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Balancing Hormonal Changes Naturally

Posted by Andrea Skurr

May 19, 2015 11:50:51 AM

When a woman???s hormone level fluctuates, it can affect normal, everyday functioning including relationships. But beyond mood and sex drive, fertility and ovulation are all affected by the levels of estrogen and progesterone produced each month. When imbalances occur, several conditions may present themselves depending on which hormones are affected and how severe the imbalance.

The good news is that by taking control of your exercise regime, nutritional intake, and levels of stress, you can make a dramatic improvement on your hormonal balance which in turn can affect your overall health. It???s always best to know what areas to concentrate on based on your medical diagnosis, so consult with your doctor first. Let???s look at some of these natural solutions. 

Movement and Rest
Establish an exercise routine that you can look forward to doing at least 30 minutes, 3 days per week. Do something that???s fun and motivates you. Try the latest dance fusion class or simply enjoy a bike ride and get the benefits of a little sunshine which stabilizes hormones. Either way, keep your body moving.

The flipside is rest. Hormones are kicked into overdrive when you don???t get enough rest, so allot 7-8 hours each night to allow your body to de-process and recuperate to function optimally.

Nutritional Intake
  • Increase hydration and avoid alcohol, sugars and especially caffeine which causes the adrenal glands to over-produce hormones.
  • Up the fiber to at least 30 grams per day. This helps flush your body of a buildup of processed foods containing chemicals that affect hormone levels. Simultaneously, avoid processed/high-fat foods (pre-packages meats, desserts, frozen foods, white breads).
  • Eat fresh, organic foods as much as possible. Fruits and veges improve your overall health and help regulate hormone production. Raw nuts and seeds make for healthy snacks.
  •  Avoid foods with pesticides, steroids, antibiotics, bgh, enriched flour, processed with vegetable oil or soy products which all can negatively affect hormone balance.
  • Eat more omega-3 fatty acids that help hormones adhere to cells and include fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) which contains DHEA, an essential hormone that assists brain functioning.
Leveling Stress
Regularly participate in yoga, massage, arts or crafts, meditation, Qi Gong, or any practice that helps reduce your stress. These activities are different than sleeping as you are actively participating in regulating hormone levels. Simple movement that enables inner expression has a calming affect on the nervous system.
If you are interested in additional natural support for regulating hormones, consider an herbal consultation with a licensed acupuncturists or herbalist to find a formal best suitable for you. A nutritionist can also counsel you on which vitamins to increase.
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Topics: Women's Health

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