You may not know the extent of the impact that the production of hormones has on your health, but if your body experiences any change in hormone levels, you will probably suffer many symptoms that will not be very pleasant. Dryness, allergy, fatigue and mood swings are the mildest, but premenstrual syndrome, weight gain, migraine and mental lacunae are some of the strongest. Luckily, your hormonal health can improve noticeably by introducing new habits in your lifestyle.
Here are some effective ways to maintain a hormonal balance without needing medication.
Improve the blood circulation of your pelvis
An efficient pelvic circulation is essential to maintain a hormonal balance. If your period begins or ends with a large amount of dark brown blood, or if you feel the lower part of your abdomen very cold, your pelvis may need help. To do this, get a massage or put a compress of hot tea and fresh ginger in this area.
Eat more eggs
If you want to achieve an optimization of your hormonal health, you should consume at least 20 to 30 grams of protein per meal. Eggs are considered to be among the most nutritious and protein-rich foods. Your daily intake can decrease the levels of insulin and ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry. In addition, they will help speed up your metabolism and lose weight quickly.
Practice diaphragmatic breathing
Traditional Chinese medicine says that your emotions and your hormones are intimately related in several aspects. For example, fear affects your cortisol levels, which can cause problems in your kidneys, adrenal glands and reproductive organs. Frustration and impatience are related to an imbalance of estrogen that can cause liver disease. Also, anxiety is related to your insulin levels, so it could lead to diabetes.
Try to calm anxiety, stress or anger by practicing deep breathing for at least 15 to 20 minutes, twice a day. This will reduce the stress hormones and improve your general well-being.
The pesticides, fertilizers and growth hormones usually used in our food can destroy our endocrine system. For example, some pesticides contain xenoestrogens, which are synthetic hormones that confuse your organs because they mimic the female sex hormone.
Therefore, the simplest way to restore the hormonal balance is to change your eating habits. You can check food labels to never buy processed foods, look for reliable sellers online and buy organic foods. You should also avoid GM foods, which are sprayed with glyphosate that can cause hormonal problems to depression, infertility, embryo defects and cancer.
Test the seed cycle
This cycle can help you balance progesterone and estrogen during your menstrual cycle.
During the follicular phase (from day 1 to day 14), consume 1 tablespoon of raw and freshly ground flax seeds every day, together with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds (or chia or hemp) and take 1.5 to 2 grams of fish oil every day.
In the luteal phase (from day 15 to day 28) each day consume 1 tablespoon of fresh and ground sunflower seeds, together with 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, and take 1.5 to 2 grams of onagara oil.
Keep this cycle for about 3 months and you will notice that premenstrual syndrome decreases in intensity, your mood improves, you have less menstrual cramps and less fluid retention.
Take a detoxifying bath
Take a relaxing bath with magnesium sulfate to increase the levels of this mineral in your body and, at the same time, reduce stress. Fill your tub with warm water and add 1 to 3 cups of magnesium sulfate. You can also add half a cup of baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Immerse yourself for about 12 minutes and then bathe with clean water.
Although common salt can be harmful to our health in large quantities, natural salt can benefit our health in many ways. It is a great natural alternative to normal salt that will help reduce stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, improve sleep and fill you with energy.
Do so as follows: take a glass jar, fill it to 1/4 with pink Himalaya salt, add filtered water, mix gently and let it sit overnight for the salt to dissolve. Add 1 teaspoon of sole to a glass of pure water and take it on an empty stomach every morning.
Eat adaptogenic plants
Adaptogenic plants can help your body to achieve hormonal balance, in addition to protecting us from diseases derived from stress, among others. You must consume adaptogens such as the following:
- Vitex (or chaste tree) will increase progesterone levels and nourish your pituitary gland (gland that controls the other hormonal glands) and also prolong the luteal phase.
- Red raspberry , which contains tannins that will relax the muscles of your body and relieve the colic of premenstrual syndrome. In addition, it will heal discomfort and stomach pain and reduce other manifestations derived from stress.
- The basil sacred or Tulsi will help regulate cortisol levels, getting rid of stress and anxiety.
- Shatavari will be useful to relieve the heats of menopause and various symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (irritability, mood swings, etc.)
- Ashwagandha will help you control your thyroid gland, avoiding imbalances of adrenaline, cortisol and progesterone caused by stress.
Use essential oils
- The oil clary sage has natural phytoestrogens that will help regules your menstrual cycle and relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Spray 3 to 5 drops in your room to relieve stress. For pain in the stomach or cramps in the legs, mix 5 drops in sage oil with 5 drops of coconut oil and massage the area.
- Fennel oil will improve your digestion and reduce the inflammation caused by thyroid disorders by simply rubbing a few drops of this oil on your stomach or adding 1 to 2 drops in your cup of tea.
- The lavender oil will restore your emotional balance and your nighttime sleep. Spray 5 drops around your home, add 5 drops to your bath or on your temples, wrists or neck.
- The thyme oil will relieve your menopausal symptoms, will treat insomnia, hair loss and mood swings improving the production of progesterone. Add 2 drops in your bath or rub 2 to 3 drops along with equal parts of coconut oil in your abdomen.
- The sandalwood oil will increase your libido and reduce stress. You can inhale it directly from the bottle, spray a couple of drops in your house or apply it on your soles or your wrists.
The pole to ground is able to reduce enough the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. It is estimated that the soles of the feet contain approximately 1300 nerve endings per square centimeter, so walking barefoot on the lawn, a beach or even concrete, will absorb the natural energy of the soil.