Balancing Your Hormones Naturally
Written by: Kavata Kithome
Unless you are a medical doctor, hormone balance is a topic that probably eludes you.
Most people think of raging menopausal women, terrible twos and crazy hard-to-understand teenagers. Admittedly that is what came to mind every time I heard the word hormone.
We have such a negative association with the word “hormones” and often shy away from hormone balance altogether. Yet hormonal changes affect everyone from birth to death and are worth a little understanding.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers that travel in your bloodstream to tissues and organs. They affect many different processes in the body such as your metabolism, sexual function, reproduction and mood. They are created by endocrine glands like the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal and pancreas. The production of hormones depend on healthy fats and cholesterol.
There are many ways to know if you are experiencing hormonal imbalance and some of the most common symptoms are:
1. Persistent weight gain
2. Belly fat and loss of muscle mass
3. Low libido
5. Anxiety, irritability and depression
6. Insomnia and poor sleep patterns
7. Digestion problems
Your hormones can be affected by your lifestyle, pollution and toxins; this is why at Fitlife we focus on how to optimize hormonal imbalance correction by eating alkalizing foods.
Here are some basic tips to help boost your body’s ability to create and balance hormones:
1. Eat Enough Healthy Fats
Health fats are building blocks for hormone production. At Fitlife we emphasize on quality sources of fats like coconut oil, animal fats, olive oil, grass fed meats, pastured eggs, quality seafood and raw dairy.
One of my favorite fats is coconut oil, as it provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, can promote weight loss and can help reduce inflammation.
2. Limit Caffeine
Too much caffeine is harmful to the endocrine system, so we ask clients to wean off caffeine during the transformation process to help relieve their endocrine systems.
3. Prioritize Sleep
By now you know that I am the biggest advocate of sleep. Those that know me personally stop calling and texting me at 9pm because they know how much sleep is important to me.
Without sleep your hormones will not balance. Your body actively removes toxins, recharges the mind and creates hormones when you sleep. For tips on improving your sleep, check out my article on sleep.
With consistent effort applied to improving diet and digestive health, stress management, improving sleep and getting consistent physical activity, true holistic health is attainable. At Fitlife we focus on incorporating whole foods that help the body naturally heal; with this healing, the body slowly begins to adjust your hormones and begins producing them in a healthy, more balanced way.
Do you have any tips on boosting your body’s ability to create and balance hormones? Share in the comments below.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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