Hormonal changes affect everyone from birth to death, yet we seem to have a very negative association with that word.
For women, the most pronounced changes come in their 40s and 50s, but can been seen as early as their mid-30s. Many more women are having symptoms earlier, which has a lot to do with not only our lifestyle and diet, but also the pollution, toxins and xenoestrogens (synthetic chemicals that act as estrogen in our bodies) that we’re exposed to every day.
Some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances are:
Persistent weight gain
Belly fat and loss of muscle mass
Anxiety, irritability and depression
PMS symptoms: cravings, depression, irritability, breast tenderness
When they get out of whack, they can scream for attention. And that’s the time to consider balancing your hormones – naturally – to get things back in line.
Hormones control your metabolism to your digestive function .Hormones even allow you to grow from a baby to an adult.
Increase Your Fiber From Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
A low-fiber diet can contribute to hormone imbalances. Fiber matters because we need it to keep our gut healthy by sweeping away toxins and debris from the digestive tract.
Since many hormones are produced in your digestive tract, a healthy gut can help maintain proper communication between your hormones, especially when it comes to regulating your appetite and energy balance
Enjoy a Daily Dose of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is regarded by many natural living enthusiasts and professionals as fat that a person can eat. Among the benefits of virgin coconut oil is the ability to balance thyroid function by promoting the conversion of cholesterol into pregnenolone, one of the building blocks our bodies use to produce hormones. As if that weren’t enough, coconut oil also contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT), a special form of fat that helps our bodies to maintain healthy weight by increasing metabolism and energy levels. More energy means a stronger body and increased ability to perform day-to-day tasks, leaving more free time for fun activities, relaxation, and sleep – three things that can have a huge positive impact on overall happiness and well-being.
Limit Alcohol & Caffeine Intake
Too much caffeine acts just like too little sleep. It ramps up the system, increases heart rate, improves alertness, and changes the way the brain uses hormones. Too much alcohol adds to estrogen dominance, limits the functioning of the pancreas, and lowers testosterone levels.
It lowers stress hormones, boosts your energy, builds bone mass, and increases immunity. Choose an activity that you like (walking, dancing, yoga, tennis) and do it several times a week.
Balance Blood Sugar Levels
Now that you understand how the hormone insulin regulates your blood sugar and communicates with other hormones, you can see how balancing blood sugar through your diet is essential for hormone balance.
Since white sugar is the worst blood sugar disruptor, avoiding it by eliminating processed foods – and replacing it with natural sweeteners wherever possible – is the first step to balancing your blood sugar.
You can further promote blood sugar balance through your diet by adding protein or a healthy fat at every meal.