Lots of people are having hormonal problems in this day and age… here are a few things we can do to balance hormones in a natural way.
Balancing hormones has a lot to do with lifestyle… a healthy lifestyle is important.
Plastics – Plastics create estrogen like hormones in the body thus creating hormone imbalances. It’s very important to eat and drink from paper, ceramic, and glass instead of plastics. Plastics are a huge problem that must be addressed… but so far no one is doing so.
Stay away from plastics as much as possible!
Meditation – Meditation helps to get rid of stress and stress causes hormone problems.
Stress in fact can cause disease like cancer, heart attacks, strokes and just about any disease known to mankind.
Taking 20 minutes first thing in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening to do TM, Breath Work, or Vipassana Meditation helps to bring stress under control and thus helps to balance hormones.
I had a client of mine do meditation for the first time and his blood sugar dropped 30 points. – Amazing!
A 2009 National Institute of Health Study MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) study showed that meditation helped regulate the endocrine system. This means daily meditation promotes a health endocrine system and hormonal balance.
Also yoga is of great help and includes meditation.
Cosmetics and Skin Care Products – Use all natural organic skin care and body care products. Lots of body care and cosmetics are full of toxic chemicals that cause havoc with the endocrine system… thus creating hormonal problems.
Some cosmetics contain triclosan, petrochemicals, lead and other heavy metals, phthalates, Methylbenzylidene, parabens, and many other chemicals that lead to endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, mood swings, lethargy, and much more.
Use Organic Cosmetics and Skin Care Products!
Eat Organic – Eat organic food because pesticides and hormones in non-organic foods play havoc with our immune system and hormonal system.
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals says there is a trend towards the following diseases with pesticides in our food – Low sperm count, fewer males being born, early puberty for girls, cancer, low testosterone in males, lots of birth defects, and endocrine disruptors that can make our hormonal system hyperactive or block hormone production.
Boys exposed to the pesticide endosulfan have delayed puberty, men in Missouri with lots of pesticides in their blood stream had low sperm production. Women exposed to the pesticide atrazine had low birthweight babies, menstrual problems, and men produce abnormal sperm.
And some of these chemicals cause genetic problems, changing the way genes are expressed… thus causing disease.
GMO Crops – A study in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology show that GMO crops cause hormonal imbalances.
Rats fed GMO corn and other crops had estrogen imbalances and had a 3 times the amount of mammary tumors (breast cancers) compared to control groups… and males had liver and kidney disease and a lot more.
Eat Non-GMO Foods!
Eat Whole Foods – Give up white rice and bleached grains, and any kind of processed food. Processed food has been shown to cause high insulin thus causing diabetes, high estrogen levels causing tumors, and high cortisol levels causing stress related depression, anxiety, and disease.
Eat whole foods and lots of green organic veggies, these veggies bring about a revival of endocrine tissues in the body… thus restoring hormonal balance.
Eat Organic Whole Foods!
Wheat – Wheat intolerance and sensitivity causes adrenal exhaustion, estrogen imbalances, high blood sugar, mood swings, weight gains, fat accumulation, inflammation, brain lesions, and can even result in premature death.
It’s not easy eating wheat free, but for those with celiac disease a little bit of wheat (the size of 1/2 a pea) can cause lots of problems.
The Celiac Support Association says – “In people with CD (Celiac Disease), eating certain types of protein fractions, collectively called gluten, set off an immune mediated response at the site of the epithelial cells. This abnormal, cellular level immune activity can affect all organs.”
Eliminate Wheat Your Diet!
Carbs – Carbohydrates cause anxiety, fatigue, depression, poor sleep and more. And hormonal imbalances such as thyroid, estrogen, insulin, and testosterone being out of balance.
Dr. Micheal Noonan and advocate for lifestyle changes says – “I strongly disagree with the current dietary advice to eat a lot of whole-grain foods. Grain-based foods cause insulin release, period. Even whole grains are 70 percent carbs, which means they are basically 70 percent sugar. The worst culprit by far is wheat, but all grains are “carb dense.”’
Eat lots of green leafy organic veggies… green veggies are key to hormone balance!
Sleep – Not getting enough sleep causes high cortisol levels, and that creates stress, which causes long term hormonal imbalances. Getting enough sleep is vital for a healthy hormone balance.
As it says in Ayurvedic Medicine go to bed at 10PM and get up at 6AM… that’s our normal circadian rhythm our body needs to stay healthy.
Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night!
Exercise – Exercise is important and exercising one hour a day with moderate exercise is great for the body. Especially walking, swimming, light weight training, aerobics, and biking.
But being a exercise fanatic causes hormonal imbalance, exercising too hard is not the answer… moderate exercise is the key.
One of the best exercises we can do is the “Belly Push” pushing away from the dinner table, hard to do… but has amazing results.
Exercise is important – if we have lots of adipose tissue (Fat) that fat tissue takes on a life of it’s own, causing “Metabolic Syndrome”… leading to hormone imbalance, disease, and even death.
Do one hour of moderate exercise everyday!
Herbs – Herbs are also important for balancing hormones, there are lots of great herbs that help like Tribulus Terrestris, Soma Root, and TongKat Ali for Men. Maca Root for both men and women, and Pasque Flower, White Peony, Ladies Mantle, Calendula, and many more for women.
All of these herbs can help balance hormones naturally… and create a better life!
So balance your life and balance your hormones… it’s all about lifestyle.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time.
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