May is Women’s Health Month and it is appropriate since Mother’s Day was this past Sunday. Men and women do not differ much; we both have the same organs except when it comes to the reproductive organs.
Whether you are in your 20s and 30s and have a regular cycle or you are peri menopausal, it is important to eat well and take care of yourself. It starts with balancing the hormones no matter where you are in that cycle of life.
Clients tell us about their fatigue, headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, menopausal symptoms, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, depression and anxiety. All of these symptoms can be related to hormone balance and balancing hormones can be a bit like walking a tightrope. One slight wobble and off the rope you go. The key to balancing hormones is supporting the organ that is under stress.
The pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries and uterus are all hormonal organs – meaning they produce a hormone. By giving the organ what it needs to function properly, hormonal balance returns.
Here are six simple steps to help harmonize your hormones.
1. Eat good fats. Fats are necessary for hormone production. Eating the right fats helps with metabolism and the function of many organs in the body. Good fats are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed butter, ghee, fish and fish oils, nut oils, sesame oil, avocado and avocado oil, palm oil and organic grass-fed/pasture-raised meats.
2. Use Celtic sea salt. The minerals in sea salt help with fluid balance, adrenal and heart function and balancing blood pressure. Sea salt is also good for the immune system and for preventing muscle cramps. This is real, natural salt, not refined, iodized table salt.
3. Decrease your use of plastic. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical utilized in the production of plastics. Many plastic containers contain BPA; food and drink packaging, water bottles, baby bottles, canned foods, some dental sealants and composites. BPA has hormone-like properties and it is an endocrine disruptor. Many health problems, including breast and prostate cancer and infertility, can be associated with BPAs. Avoid microwaving in plastic containers and store food in glassware whenever possible.
4. Avoid soy. Soy disrupts hormone function and has the potential to cause infertility and promote breast cancer. It interferes with digestion. Soy can also cause deficiencies in calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.
5. Eat organic food. Eat organic produce whenever possible to limit exposure to pesticides and other toxins which can create endocrine and hormone imbalances.
6. Eat veggies. Especially cruciferous vegetables that can help with liver function and detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables include kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and more.
These are some of the simple ways to get your hormones more in balance.