Do you feel like your hormones are out of control? Suffering from mood swings, weight gain, brain fog, hot flashes, migraines, bloating, hormonal acne or fatigue?
Before you consider traditional medicine (which typically includes synthetic hormone therapy), find out how you can balance your hormones naturally. A hormonal imbalance could be due to a number of causes, such as estrogen dominance (overexposure to estrogen from environmental toxins, foods and beauty products), adrenal fatigue and more. These causes could throw your estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels out of balance.
Keep reading to find out how you can balance your hormones naturally – without drugs and medications.
10 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally
1. Try seed cycling
Did you know you can actually regulate your menstrual cycle and reduce PMS (and PMS-related symptoms like cramping) naturally? You can with seed cycling. This concept may seem new but naturopathic health practitioners have been using this method for a while to balance hormones. Cycling seeds (such as pumpkin, flax, sunflower or sesame seeds) at certain times of the menstrual cycle can help your body to produce hormones or eliminate certain hormones to quell PMS symptoms. Find out more about how to balance hormones naturally with seed cycling.
2. Avoid GMO foods
While it’s no surprise that dairy, meat and pork may come from cows and pigs who have been treated with hormones, genetically-modified (GMO) foods can cause hormonal imbalance too. Long-term ingestion of the herbicide Roundup and GMO foods that are sprayed with Roundup can cause hormonal issues that have been linked to depression, infertility, PCOS and cancer. Eating a diet with little to no GMO foods and rich in local and organic produce can help to balance hormones.
3. Walk barefoot
Crazy as it may sound – the key to lowering cortisol (a hormone associated with stress, inflammation and sleep dysfunction) may be to walk barefoot – like on a grassy lawn, sandy beach or even a concrete road. There are 1,300+ nerve endings per square inch on the soles of your feet – more than any other part of your body. Walking barefoot – or earthing – helps to ground you to the earth and in a way conduct the energy from the ground. Keep reading The Healing Power of Earthing.
4. Eat more liver
Your mother was right. Liver really is good for you – and in a way you wouldn’t expect. Liver is the most nutrient-dense food you can eat. It can help to curb PMS and mood swings, increase energy and improve cardiovascular stamina. While the thought of eating liver each day may seem unfathomable, Primally Inspired has a simple way to make raw liver pills that’s easy to consume without really eating it.
5. Cut down on sugar and alcohol
The two biggest endocrine disruptors are sugar and wine. Sugar can lead to inflammation and feeds yeast in the gut, which can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other digestive issues. Alcohol disrupts your body’s natural detox abilities, which helps to keep your hormones in check. Lay off both sugar and alcohol to feel better within just a week. Read more 4 Tips You Can Use Right Now to Balance Your Hormones.
6. Take a detox bath
Balance your hormones with a relaxing bath. But not just any bath. A detox bath with epsom salts. Epsom salts provide magnesium help to balance and support healthy hormones.
7. Drink water sole
Unlike you’ve been told as a kid, drinking salt water is good for you. Unlike ocean water or salt water made with table salt, water sole is made with natural salt such as Himalayan Pink Salt. It’s like a natural electrolyte drink. Drinking a lot of plain water can dilute the fluid in the body and may cause a stress response – such as an increase in stress hormones. Water sole hydrates without diluting the body. Natural salt also helps to reduce stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline – encouraging a better night’s sleep. Read more on how to make water sole and its benefits.
8. Avoid soy
Soy and soy products have been touted as a health food for decades, but the reality is that soy is not healthy. If eaten unfermented, soy has anti-nutrients that actually block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. In addition, eating as little as two tablespoons of soybeans per day for a month can significantly increase thyroid-stimulating hormones. Soy consumption is linked to thyroid issues such as hypothyroidism, goiter and autoimmune thyroid disease. Read more on the dangers of soy.
9. Ditch the low-fat diet
It boggles the mind but fat is actually good for you – especially saturated fat. Your body depends on fat for necessary functions. It supports metabolic rate (metabolism), thyroid function, immune system and digestion. The best options for saturated fats are butter (from organic or grass-fed cows), ghee, and rendered fats (such as lard and tallow). Cold-pressed olive oil is another great fat source – just don’t heat it. Save it for salads or as a garnish on foods. While saturated fats from animal fat and are good for you, there are two fats you should avoid. Vegetable oils (such as canola, cottonseed, soybean and grapeseed) are polyunsaturated fats that actually cause inflammation and can cause a hormonal imbalance. These fats are usually derived from GMO sources, contain pesticides and are heavily refined and processed. Trans fats are another fat to avoid – occurring in hydrogenated oils such as Crisco and food products with hydrogenated oils. Read more in 8 Ways to Get Rid of PMS Naturally.
10. Consider supplements
Sometimes eating a whole food diet isn’t enough to help balance hormones. Consider supplements such as magnesium, calcium and fish oil/omega-3 – as well as herbs and whole foods such as Tulsi (holy basil), gelatin, Maca root. Here’s a recipe for Hormone-Balancing Tulsi Gelatin Bites. These delicious treats help to balance stressors in the body – including estrogen imbalance.
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