Hormones are a class of signaling molecules produced by our body’s glands which regulate a number of functions. They are transported throughout the body by our circulatory system and regulate the behavior and physiology of different organs. All the hormones work together and their balance is pretty delicate – if one’s levels fall below the recommended levels or go way too high, you will certainly feel the repercussions.
The most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance are insomnia, night sweats, bloating, puffiness, sudden weight loss or gain, reduced libido, PMS, loss of muscle mass, breast tissue changes (in both genders), gallbladder problems, irritability, anxiety, mood swings, headaches and migraines, brain fog, acne, ovarian cysts, fatigue, brown spots on the face, rheumatoid arthritis, hypoglycemia, etc.
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance
There are many causes of hormonal imbalance, with stress and an improper diet and lifestyle among the chief ones. Heavy metal toxicity, environmental toxins, candida yeast overgrowth, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, tumors, and lack of protein, healthy fats may all cause hormonal imbalance.
Not addressing hormonal imbalance is a serious mistake that can harm your health permanently. A saliva test is the easiest way of determining hormonal imbalance and can be taken at your doctor’s office. Luckily, hormonal imbalance can be corrected with simple dietary changes and regular exercise.
Below you can see a list of foods and nutrients your body needs to keep the hormones in order. Make sure to reduce the amount of sugar, wheat, processed foods and dairy products you’re consuming in order to feel and look good.
- Sprouted and soaked nuts
- Free-range poultry, wild game, grass-fed beef
- Free-range eggs
- Wild fish (salmon)
- Green leafy vegetables (kale, Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, cabbage)
- Brightly-colored veggies (tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, peppers)
Herbs and Spices
- Cayenne pepper
- Avocado (also rich in vitamins B and E, fiber, potassium, magnesium)
- Grass-fed butter (full of vitamins A, D, E, K, and medium-chain fatty acids which can work wonders for your metabolism and immune system)
- Sesame and olive oil (preferably organic and cold-pressed)
- Flaxseed oil
- Coconut oil
Besides eating these foods and exercising regularly, you should also make sure to sleep properly overnight. The brain relaxes overnight and cleans itself of ‘waste’, essentially restarting while you sleep.
You can even eat right and get regular exercise, but if you don’t sleep properly, you will still experience hormonal imbalance. Sleep deprivation is a major factor for hormonal imbalance, especially in women, so make sure to get quality sleep every night and don’t settle for anything less than 7 or 8 hours.