Signs of hormone imbalance, such as not being able to lose weight, may seem normal because so many of us complain about this problem--however, it's not normal! You may be able to help your body move into balance with a few changes.
Signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
3 Natural Ways to Get in Balance
1. Decrease Carbohydrate
Try replacing carbohydrate portions with healthy fats such as walnuts, avocado, healthy cooking oils (olive/avocado), chia seeds, fish. The healthy fats are the building blocks of hormones. Also, the fats will not spike your blood sugar levels.
2. Incorporate Adaptogens into Your Lifestyle
Adaptogens are a select group of herbs, and some mushrooms, that support the body’s ability to take on stress. The correct response is depending on the needs of the body. A few examples include Tulsi and Holy Basil, which are said to help balance cortisol and help with heavy metal toxicity. Fennel dried and chewed after a meal can be beneficial for gut health. Thyme made as a tea or incorporated into a meal is good for balancing progesterone. Ashwagandha has the potential to protect the body against stress and anxiety. All adaptogens, although considered safer than traditional medicines, can still pose risks. For example, anyone pregnant, or with thyroid issues, should avoid use of ashwagandha.
3. Avoid Certain Foods
There are certain food types that you can consider removing from your diet such as:
Dairy: The cows may be exposed to antibiotics and injected with hormones, even if they're organic. If a cow is slaughtered while pregnant, we end up consuming all of the hormones.
Gluten: Is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. 6% of people have gluten intolerance or sensitivity which may cause pain and bloating after eating certain foods. This recurrent issue may cause leaky gut and increased inflammation.
When it comes to your health, take time to pay attention to how your body functions and feels when consuming certain foods. If you have concerns, make time to see your doctor and get advice from a Holistic physician.