Normal hormone production has a profound effect on your general health. So if your body experiences any changes in hormone levels, you might suffer from lots of less-than-pleasant symptoms starting with dry or itchy skin, fatigue, and mood swings and ending with PMS, weight gain, brain fog, and migraines. Fortunately, you can improve your hormonal health by introducing some new habits into your ordinary lifestyle.
10. IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION IN YOUR PELVIS.
Efficient pelvic circulation is essential for keeping your hormones in balance. So if your period begins or ends with a lot of dark-brown blood or if your lower belly feels cold when you touch it, your pelvis probably needs some help. In this case, try to do self-massage or apply a compress of hot tea made with fresh ginger on this area.
9. EAT MORE EGGS.
To optimize your hormone health, it is recommended to consume at least 20-30 grams of protein per meal. And among all high-protein foods, eggs are considered to be the most nutritious ones. Eating them on a daily basis may help you lower your levels of insulin and ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry. Eggs will also help you boost your metabolism and lose weight more quickly.
8. PRACTICE DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your emotions and hormones are closely connected to each other in the following way:
- Fear affects your cortisol levels and can cause problems with your reproductive organs, kidneys, and adrenal glands.
- Frustration, impatience, and unforgiveness are linked to an estrogen imbalance and can cause disease in your liver.
- Worry and anxiety are related to your insulin levels and can lead to diabetes.
If you are feeling stressed, angry, or overwhelmed, try to practice deep belly breathing for at least 15-20 minutes, twice a day. This will help you decrease stress hormones and improve your overall sense of well-being.
7. GO ORGANIC.
Most of the pesticides, fertilizers, and growth hormones used in the foods you usually eat can wreck your endocrine system. For example, pesticides usually contain xenoestrogens, these are synthetic hormones that confuse your internal organs because they imitate the natural female hormone estrogen.
So the easiest way to restore your hormonal balance is to change your dietary habits. To do this, always check food labels and avoid purchasing pre-packaged foods. It’s also better to find some good online sellers and buy organic foods from them.
You should also avoid eating GMO foods as they are usually sprayed with glyphosate. This herbicide can cause hormonal issues and lead to depression, infertility, birth defects, and even cancer.
6. TRY SEED CYCLING.
Seed cycling can help your body balance progesterone and estrogen during your menstrual cycle.
- The follicular phase (1-14 days): consume 1 tbsp of raw freshly ground flax seeds and 1 tbsp of pumpkin seeds (or chia/hemp seeds) and take 1500-2000 mg of fish oil every day.
- The luteal phase (15-28 days): eat 1 tbsp of raw freshly ground sunflower seeds and 1 tbsp of sesame seeds and take 1500-2000 mg of evening primrose oil daily.
If you keep seed cycling over a period of about 3 months, you should feel that the severity of your PMS symptoms has been reduced, that your mood has improved, and that you have less water retention and menstrual cramps.
5. TAKE A DETOX BATH.
A relaxing bath with Epsom salts will help you increase the magnesium levels in your body and lower your stress hormones at the same time. Just fill your bathtub with warm water and add 1-3 cups of Epsom salt to it. In addition to the Epsom salt, you can also add 1/2 cup of baking soda and a few drops of essential oils. Soak in the bathtub for about 12 minutes, then rinse off with clean water.
4. DRINK SOLE.
While ordinary table salt can be really harmful for the human body if consumed in large amounts, natural salt can actually support your health in plenty of different ways. This natural alternative to regular salt will help you reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, improve your nighttime sleep, and boost your energy throughout the day.