Wellness Mama has put together an excellent segment regarding hormones and the importance of having them balanced. If you have unusual weight gain, increased fat in your midsection, PMS, skin issues, or trouble sleeping you might have imbalanced hormones.
What are Hormones?
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They move in your bloodstream organs and tissues. They are slow in nature, yet affect many of your bodily processes, including
- Growth and development
- Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
- Sexual function
Hormones are created by good fats and cholesterol, so the lack of these factors can cause hormone issues, since the body does not have the building blocks to make them.
- Avoid High Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fats
These man-made fats found in vegetable oils contain extremely high levels of polyunsaturated fats, and unfortunately have replaced many of our saturated fats contained in our diets since the 1950s.
The body needs fats for rebuilding cells, but polyunsaturated fats on the other hand increase inflammation and mutation in our cells.
In your arteries, these mutations cause inflammation that clog arteries. When these polyunsaturated fats are incorporated into skin cells, their mutations cause skin cancer. (This is why people often get the most dangerous forms of skin cancer in places where they are never exposed to the sun)
In Short: Don not eat fats like Vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, or other chemically altered fats.
Instead: Consume coconut oil, real butter, olive oil (don not heat) and animal fats (tallow, lard) from healthy sources
- Limit the Caffeine
Coffee is pretty damn awesome, however too much caffeine can mess up the endocrine system,
- Avoid Toxins
Toxins that are found in plastic, pesticides, household chemicals, and even mattresses can contain hormone menacing chemicals. Since these chemicals mimic hormones in the body, they will keep the body from producing actual real hormones. Birth control pills do the same thing.
If you have hormone imbalance or are struggling to get pregnant, avoiding these toxins is very important! Cook on glass or non-coated metal pans (non-stick or Teflon) and do not heat or store foods in plastic. Seek out organic produce whenever possible and don not use chemical based pesticides or cleaners. Here are recipes for natural cleaners here on this page.
YOU SIMPLY NEED TO SLEEP! Your hormones can not balance if you do not get enough sleep!
Use these tips to help improve your sleep and just do it! This can help extend your overall life.
- Supplement Wisely
- Maca is also high in minerals and essential fatty acids.
- Magnesium supports man chemical reactions in the body and contributes to better sleep
- Vitamin D- Best from the sun if possible, or from a vitamin D3 supplement, preferably in liquid form as opposed to pill form.
- Exercise Lightly
If your hormones are not balanced, intense extended cardio can make the problems worse in the short term. Sleep is more important during the balancing phase. Try focusing more on relaxing exercises like walking or swimming instead.
- Lift Heavy Weights
Try short bursts of heavy lifting (kettlebells, deadlifts, squats, lunges, which trigger a cascade of beneficial hormone reactions. Aim for (5-7) sets of a weight that challenges you, but make sure to use proper form or you could cause yourself harm.
- Eat Some Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is excellent for your hormones. It provides assistance for hormone production, weight loss, reduce inflammation, and even has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
For great hormone support take 1/4 cup of added coconut oil a day. Try cooking with it, taking it as a supplement or putting it in your coffee or tea.
- Fix Your Leptin
Leptin is a super hormone. If it is not in balance other hormones will also be out of balance. Fixing leptin will also help boost fertility, make weight loss easier, improve sleep, and lower inflammation.