Are you feeling a little foggy, frumpy or fat?
Consider this, it’s probably not you – it could be your hormones. All the many endocrine organs work together to control your level of circulating hormones throughout your body. If one of your hormones is even slightly imbalanced, it can cause significant physiological changes like weight gain, forgetfulness, and major health problems.
What is a hormone is and…. what do they do for you?
Hormones are extremely important chemical messengers endocrine glands create to control all your major bodily functions and are essential for healthy happy lives.
I’m personally declaring October as ‘Happy Hormone Month.’ where I’ll be giving you a little hormone 101 all month long. Watch my blogs and posts this month to learn how to naturally balance your hormones so you can live life to the fullest.
Hormones control your body temperature, sleep, sex drive, immune system, blood sugar levels, metabolism, growth, fat storage, heart rate, hunger, reproduction, emotions, mood, and so much more.
When they are in proper balance, hormones help the body thrive, but small problems with hormones can cause serious and life-altering symptoms.
How do you balance your hormones and keep them healthy and happy?
Here are my favorite tips to naturally balance your hormones.
- Supplement with Adaptogenic Herbs.
Adaptogentic herbs are healing plants that promote hormone harmony. They heal you instead of just treating your symptoms.
- Use Castor Oil Packs.
Your hormones detoxify through your liver. Castor oil, used externally on your liver with a heating pad, will allow your liver to start to unclog and heal.
- Improve Gut Health & Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Leaky gut is a condition that not only affects your digestive tract, but also causes hormone issues. What is leaky gut syndrome? When undigested food particles, like gluten for example, leak through your gut into your bloodstream, it causes inflammation that impacts the entire body.
Exercise reduces inflammation, helps you maintain a healthy weight, lowers stress, regulates your appetite, and aids in getting better sleep.
- Reduce Stress & Get More Sleep
Unless you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, you’re doing your body no favors. Sleep helps keep stress hormones balanced, builds energy, and allows the body to recover properly. Get to bed by 10 p.m!
- Reduce or Give Up Caffeine & Alcohol:
I ask my clients to give up caffeine. They hold on to it for dear life and finally, when they have been off it for a month, they thank me. Drinking caffeine increases nervousness and anxiety in many people and is also linked with insomnia.
For those of you that want to wean from caffeine, try Teccino (a natural coffee alternative http://amzn.to/2dv2zp1) or Matcha Green Tea (http://amzn.to/2deZGLh), which has more antioxidants than 20 cups of green tea. Another important step is to watch your alcohol intake, since high levels of alcohol (above about 2-3 drinks daily) can negatively impact liver functioning and cause adrenal fatigue.
- Supplement with Vitamin D3.
Vitamin D is a hormone and has important implications for keeping inflammation levels low. I suggest using Fermented Cod Liver Oil that contains vitamin D, A and K. Here’s a link to order my favorite Fermented Cod Liver Oil: http://amzn.to/2dkwemO
- Back Off Birth Control Pills.
I know it’s important not to get pregnant but the side effects of birth control pills are so detrimental. “The pill” raises estrogen levels to such dangerous levels that it can cause many complications. There are so many natural alternatives to birth control pills!
I hope you enjoyed this explanation of hormones and some tips to naturally balance your hormones. Let me know if you try any of these solutions!
Big love for your best health ever,