We need to conscientiously increase the foods we eat that contain the right Omega 3s that we need.
One great source of a natural fat that helps balance hormones naturally is coconut oil. Likely you have heard many praises sung about the health benefits of coconut oil and this example is no exception. It provides the building blocks for hormone production itself. Coconut oil is known to reduce inflammation and has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Coconut oil is the highest quality source of essential fats, beneficial to hormone health. The other places where you can get the proper healthy fats is in things such as avocados. Olive oil, pastured eggs, quality sea food, grass-fed meats and raw dairy, if you can handle it.
Eating the right fats and maintaining balance in your Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are two birds that can be conquered with one stone by staying away from things like canola oil, peanut oil, margarine or any other chemically altered oil.
Fix your gut
Have you heard of Leaky Gut Syndrome? It’s more than just a buzz name these days, it is a clinical name for a condition where undigested food particles ‘leak’ into your bloodstream, technically poisoning you. When this happens, we experience body-wide, disease causing inflammation.
Most people with Leaky Gut Syndrome have poor fauna in their gut and experience a deficiency of proper bacteria in their gut and digestive systems. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that improve our production and balancing of hormones such as insulin, ghrelin and leptin.
There are foods that go in like a lion and destroy our digestive systems, in turn increasing our likelihood of having Leaky Gut Syndrome. Processed foods, gluten, hydrogenated oils, synthetic or added sugars will all cause more harm than help.
On the other hand, including healthy foods such has fermented vegetables, high-fiber foods, bone broth, kefir, yogurt and even adding some digestive enzymes into your diet can help keep your gut happy and healthy, a great way of balancing your hormones naturally.
Take care of yourself
This all could be divided into different subtitles but the fact remains that it all falls under one big umbrella: Self-care.
Getting enough sleep, regular exercise, proper diet, reducing stress, eliminating toxins in as many aspects of life as possible all fall under the category of self-care. The one thing we usually forget to do for ourselves, despite taking care of everyone else.
Proper self-care is a sure-fire way to balance hormones naturally, in the best way possible. It is just by taking care of ourselves that we maintain our moods and sleep patterns, we maintain a healthy weight and good health. Taking care of yourself is like treating your body as if it is a temple. No garbage allowed. Respect only. Love.
Being sure we take care of ourselves is the first step to ensuring proper balance in our hormones, thus bettering our lives overall.
There are many things we could get into for this article that one should avoid but rather, this article was meant to direct you in a positive way to what you can do to balance your hormones naturally rather than what you shouldn’t do, or what to avoid.
Being sure you balance your Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids but choosing healthier fats, taking proper care of our gut health and then practicing self-care rigorously are three painless and easy steps to take for better hormone health. And if your hormone balance is healthy, so are you!
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