Hormones are essential to our good health. Like breathing clean air or eating fresh food, we tend to not be fully aware of the quality of these things unless we don’t have them, and then we realize just how important it is for our quality of life.
When it comes to our hormones, look to them as an indicator of your overall health status as well as a reflection of your lifestyle. While many people are resilient to life’s stressors and unhealthy habits and don’t suffer from hormonal imbalances, there’s a significant amount of people who suffer from hormonal imbalances that can correlate directly to their lifestyle.
Promote hormone balance by ensuring you get an adequate amount of these nutrients:
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3 fatty acids, like the ones in fish oil are especially good for female hormone balance as omega 3 fatty acids help with PMS and irregular periods by helping to balance out excess testosterone, increase serotonin and help to harmonize estrogen and progesterone ratios.
- Fiber, fiber, fiber: Focus on a high-fiber diet, which is doubly beneficial as fiber containing foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) contain a host of phytonutrients which help to nourish the body to carry out all the necessary functions for adequate hormone production and secretion. Fiber is needed to help ‘sweep’ your body clean and cleanse it from excess hormones, particularly estrogen, which otherwise could cause imbalances.
Stress management for hormone health
Oftentimes, stress is the culprit for sending your hormones out of whack. If you’ve experienced painful periods, skipped periods, hormonal migraines, and a rollercoaster ride of mood swings, you can bet that you’ve simultaneously had a lot of issues to deal with. For instance, that fight you’ve had with your partner could be the reason you had a headache 3 days later, that day you binged on fast food after a tough work day could result in a breakout or dull skin the following week, those early mornings and late nights that left you sleep deprived are likely the reason behind your moodiness.
These are all different forms of life stressors and without prioritizing some proper and regular time for self-care and recovery, stress can take its toll on our hormone balance as excess cortisol and adrenaline have the unfortunate effect to wreak havoc on the rest of our hormones.
If it hasn’t been obvious already, make it a priority, not a luxury, to allow your mind and body recover from stress on a daily basis. A monthly massage, a year-end vacation, or a weekend catching up on sleep won’t cut it, especially where your hormone health is concerned. Think of self-care as a ‘reset’ for your body to bring it back to balance on a daily basis.
Try the following stress-management tips, that are especially beneficial for your hormones:
1. Prioritize sleep
Quality deep sleep is essential for hormone health. A good night’s rest is not just for your body to regain energy, but to also restore and repair itself, and yes that includes your hormonal balance.
2. Control your caffeine
Caffeine has the wonderful ability to perk up slow mornings and get us going. Where your hormone health is concerned though, try schedule your morning coffee at least 3 hours after waking up and at least space it at the very least 6 hours away from your bedtime. The logic behind this is to not interfere with your body’s natural sleep and waking cycles as well as to not unnecessarily jack up your cortisol levels.
In the morning after waking, your cortisol levels naturally and steadily rise and decline throughout the day. Having caffeine too early in the morning or too late in the day, can raise your cortisol, more than what your body needs thus throwing it and your other hormones out of balance.
Meditation is perhaps the quickest stress-management and selfcare technique one can utilize as even just a few minutes of meditation can help keep cortisol and adrenaline in check while simultaneously releasing feel-good hormones GABA and serotonin.
4. Incorporate Adaptogens
Adaptogens are a unique group of plants that have the amazing ability to bring the body back and keep it in balance. There are many different types of adaptogens, but two stand out for hormone health.
The first adaptogen would be Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha helps nourish all hormone excreting organs, helping to harmonize any imbalances and bring the body back to a healthier state. This is especially beneficial for a stressed out body.
Maca, is a Peruvian root, prized for its hormone balancing abilities by being able to nourish the pituitary gland. Maca is especially beneficial for women who suffer from hormonal imbalances in the form of irregular and painful periods.
Hormone function can be complex, but taking care of them doesn’t have to be. Promote hormonal balance with key nutrients to help ensure things run smoothly. Our Omega 3 Fish Oil and Ashwagandha make for a powerful pair in optimizing your hormonal health, all available in easy-to-take capsules that you can have anywhere. Hormone function can be complex, but taking care of them doesn’t have to be. Promote hormonal balance with key nutrients to help ensure things run smoothly. Our Omega 3 Fish Oil and Ashwagandha make for a powerful pair in optimizing your hormonal health, all available in easy-to-take capsules that you can have anywhere.