If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, it may be a result of an imbalance in your hormones. Do you experience:
Mood Swings - a roller coaster of emotions that don’t seem to match what’s going on like irritability, depression, crying, anxiety
Unexplained weight gain or loss and maybe even a belly bulge
Poor sleep/sleep disruption (either insomnia or night sweats)
Hormones are essential for so many different functions in the body and when they are out of balance, it can make us feel out of balance and sometimes like we are losing our minds. It can create sugar cravings that feel unstoppable and can greatly affect our relationships with the people we love the most. So how can you help yourself get back to balance naturally?
Here are 6 ways that can help support hormonal balance naturally:
Exercise and not just weight lifting as doing only that has been shown to negatively impact hormones. Cardiovascular exercise, even just a 30 minutes a day of walking can help balance your hormones. When Endorphins, the “feel good” chemical kicks in it helps keep the immune system strong and can impact the libido.
Eat a Balanced Diet consistently, complete with healthy fats like avocado, coconut and olives and be sure to eat a bit of protein at your meals. Protein (in its simplest form - amino acids) is the building block of your body and can help the body (along with good healthy fats) to feel full and regain balance. Do NOT go on and off FAD diets. The yo-yo affect of having rapid weight loss and then weight gain confuses the system and makes it harder for balance and regulated metabolism.
Stay Away from Processed Sugar and other Inflammatory Foods. Reducing inflammation in the body has a positive impact on your hormones. Avoid dairy, sugar, wheat, corn and soy. All of these food create inflammation and soy which is usually unfermented affects estrogen levels.
Avoid mid-afternoon Caffeine breaks. A study done by researchers at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, links excess caffeine intake to a jolt of cortisol, which will only cause people to experience increased stress, anxiety and can severely disturb sleep. What about your morning ‘cup of Joe?’ - no worries - 1 cup of Caffeine in the morning doesn’t fight the natural rhythm of cortisol as it is meant to go up in the morning.
Reduce Stress with meditation, yoga, exercise, breathing exercises, journaling, massage, etc. This helps reduce adrenaline and cortisol and amongst many benefits, it will hinder excessive hunger, reduce blood pressure, rapid heart rate and anxiety.
Consult with a doctor at Be Optimal. There is no cookie-cutter approach here. We work with each individual to find the root cause of the symptoms being experienced and to find the best treatment plan for you. Our promise is that we want you well so if we can’t find a way to help you, we will find someone who can. Our ultimate goal is help people achieve and maintain optimal health.
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Dr. Cari Jacobson