Hormonal imbalances are so prevalent today, it’s almost guaranteed that you or someone you know is experiencing some degree of hormonal turbulence. While it’s always comforting to know we’re not alone in our struggles, anyone who’s suffering knows firsthand how much more challenging life can be when something is out of balance.
And I’m not just talking conscious stress either, but stress on the body through irregular eating routines, lack of sleep, too much mental stress, and over-exercising or not exercising in a way that allows your body to strengthen and rejuvenate.
Whether you’re a hard working CEO in a business suit with children at home, or if you’re staying at home raising your family – you’re a woman. And as women, sometimes we need a reminder to take better care of ourselves.
Eat only fresh whole foods, and get yourself into a routine
We’ve already covered the importance of eating real, whole foods, though now I want you to get yourself into the habit of eating on a schedule.
Irregular meal times and skipping meals altogether teach your body that it’s reasonable to expect a famine. If you’re doing this, your body isn’t able to perform all of its regular functions like producing the hormones you need to feel good and keeping your body at a healthy weight.
I suggest you pick 3 times per day when you can get some food in you, and set an alarm to make it happen. I’ve had to do this for myself, and though it can be tough, living with your hormones gone awry is tougher.
Practice some sort of gentle exercise, be it yin-yoga, brisk walking, or dance
All of these can help boost the happy chemicals in your brain, reduce stress levels in your body and get the blood flowing to support your body’s natural detoxification process.
Get enough healthy fats, especially Omega 3’s
Healthy fats are crucial for hormone production, including healthy cholesterol. This is what initially inspired me to begin integrating local, pastured and organic eggs back into my diet last year.
What Else Can You Do For Your Hormones?
- Juice vegetables for extra doses of nutrients in the morning, and drink plenty of spring water. Add a pinch of sea or Himalayan salt to your water to support your kidneys (your kidneys need salt to function properly, this helps reduce the stress on them.)
- Eat at around the same time every day, and don’t restrict your calories. Focus on nutrient-rich whole foods and avoid processed oils, refined sugars and caffeine.
- Do a little yoga or gentle movement on a daily basis. Integrate even 10 minutes into your morning routine, and do something slow before bed if you can.
- Take Fulvic acid mineral before bed. Minerals are best absorbed at night, and Fulvic acid is very important. It can help to relieve PMS symptoms and support hormonal balance.
I could go on forever about this subject, as I’m sure you can tell I’m inspired by it very much. Though for today, I think we’ve covered enough ground to get you started.