Your hormones are like a massive communication system, designed to send messages from one part of the body to the other. Like all other bodily systems, a lack of balance in your hormones will result in declining energy levels, mood swings, and a detriment to your overall health. These communication agents are responsible for growth, metabolism, and fertility and even have the capability of altering a person’s behavior. They play a role in many of your physical and mental functions from the way your system can turn food into fuel, to the way your entire body changes when you go through puberty.
In a previous post, we presented a few ways to avoid synthetic treatments and balance your hormones organically. Here are a few more tips for achieving that balance by using a natural approach.
Incorporate Adaptogen herbs into your daily life. Known as a unique category of healing plants that promote hormone balance and defend the body from diseases caused by stress, these herbs can reduce anxiety or depression, improve thyroid function, support adrenal gland function, stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels and lower cholesterol. The two herbs that have proved to be powerhouses when it comes to harmonizing your hormones, are ashwagandha and holy basil. Found online or in health food stores, the ashwagandha herb is also called Indian ginseng, somnifera root, or winter cherry, and the root is most commonly used for health purposes.
Like ashwagandha, holy basil is packed with anti-stress properties that aid in promoting health throughout the entire body. Also known as tulsi, holy basil is an aromatic shrub that has been around for 3,000 years and grown in most Hindu households. You can either grow a tulsi plant and maintain it over time or you can buy tulsi leaves and powder from a health food store.
Be cautious about medications. Believe it or not, there are a long list of medications that can affect your hormones, leading to appetite changes, a disruption in sleeping patterns, low libido, and sadness and depression. It’s important that you read the finely printed side effects and if at all possible, opt for a natural approach to your ailment. Some medications that are known to ignite hormonal changes are: statins, corticosteroids, dopamine agonists, glucocorticoids, and stimulants.
Fill nutritional voids with supplements. If you live in an area where you are exposed to limited sun in the winter months, then you are surely lacking in vitamin D, which is a hormone that assists in keeping inflammation levels low. It’s important that you supplement with 2,000-5,000 IU’s a day when you are not able to absorb direct sunlight. The lack of vitamin D in the winter months is directly related to seasonal affective disorder which can lead you to becoming a victim of depression and sadness.
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