Hormones are the communication between our bodies’ various systems, and play an important role in our health, development, and well-being. All too often however, things can go awry and we experience hormonal imbalances that can manifest in a range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. The good news is that we can help our bodies manage hormonal fluctuations through diet and lifestyle changes.
Choose Healthy, Whole Foods
Small dietary changes can go a long way to supporting a healthy balance of hormones. Eating whole foods with plenty of lean protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates can provide us with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants necessary to effectively manage our hormones. Eating plenty of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables can help keep hormone-producing glands functioning optimally. In addition, including specific superfoods such as flaxseed, probiotics, green tea and cacao can help us naturally boost hormone levels and balance.
In addition to eating healthily, it is also important to be mindful about how, where and when we are eating our meals. Mindful eating means paying attention to how we feel before, after and during eating. This can include paying attention to how full we are, how our food smells and tastes, and how we are feeling emotionally. This practice can help us avoid overeating and give permission to enjoy our meals.
Reduce Stress Levels
High amounts of stress can also lead to hormonal imbalances. This creates an unhealthy and unpleasant loop in which stress leads to hormone imbalances, and then further hormone imbalances can lead to increased stress. Avoiding or reducing anxiety and stress can help balance hormones and keep the body in a healthy balance. This can include making time for self-care, resting enough, and engaging in relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and breath work.
Get Regular Exercise
Exercise is a great way to promote and maintain both physical and emotional health. Regular activity will help to support the body in producing hormones and keeping them in balance. Exercise can also improve circulation, help combat stress, release endorphins, and boost mood.
Managing hormonal imbalances through diet and lifestyle changes is one of the best ways to keep the body and mind happy and healthy. By eating a nutritious and balanced diet, being mindful about how and when we eat, managing stress levels, and getting regular exercise, we can help keep our body in balance and avoid the uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating physical, mental and emotional symptoms of an imbalance.