This is a topic I am passionate about! I spent years on a hormone roller coaster and I still actively work at keeping my body balanced. Our hormones play a part in every aspect of our health and they don’t get the credit they deserve. It’s time to give them some love! I’ve covered this topic many times before so rather than getting in too deep I want to offer a few tips to get you moving in the right direction.
Some symptoms of imbalanced hormones are as follows:
Tired and wired
Irregular sleep patterns
So what can you do about it? LOTS. My first recommendation is to ask your health care practitioner to send you for blood work. That way you will know which imbalance you are dealing with. Once you have done that, and pursued proper course of treatment, you should also consider the following recommendations:
Less is More:
Are you too busy? Do you run from one thing to another from sun up to sun down? Do the kids have after school activities every week day? You might be doing too much. Our bodies are programmed to have times of rest, this isn’t just when we are sleeping. Your body and mind need down time. Its ok to not do everything all the time. Its ok to tell your friends you want to stay in tonight. Its ok to tell your kids that you’re all going to spend more time at home. Taking care of yourself will help you take better care of others! This also applies to exercise. Killing yourself on the treadmill every day might be raising your cortisol levels and stalling your progress! Finding balance with everything in your life will in turn help you find balance in your body.
Sleep is King:
I think I talk about sleep in every second blog post. It is SO IMPORTANT. Invest time into finding out what gives you your best nights sleep. For some this is winding down an hour before bed. Turning off electronics decreases the amount of stimulation your brain is receiving, you can also invest in some blue light filter glasses. There are also some natural supplements that can help promote sleep! Melatonin, camomile and magnesium can all be useful in helping you achieve a good nights sleep. You can read more about that here.
Ditch the Sugar:
One of the hardest parts of changing your nutrition is ditching sugar. Processed sugar is a huge endocrine disruptor. Keeping our blood sugar level is a big part of keeping our hormones level. Trading sugar for more vegetables, healthy fat and protein will create stability throughout the day. You don’t need to cut it out all at once, take it one meal at a time.
If you’re ready to make a change to better your health, The Hormone Workshop will be starting September 10th. Its a 45 day online program committed to helping you achieve optimal health through nutrition and lifestyle changes! I will guide you every step of the way! You can read more about that here.
Eat Your Veggies!