By Shana Daniel, RHN
Feeling tired, cranky, anxious or any other undesirables? It’s possible your hormones may be swinging left and right including up and down.
Not only are they responsible for menacing teenage behaviour or hot flashes in women, they affect almost every function in children, adolescents, adult men and women.
You’re thinking, time to get them back on track naturally? Here’s how.
*Fruit and veggie fibre boost. A low fibre diet impedes hormones from their optimal function. It sweeps away debris and toxins from our digestive tract.
*Use natural sweetness instead of refined sugar. Your body digests sugar quickly, which means your blood sugar levels spike. Fluctuating blood sugar levels can upset the communication between other hormones, especially if insulin stops responding to the sugar in your bloodstream, which can eventually result in a metabolic condition like Type 2 diabetes. Use natural, plant-based sugar substitutes like green leaf stevia, coconut nectar, pure maple syrup, and raw honey.
*Phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens are two xenohormones considered to be endocrine disruptors. Xenoestrogens are found in plastic containers, water bottles, cosmetics, body care products, and aluminum cans. Phytoestrogens occur naturally in foods like soy products, beans, and legumes. Non-organic animal products like chicken, beef, dairy, farmed fish, and eggs have become another major source of phytoestrogens because they’re injected with growth hormones to grow faster and bigger – which are ingested when we eat them. The best way to avoid xenoestrogens is to switch from plastic to glass containers for food storage and to use chemical-free body care products wherever possible. You can avoid phytoestrogens by replacing soy and dairy products with non-dairy milk alternatives like almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk or cashew milk.
*Healthy clean fats. These essential fats contain omega 3 and 6. They are referred to as essential since the body cannot make them on its own. They have to be derived from food. The best dietary sources of healthy fats we know of at this time are wild-caught salmon and cold-water fish, coconut oil, avocado, hemp seed oil and hemp hearts, flax, pumpkin seeds, and algae such as chlorella and spirulina.
*Avoid excessive caffeine intake. Caffeine can cause spikes and crashes in your blood sugar and also can trigger the release of cortisol in people already under significant stress. If energy is your main reason to include caffeine in your diet, try replacing your morning coffee with a green smoothie that incorporates hormone-balancing nutrients like chlorella and healthy fats from avocado.
*Physical activity. Not only is exercise one of the most effective natural remedies for stress relief, it also promotes hormone balance by balancing your blood sugar.
Hormonal balance benefits are endless when you’ve made the effort to do it as naturally as you can. Not only can you expect to have natural energy that lasts longer, but you can also experience clearer skin, improved digestion and a greater sense of well-being.