Every woman knows the signs of her menstrual cycle from beginning to end. You live with it just about every twenty-eight days from the age of twelve or so until your forties.
But what if the menstrual cycle isn’t twenty-eight days? What if a significant change hits you out of the blue? It is normal to have ups and downs in the levels of your hormones over the cycle, but large changes aren’t normal.
This could mean a hormonal imbalance.
In order for you to feel your best and to be healthy, a number of hormones in your bodies must work together. If one gets out of balance for whatever reason, the harmony of hormones working together disappears.
The most common signs of hormonal imbalance are:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss or thinning
- Brain fog
- Dry or sagging skin
- Sugar cravings
- Low libido
- Fertility challenges
In case of extreme case of symptoms or general discomfort, we suggest you go to the best gynaecologist near you immediately. With crowdfunding in India to take care of your medical bills, do not keep these symptoms piling up.
Many women typically turn to synthetic treatments like hormonal birth control (pill, IUD, etc.) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to regulate their hormone imbalances. Unfortunately these drugs act more like band-aids covering up the symptoms without treating the underlying cause of the imbalance.
Most of us would want to delay resorting to artificial treatments and attempt to cure the disorders in our body naturally. Thankfully, there are ways to do exactly this with hormonal imbalance too. Read on to find out!
- Choose organic!
Organic food items in India are not only hard to find but painfully expensive. But now that you have crowdfunding India to grant you a better life, make no compromise when it comes to your health.
Many of the pesticides, fertilizers and growth hormones used in conventional foods are endocrine disruptors, which are chemicals that interfere with your endocrine (hormone) systems. For example, pesticides add synthetic hormones to your body (like xenoestrogens), confuse your body’s complex hormonal conversation and congest your liver, making it harder to process and eliminate excess hormones.
Organic food is more nutrient-dense and helps put out the fire of inflammation that may contribute to hormonal imbalance in the first place.
- Include beets and green vegetables in your diet.
A key function of the liver in hormonal balance is the production of bile. Bile is secreted by the liver for the digestion and absorption of dietary fats and fat-soluble substances–some good (vitamins A, D, E, K) and some bad (excess estrogens). If your bile isn’t flowing, you may have difficulty eliminating excess estrogens. Beets and green vegetables are excellent items to consume to prevent this.
- Consume coconut oil and avocados.
Fats are the building blocks of hormones, so it’s essential that you get enough healthy fats in your diet. Coconut oil and avocados are great building blocks, as are extra-virgin olive oil, grass-fed ghee (clarified butter), nuts, pastured eggs and omega-3-rich, wild-caught fish.
The money and lack of availability factor that was mentioned earlier about organic food can also be applied in case of avocados. With the advent of crowdfunding in India however, the impossible has been made attainable, and there is abundant hope for you to achieve the best out of life.
- Include proteins, fats and fibres.
It’s virtually impossible to heal your hormones without addressing blood sugar imbalances. You can start by making sure you’re eating 3 well-balanced meals a day that include some form of quality protein (animal protein, beans), healthy fat (avocado, coconut oil, nuts, etc.) and lots of fiber from vegetables.
- Eat fermented veggies.
The estrobolome in your gut is essentially responsible for breaking down estrogens. Supporting gut bacteria is important for ushering metabolized hormones out of the body. You want to make sure you’re promoting proliferation of good bacteria by eating fermented foods. There are many online recipes of kimchi, for instance, that you should definitely try out.
- Let go of gluten, dairy and sugar.
Gluten and dairy are two of the most common food allergies and sensitivities. In my experience, women suffering from hormone-related issues heal their imbalances faster if they go gluten- and dairy-free. Inflammation decreases, nutrient absorption improves and elimination and detoxification become more efficient.
Sugar is another inflammatory food to avoid. Sugar materially impacts your blood sugar levels, interferes with hunger hormones, robs your body of important micronutrients, feeds bad gut bacteria and depletes your adrenals.
- Limit caffeine.
Too much caffeine can increase insulin levels, elevate cortisol levels, increase estrogen levels, deplete micronutrients essential for hormone balance (such a magnesium and B vitamins) and basically wreak havoc on the endocrine system. You can try replacing it with matcha green tea.
- Eat at least 2 servings of veggies a day.
These include broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, turnips which contain indole-3 carbinol, which is a powerful hormone balancer. This compound helps break down estrogen and aids in detoxification.
- Lower your alcohol consumption.
Drinking alcohol regularly isn’t a good idea if you’re trying to balance your hormones, especially if you are dealing with symptoms related to estrogen dominance. Alcohol puts a burden on the gut and liver and disrupts your blood sugar stability. Most of us aren’t going to cut out alcohol entirely, but you can take steps to offset some of the harmful effects.