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Hormones profoundly affect our mental, physical and emotional health. In healthy circumstances, hormones know how to balance themselves out. Unfortunately, with today's unhealthy fast paced lifestyle most of us lead we encounter hormone imbalances more often than we'd like. As women, we tend to feel these imbalances more often than men especially during that time of month.
Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives that can help keep our hormones in check.
Stress Management. Stress has an immense affect on our mental and emotional state. Such behavior can disrupt your hormones and lead to anxiety, depression and other symptoms of unregulated hormones. Keeping stress at bay is easier said than done but fortunately we have many available choices for us today to help us stay stress free and emotionally healthy. Try a yoga class, meditating, go to your quiet spot, learn new techniques such as counting, breathing, closing your eyes etc.
Stay Active. Exercising regularly can have a tremendous positive affect on your hormones. Some exercises to work on can include aerobic exercise, strength training and endurance exercise. A combination of strength training and cardio workouts such as squats, lunges, pull-ups, crunches and push ups are ideal.
Get A Good Night Sleep. No matter how healthy of a lifestyle you may be leading, if your body doesn't get the rest it deserves your hormones will suffer an imbalance. This is the time when your body's hormones are released into the bloodstream and promote growth and tissue repair. Getting a good night sleep also helps balance our appetite by maintaining optimal levels of the hormones ghrelin and leptin. How many sleep hours is ideal? While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep.
Nutrition. Last but not least, keeping a good nutritious diet can help improve hormone imbalance tremendously. Here are a few important healthy eating habits to keep in mind. (The following is from years of research and personal experience). - Consume protein with every meal - Consume eggs - speaking of protein, eggs can affect hormone regulation in the most amazing ways! - Consume healthy fats - Avoid sugars and refined carbs, this includes beverages and sodas. - Consume high-fiber foods - Avoid food binjing as well as under eating - Consume Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish
Drinking Green Tea. I should be adding this to the previous nutrition section but green tea is so valuable to your health that I'll speak about this separately. In my previous articles I dedicated a page to the benefits of drinking green tea, you can go back here to read more. Some unknown benefits to drinking green tea: Green tea contains theanine, a compound which reduces the release of cortisol (a stress hormone). It also has antioxidants that reduce inflammation and lower risk of disease. In addition, Green tea helps to balance and regulate estrogen levels, reducing or improving them depending on your hormonal imbalances.