As us women age and we begin to close in on our 40 menopause starts becoming a real concern. As our hormone levels decline some of the more unpleasant symptoms of menopause start showing. Most women in the world have to go through the symptoms of menopause such as; night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, fatigue and more.
While hormone therapy is always an option some women don’t feel comfortable with the procedure; some of the women that try hormone therapy have found adverse side effects.
A lot of women turn to natural remedies such as; diet, natural supplements, exercise, stress management techniques and more. There’s a plethora of natural remedies and you can select the ones that best fit your lifestyle. The best thing about these natural remedies is; often not only do they help regulate your hormones and help with menopause but also have a positive impact on your overall health.
An improper hormonal balance can not only have a negative impact on your physical health but also your emotional and mental health as well. It can wreak havoc throughout your body since hormones regulate the way we feel, eat, sleep, heck even our sex drive is controlled by hormones.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms no matter the age you may be suffering hormonal imbalances in your body.
- Weight gain
- Unexplained, and sudden, weight loss
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- Pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
- Increased or decreased heart rate
- Increased sensitivity to cold or heat
- Constipation or more frequent bowel movements
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Increased hunger
- Decreased sex drive
- Nervousness, anxiety, or irritability
- Blurred vision
- Thinning hair or fine, brittle hair
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Purple or pink stretch marks
Here are some natural ways to help regulate your hormonal levels.
The importance of eating the right amount of protein cannot be ignored, your body requires amino acids since your body can’t produce them on their own and they are required in order to maintain muscle, skin , hair and bone health. It is recommended to consume a minimum of 20 grams of protein a meal.
Essential fats are vital for hormone production. Eating a variety may keep inflammation low, boost metabolism and keep your weight in check.
Include coconut oil, olive oil and avocados as well as oily fish (salmon, mackerel, trout), flaxseeds and oil, or take a daily omega-3 supplement.
Sugar and refined carbs are linked to a vast amount of health issues, avoiding these foods is fundamental in order to optimize hormonal functions and return them to normal whilst avoiding things like diabetes and obesity.
However sugary drinks are the kryptonite to balanced hormone levels, large consumptions of sugary drinks can contribute to insulin resistance. In addition sugary beverages can lead to an increase in calorie intake since sugary drinks don’t give the same feeling of fullness a meal does. Ditching sugary drinks is probably the best things you can do to return your hormone levels to normal and for your health
Stress plays a role in hormonal imbalances, hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are heavily affected by stress. Cortisol is the hormone that helps your body cope with stress over a period of time. Adrenaline is the flight or fight response that was hard wired into humans since the beginning of times, adrenaline provides a boost of energy in order to react to an imminent threat.
However, these hormones were mainly triggered by threats from predators, these days they’re triggered by people’s busy and overwhelming lifestyles. Unfortunately, chronic stress causes cortisol levels to stay elevated which can lead to an excess of calorie intake and may lead to obesity and other health issues.Try to take 20 minutes off your day and engage in activities that you enjoy in order to help reduce stress. If you find yourself looking for ways to help clear your mind you can look at our other article here
Exercise can have a huge impact on your hormone levels, a major benefit from exercise is the ability to reduce insulin levels. Insulin has many functions, one of them is to allow your cells to use glucose and amino acids from your bloodstream and then use it to fuel your muscles and body. Exercise can also increase your levels of testosterone and other growth hormones which can help build muscle.
Even if your diet is the best and you’re exercising everyday your body will suffer if you don’t get good quality sleep, poor sleep can disrupt your hormonal balance and negatively affect hormones such as; insulin cortisol and growth hormones. Quantity of sleep is nowhere near as important as quality of sleep. Your brain needs uninterrupted sleep so that it can go through the sleep cycles required for your brain to properly rest.
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