Maintaining Hormonal Health
Hormones are a complex function of the body. Diet, genetics and exposure to toxins can all lead to hormonal imbalances affecting your overall health. So how do you keep your hormones balanced and working properly? A great place to start is with the foods you eat and the products you purchase. Focusing on foods that promote healthy digestion as well as choosing products that reduce your toxin exposure will keep you on the path towards hormonal balance and vitality!
Manage Blood Sugars
Swings in your blood sugar can place a huge amount of stress on your endocrine system. By keeping your blood sugars balanced you will also be helping to keep your hormones balanced. Sticking to five lighter meals a day, reducing processed foods and sugar intake and adding good quality protein to every meal will keep your blood sugar levels in check. Hungry in the afternoon? Try snacking on apple slices with cinnamon and nut butter to get your protein in and keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Pesticide, plastics, cleaners and cosmetics are all potent with endocrine disruptors that can negatively affect the female reproductive system. Purchasing clean beauty products (that are free from synthetics and chemicals), eating organic when possible, sticking to plant based house cleaners, replacing plastics and aluminum with glass and stainless steel, and using cast iron cookware will make a big difference in reducing the amount of chemicals making their way into the foods you prepare and products you use.
Improve intestinal health
Leaky gut is a condition that not only affects your digestive tract, but also causes hormone issues. Gut problems have been found to trigger autoimmune reactions, including arthritis and thyroid disorders. Steer clear of the foods that can cause damage in your digestive system. These normally include processed foods, gluten, hydrogenated oils and added sugar. Replace these triggers by adding bone broth, kefir, fermented vegetables, and high-fiber foods like vegetables and sprouted seeds into your diet. Flax and chia in your morning smoothie are another great addition. Taking supplements like digestive enzymes and probiotics, or having a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal, can also assist in repairing your gut lining, which in turn will balance your hormones.
High Intensity training
One of the best all-around activities you can do for your health is high intensity interval training (HIIT). Even if its as little as 20 minutes a few times a week! We all know that exercise in general is great for balancing hormones because it reduces inflammation, can help you maintain a healthy weight, lowers stress, helps regulate your appetite, and aids in getting better sleep. Interval training in particular will help with a sluggish metabolism, weight gain and other issues.
Reduce stress and increase sleep
Sleep helps to keep stress hormones balanced, builds energy and allows the body to recover properly. Excessive stress and poor sleep are linked with higher levels of morning cortisol, decreased immunity, trouble with work performance, and a higher susceptibility to anxiety, weight gain and depression. There are many things you can do to promote a good nights sleep. This includes winding down with a book or meditation, keep those phones out of the bedroom (invest in an alarm clock instead!), eliminate late night snacking and try to get to bed at a regular time each night.
Try to incorporate a few of these steps into your everyday routines and let us know how you feel!
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