My Top 3 Tips for Simply Balanced Hormones

By Kim Banting,

Balancing hormones is complicated, but these three tips help to build a solid foundation that you can continue to grow on.

Tip #1

Lower Stress:

When we are stressed, the adrenals work overtime to protect us from what they consider physical stress (even though we are not really in danger). This is our fight or flight response. It causes the adrenals to produce higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol.

Because we can only produce adrenaline for a few seconds, our fight or flight response is dependent on excess cortisol, and this is where the havoc begins. Excess cortisol has been linked to depression, blood sugar problems, reproductive issues, anxiety and weight gain around the middle.

You can help support the health of the adrenals with foods rich in B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium. Practising meditation or deep breathing helps lower cortisol.

Tip # 2

Support the Liver and Digestive Tract:

Excess hormones like cortisol, estrogen and testosterone all need to be detoxed out of the body. This is a key process that the liver performs to make sure we do not suffer from the excess of these hormones. Supporting the health of the liver, therefore is critical. A milk thistle supplement helps the liver to function more optimally. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, apples, grapefruit, garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, lemons, limes and berries are just a few foods that help support the liver.

We also need good gut health to help make sure the toxins leave the body. This is easier said than done but it starts with adding probiotics and fermented foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi or sauerkraut (these foods must be high quality and are found in the refrigerator section of some grocery stores and health food stores.  The shelf stable varieties have been pasteurized and contain no active probiotics). Prebiotic foods such as garlic, onion, potatoes, whole wheat, broccoli, berries and apples, just to name a few, feed our good bacteria and help keep our gut healthy.

Tip #3

Balance Blood Sugar:

Bad eating habits and stress can cause our blood sugar to swing up and down throughout the day. When our blood sugar drops, we can experience anger, fatigue, weakness and depression. Normally, we then receive a signal such as a sugar craving or a desire for coffee or alcohol. If we respond to the craving, and consume something, this will bring our blood sugar back up. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol all cause our blood sugar to swing up high. This causes a high insulin release. And too much insulin can affect other hormones.

If we do not respond to the craving, then our adrenals send a signal to tell the liver to release stored glucose and bring up blood sugar. Again, it tends to be a lot of glucose since cortisol is a powerful hormone. Blood sugar swings high and again, large amounts of insulin are released.

To keep blood sugar stable, eat small meals throughout the day with healthy fats, fiber and protein. Blood sugar stabilizing foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, cinnamon and legumes can be very helpful. Lowering stress also helps keep blood sugar stable.

These are just three simple steps. Give them a try and see the difference they can make.

 

Health and Happiness,

Kim Banting

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