4 simple steps to keep your hormones in check

The hormones which are surging through your body at this very moment, have a huge impact on your bodily functions.  If they are not balanced or “out of whack” you could experience symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue and Insomnia to Stomach problems and headaches. It also has a great effect on your ability to fall pregnant.  Because you can’t see or physical adjust these levels, you sometimes end up feeling frustrated which will only make you feel worse.

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Here are 4 simple steps that you could include in your daily life to help keep those hormones in line.

1.      Make Fats your friends

When we don’t eat enough fatty acids, our body struggles to absorb the key vitamins and minerals it needs to keep hormone production on track.

A great rule of thumb is to stay away from fried foods, as well as certain types of chips and crackers.  There are good fats out there, and those are the ones you will mostly find in Tuna, Salmon, Avocados, Nuts, Olive Oil and many other food products.  Remember, fats are not your enemy if you’re smart about it.

Having a steady portion of healthy fat added to your diet will also help you by boosting your metabolism, keeping inflammation levels low and increasing. Healthy fats also benefit you by keeping your inflammation levels low, boosting your metabolism and keeping your happiness levels steady.

2.      Add some peace of mind

Meditation is an effective and proven relaxation technique that has many benefits for your mind and your body.  Meditation breaks the cycle of stress, and it is because of this break that it curbs cortisol – the stress hormone which is linked to hormone imbalance.  The process of sitting with yourself, free of distraction and expectations, allows your true priorities to emerge.

After a couple of weeks of meditation, you’ll be less anxious and more in touch with your body and your hormones will be better aligned.

3.      Burn some calories

None many of us can list exercise as our number one favourite thing to do.  But the truth of the matter is, exercise is a body normalizer. It helps balance the functions of the body’s organs and helps keeps the hormones in line. Exercise also helps with reducing anxiety, inspires quality sleep, curbs insulin levels and alleviates depression.

Remember even doing a bit of housework, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator counts as exercise. 

4.      Get the sleep you need

 If you are getting less than 6 hours a night, you have a sleep deficiency, and insufficient sleep wreaks havoc on your hormones.  Even though we are sound asleep, our bodies repair cells and regulate hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone.

Poor sleep also causes your cortisol to rise the next day which can result in anxiety, excess inflammation, and high levels of insulin.


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