Hormonal imbalances can cause health issues, emotional problems and some strange symptoms. If you’re an adult, you may experience acne you thought you left behind in your teens. It can cause issues line thinning hair, weight gain, lack of energy and constipation. You don’t have to suffer through it or take medication, in most cases. There are ways to balance your hormones naturally. Always check with your doctor first before you start on any program of exercise and see if trying the natural approach before considering medication is the safest route to take.
A healthy balance of microbes in your elimination system is a start.
Most of your nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. While digestion takes place in the mouth, stomach and small intestine, only alcohol is absorbed by the body in the stomach, everything else passes to the small intestine to be absorbed in the blood stream. Getting adequate nutrition to the body requires good gut health and a balance of beneficial bacteria. The balance of microbes can affect the levels of estriol, the estrogen that protects and lowers the incidence of problems faced at menopause, such as estrogen dominance. Some antibiotics can affect the balance, just as unhealthy eating can. Eating fermented food, such as live bacteria yogurt, can help, just as eating prebiotic foods, such as asparagus or garlic.
Unhealthy eating can get your hormones out of balance.
You are what you eat, at least your hormones are what you eat. Most people consume a high sugar diet. Sugar, dextrose, HFCS—high fructose corn syrup—or other types of sugar are in everything, it seems. It’s in most of the processed foods you eat. Sugar, especially HFCS, can mess up your hormones and get them out of balance, just as starches can. To see whether these two are your problem, cut out sweets, starchy foods and processed foods for two weeks and see how you’ll feel. You’ll be amazed at how it can boost your energy. Eating crucifers also helps.
Exercise can help get your hormones in line.
A program of regular exercise affects more than just your hormone balance. Studies show it positively affects the prominence of healthy bacteria. It boosts muscle development, endurance and flexibility. Exercise affects all types of hormones. Serotonin, the hormone for improved sleep, digestion, mood and sexual functioning is increased. So is dopamine, so you’ll be less stressed. Sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone are also balanced in the body when you exercise. To get the best results, you need strength-building, flexibility and cardio workouts.
- Many of the foods that seem healthy really aren’t. For instance, meat that’s not organic or fresh vegetables where pesticides were used may have a disruptive force on your hormone imbalance.
- Foods with glucosinolates, which include cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, helps detox the body and lower the risk or help solve the problem of estrogen dominance, one of the major reasons for hormone imbalances.
- It’s not all about what you eat, it’s often about what you drink, too. Drinks high in caffeine, such as coffee, and those high in sugar, like soft drinks, can cause hormone imbalance problems. So can energy drinks and chocolate.
- Make sure you also have a good balance of healthy fat in your diet. Pay close attention to the ratio of Omega6 to Omega3 fatty acids. The ratio should be four Omega6 to one Omega3. Unfortunately, the American diet is closer to a 20 to one ratio.