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Balancing Your Hormones Naturally

Posted by Dr. Donna Restivo on Apr 16, 2019 6:18:00 PM

In Health Tips, hormones

When a person is afflicted with a hormonal imbalance, there are a number of conventional ways that doctors typically treat them. Birth control pills, synthetic hormone replacement therapies, thyroid medications, and insulin injections, are the most common, however; these treatments often result in some serious side effects including the following…

 

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  1. Conceals the symptoms. When we use conventional treatments for hormonal imbalances, we are essentially masking our symptoms, rather than solving them. In turn, a patient may go on to develop issues in other parts of the body while the imbalances continue to progress.

  2. Dependence. When we use prescription drugs regularly, we become reliant on them and need them to ward off symptoms.

  3. As with most treatments, there are physical side effects that can wreak havoc on your system. Anxiety, stroke, reproductive problems, osteoporosis, and cancer are some of the many common side effects of hormone treatments.

The good news is that these synthetic treatments are not the only option for getting your hormones back in balance, and there are several ways to go about this naturally… 

Essential Oils and other natural ingredients. We’ve gone into great detail about essential oils in previous posts, as these natural powerhouses are proven to aid your body in a variety of ways. The key to obtaining hormone balance is to rid your body of the harmful toxins that are typically found in body care products such as parabens, propylene glycol, and sodium lauryl sulfate. Instead, try using natural products made with ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, and essential oils. Clary sage has been used to balance estrogen levels, fennel is known for gut health and thyroid disorders, and lavender can be used to treat depression, anxiety, moodiness and stress. 

Choose healthy fats over carbs. As your body’s main source of energy, food plays a significant role in your hormone levels. In order to create hormones, it’s essential that your body is supplied with a variety of different fats, including saturated and cholesterol. These types of fats are necessary to produce hormones, and they prevent inflammation levels from rising, while boosting metabolism and aiding in weight loss. Some healthy fats to try are: coconut oil, salmon, and avocados. 

Sleep. We said it before, and we’ll say it again…sleep is the ultimate key to health. If you fail to get 7 to 8 hours a night, you will disturb your natural circadian rhythm, which will lead to a hormone imbalance. Much in the same way that you check off your to-do list every day; your hormones work on a similar schedule. The stress hormone, also known as cortisol, is regulated at midnight, so the night owls who stay up past their recommended bedtime, never really get a break from the flight/fight stress response. 


 

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