Healthy, happy hormones can make a huge difference to your overall health and wellbeing. Whatever age you are, an imbalance in hormone levels can make your life miserable and lead to symptoms such as heavy painful periods, problems conceiving, all the way up to the hot flushes and sleepless nights that accompany the menopause.
By ensuring that your hormones are balanced, you will improve your mood (no more PMS!), increase your energy levels and you should feel so much better!
Step 1: Avoid hormones in your environment
Excess hormones can be found in all kinds of unexpected places.
- Avoid tap water as it is filled with oestrogen from medications and is not filtered out by standard filtration methods so it’s best to drink filtered or bottled water.
- When possible, buy organic meat. Cheaper meat contains hormones and antibiotics to encourage growth.
- Avoid BPAs and phthalates. These two chemicals mimic key hormones in the body and can disrupt hormone balance. BPA is a petroleum based chemical found in plastics. Phthalates are also found in plastics and other common products such as shampoos and shower gels.
Step 2: Manage your Stress
Stress can have a big impact on how your body regulates its systems. When you are in a stressful system, your body shuts down unessential processes including the regulation of hormones.
Here are a few ways that you can manage your stress levels.
- Meditation and Mindfulness. Even just 10 minutes of meditation each day can have a big impact on your stress levels
- Exercise. Find an exercise you love and train a couple of times a week to reduce your levels of stress.
- Journalling. If you find that you have lots of thoughts racing round your head all the time, try writing them all down before bed. This will help you sleep better and stop you going over things again and again.
Step 3: Eat Well
For years we have been told to eat low fat to lose weight but could this advice be affecting our hormones? Fat is the key building block for hormones, so restricting it from your diet may mean that your body doesn’t have the right components for ensuring a healthy hormone system.
- Eat good quality fats, such as full fat dairy, eggs, nuts and seeds
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids are really important in your diet. Try to eat 2 portions of oily fish each week, including trout, mackerel, salmon, tuna and sardines.
- Cover your bases with a good quality multi-vitamin to ensure your body has everything it needs.
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