We all know that when our hormones are out of whack it’s not good for our health, but do you know the signs of a hormone imbalance and what you should do about it? Do you really know what it can to you and your daily moods and health? And if you hormones are out of balance, what should you do about it?
When your hormones are out of balance it can cause mood swings, heavy or painful periods, low libido, insomnia, weight gain and skin problems…just to name a few of the side effects. So you can easily see why it’s so important to make sure that your hormones are balanced.
The first thing we need to do is know the signs of a hormonal imbalance. I just mentioned some of the symptoms, but some aren’t as obvious or you may not realize that they could be related to hormones. Again, unexplained weight gain, insomnia, heavy periods, low libido and skin problems are some of the signs that we might see — as well as anger or rage in men.
But some other signs are: muscle pain, stiffness or tenderness, sweating, increased sensitivity to cold or heat, depression, nervousness, anxiety or irritability, thinning hair and increased hunger.
Now you know what to look for, what the heck should you do about it?
Of course, depending on the symptoms and the severity, you should always consult a medical professional because you may need specific tests to determine the underlying cause, but I want to give you some natural solutions to try at home.
- Eat plenty of protein! Dietary protein provides essential amino acids that your body can’t make on its own and must be consumed every day in order to maintain muscle, bone and skin health. Also, protein influences the release of your hormones that control your appetite.
2. Avoid sugar and refined carbs! We all know that neither one is good for us, but did you know that studies have consistently shown that fructose can increase insulin levels and promote insulin resistance? AKA have serious long lasting effects on your hormones.
Just FYI insulin is a hormone that has several different functions, but one is that it allow cells to take up sugar and amino acids from the bloodstream, which is used for energy. Too much insulin can have serious health risks like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
3. Drink green tea! It’s one of the healthiest beverages you can drink! It has metabolism-boosting caffeine and it contains an antioxidant known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been credited with several health benefits. PLUS there have been studies done that suggest green tea may increase insulin sensitivity and lower insulin levels.
4. Exercise regularly: A major benefit of exercise is its ability to reduce insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity. Plus, we all know that exercising is a great endorphin release to help put us in a better mood and give us a boost of energy, which are both great to manage your stress. There have been a lot of studies done that stress can wreak havoc on your hormones, so exercising has too many benefits to count when it comes to balancing your hormones!
5. Eat Fatty Fish! Fatty fish is by far the best source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which have several anti-inflammatory properties and help to balance your hormones. salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, sardines, lake trout, halibut, herring
I’m also going to add a bonus 6th tip — join Dr. Maggie Yu, MD’s hormone masterclass! (pro hack: use code: SCHOLARSHIP for a discounted offer). She covers SO much information in her course, it’s crazy! Also included with the course is a hormone testing kit, and a phone consult with Dr. Maggie Yu herself. Join her FB group for TONS of free resources as well!
I’m curious, do you have any of the symptoms of a hormone imbalance? And did you know that could be the cause of your symptoms? Let us know in the comments and if you do have symptoms, which of the things I mentioned are you going to start today?
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