Hormonal imbalance can be nasty to deal with for any woman. The undesirable health effects are numerous – unwanted breakouts, fatigue, depression, hair loss, low sex drive, painful periods or miserable menopause, and many more. While all those symptoms are enough to send you straight to the doctor’s office, there may be a better way to manage things from the start. Let’s look at four ways you can take control of your hormonal health without stepping foot in the doctor’s office.
Get Enough Sleep
Good sleep is imperative for women’s health. If you’ve ever experienced a late night or a night of broken sleep, or if you struggle with insomnia, you know how devastating the effects can be the next day and even after. Sleep helps regulate the hormones that give you the energy to perform daily tasks, focus, be creative, have a healthy immune system, and even maintain a healthy weight.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
One of the most important things for maintaining hormonal balance is staying hydrated. Hydration doesn’t have to be boring! In addition to clean water, you can add nutrient-dense vegetable juices and antioxidant-rich smoothies. Coconut water is another option that can add variety to your hydration plan, and it’s one of my favorite drinks! Coconut water contains electrolytes and natural sugars and may help you rehydrate faster if you’ve been exercising or sweating a lot. Water should be your first choice, though.
Work Up a Sweat!
Your skin is the largest organ and critical component in hormone and detoxification health. Whenever you exercise, the movement gets your lymphatic system moving, which helps scoop up excess hormones, cellular debris, and waste into the lymph nodes so they can be excreted either through sweat, urine, or stool. Perspiration helps regulate your temperature and pushes toxins and salts out of the body. Saunas and warm mineral baths are other good ways to induce healthy sweating. So go ahead and get your glow on!
What you eat can impact your hormone balance. For example, too much sugar will spike insulin. Over time, excess insulin production leads to insulin resistance, which stresses the body and triggers an adrenal response. Cortisol enters the scene, and you experience a trap of fatigue and stress that is difficult to escape. Healthy foods include vegetables, especially cruciferous veggies, for their detox capabilities. Healthy proteins include organic, pasture-raised meats, wild-caught fish, free-range eggs, quinoa, legumes, seeds, and nuts; and healthy fats such as cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, and avocado oil. These foods help to regulate your blood sugar levels and support the building blocks for healthy hormonal balance.
If you begin by taking these small steps, be assured that you are on your way to hormone health! You will be surprised by how much better you may feel simply by incorporating the healthy habits I have mentioned, and your body will for sure thank you!
I’m so happy you found me. I’m Oshun and I am a Board Holistic Health Practitioner and Menstrual Cycle Coach who specializes in helping women take control of their hormones and menstrual health. Some people call me the “Womb Priestess”. I believe that every woman has within her the power to naturally reclaim her health, authentic beauty and wellness. My goal isn’t just about teaching you how your feminine body works; it’s also offering insight on the immense power that the phases of your menstrual cycle mean for your emotional, physical and mental well being!