Hormone imbalances affect many people, regardless of age or occupation. Unfortunately, the symptoms and results of this are often disastrous:
- Sleepless nights, restlessness, insomnia
- Binge eating, weight gain
- Moodiness, anxiety, depression
- Hair thinning or hair loss
- Decreased sexual desire
- Sweet tooth, cravings
Natural remedies and healthy routines offer the possibility of balancing hormonal activity and improving your overall health. Often times, the pituitary gland, the thyroid or the ovaries, etc. are slower, which happens due to various factors, most of which are:
- Birth control pills
- Alcohol use
- Junk food
- Stress, anxiety, worry
- Lack of activity and exercise
Luckily, there are methods for keeping hormones under control and balancing them naturally.
- Replace regular cooking oil with coconut oil
The Polyunsaturated fatty acids and Trans fats found in regular cooking oil are incredibly toxic and dangerous for the body. They slow down the metabolism and add a steady increase in weight gain. Try replacing them with coconut oil, as they undo the harmful effects of processed vegetable oils.
- Try gluten-free products
Leaky gut is a condition caused by the presence of undigested food particles irritating the digestive tract and affecting the thyroid gland in the long term. Gluten, for instance, or glutinous foods cause inflammation in the gut, causing it to leak into the bloodstream. Vegetables, fiber, kefir, etc. are considered ideal for treating a leaky gut. Tip: Avoid products containing gluten and hydrogenated oils.
Exercising boosts up your immune system and metabolism, helping your body release good hormones and endorphins. 20 minutes a day is great for providing you the balance you need and if you do want more, aim for Pilates, Yoga or Tai Chi.
- Get enough sleep
Not enough rest can make the body undergo strenuous efforts for maintaining a proper hormonal balance. Sleep deprivation causes depression, mood swings and extreme fatigue. Aim for sleeping more than five hours each night, as this will definitely help your health improve. Start by creating a routine of falling asleep at 10pm and waking up around 6am for an early work-out, shower and healthy breakfast.
- Mind the caffeine
Caffeine is a compound which can be present in coffee, tea and sodas (e.g. Mountain Dew, Coca-Cola, etc.). Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine disturbs the natural hormonal levels of the thyroid gland and overly excites your nervous system, raising levels of cortisol.
Lastly, remember to avoid the trigger list found at the beginning of the article. It would also be advised to stop using birth control pills, as they bring migraines, increase the risk of breast cancer and promote weight gain. Also, trying vitamin supplements and healthy morning smoothies can boost up your metabolism, reviving you and offering you a great everyday start-up!