5 Ways to Naturally Help Hormonal Imbalance
Are you experiencing changes in appetite? Chronic fatigue? Low libido? Trouble sleeping? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may have a hormonal imbalance.
Hormone imbalance is a relatively common issue that can manifest in the form of many symptoms, from decreased libido to weight gain, depression and more.
What’s worse, if your hormonal imbalance is left unchecked, it could eventually lead to additional health complications and side effects.
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Luckily, there are things you can do – completely naturally! – to help balance your hormones.
Here Are 5 Ways to Naturally Deal With Hormonal Imbalance:
If you’re looking to balance your hormones naturally, here are the top five ways.
1. Change Your Diet
The food you eat directly impacts your hormones. Eating more protein will decrease the hunger hormone “ghrelin” and activate the hormones that make you feel full.
In terms of foods to avoid, steer clear of refined carbohydrates which cause hormonal imbalance and weight gain. Instead, start incorporating more healthy fats such as avocado, salmon, and coconut oil to balance your hormones the natural way.
2. Switch to Natural Products
Let’s face it: We don’t know all of the ingredients in our skincare and cosmetic products. Many of us are unknowingly harming our bodies with toxic chemicals, which are also affecting our hormones.
If you’re unsure if your product is safe, find out its rating in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Cosmetic Database.
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That’s why it’s safer to use all-natural products such as essential oils to deal with hormonal imbalances. Thyme oil and clary sage are especially effective.
We don’t know all of the ingredients in our skincare and cosmetic products.
Thyme oil helps with hormonal imbalance by increasing the production of progesterone – a hormone released by the ovaries which affects menopause, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, and other reproductive health issues.
To use, add two drops of thyme oil to a hot bath or rub two to three drops (with a carrier oil) on your stomach.
Filled with phytoestrogen, clary sage is particularly helpful for PMS – alleviating symptoms such as bloating and cramps, regulating your cycle, and treating infertility.
As an added bonus, clary sage also helps combat depression.
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3. Be Cautious of Medication and Birth Control
Many medications have side effects, and in many cases, they can affect your hormone levels. When your hormones are out of whack, this can result in a wide range of health problems – low sex drive, change in appetite, fatigue, and more.
And let’s not forget the ultimate hormone disruptor: birth control.
While birth control has numerous scientifically-proven health benefits, it can also lead to dangerous side effects. The health risks of taking the pill include migraines, mood changes, high blood pressure, increased risk of breast cancer, increased risk of blood clotting, heart attack, and more.
4. Assess Your Emotional State
It should come as no surprise that an emotional imbalance can lead to a hormonal imbalance. Think about the last time you felt extremely stressed or anxious. During a breakup, for example, people tend to go in one of two directions: overeat (also referred to as “emotional eating”) or stop eating altogether.
Since the mind and body are linked, your mental and emotional state directly impacts your physical (and hormonal) state. So, if you’re overwhelmed emotionally, this will likely manifest in physical symptoms as well.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that certain emotions can lead to certain illnesses and diseases. For example, frustration and impatience can affect estrogen levels and anxiety can cause an imbalance of insulin.
5. Establish a Consistent Sleep Routine
Do you often feel tired with low energy? Chances are it has to do with the amount of sleep you’re getting each night. And, according to research, if it’s under seven hours, you’re getting less than the necessary amount of sleep.
But you’re not alone. In fact, 35.2% of American adults aren’t getting enough shut-eye. To balance your hormones, a consistent sleep pattern routine is key.
Fix Your Hormonal Imbalance the Natural Way
By incorporating these simple lifestyle changes into your daily routine, you will see a major difference in both your mental and physical health.
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Please let us know if these tips worked for you, and share your thoughts in the comments below!
All included information is not intended to treat or diagnose. The views expressed are those of the author and should be attributed solely to the author. For medical questions, please consult your healthcare provider.
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