It is well understood that regulating hormones can help a lot in boosting health. Hormones have power to impact on weight, mood, bowel health and you can easily observe the influence of hormones on pregnant ladies or girls going through puberty. Hormonal balance is the key player in overall health especially in weight maintenance, growth, ovulation, and reproduction etc. hormonal imbalance is related with many issues like skin problems, weight gain, sleep apnea, PMS, infertility, endometriosis, polycystic Ovarian syndrome and many others.
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through blood to organs and tissues of body and are required for metabolism, mood, sexual functions and much more. Nutrition plays main role in determining the status of hormonal balance in human body and improving overall lifestyle along with diet can help to solve the underlying problems of hormonal imbalance and ensure women’s health. Apart from diet, I have detailed out some important tips that can help in acquiring hormonal balance.
Human body needs 50:50 balance in the types of polyunsaturated fats (Omega-3 and Omega 6) being consumed and this ratio is very important but is often ignored. Seed based oils that are being used commonly nowadays have replaced the sources of Omega 3 fats and saturated fats. These fats are important for hormone functions. Coconut oil is an amazing addition to your diet for hormone health as it helps in hormone production, reduce bloating and help in weight loss. Some other important sources of fats include olive oil, avocados, eggs, organic meats and seafood. It is also important to limit consumption of vegetable oil, margarine, soybean oil, canola oil or other chemically processed oils.
Using too much caffeine can put the endocrine system out of whack particularly in the presence of other hormone stressors like stress, fat imbalance, pregnancy and toxins in body. Cutting down the coffee or replacing it with herbal teas could be a wise step for improving the hormone condition.
Hormone disrupting chemicals are everywhere like in plastics, mattresses, pesticides, and household cleaners etc. these chemicals can mimic the real hormones inside human body and affect the production of real hormones. It is advised to stay away from unnecessary chemicals. Cooking should be done in non-coated metal pans. Food shouldn’t be stored in plastic containers.
The dream to have perfectly balanced hormones cannot come true without enough sleep. Body toxins are removed during sleep and new hormones are created. Day and light cycle is also regulated with proper sleep that is very important for producing correct amount of all hormones. Even if one night’s sleep is missed or disturbed, the body signals to produce pre-diabetic hormone levels.
A gentle exercise is a must for a healthy lifestyle but an intense and extended workout regime can make the problem worse by inducing stress. Some relaxing exercises are swimming, walking, and yoga. While extended running, intense cardio and other such extreme workouts should be avoided.
Above all, it is crucial to maintain an ideal body weight to keep the hormones in line. A healthy lifestyle and diet can be helpful along with other factors mentioned above.