Your body’s hormones are a pivotal element to maintaining a healthy body. Why? Hormones are some of the most powerful biochemicals in the body. They are produced in special glands located throughout your body, and are responsible for giving your cells instructions. When your hormones are out of balance, it can dramatically affect your health. We want to present you with some ideas on how to balance your hormones naturally.
A hormonal imbalance can gradually wear down your body, which can cause many health issues, including weight gain, loss of energy, diminished thyroid function, slowed metabolism, and even contribute to diabetes.
There are two types of hormones – (1) steroid hormones (or catlike) and (2) protein like hormones. Hormones are made up from the food you eat, which is another reason to eat a healthy diet. However, hormones are influenced by millions of things that occur in our everyday life, such as our environment, stress, sleep, and many more.
In order to balance your hormones, it is important to understand what endocrine glands are associated with hormones and what nutrients are needed for each:
- Cerebrum (brain): needs Vitamin B, essential fats, zinc, and magnesium
- Pituitary Gland: needs Vitamin C, B complex, manganese, and
- Thyroid Gland: needs tyrosine, selenium, and iodine
- Adrenal Gland: needs B complex, and Vitamin C
- Spinal Nerves: needs B complex, and essential fats
- Pancreas: needs B complex, B6, and zinc
- Testes (men): needs Vitamin A, zinc, and essential fats
- Ovaries (women): needs Vitamin A, zinc, and essential fats
While it is best to obtain these nutrients from natural sources, if your hormonal imbalance is significant, you may need to take some natural supplements. Be careful not to take synthetic supplements, as these typically have the improper dosage the body needs. In addition, here are some naturally ways you can help to keep your hormones balanced:
- Try to avoid animal fats, and if consumed, keep to a minimum.
- To avoid or eliminate environmental exposure (such as pesticides), eat organic whenever possible.
- Habit forming stimulants, such as coffee, chocolate, sugar, tobacco, and alcohol should be avoided or minimized to prevent hormonal upset.
- If you have too much stress in your life, find ways to eliminate it or minimize it.
- Be sure that your diet contains sufficient amounts of essential fats that help hormonal balance. Good sources are from seeds and nuts, and evening primrose oil or borage oil are good sources.
- Be sure that your diet contains a variety of foods from which you can obtain the proper nutrients. If you must take a supplement, be sure it is pure and contains the optimal levels of B Vitamins, Zinc, and Magnesium.
- If your hormones are out of balance, it is best to get tested to determine which hormones are out of balance. You may then wish to supplement your diet with some herbs to help, such as agnus castus, dong quai, or black cohosh.
Please note: Always consult your primary physician before adding supplements to your diet that may interfere with existing health conditions or complicate medications you’re currently taking.
By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP for the 50 Plus Report