I intend for your eyes to open and your heart to soften. I intend for your curiosity to be peaked. I intend that you experience massive health transformation from simply applying the tips below. I intend health and happiness for you. So be it, and so it is.
Most of us are walking around with some sort of hormonal issue. Too much estrogen, too little progesterone, high or low testosterone, crazy cortisol levels, a dysfunctional thyroid, too much insulin, not enough melatonin, a deficiency in Vitamin D (really a hormone) and so on.
I share all of this information with you, to educate you so you can make smarter choices. Some of the effects of these things can scare you. I don’t want you to be afraid- I want you to be empowered. When you don’t know, you simply don’t know! I’m sharing these tips that I have learned and mastered from going through my own, crazy hormonal journey, so you can heal as well. When you become aware of all that is affecting you, you can make smart and educated choices. This post is about teaching you things you may not know, so you can stop being a victim to modern living, and can instead, live your one and only life with all the health to actually live it fully. Being alive and living life are two very different things.
You need health to live and feel good. I share this information with you so you can learn of the things robbing you of your life force. My intention for you is to be inspired through this education, and let go of the crap that does not serve your life, so you can fulfill your purpose on earth, help others, and live fan-freaking-tastic!
Use the following four tips to start your journey of healing. But that’s the thing, reading these tips isn’t going to make you healthy overnight, but implementing them will get the ball rolling.
Read, learn and then go take action!
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Here are Four Tips To Begin Balancing Your Hormones
- Eliminate Soy
Listen here ya’ll, I know at some point or another, you’ve come across an article loaded with all of the benefits of soy. That’s great. But we’re here talking about soy in the context of your hormones. As tasty and as beneficial soy can be for some people, if you have hormonal issues, you are not someone that should be all up in soy’s business!
Soy is known as a phytoestrogen – a plant source of the hormone estrogen that mimics your body’s natural estrogen. Eating too much soy can cause your body to have too much or too little estrogen. Excess estrogen can lead you to become estrogen dominant and experience symptoms such as PMS, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, headaches, low libido and conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, hypothyroidism, depression, and breast, ovarian and cervical cancers, among others symptoms and conditions.
On the other side of the spectrum, eating soy can cause your body to have too little estrogen. Since your body has all of this plant-estrogen floating around, it becomes confused and thinks it needs to slow down your natural estrogen production. Eating too much soy can cause your body to stop producing its natural estrogen, which may have a cascading effect on your other hormones. For example, too little estrogen slows down the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) which is responsible for triggering ovulation. *Holy shizznit, I said “estrogen” like a million times! *
Action Step: Take note of how much soy you’re consuming. Soy likes to hide in places such as yogurts, milks, boxed and prepackaged products and in supplements, just to name a few. Read your labels! Stop eating soy for 90 days. Give your body a chance to recalibrate and to relearn how much of its own natural levels of hormones to produce. Eliminating soy will be one less major stressor that your body will no longer have to figure out how to deal with. That energy can instead, go towards balancing and healing your hormones. YAY!
2. Trash Conventional Beauty & Skin Care Products
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG):
“The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily. Many cosmetic chemicals are designed to penetrate into the skin’s inner layers, and they do. Consequently, some common cosmetic ingredients turn up in people’s bodies. Among them: industrial plasticizers called phthalates; parabens, which are preservatives; and persistent fragrance components like musk xylene.”
I know Bath & Body Works makes some awesome smelling products, but slathering your body in perfumes, lotions, sprays, and washes puts you at risk for the conditions and symptoms you learned about in part one.
Whatever you put on your skin is immediately absorbed into your blood stream and from there, either does good for your body or makes it work harder and creates inflammation and sickness.
Your liver’s job is to filter all the gunk out. However, it has a hard time eliminating these foreign toxins from all of your beauty and skin care products. If your liver can’t filter these chemicals out, where do you think they’re gonna go? What do you think the consequences of having these synthetic chemicals in your body will do?
They take up home within your system and start to wreak havoc.
For example, most products contain parabens. Parabens are used as a preservative that has been found in breast cancer tumors, and may also trigger early puberty in females. Phthalates are another toxin found in many skin care products. Phthalates have been linked to causing damage to the kidney, liver, causing birth defects, and early breast development in boys and girls.
These are just two of a gazillion substances in skin and facial products that can have adverse effects on your hormones.
Action Step: Throw away all of the unnatural and toxin-filled products that you have in your home. I’m serious. Go dump the traditional and drug store deodorants, body wash, lotions, makeup, hair sprays and the like, and replace them with their natural versions. If you do this, you will go a freaking longgggggg way to reducing the amount of gunk in your body that is throwing off your hormones. This is not that hard! I recommend Beauty Counter for make-up, Annemarie Gianni for skin and body, The honest company for skin, body, and household, Dr.Bronner for washes, lotions, and household, John Masters Organics for hair products, and essential oil based perfumes. You have my permission to go shopping. It’s for your health!
- Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is highly underrated. On social media, I see people all the time bragging about how much they got done on so little sleep.
Girrlllll, you better stop that shit.
There is nothing honorable or awesome about sleep deprivation. Stop wearing it as a badge of honor. It is instead, a complete and total hormone fucking disaster!
Women especially, need 7-9 hours of sleep for optimal hormonal function. Sleep is essential to weight & fat loss, hormonal balance, mood swings, controlling food cravings, having energy, being able to focus, healing from illness and repairing muscles to name a freaking few! Sleep deprivation is no joke! You sure as shit should not be striving to see just how much you can get done, on as little sleep as possible.
When you sleep, that’s when your body gets to work on cleaning itself internally. Sleeping is a sacred time where your body heals and repairs itself. You know those times when you have a crappy night sleep, or you didn’t sleep much at all, and you wake up feeling like you got hit by a truck? And all you can think about is ‘COFFEEEEE”???
That’s because during sleep all of your individual cells are being completely repaired. This restorative process takes care of all the damage that’s occurred during the day. When you don’t get enough sleep, the effect doesn’t just zap your brain — it impacts your whole body, which is why you feel like death after an all-nighter.
When you don’t provide your body with enough sleep, you are literally keeping it from cleansing and repairing itself. When you have whacked out hormones, you need all the healing you can get!
Sleep is the place where the healing happens!
I seriously cannot emphasize this enough! GO.TO.SLEEP!
So many take sleep for granted. When life gets chaotic, the first thing to go is sleep. When the reality is, when life gets chaotic, the number one thing you need is sleep!
I’m telling you now, do not expect your hormones to heal, when you don’t get enough sleep. I don’t care who you are, or what kind of life you live, if you do not prioritize sleep, you will not heal, and eventually, your body will give up. You can’t expect your body to keep you happy and healthy when you don’t provide it the materials and tools it needs to function properly.
Action Step: Prioritize sleep yo! Aim for 8-9 hours of sleep. Try it for a freaking week and see if you don’t feel a difference! I bet your bottom dollar, it’s going to be eye-opening for you, just how sleep deprived you were.
4. Eat More Fats
Fat does not make you fat.
Sugar and processed junk food makes you fat.
The fat fear is a 70’s thing and has been disproven as the cause for weight gain.
Your brain is largely made up of fat. It requires a steady stream of healthy fats for it to work optimally. Your brain needs healthy fats to control your mood and regulate your hormones.
When you deprive your body of healthy fats, you deprive your brain of the fundamental building blocks for hormone production, reducing inflammation, and boosting your metabolism. Yes! Eating fat can help you lose weight! Why? Because fats balance your hormones and with balanced hormones comes natural weight loss!
Your body needs various types of fats, including saturated fat and cholesterol, to create and regulate hormones. Now, I want you to note that I keep saying “healthy fats”.
Contrary to popular belief, vegetable, canola, soy, corn, cottonseed and peanut oil, along with fake buttery spreads, trans fats, and margarine are some of the worst health robbing offenders out there. These fats require significant processing to become edible. They’re prone to turning rancid and creating free radicals in your body, making them very inflammatory. Where there is inflammation, disease can thrive.
Action Steps: Upgrade your oils. Some of my favorite fats to eat are coconut oil, avocados, wild-caught salmon, eggs, cashews, ghee and sunflower nut butter. These sources of healthy fats help reduce inflammation, improve cognitive functions and yes, balance your hormones.
In the comments below, tell me which one of these four tips will you begin to implement now?