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Having unbalanced hormones seems to be more and more common these days. Unfortunately, though, many conventional ways of dealing with unbalanced hormones focus more on treating the symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of what is creating the unbalance in the first place.
The Holistic Plan for Balanced Hormones
The key to balancing hormones is to treat your body holistically by supporting the health of the whole person.
There are so many factors that can affect the balance of hormones in your body including:
- Liver Function
- Thyroid health
- Stress levels
- Exposure to pesticides and chemicals
- Etc, etc!
If any one of these areas is suffering, it can have a negative effect on the balance of your hormone levels. And because hormones have such an important role in the body, having unbalanced hormones can have a negative effect on the health of any of the body’s systems too, creating a vicious circle.
How to Balance Hormones Naturally
These are some simple and natural steps to take to help to balance hormones in a holistic way:
1) Eating a Healthy, hormone-supporting diet
Diet is really important for balanced hormones, with a focus on eating natural, real foods with a good balance of carbs, proteins, and healthy fats and avoiding any foods that could disrupt hormonal balance.
That means not restricting any of the three macronutrients by going low-fat or low-carb, etc. and eating traditional fats like butter and coconut oil rather than hydrogenated fats or heavily processed fats like margarine since those can cause inflammation and affect hormone balance.
2) Avoiding chemicals
It’s also important to reduce exposure to chemicals like those found in cleaning products, beauty products, pesticides, plastics, etc.
Rather than buying regular store-bought lotion, for example, that might have hormone-disrupting ingredients in it, coconut oil can work well as a simple and natural moisturizer instead. Eating organic food is another good way to reduce chemical pesticide exposure, and by storing food in glass containers rather than plastic ones you can further reduce your exposure.
3) Healthy, gentle detox
If the liver and digestive system aren’t functioning as well as they should, hormones such as estrogen which should have been excreted from the body can end up recirculating, creating an excess and causing an imbalance.
Eating a healthy, real-food diet is one way to support the liver and digestive system, but it’s also equally important to manage stress and get adequate sleep in order for our bodies to be able to detox.
4) Managing stress
Stress is hard on our bodies, but it’s especially hard on our hormones. Stress causes an increase in inflammatory cortisol, and having a cortisol level that is chronically too high (as is the case with many of us these days!) can cause an even further imbalance of other hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.
It’s easier said than done, but learning to manage stress is one of the best ways to help bring hormones back into balance. One of the ways that I’m working on reducing stress is by taking a little bit of time every day to do something relaxing, like reading a book for half an hour, or playing the piano, or taking a walk outside. Anything that’s enjoyable and relaxing is a good thing!
5) Sleeping more
I’ve really been focusing lately on making rest a priority so that my body has the time it needs to focus on repair and re-balancing hormones. This is one area I definitely still need to work on, but it’s probably the most important one in my opinion! Getting enough sleep can help all of the body’s systems to work more effectively, making it much easier for our bodies to regain a normal hormonal balance.
Lately, I’ve been trying to go to bed earlier at night so that I can get between 8 and 9 hours of sleep. It doesn’t always happen, and I know that might not be realistic for everyone, but making that my goal has helped me to get more sleep overall than I used to.
For more information about how to balance hormones naturally the book Quit PMS is a great resource for learning how to restore the proper balance to your hormones in a way that will work holistically with your whole body.
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The information in this post is not to be taken as medical advice and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease.