Here are my top 7 tips to keep your hormones balanced and in check
You must Sleep in the Dark. Your pineal gland produces melatonin only in the dark. Any artificial light will turn off melatonin production. Without melatonin, you do not reach deep REM sleep, which means you are in fight or flight mode and that constant internal stress disrupts your hormones.
#2 Eat Good Fats to make hormones
Man-made fats like trans fatty acids cannot be used by your body to build healthy cells. Consume natural saturated fats like butter and coconut oil to help your body build healthy cell membranes and Omega 3 rich fats like salmon and walnuts to make healthy hormones.
#3 Feed your Hypothalamus
Leading on to the hypothalamus – this is a small area in the center of the brain that has many jobs. It plays an important role in hormone production and helps to stimulate many important processes in the body.
When the hypothalamus is not working properly, it can cause problems in the body leading to many disorders. Though diseases of the hypothalamus are uncommon, it is important to keep it healthy to allow it to function at balancing your hormones. A diet high in good fats, particularly Omega 3 (oily fish, avocados, nuts) and rich in Vitamin B should be maintained.
#4 Limit excess Carbohydrates
While glucose fuels mitochondrial energy production, consuming starch carbohydrates will spike your insulin levels causing fat depositing. Remember the overproduction in insulin can’t be used and will be stored as fat instead.
Similarly, sugar (the main insulin spiking culprit!) will only tax your insulin reserve, and over time too much will be stressing your endocrine glands and could lead to insulin resistant diabetes. Cut your fruits right down, avoid sweetened drinks and limit alcohol intake to help balance your hormones.
#6 Relax and Rejuvenate
When you are under stress, your adrenals go into fight or flight mode. These powerful endocrine glands do not know the difference between you stressing out because you are late for an appointment and you being chased by a tiger. It’s the same reaction. All reserve goes to fueling the fight or flight response, leaving little left over for healthy hormone production. So make time every day to unwind, take a vacation, and harmonize your hormones.
#7 Give and Receive hugs each day. Touch is therapeutic. Studies show that hugging reduces stress hormones. Connecting to others keeps your hormones healthy. Close physical contact allows us to share phenomes—the tiny inhaled hormones that help us bond with one another.
Big Hugs = healthy hormone production!
7# Honor your Natural Cycles
Our bodies respond to the seasons. At the end of winter, our hormones rise…spring fever. Not just reproductive, but metabolic. We literally run faster hormonally. Thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, even our immune system and brain chemistry is primed for the longer days of summer. Our bodies respond to the lunar cycles as well. Emergency rooms are busier on the full moon. Women menstruate with the moon cycles. Don’t resist Mother Nature, go with the flow and harmonize your hormones.
I hope you found that useful!