How to regulate hormones naturally is a question on many women's minds. Particularly because various factors can contribute to a hormonal imbalance in women, balancing hormones can be a challenge. The good news is that there are things you can do to improve your overall health and regulate your hormones in the process.
1. Include phytoestrogens in your diet. Phytoestrogens are compounds that act like estrogen in the body. You can find phytoestrogens in foods such as soy beans and flaxseeds. Consume two servings of soy products daily. You can have a cup of soy milk with your cereal or oatmeal in the morning and a serving of tofu at lunchtime. According to Luz Maria Briseno, Certified Nutritionist, having more than two servings of soy products per day can be counter productive. In addition, health experts recommend 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily. Keep in mind that if a natural product can have a positive effect on your health, too much of it could produce the opposite effect.
2. Supplement your diet with vitamin-D and calcium. Besides building strong bones, calcium also helps to balance hormones. Vitamin-D is needed in order for the body to absorb calcium. Both nutrients work synergistically and contribute to proper hormone production.
3. Take a quality multivitamin. Since nutrients work synergistically, this will ensure that your glands receive all the nutrients needed to produce hormones. If you take single vitamins, your body may not absorb them because it lacks other nutrients necessary for absorption.
4. Eat organic as much as possible, particularly meat. Research shows that hormones used to raise chickens, turkeys and even fish, can upset hormone production in the human body and cause a hormone imbalance.
5. Lose weight if necessary. Obesity is often the result of low progesterone and testosterone levels and high estrogen levels. Ironically, obesity in turn affects glands in the body and prevents them from producing healthy hormone levels.
Make healthy life style changes. Substitute saturated fats with olive or grape seed oil. Reduce or eliminate junk and packaged foods. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fresh fruit to ensure that your body receives the nutrition it needs for optimum function.
6. Walk to relieve stress and lower cortisol levels. High cortisol levels contribute to weight gain around the waist. Walking also improves circulation and promotes organ and gland health.
In summary, you have numerous options to help you improve your health and balance your hormones naturally. Although options such as these are not a substitute for professional medical help, a natural approach to hormone balancing can reduce or eliminate the need for prescription hormone therapy and other drugs.
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