7 Tips to Help Heal a Hormonal Imbalance Naturally.
1. Eat a nutrient dense diet.
Supporting your body with foods that are rich in nutrients is an excellent way to help your body fight hormonal imbalances. (1) Foods high in nutrients and healthy fats like, grass-fed meats, organic fruits, wild-caught fish and organic vegetables can be an excellent way to help support hormone balance inside the body.
Exercise is an amazing way to reduce stress and lower insulin levels. (2) It's also been shown to boost growth hormone, which can repair the body and improve quality of life. (3) Whether it's going for a long walk, or hike, or bicycling, getting your heart rate up and your metabolism moving helps to balance hormones naturally.
3. Get Outdoors.
Getting outside and into nature is a great way to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. (4) Too much cortisol has been shown to increase blood pressure and increase belly fat. A perfect way to unwind and de-stress is to go for a jog, hike or walk outdoors for at least 30 minutes every day.
4. Limit Alcohol and Smoking
Chronic consumption of alcohol has been shown to disrupt hormones and smoking cigarettes actually changes steroid hormone levels. (5,6) It's best to ultimately cut both of these out of your lifestyle and at the very least to limit the consumption of both because they can wreck havoc on your endocrine system.
5. Reduce Your Screen Time
Most people wouldn't associate social media and device screen time to a hormonal imbalance however prolonged electromagnetic frequency exposure has been shown to trigger stress and alter reproductive hormones. (7) Disconnecting and limiting your time online everyday is an important part of managing stress and living a balanced life. Keep all screens out of your bedroom, especially in the evenings. Try reading a book before bed with a warm cup of chamomile tea instead. Too much blue light exposure especially in the evenings can really disrupt your sleep, and your hormones and suppress melatonin. (8) Also try disconnecting all wifi routers before bed, so your body can fully rest and repair.
6. Avoid Hormone Disruptors
Essentially, an endocrine disruptor is anything that blocks your body from making or using hormones. (9) These compounds include endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which are present in our food, environment, and numerous consumer products like shampoo's, fragrances, soaps, lotions, cleaning supplies and much, much more. They are literally everywhere! The number of products which contain these (EDCs) is astonishing and could be contributing to the dramatic increase of adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances today. Studies show that endocrine disruptors have an effect on levels of hormones such as estrogen, cause reproductive damage, infertility, hypothyroidism, cancer, and more. (10)
7. Use Supplements to Support Your Body
Nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are the building blocks to a healthy endocrine system. They not only help your body produce and balance hormone levels but they also help you manage stress, lower blood pressure, and boost metabolism which are all keys to improving your health.
Over the past 60 years there has been a decline in the quality of food available in the US. As a result there's been a rapid decline in soil nutrients and other trace minerals. (11,12) That's made today's food supply severely deficient of critical nutrients that help us heal and could be connected to the increase of hormonal imbalances. Getting enough vitamins and minerals from food is simply impossible, you must supplement with nutrients to be your most healthy, vibrant self.