Tips for balancing your hormones
Most of us are well-aware when our hormones are out of whack even if we don’t know the why behind it. The short moods, the blaring lights, the pumpkin that has become our tummy, that oily hair (never mind that we just washed it) it’s no wonder we’re sleepless, cranky, and anxious. Add to that the fact that our delicate hormone balance, the key to overall health, can get wobbly as we get pregnant, switch our birth control, face stressful life changes and age, rendering those symptoms all the more exacerbated. At NEX Wellness, we take great pride in helping our patients correct their hormone health naturally. If you are looking to find tips for balancing your hormones, then you have come to the right place. In this blog, we share some information on a few tips to balance your hormones.
Eat more flax seeds
These little gems are often equated with glowing health for a reason: High in lignans, fiber, and essential omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds can support cardiac health and normal blood sugar levels. When it comes to hormones, they may help you rediscover equilibrium. Women who consume flax seeds show an improved estradiol/progesterone ratio, one of the secrets to hormone balance.
Watch what you drink
Caffeine, alcohol, and sugary drinks, even, if not particularly, those bright bottles of juice boasting increased energy, can wreak havoc on your hormones by stimulating excess cortisol and impairing ovarian function (and the hormones they produce). Reach for plain, mineral, or coconut water instead, and, when you need a boost, brew yourself a mug of green tea, its compounds can bolster energy.
Prioritize stress management
We have a tendency to let our health slip when we’re stressed, whether it means eating easily-accessible, processed foods, or skimping on sleep. But those times of duress are particularly when you need to baby yourself, if not for meeting that deadline with a sound mind than for your hormone health. Why? Stress often generates a surplus of that aforementioned cortisol, which can ultimately result in adrenal fatigue, a condition, characterized by fatigue, weakened immunity, and a general lack of resilience, that can do further damage to your hormone balance. Take time to draw yourself a soothing bath, get out in nature, attend a yoga class, or just flop (and feel not an inch of remorse about it).
Stock up on supplements
Vitamin C, pantothenic acid (also known as B5), phosphatidylserine, Siberian ginseng and Rhodiola Rosea, an herb that’s long been used to increase energy and physical endurance by supporting hormones and neurotransmitters released in response to stress, are supplements that can help naturally support hormone balance and those oh-so-critical adrenals.
The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated. With its ability to promote circulation, release feel-good endorphins, keep your weight in check and bolster immunity and heart health, it’s one of the best “medicines,” for hormone happiness and general well-being, out there. It has an immense effect on cortisol and adrenaline, two hormones, frequently linked to stress, that can lead to hormonal imbalance and make whatever symptoms you’re experiencing all the more miserable.
There are many things that you can do to balance your hormones. If you are looking for more tips on how to balance your hormones, then we encourage you to get in touch with a naturopath at NEX Wellness today!
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