Is healing your PMS, PMDD or period pain once and for all on your list of goals for 2023? Truly if you have any kind of health related goal on your mind for this year, it’s worth tuning into your hormone balance as a great place to start.
WHAT IS HORMONE BALANCE?When it comes to hormone balance there isn’t an ideal number, zone or level that is “healthy” across the board—rather each individual has their own perfect recipe. When we refer to balanced hormones we are talking about the proper ratio, functioning and interaction of hormones in your body.
Consider your hormones to be a form of notification (*ding* You’ve Got Mail) that sends information through our blood stream and into our tissue and organs—like magic but.. chemicals. These chemicals (hormones) regulate various bodily functions, including growth, metabolism, and reproductive function.
In other words, when in balance things are clicking, you’re feeling good and you cannot be stopped. On the contrary, when there is an imbalance in hormones, sh*t is hitting the fan and your body has some interesting ways of telling you. Hormone imbalances show up (uninvited) in many ways like:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Breast tenderness
- Weight Loss or Gain
- Cystic Acne
- Hair Loss
- Mood changes
- Brain fog
WHAT CAUSES HORMONE IMBALANCES?
I guess a better question is what doesn’t cause hormone imbalances? Many lifestyle factors including diet, stress, exercise, sleep and environmental toxins play a role in your hormone health So maybe the wellness girlies are on to something after all.
HOW TO BALANCE HORMONES NATURALLY
There are several ways you can try to balance your hormones naturally (by naturally we mostly mean without birth control).
Eat a healthy and balanced diet
Balancing your place with whole protein, carbs and fat is essential but also making sure you’re getting enough colorful vegetables, fruits and fiber is key. Minimize processed foods, sugar, alcohol and trans fats.
Aim for movement every day. Research has shown that regular physical activity can help to reduce stress and improve hormone balance. Tune into your body and you may just notice your energy for movement shift throughout your cycle - syncing up with this can be helpful!
Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can disrupt hormone balance, so it is important to get enough sleep each night. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night and practice good sleep hygiene by avoiding screens and overhead light before bed and getting sunlight in your eyes first thing in the morning.
Chronic stress can disrupt hormone balance, so it is important to find ways to manage stress. Ask any wellness girlie and she’ll be sure to share her relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga, or by seeking support through a therapist or community.
Avoid environmental toxins
Exposure to certain environmental toxins can disrupt your hormone balance. What are these pesky toxins? Most recognized as pesticides or chemicals—environmental toxins are often hiding in our skin care, cleaning products and even food containers (plastics). Try to reduce your exposure to these toxins as much as possible by making clean ingredient swaps.
Support nutrition with foundational supplements
Getting nutrients from food alone just doesn’t cut it. Ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need by supplementing with a robust multivitamin that meets all your foundational nutrition needs including micronutrients like B-vitamins and minerals like Magnesium. The PMS Elixir contains 15 essential vitamins and minerals specific to your hormonal needs in just one easy delicious drink a day.
It is also important to note that hormonal imbalances can be caused by underlying medical conditions, so if you are experiencing symptoms or are concerned about your hormone balance, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider for personalized advice and treatment.