Hormones are a tricky, tricky thing. Whether we like it or not, they control so many functions in the body like our weight, digestion, mood, focus, energy, hair/skin/nails, sleep, and libido.
Our body needs certain nutrients to produce hormones correctly and stay in balance. If we do not eat foods that have these nutrients, our body cannot produce hormones correctly or maintain hormonal balance simply because it does not have the building blocks to do so. Whatever you are eating is either helping hormonal production, or causing unpredictable imbalances.
At the most basic level, we need to make sure we are detoxifying and eating nourishing foods daily to ensure the body stays in balance despite everything that is going on around us.
Five Steps to Balanced Hormones
1. Balance Your Blood Sugar
Consuming sugar, high carbohydrate meals, and caffeine sends our bodies and hormones on a roller coaster which causes major imbalances. The body needs certain building blocks to make hormones and brain chemicals. If you are constantly eating sugar, your body will constantly be in a state of hormonal chaos and not be producing hormones correctly.
Quit the sugar and bread and make eating three balanced meals a day a priority.
2. Support Your Detoxification Pathways
Between the toxic food, water and personal care products we consume daily, our liver needs some serious help. The liver circulates hormones to keep them balanced but if it is overloaded with everything else, your hormones will take the hit for it.
Signs of hormonal imbalances are a sign of a toxic burden within the body. The more detoxification you can do, the better your body will run. Eating organic food, filtered water, and using natural personal care products will do wonders.
3. Clean Up Your Environment and Stress
Most personal care and cleaning products cause major toxicity and imbalance in the body. Certain ingredients found in most products are also known endocrine disruptors- meaning they directly interfere with hormonal balance. Choose natural products when you can to save your body from the toxic burden.
We all know stress affects the body. You can be doing everything right, and if you are still stressed out about something- the body will still not come into balance. Daily stress relieving techniques and mind work may perhaps be the most important thing you can do for your hormones.
4. Eat a Non-inflammatory Diet
Eating a balanced diet that is full with clean proteins, healthy fats, antioxidant rich veggies and fruit, and avoiding foods that cause inflammation is crucial. Avoiding gluten, sugar, and dairy is life saving for your hormones.
Choose foods only from this list for three weeks and see your hormones change.
Healthy Fats: avocados, coconut products, olive oil, nuts and seeds, butter/ghee Vegetables: Tons of leafy greens and all vegetables
Protein: Organic grass fed buffalo, beef, elk, wild caught fish, pastured raised eggs. Free rage chicken and turkey. Beans and nuts if vegetarian.
Carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes, squashes, plantains, quinoa,
Spices: Turmeric, cinnamon, Cayenne, cumin
5. Supplement Wisely
There are many supplements that can help with balance, below are the basics that have an outstanding positive effect on hormones.
– Fish oil
– B Vitamins
– Greens Powder
– Vitamin D3
Source – http://www.curejoy.com