Hormones don’t get talked about much. They only seem to get their moment in the sun when women are going through menopause. Or they might get a passing mention when men start experiencing dropping testosterone levels.
That’s a real shame, because hormones literally control most of your major body functions. They are your body’s messenger system. These chemicals, created in your endocrine system, are responsible for regulating everything from mood to hunger to reproduction.
So, as you can imagine, when your hormones are out of balance that can have a huge impact on your health. They can trigger a long list of disturbing, and seemingly unrelated, symptoms.
Some of the most common complaints include…
- urinary tract infections
- adult acne
- hot flashes
- sensitivity to hot or cold
- mood swings
- a drooping sex drive
- dragging energy levels
- digestion problems
- prematurely aging skin
But if any of these sound familiar, and you suspect your own hormones are out of balance, I’ve got good news. Getting your hormones back on track could turn out to be far simpler than you ever imagined.
In fact, many folks are able to bring their own hormones back into balance just by following three simple steps.
Hormone Helper #1: Reach for the right foods
Your diet obviously plays a huge role in your health and how you feel. But it turns out certain specific foods are great at supporting balanced hormone levels. Following are our three picks for hormone-friendly foods you should be eating more of…
Avocados: This funny looking little green fruit is brimming with the nutrients your body needs to balance and maintain healthy hormone levels including fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamin E. And the healthy fat in avocados helps your body absorb the critical vitamins and minerals it needs to produce hormones more efficiently.
Eggs: It’s no secret that we’re huge egg fans around here. Eggs are a nearly perfect food and when it comes to getting your hormones back on track they are, once again, a great choice. Eggs are loaded with critical vitamins and minerals your body needs to manufacture your hormones. And their choline and iodine content alone make them a natural choice for supporting your thyroid hormone.
Coconut oil: We need fat in our diet to function and our hormones rely on the right kinds of fats to stay in balance too. But the typical Western diet is loaded with far too many polyunsaturated omega-6 fats and not nearly enough of hormone building omega-3s and beneficial saturated fats. The result is off kilter hormone levels. Coconut oil can help provide your body with the building block fats it needs to get your hormones back on track, and keep them balanced.
Hormone Helper #2: Stop stress in its tracks
Between the 24-hour news cycle, the cost of healthcare and a 40 hour work week that often stretches into 45 or 50 hours it’s no wonder we’re all so stressed these days. And all that stress is ruining your health and kicking your stress hormones, such as cortisol, into overdrive.
But you can restore balance by finding a way to truly relax. Maybe it’s taking a long walk or soaking in a hot bath. Perhaps listening to your favorite music or sitting down with a cup of tea is more your speed. Whatever calms you, make it a priority and you’ll soon bring your stress hormones back into balance.
Hormone Helper #3: Get a good night’s sleep
Far too many of us cut corners when it comes to sleep. We stay up too late, we get up too early or we simply suffer from insomnia and have trouble sleeping.
But whatever the cause, regularly shortchanging yourself on sleep is a recipe for unbalanced hormones. Your body requires adequate sleep to recharge, rebalance and restore. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of solid sleep a night to balance you hormones naturally and maintain healthy levels moving forward.
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