But for most women, there’s a very simple solution to hormone imbalance and learning how to balance your hormones naturally.
Hormone balance plays a vital role in both health and happiness. And a hormone imbalance can dramatically and negatively affect your moods, weight, energy, appearance, anxiety level, sexual desire and fertility.
But like most other health problems, a hormone imbalance can almost always be helped or reversed with simple healthy lifestyle changes.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms and Causes
Symptoms of hormone imbalance are mainly experienced at puberty, menstruation (PMS), after childbirth and during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause. That makes up a good portion of a woman’s life.
The most common unpleasant hormone imbalance symptoms are
- Weight gain,
- Mood swings,
- Low sex drive,
- Oily or dry skin,
- Water retention,
- Feeling fatigued,
- Irregular periods,
- Problem sleeping,
- Allergy symptoms,
- Excess hair growth,
- Cravings for sweets,
- Anxiety and irritability,
- Temperature changes,
- Urinary tract infections,
- Acne or skin breakouts,
- Premenstrual syndrome.
Wow! Even though hormones are teeny-tiny little things, when out of balance they wreak big havoc. Basic hormone imbalance causes are:
- Less than optimum nutrition: Excellent nutrition provides your body with all the necessary tools to balance hormones naturally.
- Stress and adrenal exhaustion: Stress is a major factor in hormone imbalance. And under prolonged stress, your adrenal glands (which produce stress fighting hormones) can’t continue to do their job.
- Birth control pills and HRT: Women on hormone replacement therapy or “the pill” tend to have hormone imbalance – even after they quit.
- Glandular or insulin imbalance: Your endocrine gland system, responsible for hormone production, can be negatively affected by a wide range of conditions, like yo-yo dieting, stress, drugs or illnesses.
- Chemicals, stimulants and drugs: Medications, painkillers, stimulants like caffeine, toxins and hormones from pesticides in our food, water and air can mimic estrogen and interfere with our natural hormone balance.
- Pregnancy and postpartum: Pregnancy is a hormonal roller coaster ride. And if you’re not in great health before, during and after childbirth, your hormone imbalance will let you know – in no uncertain terms!
How to Balance Hormones Naturally
Women have been slaves to hormone imbalance for decades. These foods can help you escape hormonal slavery and balance hormones naturally:
- Natural high fiber foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans).
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower).
- Nutritious green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach and Swiss chard).
- Plant sources for good estrogen (soybeans, peas and lentils).
- Fruits high in flavonoids (berries, red grapes and citrus fruits).
- Essential fatty acids (olive oil, omega 3 fish, whole grains and nuts).
- Omega 3 fish oil (like salmon, tuna and fish oil supplements).
- Nutritional health supplements – multiples that include B complex.
- And choosing organic fish, poultry and produce whenever possible.
Avoid these foods to naturally reduce hormone imbalance:
- Animal fats store bad hormones (red meat and full-fat dairy).
- Caffeine (coffee, caffeinated colas and other “energy” drinks).
- Refined carbohydrates (white flour, white rice and white pasta).
- High glycemic foods and alcoholic beverages (sweetened food).
And finally, take the following actions to balance hormones naturally:
- Include regular physical activity and exercise on a daily basis.
- Improve stress management (meditation, deep breathing or yoga).
- And make sure you get a good night’s sleep every night and enough rest.
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