Saturday, April 9, 2016

8 Tips To Improve Hormonal Imbalance Naturally



Hormones are chemical relays that affect every aspect of your mental and physical health. Some of the most common side effects associated with hormonal imbalances are infertility, weight gain, depression, fatigue, insomnia, decreased sex drive, and androgenic hair loss. Here we will discuss a blueprint to restore the balance in your temple.



Get Plenty of Exercise



A hormonal imbalance can leave you feeling depressed, stressed, and lacking in energy to go about your day. Regular exercise releases endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine; your bodies version of morphine. These chemicals induce feelings of reward, gratification, and boost your self-esteem. Exercise also balances your bodies estrogen levels. Estrogen is responsible for not only emotional and reproductive health, but also determines if sugar and carbohydrates are used as energy or stored as body fat. 


Detox Your Kitchen


Detox


Get rid of plastic and Styrofoam dinnerware. This includes plastic and foam plates, bowls, bottles, forks…etc. They are made using polymers; hormone disrupting chemicals that leech into your food. Only eat and drink from porcelain, glass, wood, and traditional metals like stainless steel. Read my article Why It's Not So Safe To Eat From Foam Plates to learn more about polymers and how they affect your health.


Discontinue Hormone Based Medications




Avoid hormonal birth-control methods which are made from synthetic hormones; or non-hormonal methods manufactured from hormone disrupting chemicals like the Essure , and topical creams made from hydrocortisone and other synthetic hormones.

Hormonal birth-controls are synthetic versions of progesterone and estrogen hormones. The hormones are directly related to sexual dimorphism. Estrogen is produced in the brain of both men and women, but in women it's also produced in the ovaries. Progesterone also is very essential to the brain. This makes a clear connection between a woman's mental health and her reproductive health. Estrogen and progesterone determine how you think, feel, and crave sexual relations, which is necessary for the basic human instinct to reproduce; no matter if you want to reproduce or not. The human body does not recognize casual sex. Since hormonal birth-control methods block the woman's ability to reproduce, this causes a domino effect. This is why many women who use hormonal birth-control methods experience emotional instability and decreased libido; because it takes away the very thing that makes her a woman. Estrogen and progesterone imbalances have been linked to breast cancer, uterine fibroid, infertility, and many other illnesses.

Hydrocortisone is a common topical skin cream used for rashes and other skin conditions. It's also a synthetic hormone, mimicking cortisol; a corticosteroid produced in the adrenal gland. An imbalance in cortisol has been linked to weak immunity, decreasing the rate at which the body heals wounds. Lower metabolism of carbohydrates and blood sugars which leads to obesity and diabetes. Sodium retention and excess potassium excretion, which leads to high blood pressure. Anxiety, depression, osteoporosis, acne, and Cushing Syndrome.


Stay Away From Processed Foods




Processed food and beverages made from refined sugars like soda are mostly manufactured using GMO’s. Genetically modified plants are modified to withstand high concentrations of herbicide without dying. These plants accumulate high amounts of hormone disrupting chemicals along with other chemicals used in the manufacturing process like food dyes, artificial flavors, and other additives. Refined sugar and grains made with both brominated vegetable oil and aspartame have been associated with infertility, impotence, and a decreased sexual appetite. Products made from GMO corn, like chips have been found to cause kidney disease.




Eat More Healthy Fats 


Fruit


Eating foods high in healthy fat acids is essential to keeping hormones balanced.  Avocados for one, are rich in these fats key to hormone production. Avocados contain sterols that can act as estrogen inhibitors. This makes the avocado a war tool in fighting hormonal imbalance in a world where everything from foods and beverages, to medications and pollution are constantly affecting our hormones. Avocados also boost metabolism promoting weight loss. Other foods rich in healthy fats are walnuts, blueberries, honeydew melon, and spinach. These are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are the precursors of hormone production and play a serious role in the bodies immune system.



Stop Peeling




The skin on your fruit and vegetables are the most healthiest and natural forms of fiber you can get. Fibers from refined oats and grains inflame the digestive tract causing leaky gut syndrome, a hormonal issue targeting the thyroid. Symptoms include fatigue, bloating, anxiety, eczema, and diabetes. Make sure your fruits and veggies are organic to avoid pesticides.



Get Adequate Sunlight

Sunlight is essential for the body’s production of vitamin D. Though, we’ve been taught in grade school that Vitamin D is a Vitamin and found in foods; vitamin D is actually a hormone itself and is created naturally when the skin absorbs sunlight. Some hormonal imbalances can be avoided by preventing vitamin D deficiency. A few minutes a day of sun exposure between 10am and 2pm is enough to promote vitamin D synthesis. People who live in climates that get poor sun exposure should use supplements.




Sleep

Last but, not least, sleep is as powerful a tool in maintaining a health hormone balance as exercise. Lack of sleep has been linked to increased cortisol levels causing diabetes, cognitive delay, low immunity, cardiovascular disease, increased appetite and decreased metabolism which leads to  obesity. Get some rest.


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That’s it for now and I will be keeping this post updated with more details. Apply all these tips together and I guarantee you will feel and look your best. All it takes is the will to try and patience. 
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