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It is not normal to feel hormonal—exhaustion, mood swings, and period cramps. Your body is probably getting estrogen overload through certain foods. Maintain your body’s hormonal balance by avoiding nuts, seeds and soy. These are phytoestrogens that have harmful side effects. Supplement your diet with magnesium that is necessary for most cellular processes.
Cortisol prepares your body for fight-or-flight response, assists in glucose metabolism and regulates blood sugar and suppresses inflammation and immune response. Cortisol levels ebb as soon as the danger is averted. But stress can cause cortisol levels to stay high on a continuous basis. This leads to higher risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and cognitive ability.
Burdock, chicory roots, dandelion and turmeric help detox the liver. Treat stomach disorders with aloe vera, parsley, flaxseed, ginger and licorice. Lemon balm, ashwagandha and valerian help keep stress at bay. Balance your hormones with astralagus and chasteberry. Anti-inflammatory oils are good additions to skin care potions. Take necessary precautions.
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) affects a majority of women where symptoms are characterized by an urgent and frequent need to urinate and pain above the pubic region. Inflammation, acidity, mast cell activation, mucosal lining damage, autoimmunity and hormonal imbalances are the chief reasons. There is no one-pill but rather IC requires a multi-factorial approach.
BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical found in polycarbonate plastics, paper products, CDs and in the lining of many food tins. Animal studies have shown that exposing a male rat foetus to BPA can significantly alter its production of testosterone. BPA has association with breast and prostate cancer, infertility, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
During menopause, women experience a decline in levels of the natural estrogen hormone, which is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. Moreover, during menopause, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol also increase while HDL or “good” cholesterol remains stagnant, contributing to heart disease risk.
Calories from nutrient-poor food like junk food spike your insulin levels, dull satiety signals, encourage overeating and set off cravings. Whereas nutrient rich food minimizes cravings, signal satiety, maintain stable blood sugar levels and keeps your hunger at bay. So the quality of food you put in your body is more important than calories you are counting.
Cortisol is a glucocorticoid produced in response to stress. It is made from cholesterol and its synthesis and release is controlled by ACTH. It helps us deal with stress by shutting down unnecessary functions, like reproduction and the immune system, in order to direct all energies toward dealing with the stress at hand. It also decreases calcium absorption in the intestine.
Counting calories is not always the best option to achieve that fabulous beach body! Eat whole foods and eat only when you're hungry. Increase intake of lean proteins and greens. Avoid starchy foods. Stay hydrated, get ample rest to balance out those hormone levels. Stay active and Include 20-30 minutes of physical activity everyday and never skip meals.
Meditation reduces cortisol levels. -Stress stimulates production of cortisol, decreases the monthly surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) which is responsible for triggering ovulation. Meditation helps reduce this. It also reduces insulin resistance and improves sex hormone balance both of which equally contribute to one's fertility.
To balance your hormones naturally, you must balance your blood sugar. Quit caffeine, sugar and have 3 balanced meals a day. Next, support your detoxification pathways by eating milk thistle, organic foods and dandelion greens. Practice stress relieving techniques and eat a non-inflammatory diet. Also supplement wisely to avoid and/or counter deficiencies.
The balance of the rest of your body is highly influenced by your digestive function. 70% of your immune system is located in and around your gut– your digestive tract is the main barrier between the outside world and your blood stream. There are multiple organ systems that play an important role in your digestion including your liver, pancreas, gallbladder and your brain. Imbalances in your digestion can indicate imbalances in the function of those organs, which can mean imbalances in hormones, which can mean imbalances in other organs…it’s a holistic system that’s all closely connected.
How would you know if you have a hormone imbalance? Most of the women I see already have an inkling that something is out...
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Sleeping naked can be comfortable. Your t-shirt or pyjamas won't get stuck during sleep. Lowers the risk of skin disease, as your body usually covered all day, gets to breathe. It helps keep your sleeping environment below 70F every night and regulates its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help prevent ageing and are essential for good health.