5 Ways to Balance Your Hormones Naturally
Whenever we experience big changes in our lives, high stress situations, or indulge one too many times in not-so-good-for-you foods, we may start to notice more breakouts, fatigue, irritability, or even insomnia. Well, we can thank our hormones for that.
Hormones are chemical messengers that control many of our bodily functions, such as metabolism, digestion, emotions and moods. When hormones are out of balance, they can upset our bodies and health.
As the school year begins and the new season approaches, here are a few simple ways to naturally balance your hormones:
1. Eat enough healthy fats
One of the best ways to balance your hormones naturally is to swap our carbs for healthy fats. Fats like Omega 3’s and saturated fats are vital for proper cell function and the hormone system. Easy ways to include healthy fats in your diet is to cook with coconut oil or olive oil, or eat more high fat foods like avocados, nuts or chia seeds.
2. Limit the amount of caffeine you consume
Despite the necessary pick me up of the morning cup of joe, caffeine can affect the production of hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. These two hormones are essential for storing and managing energy in stressful situations. When we drink excess amounts of caffeine, it can affect these hormones and end up putting more stress on our bodies. Try opting for a glass of tea in the morning or our favorite Shroom Coffee:
12oz. Almond Milk
¼ tsp Lions Mane
¼ tsp Cordycep
¼ tsp Reishi
1 tsp Cacao
1 tsp Maple
3. Make sure to get enough sleep
We’ve all got busy schedules, but sleep needs to become a priority when trying to balance your hormones and get your body back to a baseline. When we sleep, our bodies are recharging and producing the necessary hormones that regulate appetite. When we get too little sleep, it can upset a healthy metabolic function. If you have trouble sleeping at night, try eating a high protein dinner or take a relaxing salt bath before you go to bed.
4. Exercise regularly
Exercising regularly is not only important when it comes to having a healthy lifestyle, but also plays an important role in our hormone development. Exercising is great for hormones like dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine is a hormone used to regulate stress and serotonin is a hormone which regulates sleep. By exercising regularly, we can increase the amount of dopamine and serotonin in our bodies which can positively impact mood, social behavior and stress.
5. Use adaptogens
Adaptogen herbs are one of the best ways to contribute to proper endocrine function. Using herbs like cordyceps, rhodiola, he show u, ashwaghanda and maca in your smoothies or lattes are an easy at-home way to balance your system and keep your hormones in check!