Hormonal balance is essential to a healthy mind and body but can be disrupted in a variety of ways. Raising children, having a demanding career, juggling schedules, over-exercising, not getting proper sleep, eating junk on the run, etc. all place a heavy toll on our bodies and cause chaos on our hormones. In today’s modern, fast-paced society, it’s no wonder so many women are worn out and feeling less than amazing. It’s time we understand how to work with our bodies to combat the common hormone disruptors.
Stress – in all its forms
One of the main culprits of imbalanced hormones is stress. But not just mental stress. When we are under chronic stress – be it a demanding job, shuffling our kids around, excessive exercising, lack of sleep, too much caffeine, or an improper diet – our bodies pump out a hormone called cortisol to buffer stress on the body. Not only can high levels of cortisol lead to insulin resistance and inflammation, but the body also begins to steal progesterone to keep up with the demand. As a result, women can become estrogen dominant, showing symptoms of imbalanced hormones such as mood swings, headaches, anxiety, sleep issues, low energy, stubborn weight, and more. In time, this imbalance can worsen with age bringing on new symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, high blood pressure, and more.
Insulin resistance has become a massive problem in our culture, and it can lead to a myriad of chronic health problems. Since insulin is a hormone, and all hormones communicate with each other, increased insulin levels disrupt every other hormone system in the body. When insulin isn’t doing its job efficiently, it’s nearly impossible to reduce the associated symptoms, including; weight gain, difficulty losing weight, low energy levels, brain fog, food cravings, sleep issues, hot flashes, and night sweats.
Obesity, imbalanced hormones, unnecessary thyroid replacement therapy, over the counter and prescription drugs, lack of physical activity, chronic stress, lack of sleep, as well as over-consumption of sugars, carbohydrates, alcohol, and insufficient amounts of protein and fats all contribute to insulin resistance.
Think of inflammation like a fire that your body is trying to put out. It’s a defense mechanism that goes off when your body is trying to protect itself. Inflammation can be beneficial in many cases, such as when you sustain an injury and inflammation senses the tissues need care and protection. However, inflammation can cause more harm than good when your body is under constant or chronic attack. In this case, your body is so busy “putting out the fire,” that its priority is not on balancing your hormones. One of the main factors that can lead to inflammation is poor gut health and food sensitivities, often leading to fatigue, bloating, constipation, or unexplained weight gain.
Candida albicans is a natural-occurring yeast that lives in the intestinal system. Its overgrowth occurs when your natural “friendly” bacteria become diminished. Good bacteria multiplies when you sleep and is critical to your immune system. Most Americans do not get enough sleep and overeat sugar, which feeds this yeast. Candida yeast overgrowth can cause sugar/starch cravings, digestive problems (bloating), and will hinder weight loss.
The good news!
Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent and even reverse hormone imbalanced caused by stress, insulin resistance, inflammation, and yeast overgrowth, improving your mood, sleep, cravings, sleep, hot flashes/night sweats, and allow for efficient fat burning!
- Fill up on fiber – through vegetables. Vegetables contain hundreds to thousands of plant hormones, known as phytonutrients, which have a hormone balancing effect. Vegetables (as well as fruit) also supply us with fiber that binds itself to old estrogen, helping expel them from the body. Certain vegetables also provide prebiotic fibers that support good bacteria growth. Aim for a minimum of three cups of vegetables a day.
- Stop the intense cardio sessions. Prolonged or intense cardio sessions can lower your thyroid function and causes cortisol levels to rise, depleting progesterone. Insulin level also rise along with inflammation. Instead, incorporate strength-building exercises, and lower impact activities like walking, yoga, and Pilates.
- Cut out processed and inflammatory foods. For a few weeks, try cutting out wheat, dairy, soy, alcohol, coffee, sugar, and any processed or packaged foods. Then slowly begin to add these foods back into your diet, watching for signs of bloating, fatigue, or constipation.
- Make time to destress daily. Making your mental health a priority is crucial to your hormone health. Set aside 20 minutes each day to do something relaxing. This evokes what Dr. Herbert Benson calls the “relaxation response,” which takes you out of the fight or flight state we tend to live in, lowering sympathetic nervous systems overload.
- Steer clear of environmental toxins and chemicals. Hormone disrupters are everywhere, but with some education, they can be avoided. To start, steer clear of parabens, phthalates, and bisphenol-A (BPA). Common offenders include plastics, air fresheners, dishwashing soap, laundry detergent, cleansers and cleaners, cosmetics, deodorants, toothpaste, shaving gel, and lotions. Not only do these disrupters affect your hormones, but they also have adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. This is the perfect set-up for inflammation and gut flora imbalance.
- Start taking a high-quality probiotic. In our
modern-day society, a high-quality probiotic is needed to ensure the
body will build up its intestinal flora, and this will then rebalance
any harmful bacteria or yeast that can overgrow. Our dairy-free
probiotic, Flora-3, is comprised of several strains of probiotics so
they can more readily attach to the walls of the intestines. Stress,
coffee, medications (especially antibiotics) kill off these essential
strains of bacteria.
Our Flora-3 professional grade probiotic can help:
- Lactose intolerance individuals
- Imbalanced blood sugar levels
- Weight gain/Fluid retention
- Skin irritations/conditions
- Poor bone health
- Use our Natural Hormone Balancing Creams. Unless you plan to move to a remote island where you eat fresh fish and fruit, have no cell phone, and the absence of environmental toxins and stress, it’s nearly impossible to maintain proper hormone balance without supplemental support. Our estrogen-free creams, Pro-Plus and Sooth Stress, are specifically designed to provide hormone balance naturally. We use a combination of natural, plant-based progesterone (the only hormone that has been proven safe for long-term use), DHEA, and herbs like maca to support and rebuild your adrenal glands and combat the adverse effects of stress. For more information on our proprietary Natural Hormone Balancing Creams, contact us today to learn more.
- Get help from one of our Natural Hormone Balancing specialists. If you have been struggling with symptoms of a hormone imbalance we are here to help. Think of a Natural Hormone Balancing Specialist as your very own personal hormone health adviser. Someone who will be a guide to help you better understand what’s going on with your body. Who will support you and give you encouragement throughout your entire journey. She is a knowledgeable source of information, one who studies and understands hormones and holistic health. One who will provide you with the tools and knowledge to help heal your body from the inside out. If you’re ready to take control of your health from a holistic approach, set-up your free consultation with a center near you!
What makes BeBalanced different from other weight loss programs?
Ladies, it’s time to take control of our health from a holistic approach. That is why the BeBalanced method is so different than other weight loss programs. In fact, for us, weight loss is just an added benefit of balanced hormones. We believe that PMS and menopausal symptoms can be corrected with a proper balance of nutrients, stress management techniques, supplementation, one-on-one support, uncovering food sensitives, and lifestyle changes. Take the first step towards feeling better today. We will be here every step of the way! Together we will address your specific symptoms and help you find your balance holistically. Set-up your free consultation by finding a center near you, or take our free hormone assessment.