How to Naturally Keep Hormones in Check
By Genevieve Cunningham
Hormones are a small aspect of our physical bodies, but they bring a huge impact to our health and well-being. We all have a multitude of hormones rushing through our bodies at every moment, and they help to carry out very important functions such as proper growth, metabolism, fertility, brain function and development, and many others. When the hormones are imbalanced in any way, any of these important functions can suffer greatly. While it’s a good idea to see a doctor when a hormone problem is present, there are also some natural ways to help regulate your hormones. Take a look at these tips for managing and balancing hormones every day.
Eat Healthy Fats
When you don’t get enough fat, especially of the healthy variety, it can cause your hormones to swing. Keeping a healthy body weight, meaning neither too large nor too thin, is an important part of keeping your hormones regulated. And luckily, it’s probably easier than you think to get healthy fats. Avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, grapes, and many other favorites are on the list of healthy fats that you can enjoy.
Another important step in maintaining both your body weight and your hormones is to exercise regularly. Exercise causes necessary spikes and dips in certain chemicals that help to stabilize moods. It’s also been known to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Keeping up with a regular routine can leave your hormones in a more balanced state for longer periods of time. And you can choose whichever exercise suits your fancy … walk, run, dance, swim ... just get up and get moving every day to feel better and keep your hormones under control.
Go Toxin Free
So many of the products that we use contain potentially harmful toxins. Some of these toxins, such as DEA, paraben, and propylene glycol, which are found in some shower soaps and gels, can wreak havoc on your hormones. Another popular chemical, BPA, can be found in plastic bottles and other plastic products. When you can, look for soaps and lotions made of natural ingredients, and only buy BPA-free plastic to improve your chances of maintaining hormonal health.
Your hormones play such a big role in the overall health of your body. Because of their functions, it’s definitely important to keep them regulated. If you suspect a problem with your hormones, it’s always a good idea to see your doctor. But to take a proactive approach, just use these tips to protect your hormones and your health in general.