Aside from turning to medication, there are natural ways to balance your hormones.
We all get hormonal once in a while, it’s a fact of life. Hormones affect everything in our lives, from moods, to weight, to bowel movements.
They can fluctuate at different points in our lives such as during puberty, and pregnancy. Many people don’t realize this, but the bacteria in our gut can have a lot to do with hormone balance, and even if you do everything else right, they can cause mood swings and health issues. Fluctuations in hormone levels can be completely normal, but still wreak havoc on our lives, so if you are feeling particularly hormonal for no good reason, you can try some of these natural methods to balance you out.
Eat more healthy fats. The balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats in the body should be 50/50. This balance is important for health. You can get Omega-6 fats from seed-based oils like canola and soybean. You can get Omega-3 fats from fatty fish like salmon.
Drink less caffeine. Even though some of us need it to survive, caffeine can cause big problems with the endocrine system, so if you are feeling hormonal, trust me, coffee won’t help. If you need caffeine to get through your day, opt for some herbal tea.
Regulate your sleep. If you aren’t sleeping properly, your hormones will most certainly not be in balance. During sleep, your body recharges removes toxins, and create hormones. Make sleep a priority, period.
Exercise properly. If you are trying to balance your hormones, avoid extended or rigorous exercise, and focus on calming exercises like swimming, or walking.
Concentrate on your digestion. 70% of your immune system is located in your gut, so if you are suffering from a hormone imbalance, focus first on your digestive health. Probiotics, fiber, and other digestive aids can help with this process.
Avoid plastic. Many plastics contain chemicals like BPA, that can disrupt your endocrine system. If you are drinking from, cooking with, or storing food in plastics, switch to metal cookware and reusable water bottles to help get your hormones in check.