When I originally was diagnosed PCOS and imbalanced hormones, I felt so frustrated and helpless. The undesirable health effects of any hormone imbalance such as unwanted breakouts, fatigue, depression, hair loss, low sex drive, painful periods, and insomnia, to name a few, are enough to leave any woman feeling despondent.
There are ways to manage and heal your hormones. I know because I healed mine, and I continue these daily healing practices. Let’s look at five aspects that helped my body heal and can help you take control of your hormonal health.
1. Get enough sleep
Good sleep is imperative for health. If you’ve ever experienced a late night or a night of broken sleep, or if you struggle with insomnia, then you know how devastating the effects can be the next day and even after. Sleep helps regulate the hormones that give you the energy to perform daily tasks, think clearly, perform creatively, have a healthy immune system, and even maintain a healthy weight. Read this short blog that I wrote about the basics of sleep.
2. Keep yourself hydrated
Perhaps one of the most important things for maintaining hormonal balance is staying hydrated. Hydration doesn’t have to be boring! In addition to pure, clean water, you can add nutrient-dense vegetable juices and antioxidant-rich smoothies. Coconut water is another option that can add variety to your hydration plan! Packed with electrolytes and natural sugars, coconut water may help you rehydrate faster if you’ve been exercising or sweating a lot. Water should be your first choice, though! Drinking enough water is also important for keeping your skin youthful. You can read my blog about that here.
3. Work up a sweat
Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s a key player in the hormone and detoxification game. Whenever you exercise, the movement gets your lymphatic system pumping, which helps scoop up excess hormones, cellular debris, and waste into the lymph nodes so they can be excreted either through sweat, urine, or stool. Sweat not only helps regulate your temperature but also pushes toxins and salts out of the body. Saunas and warm mineral baths are other good ways to induce healthy sweating. Get your glow on and bring on the balance!
Read my blog about Epsom salts. It’s one of the ways you can help your body sweat and heal. It’s also important to make sure you are not sitting down for too long. Movement breaks are so important for hormone health.
4. Eat clean food
What you eat can directly impact your hormone balance. For example, too much sugar will spike insulin. Over time, excess insulin production leads to insulin resistance, which stresses the body and triggers an adrenal response. Cortisol enters the scene, and you experience a trap of fatigue and stress that is difficult to escape.
- Vegetables: 4-6 cups of whole, seasonal vegetables daily (organic if possible). Green, leafy vegetables are hormone helpers, onion, leeks, and cruciferous veggies are detox divas! The fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in all vegetables help support good health and hormone balance.
- Green Tea: Green tea is rich in antioxidants and can boost your metabolism. Drinking green tea may result in reduced insulin levels. The antioxidants contained in the tea can also help regulate oxidative stress.
- Protein: Protein is necessary for energy and balanced blood sugar. More is not necessarily better. The body converts excess protein into fat, so always aim for balance. If you enjoy a plant-based or vegan lifestyle, focus on a variety of colorful vegetables and protein-rich plant foods like quinoa, legumes, seeds, and nuts. Organic, pasture-raised meats, wild-caught fish, and eggs from free-range, naturally raised hens are best if you enjoy animal protein.
- Healthy fats: Hormone health is dependent on healthy fats. Healthy fats include cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado, and olives. They help you regulate your blood sugar and provide the building blocks for your hormones.
There are so many other ways that clean food can heal your hormones and I write about that in so many of my blogs. Here’s one about choosing organic foods on a budget.
5. Change your thoughts
This was a game-changer for me. Did you know that you think about 6200 thoughts per day? And that your thoughts literally become the cells of your body? This is scientifically proven and I’ve seen it help and heal many of my own health challenges, as well as those of my clients.
Our thoughts as well as self talk are a key aspect of health. What we choose to put in our minds is as important as what we choose to put in our bodies. You can read a blog series about how changing your thought patterns can change your life here.
Small Slow Steps… Small steps, taken consistently, are the key to supporting your health. When we’re talking about hormones, you will be surprised by how much better you may feel simply by incorporating the healthy habits I’ve mentioned.
Perhaps start with just one of the above, and once you can practice it consistently add one more. Comment down below and share your favorite healthy habits!