Do you experience frequent fatigue? Unexplainable weight gain, anxiety, low sex drive or mood swings? All of these symptoms could be signs of a hormonal imbalance.
Hormones are chemicals in the body that flow through your bloodstream and tell you organs what to do. They’re essential to our overall health, as they regulate the following bodily processes: digestion, menstruation, reproduction, metabolism and growth. Too much or too little of certain hormones can disrupt these bodily processes and induce a slew of symptoms like the ones we discussed above. Ignoring hormonal imbalances and allowing the symptoms to carry on can lead to serious, chronic illnesses down the line. Luckily, there are simple lifestyle changes you can adopt to balance your hormones naturally.
1.Get More Sleep
One of the simplest ways to balance your hormones naturally is to get a good night’s sleep. Power down your electronics and flip the television off when you settle into bed. Exposure to artificial light and blue light can trick your body into mixing up daytime and nighttime. Your body could mistakenly suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep. Try taking a relaxing bath, get in bed before 10pm and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep.
2. Limit Your Stress
This one may seem obvious, but stress less. Stress can increase levels of cortisol and adrenaline, the stress hormones in your body. A surplus of these two hormones can inhibit your digestive functions, growth and immune system, leading to weight gain, mood swings and much more. So how can you balance these hormones naturally? Find fun and simple ways to de-stress like listening to music, embarking on nature walks, practicing yoga and meditating.
3. Exercise Regularly
It should come as no surprise that regular exercise can play a role in naturally balancing your hormones. Physical activity can increase your insulin function and growth hormone production, which keeps you lean and energetic. Practice exercises like jogging, walking, biking and yoga.
4. Eat Healthy
Balance hormones naturally by tweaking your diet. Switch out carbs for healthy fats like coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, salmon and flax seed. Healthy fats can not only regulate hormone production, but they can also boost your metabolism and promote digestion and weight loss. It’s also important to incorporate fiber into your diet. A healthy supply regulates the hormone responsible for managing your blood sugar: insulin.
5. Drink Healthy
Avoid sugary drinks. Too much of a sweet thing can increase insulin levels and cortisol, hormones that could lead to diabetes, weight gain and reproductive issues. Opt instead for healthier beverages like mineral water, coconut water, green tea and lemon water.
It’s All About Balance
Your hormones function in a delicate balance, and sometimes the tiniest of life changes can send them into a tizzy. You experience the resulting imbalances through symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, mood swings and much more. Fortunately there are many ways to balance your hormones naturally that include mild diet and lifestyle changes. With the tips we discussed above, you’ll have your hormones back on track in no time!
Dr. Lorraine Maita is a recognized and award-winning holistic, functional, and anti-aging physician and author. She transforms people’s lives by getting to the root cause of illness using the best of science and nature. Her approach is personalized, precision medicine where you are treated as the unique individual you are. If you’re ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier life, schedule your visit today!