Lately the topic of balancing hormones has been coming up a lot.
Hormones, such as estrogen and insulin, are chemical messengers that affect many aspects of your health as they travel in your bloodstream throughout your entire body.
If you suspect you have a hormone inbalance that needs help to treat, I recommend getting yourself tested. You can order test without a doctor
here or you can also join the canary club and order discounted test. I use canary club. I highly recommend checking your cortisol levels as well as the other hormones because it has a huge impact on your hormones.
Some things you can do right away are . . .
Check for Hormones in your environment or food. Do a check list to make sure your home products aren’t the culprit. Check your:
- body & hair products
- cleaning products
- non organic food
- get off birth control!
If these products have anything that you don’t know what the ingredients are toss them! I encourage you to make your own using high quality essential oils. Here are the directions how to sign up for a wholesale essential oils from a therapeutic grade company that I use.
Eating organic foods can have a huge impact on your health of hormones because you know your not ingesting Pesticides that cause all sorts of disease. If you havent already… Go Organic!!!
Eating a variety of foods high in short-, medium- and long-chain fatty acids is key to keeping your hormones in check. Not only are these essential fats fundamental building blocks for hormone production, but they boost your immune system and promote weight loss.
My four favorite foods packed with healthy fats include: coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter and wild-caught salmon. I eat these daily!
Exercising opens the hormone faucet to release the right amount of hormones that your body NEEDS!
Whether endorphins, testosterone, growth hormone or insulin, exercise helps reduce stress levels, enhance your immune system, regulate metabolic function and keep you at the body weight your body was designed for.
Breathe deeply. Doing fifteen minutes of deep belly breathing twice daily has been shown in several clinical trials to decrease hot flashes and night sweats as well as improve a woman’s sense of well-being. In addition, I encourage women (and men) to learn a mind-quieting technique such as Meditation, which helps decrease stress hormones and allows the body to function more efficiently.
Get your Sleep! To maximize hormone function, get to bed by 10 p.m. Endocrinologists (hormone experts) claim that one hour of sleep between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. is equal to two hours of sleep before or after these time slots!
So many women I talk to are afraid to try herbal remedies because they’re uncertain about safety. They think that because a pharmaceutical drug has been studied in a laboratory, regulated by the FDA and prescribed by a doctor, it has to be safe. But the truth is that conventional medicine is responsible for 255,000 deaths per year in the United States, and almost half of those are from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
Herbs are Phytotherapy — the use of medicinal plants to heal and restore balance — is an age-old tradition that is slowly gaining more interest in the United States. And in my opinion, it’s been a long time coming. Plants hold truly amazing healing properties and some of the most exciting research is being done around how plants can act to naturally balance hormones. As we learn more about the underlying mechanisms of phytotherapy, science has been able to increase its effectiveness, while maintaining the gentle side effect profile herbal remedies are known for.
Here are some of the plants that have been widely used for balancing hormones.
- Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) a plant native to Eastern North America, has been used by women all over the world for generations to help with hormonal balance. It is thought to act as a functional mimetic, primarily by binding to opioid receptors in the brain to affect tissues in the body.
- Red clover is rich in phytoestrogens including lignans, coumestans, and isoflavones.Isoflavones can weakly bind to estrogen receptors in the body. This makes red clover a helpful herb for menopausal symptoms.
- Chastetree (Vitex agnus-castus) has active molecules that may affect our neurotransmitters, particularly dopamine, which acts in the brain and other parts of the body. Recent studies are showing that properties of this herb may mimic the soothing actions of progesterone.
- Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) is a member of the pea family and is native to Asia. Much like red clover, it contains phytochemicals that function in a protective fashion. These include five major isoflavanoids that can bind weakly to estrogen receptors, quieting the body’s need for estrogen during times of hormonal imbalance.
- Passionflower has strong Native American roots and contains natural monamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s), which are known to have antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties.
- Ashwagandha is an herb with aphrodisiac and mood-stabilizing properties. This Ayurvedic herb can act in an adaptogenic fashion when androgen levels are low, activating the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis to increase the production of androgens.
- Wild yam is native to North America and has been used for both menopause and menstrual-related symptoms. Research suggests that it acts as a functional mimetic of progesterone.
- Damiana Damiana also helps to balance female hormone levels and control hot flushes and is the ultimate feel good herb.
- Dong Quai the “female ginseng” , It is used primarily for women’s reproductive health, in particular for regulating the menstrual cycle, for PMS and for menopausal symptoms, Balancing effect on estrogen levels to lift mood and stimulate central nervous system,Blood purifier and helping circulation and High in iron and can prevent anaemia
- Essential Oils to Balance Hormones include Clary Sage, Geranium, Balance Blend,Thyme, Sandalwood & Rose. Rub one of these under your inner ankle.
- sheep placenta to promote general health for thousands of years, the unique benefits of sheep placenta contains numerous sources of nutrients, growth factors that aims to stimulate the body’s anti aging and cell rejuvenation processes. placenta stem cell capsules are capable of increasing and stimulating of the rejuvenation of cells, tissues and organs, to regulate the hormone levels in the immune system and attempts to compensate for this drawback, by improving the immune system at the cellular scale the root of the hormonal imbalance is resolved.
I recommend starting out with a committed excercise routine, clean food, cleaning & bath products and then trying one way to improve your hormone balance at a time to keep track of exactly what works for you. Remember stress is huge too! So think about how your response is to stressful events and remember to breathe!
These are just a few of many great suggestions to help get your hormones balanced but as I have said before, everyone is different! If you would like more help or have questions, feel free to ask me or email me at email@example.com.