Hormone balance is a fragile thing; a small change in it can cause you to suffer from a host of health issues. But there are healthy ways to bring it back to normal.
The hormones in your body have a natural and delicate balance which keeps the functions running smoothly. However, many factors can disrupt that balance and cause you to experience pain, changes in your physical appearance and even increase your risk of contracting both mental and physical illnesses. Excess stress, improper release of hormones, dietary changes, lifestyle habits and more can cause a break in hormonal balance.
You might see that you start to experience dry or itchy skin, acne breakouts, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, brain fog, or migraines, to name a few. There are some natural ways in which your hormones can come back to normal levels. These methods can be easily integrated into your daily routines and can even help you relax. To balance your hormones naturally, here's what you can do:
One of the best sources of protein is eggs. Since it is recommended that 20-30 grams of protein be consumed in every meal, eggs can help provide that nutrition. Healthline mentions that research done has linked protein to cause a decrease in the hunger hormone called ghrelin. Eating the right amount of protein can cause you to feel full which can also help you lose weight. According to a study done, the participants felt 25% less hungry after a high-protein meal compared to the normal protein meal.
Natural salt is more beneficial for the body (than table salt) and can reduce your stress hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline. In addition to that, it can improve your quality of sleep as well as boost your energy throughout the day. Sole (pronounced so-lay) is a drink that is made when you mix 1/4th of a glass jar with pink Himalayan crystal salt, add filtered water to it, mix it and leave it to infuse for 24 hours. It will allow the salt to dissolve and you can drink it with a glass of pure water on an empty stomach in the morning.
Adaptogenic herbs are those that can regulate the hormones produced by your hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands at a molecular level. It can also greatly reduce your risk of developing diseases. Some of them include vitex, red raspberry, and holy basil. These herbs can even relieve period cramps and prevent you from suffering from any thyroid diseases.
Epsom salts were discovered in 1618 and have been found to have multiple health benefits. One of those benefits is that it increases the level of magnesium in your body. It also increases sulfate in the body which helps in detoxing your liver. Another benefit is that it lowers your stress hormones. So taking a bath in it can relax you.
To have an effective Epsom salt bath, fill your bathtub with warm water, add 1-3 cups of Epsom salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda (optional) and a few drops of essential oils. Soak in the bathtub for about 10-15 minutes and rinse off with clean water.
Essential oils are compounds that are extracted from plants. The plant chemicals, when applied to the skin, are absorbed into the bloodstream and can help your body. Some of the essential oils that have a ton of health benefits are:
Fennel oil - It can help relax your body, boost metabolism, improve digestion, and reduce inflammation. This can be applied or ingested.
Lavender oil - It can maintain your emotional balance and improve the quality of your nighttime sleep. It has the ability to reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression.
Clary sage oil - This oil can help regulate your periods and reduce your period cramps.
Sandalwood oil - It is great for reducing stress, increasing libido, inducing feelings of relaxation and can restore mental clarity.
Walking barefoot (grounding or earthing) can actually destress you. When the pressure points, with 1300 nerve endings per square inch, in the sole of your foot are activated, it can lower the levels of cortisol in your body and make you feel more relaxed. Absorbing the energy from the earth can make you feel better. A study done on the effects of earthing showed that it can reduce the risk of contracting health complications including cardiovascular diseases.
Eating certain types of seeds can have a good effect on your body. Kelly McCabe, a registered dietitian, has suggested these six seeds as the best ones that can make your body healthier — sunflower, chia, hemp, pumpkin, flax, and sesame. Packed with vitamins and minerals, regularly including them in your diet in a cyclical manner can improve your overall health and even reduce chances of PMS and menstrual cramps by balancing the progesterone and estrogen in your body.
Your emotions and hormones are closely connected. Feelings like fear, anxiety, and worry can increase your cortisol levels, disrupt your estrogen levels, or even change the levels of insulin. So doing some breathing exercises can help you relax, thus setting your body back on the right path. Practice deep belly breathing for about 15-20 minutes a day and you will see a decrease in your stress levels.
Considering how your pelvis is practically home to a lot of your reproductive hormones, making sure it had proper circulation can keep your hormones in check. A sign that it's not getting enough circulation is if during your periods, you see lots of dark-brown blood or if your lower belly feels cold to the touch. You can do a little self-massage or apply a warm compress to your lower belly.
Pesticides have a nasty way of wrecking your system without you even knowing. In fact, pesticides usually contain xenoestrogens which are synthetic hormones that mimic estrogen. It ends up confusing your body and causing a hormonal imbalance. Even GMO (genetically modified organism) foods can harm you because they are sprayed with a herbicide called glyphosate which can cause hormonal issues, depression, cancer, infertility and birth defects.
Considering how much of it is used in farming today, it might be better for you to switch to a healthier option — organic food. Organic food retains all the original nutrients in its best state. Check food labels before buying your food.