8 Ways to Balance Your Hormones Naturally
Balancing your hormones can be a tricky thing, so it’s always a good idea to make sure your doctor is monitoring your health while you take a natural approach to an optimal hormone state. Hiring a professional who is trained and certified in Integrative Nutrition and Women's Health & Wellness to offer guidance and accountability is a great choice, too!
I’m personally not an advocate for synthetic hormones. They may have benefits, but the negative affects to the body, specifically the gut lining and microbiome is, in my opinion, not worth risking your health over.
To start, I want to make an important point.
The foods we eat have a great impact on hormone balance.
Hormones are made from the amino acids that come from protein and from fatty acids that come from fats. Using high quality sources of proteins and super healthy fats will go a long way in supporting your body in creating better quality hormones.
1. Balance Your Hormones with a High Quality Diet
♥ Healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, wild-caught salmon, almonds, chia seeds, and grass-fed ghee are a few great examples of foods to consume regularly for hormone balance.
♥ Clean protein is essential, too. You can consume foods such as organic chicken, organic beans or lentils, grass-fed beef, and pastured eggs.
♥ Consuming organic fruits provides plenty of antioxidants and nutrients that are essential for hormone balance. Just be careful not to over-indulge in this area, as fruit is high in sugar and the body will tend to store that sugar as fat, regardless of the source it comes from, unless you are incredibly active all day long. Good fruits to enjoy are the lower glycemic options such as berries, cherries, pomegranate, açaí, apples, grapefruit, cantaloupe, pears, figs, and apricots.
♥ Organic vegetables are your best friend when it comes to hormone balance! Why? Because they help support and cleanse the liver which is directly responsible for eliminating excess estrogen. This is a good thing because having too much estrogen, or being estrogen dominant, is a recipe for hormonal cancers. Not something you want to have to worry about! Good veggies to reach for are dark, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, beets, squash, pumpkin, and carrots.
Many people think white potatoes and sweet potatoes are the enemy, but they are actually quite beneficial and nourishing to the body…especially if you eat the skin!
♥ Stick with gluten-free grains such as buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, and brown rice.
♥ Sea vegetables are a great source of natural iodine, which is nourishing to the thyroid gland. Good sources are wakame, nori, dulse, arame, and seaweed salad.
2. Balance Your Hormones by Improving Your Gut Health
These dietary practices can help improve gut health:
- Consume fermented and probiotic-rich foods daily
- Limit sugar from all sources to 24g or less per day
- Increase the amount of fiber you consume…ahem…I mentioned organic vegetables above…
- Stop eating gluten
- Consume a high quality source of bone broth on a regular basis
- Reduce stress as much as possible
- Avoid synthetic drugs or medications (if possible), including Motrin
3. Balance Your Hormones by Reducing EMF Exposure
I realize it’s pretty damn impossible to eliminate all EMF exposure in today’s world of technology, however, there are certain things you can do to help reduce your exposure. This is important because the thyroid gland is particularly sensitive to EMFs. Additionally, the thyroid affects almost every cell in the body, so if it’s out of balance, you’re likely to be feeling pretty terrible at the moment.
Turn off computers and cell phones when not needed. Switch off your wireless network and bluetooth connections while you’re sleeping at night. Avoid storing or charging your electronics in your bedroom at night. A central “family” charging station isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Also, avoid exposure to microwave ovens.
4. Balance Your Hormones by Getting Rid of Environmental Toxins
It’s best to avoid environmental toxins when possible. These toxins are: poly-chlorinated and brominated chemicals, BPA, phthalates, and flame retardants. PCB’s and flame retardants block iodine from doing it’s job, negatively impacting thyroid health. Many of these toxins are present in our drinking water and in foods.
Reduce your exposure by:
- Using a drinking water filter, or installing a high quality home water filtration system.
- Avoiding plastics such as water bottles, food packaging, and BPA-coated receipts.
- Using only natural cosmetics, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies.
- Eating organic produce, grass-fed meats, and wild-caught fish.
5. Balance Your Hormones by Reducing or Eliminating Consumption of Alcohol
Alcohol consumption has been shown to elevate estrogen levels and decrease progesterone in women. This can lead to a host of symptoms and side affects, including belly fat, a higher risk for hormonal cancers, worsened PMS, heavy periods, and delayed onset of menopause.
6. Balance Your Hormones by Taking Adaptogen Herbs
Ashwagandha, and Schisandra directly support thyroid function and adrenal function. Throw Maca into the mix and all three will be very helpful in improving sex drive, focus, energy levels, and anxiety. You can find high quality versions of these in supplement and/or powder form on Thrive Market.
7. Balance Your Hormones with Supplementation
You’ll want to start with having your doctor order the necessary blood work to see if you have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Generally speaking, though, most women with hormone imbalance can benefit from the following supplements:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 Fatty Acid
8. Balance Your Hormones by Joining Fit for Life Body Membership
The Fit for Life Body Membership is packed full of tools, resources, and plenty of inspiration to keep you adequately nourished, moving your body and feeling amazing! This is an excellent way to jumpstart your health and happiness in the right direction. In the membership you gain access to a variety of fitness level strength, cardio and body conditioning workouts. Clean-eating recipes: gluten-free, dairy-free and reduced-sugar. I've also included coaching and expert advice on the subjects that matter most to women as they age.
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