Hormones imbalance is often considered as a complicated problem to tackle. As it plays an essential role in your health and happiness. Slight imbalance can cause dramatic effects on your weight, appearance, mood, fertility, energy and anxiety levels.
However, like other health problems, hormone imbalance can be reversed with simple healthy lifestyle changes.
Symptoms and causes of hormone imbalance:
Symptoms of hormone imbalance are experienced during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and postpartum, perimenopause and menopause. That makes up a sizable portion of a woman’s life.
The common hormone imbalance symptoms include:
• Premenstrual syndrome,
• Acne or skin breakouts
• Urinary tract infections
• Temperature changes,
• Anxiety and irritability,
• Cravings for sweet,
• Excess hair growth,
• Allergy symptoms,
• Problem sleeping,
• Irregular periods,
• Feeling fatigued,
• Water retention,
• Oily or dry skin,
• Mood swings,
• Weight gain,
Although hormones are tiny little things, but when out of balance can make a big havoc.
Common hormone imbalance causes include:
• Lack of good nutrition: Good nutrition provides your body with all the vital tools to balance hormone naturally.
• Adrenal exhaustion and stress: Your adrenal glands (which produce stress fighting hormones) gets exhausted under constant stress and are unable to carry out their job.
• HRT and birth control pills: Women on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) or “the pill” tend to have imbalanced hormones—even after they leave it.
• Insulin or glandular imbalance: Your endocrine glands are responsible for hormone production, they are negatively affected by a wide range of conditions, such as stress, yo-yo dieting, illnesses or drugs.
• Drugs, stimulants and chemicals: Medications, stimulants such as caffeine, toxins and hormones from pesticides in our food, air and water can mimic estrogen and interfere with our natural hormone balance.
• Pregnancy and postpartum: Pregnancy is a roller coaster ride as far as hormones are concerned. If you are in bad health before, during and after childbirth, your hormone imbalance will let you know-in no uncertain terms!
How to Balance Hormones Naturally
These foods helps you balance your hormones naturally:
• Essential fatty acids (nuts, whole grains, olive oil and omega 3 fish).
• Fruits high in flavonoids (citrus fruits, red grapes and berries).
• Plant sources for good estrogen (lentils, peas and soybeans).
• Nutritious green leafy vegetables (Swiss chard, spinach and kale).
• Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli).
• Natural high fiber foods (fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains).
• Nutritional health supplements-multiples that include B complex.
• Omega 3 fish oil (such as tuna, salmon and fish oil supplements).
• And choosing organic poultry, fish and produce whenever possible.
Avoid these foods to cure hormone imbalance naturally:
• Alcoholic beverages and high glycemic foods (sweetened food).
• Refined carbohydrates (white pasta, white rice and white flour).
• Caffeine (caffeinated colas, coffee and other “energy” drinks).
• Animal fats store bad hormones (full-fat dairy and red meat).
And finally, follow these simple lifestyle changes to balance your hormones naturally:
• Make sure you get a good night’s sleep every night and enough rest.
• Improve stress management (yoga, deep breathing or meditation).
• Include regular physical activity and exercise on a daily basis.
By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain
Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,