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Your Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Like a Nutritionist

by Gauri Kolhe

You always listen to balance in your life with healthy food healthy lifestyle and hormones form your health conscious friend, family member or colleague. When you go to your doctor you get a suggestion on balancing your hormones.

Hormones are the biological fluids secretes inside the body. Human body designed to produce them and have a well defined endocrine system which is responsible of hormone production and balance. Thanks for these hormones human body is capable for doing proper functions and keep you healthy.

Hormone imbalance leads you to a path on facing various illness as well as discomfort like breakouts, mood swings, and random cravings.

Although you are living a healthy lifestyle, there are many environmental factors and unconscious behavior that can easily disturb your hormone balance.

For instance, your favorite coffee it could be hot or cold suits to your taste. Coffee is enriched with antioxidants and caffeine, caffeine and others stressors like toxins, stress and pregnancy can cause major affect on your body.

According to Elissa Goodman, a LA based nutritionist and cleanse expert, we can reset the mess in hormones inside the body by identifying certain factors and find out the right solutions to those problems by taking supplements that help in balancing the hormone.

Control panel for hormone level controlling

Endocrine system consist eight major glands that includes hypothalamus (the master gland), pituitary gland, thyroid gland, pineal gland, thymus, pancreas, adrenal gland and testes in males and ovary in female.

Although there are glands to secrete eh hormone, production and release of hormone conducted by the brains, lungs, heart, kidney, liver and skin. Hormones worked as messenger and send signals that affect the growth and development, metabolism, mood, reproduction and sexual function. In case of any disruption or injury to the body or stress can lead misbalance n hormone.

Common causes for hormone imbalance in women

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  • Hormone misbalance can be seen in both male and female but it has been seen more in women. The most common cause of hormone imbalances are the changes in minerals and hydration, stress (emotional, physical), diet infection and inflammation.
  • Gut flora plays key role in hormone maintenance.
  • Another cause is taking birth control pills and other contraceptive as they cause disturbance n regular secretion and cycle of the hormone.

Sign of hormone imbalance

According to Doctor Goodman people may experience symptoms of hormone imbalance which are as follows.

  • Depression and anxiety 
  • PMS mood changes and irritability, sadness, or anger
  • Digestive issues 
  • Weight fluctuation or fluid retention 
  • Hair thinning or loss
  • Breast tenderness, breast lumps, or cysts
  • Heavy or light periods 
  • Infertility
  • Hormonal migraines or headaches  
  • Cramps and back pain 
  • Adult acne
  • Constant hunger
  • Sleep issues  

Few Best Supplements to Balancing your hormone

Here are some best supplements to balancing your hormone.

  • Omega-3s

Omega-3s are the most recommended supplements to the people having hormone disorder as many of the hormone made up of omega-3s. Inflammation causes damage to the body that interferes hormone balance maintenance , omega-3s also prevent that damage.

  • Vitamin D3

Many of the researches show that vitamin D3 act like a hormone inside the body that helps you to reduce inflammation. The best source of the vitamin D3 is direct sunshine. So make sure to get expose to the sunlight.

“Probiotic gut health is directly correlated with hormone balance and probiotic helps to maintain this relation. Probiotic are healthy bacteria supplements that you consume in the form of food and drink and they helps to maintain gut flora.

They tend to improve production and regulation of the hormone. Fermented coconut yogurt, fermented coconut water, tempeh, kimchi or kombucha and raw sauerkraut are the best probiotic.

  • Magnesium

Stress makes your cell to dump magnesium in women hence they are more magnesium deficient than men. To prevent overabundance of cortisol and keep calm the central nervous system you have to accomplish the deficiency of magnesium. Relax central nervous system and maintained level of cortisol leads better regulation of hormone.

Magnesium also helps in quality sleep and reducing inflammation.  

  • Traditional Herbal tea: dandelion tea

Dandelion tea has the ability to detoxify the body and help in hormone balance. Dandelion also helps to eliminate the excess amount of the hormones in order to balance hormone.

This tea contains vitamin K that helps with menstrual cycle due to its property of blood clotting. It has been seen that dandelion also have been used by the women who suffers from Urinary tract infection as it eliminates the kidney waste and increase urine production and inhibit bacterial growth.

  • Maca

Maca is a tuber root of a Peruvian radish, known as hormone booster that helps maintain hormone level by nourishing and stimulating the pituitary and hypothalamus gland. Maca act as an adaptogen as this regulate production of hormone according to situation like increase production in case of less production or vice-versa.

Maca also used treating PMS, fertility, skin, nails and better skin.

Some lifestyle changes that helps hormone balance

According to Goodman here are recommendations listed below to maintain hormone balance.

  • Eating healthy food

A diet that lacks proper nutrients like protein, carbohydrates and good fat, this affects your hormone production and regulation. So make sure to focus on including cruciferous vegetable, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, colored vegetables, herbs and spices and green vegetables in your diet.

  • Do proper exercise

Dong regular exercise helps promote sleep, reduce inflammation and lower stress and maintain hormone balance.

  • Avoid birth control pills

Birth control pills cause disturbance in hormone production and regulation so avoid them as more as possible.

  • Get a proper sleep

 According to health experts an adult should get a sleep for 7-8 hours daily to maintain health. So try to have a quality time sleep and small nap during your heavy schedule.

  • Avoid processed food and eat healthy fats

Processed food contains fats and sugar that is not in favor of your health so make sure to avoid processed food and try to eat more natural good fats.

Good fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and saturated fatty acids are essentials to maintain hormone level and function. Coconut milk and oil, Chia seeds, wild caught salmon, grass fed butter and avocados are the best source of healthy fats.

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