I’m sure many of you know about hormones, but do you know exactly what they do and how important they are to us.
Well, hormones aren’t just a woman’s thing; they’re in both men and women, but I’m gearing it more towards the ladies for this post.
What is hormone imbalance?
According to WebMD, hormones are chemicals that your body makes in one location that works in another.
Signs of Hormone Imbalance
This was taken from wellnesshormonebalance.org, “Hormone imbalances can affect the daily lifestyles of men and women. Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone all play critical roles in your health. Low or unbalanced levels of these important hormones can cause the following: loss of energy and mental clarity, loss of lean muscle mass, increased belly fat, loss of restorative sleep, headaches, osteoporosis, loss of libido, and sexual performance, hot flashes, and even mood swings.”
As you can see, it can cause a whole array of problems. I have always had unbalanced hormones, ever since I got my first period. I would and still do get hairs on my chin and the inner parts of my forearms. I find that I cry at the drop of a hat, more when I’m on my period. My hair can be quite dry and has definitely thinned in the last few years. Aside from being tired all the time, the most obvious result of my hormonal imbalance is my acne. I don’t really like talking about this, but I feel I must. For any of you ladies out there who feel like you’re alone, well, you’re not.
How to fix Hormone Imbalance?
Millions of women have hormone imbalances and don’t even realize it. Here are some things you can do to prevent and better balance your hormones:
Soy blocks Iodine uptake in the body. Iodine deficiencies can cause thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer, as well as cysts in the breasts and ovaries, and even breast and ovarian cancer, according to cheeseslave.com.
CUT DOWN ON CAFFEINE
Caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system.
REGULATE YOUR SLEEP
The body needs sleep for a reason, and when it doesn’t get enough sleep, it can’t heal or restore itself. Not getting enough sleep or enough quality sleep and sleeping at irregular hours can cause hormones in the body to be out of whack.
Try to go to bed around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. I like to go to bed between 10-12 pm and wake up between 7-10 am. Mind you, I have that luxury because I work from home, but you get the picture. If you struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep, you might want to try and do what I do. Take a hot bath with lots of Epsom salt a half an hour before bed and then make yourself some chamomile tea and see if that helps.
you don’t know how this wonder oil helps, but I know that it does. Try taking about a tablespoon of organic coconut oil every day.
Red Raspberry strengthens the female reproductive system.
Black Cohosh is a great natural source of estrogen as opposed to human-made synthetic forms.
According to bodyecology.com, Dong Quai balances estrogen levels, purifies the blood, treats iron deficiencies and anemia, helps ease PMS symptoms, improves overall mood, increases circulation, improves complexion, and also promotes healing of common skin conditions. This one I can personally attest to. I started taking it a while back for my unbalanced hormones, and I don’t remember why I stopped. It helped with my mood and hormonal acne. I’ll probably start taking it again once I’m finished my cleanse. FYI do not take this while pregnant or breastfeeding.
My hormones are more balanced now than they were before, but they’re still not perfect. I will say that since I have been eating better(organic) and trying to regulate my sleep, I for sure feel like I’m better now than I use to be. I’ve learned that sleep is the number one thing that wreaks havoc on my hormones. So if you’re trying to balance your hormones, and you don’t feel any different at first, don’t give up; it may take a while because your hormones didn’t unbalance overnight!