Do you have frequent mood swings? How about trouble sleeping? Constant fatigue? Hair loss? Weight fluctuations? All of these symptoms may be signs of a single issue: hormone imbalance. This sneaky issue affects millions of people and is often hard to pin down and treat — and the side effects can be worse than the original symptoms! Here are some tips and tricks to balance your hormones naturally at home:
If you’re like me, the idea of giving up coffee may strike fear into your heart. Don’t panic too quickly — in small amounts, caffeine can be good for you! But when you consume too much, it can wreak havoc with your endocrine system. Replacing coffee with herbal tea or green tea can reduce the concentration of caffeine in your body and even out your hormone levels.
Another groan from the audience — but dairy has some of the highest concentrations of hormones of any food we consume. Try to stick to hormone-free or raw milk, or get off dairy altogether to see a significant change in your hormones.
Even Out Your Exercise
While cardio every once in a while is very good for you, too much actually puts stress on your body. Adrenal spikes caused by intense workouts can throw your hormones out of balance. If you’ve been struggling with hormone imbalance, try to weight your workouts towards yoga, light weight-lifting, and especially walks and hikes in nature.
Replace Vegetable Oil
We typically get too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 in our diets, so replacing omega-6-rich oils with old-fashioned animal oils like grass-fed butter is a hormone-healthy choice.
Change Your Birth Control
If you take hormonal birth control and noticed that you started experiencing any new symptoms when you started it, you may want to consider ditching it. While it can actually help balance hormones for some women, for others it can cause imbalances and nasty side effects. Consider talking to your doctor about switching to non-hormonal birth control options like condoms, spermicide, copper IUDs, rhythm, or sterilization surgery.
A Carrot A Day Keeps Imbalance Away
Raw carrots have a unique fiber that helps cleanse excess estrogen from the body. Too much estrogen is almost always the source of hormonal imbalance, so reaching for some raw, healthy carrots as a snack is a great way to get some bonus health benefits.
Enjoy Some Liver
Gram for gram, liver is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, so eating it is a good decision no matter what! For hormone balancing purposes, liver is a rich source of vitamin A. Vitamin A improves thyroid function and helps your own liver get stronger so we can flush out our own extra hormones.
If your symptoms are significant, we always recommend consulting a physician! These are meant to be supplemental, natural lifestyle changes to help balance hormones and aren’t a substitute for a doctor’s advice.