Many times our bodies are trying to tell us something, but we dismiss the signs because we just don’t know what they mean. If you are tired, have acne or weight gain especially among the middle, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, chances are you might have a hormone imbalance.
One of the biggest signs of hormone imbalance in women is not getting your period. When you visit your doctor, they will recommend that you get on birth control pills, which contain man-made estrogen and progestin hormones. This will make you regular, but it also comes with various side effects that you don’t want. At some point in your life, your hormones will be imbalanced and that’s o.k. If you don’t want to take any pills, there is a natural way of balancing your hormones.
Eat Good Fats
Most people are encouraged to eat Omega 3-Fatty Acids because they’re good for the heart, but in addition, eating these polyunsaturated fats is one of the easiest ways to balance your hormones. Adding more fish to your diet and healthy fats like chia seeds, flax seed, walnuts can also help. Stay away from vegetable oil, canola, and instead use coconut oil, olive oil, and avocados because it’s the best way to boost your hormones.
Eat Less Sugar
By eating too much sugar we can create a deficiency in our leptin, which is a hormone that regulates hunger and metabolism. By doing this we have more food cravings and slower our metabolism, causing us to gain weight. Eat more vegetables and fruits to satisfy your sugar cravings, limit your sugar intake and get more sleep.
Avoid White Foods
Refined carbs, like sugar, white rice, white bread, alcohol, pasta, and any other foods made with white flour are not good for you. By eliminating these foods, you help your body burn stored fat and it keeps insulin and blood sugar levels normal.
More Vitamin D
Vitamin D is not only good for your bones, but it acts as a hormone. Having a vitamin D deficiency has been linked to illnesses like allergies, asthma, weight gain, fatigue, and food allergies. The best way to get this vitamin is from sunlight, but you can always eat foods rich in vitamin D or take natural supplements.
Many times we don’t realize it, but it’s the food that we are eating that is causing our aches and pains, and emotions to be out of balance. The best way to see what works best for you is to talk to your doctor or a nutritionist so they can help you develop an eating plan that works best for you.