5 Ways to Help Naturally Balance Your Hormones
Around age 50, our estrogen levels naturally begin to drop as our ovaries start to produce decreasing amounts of estrogen. This change in our hormones can have significant effects on our sleep cycle, appetite, mood, stress, weight, and even our skin.
It's important that we do what we can to help balance our hormones so we can combat the negative effects an imbalance in hormones has on our bodies.
For many people, a well-balanced diet and some healthy habits can really improve your hormonal health.
1. Cut Down on Sugar
Sugar can cause spikes in your blood sugar and disrupt one of the most powerful hormones in the body - insulin. When there's a spike in in your insulin, this can result in negative effects in your mood resulting in irritability or anxiety.
You don't have to cut out sugar completely. It's almost impossible to do that anyway. You can cut back just by drinking less fruit juice, soda, and energy drinks.
2. Eat More Protein
Eating healthy in general can help your overall health. Protein specifically provides your body with essential amino acids that are used to produce hormones like estrogen and insulin. Making sure you eat enough protein in your meals can help balance those hormones. Some high protein foods include eggs, chicken, and fish.
3. Get Consistent Sleep
When your hormone levels drop, you can see a decrease in your overall quality of sleep. However, a good night's sleep is necessary to help balance your hormones.
If you find yourself struggling to sleep at night, try a few of these tips:
- Decide on a set bedtime to help train your brain into knowing when it's time to wind down.
- Blue light can make it harder for you to fall asleep so turn off the electronics a few hours before you plan on going to sleep.
- Make time to relax and help calm your body both physically and mentally.
4. Exercise Regularly
Exercising regularly strongly influences your hormonal health and can help regulate hormonal imbalance. It also has many other benefits for your overall health as well.
5. Take Care of Your Gut Health
A healthy gut is critical for hormonal balance because your gut actually helps regulate your hormones. You can help make sure you maintain a healthy gut by eating a balanced diet.
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