Simple Keys To Help Harmonize Hormones
By Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science
In our office we see a wide variety of complaints that are related to balancing hormones. Patients tell us about their fatigue, headaches, cycle irregularities, weight gain, depression and anxiety. All of these symptoms can be related to hormone balance. But, in our office balancing hormones is easy because we support the organ that is under stress. The thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, pituitary, hypothalamus, uterus, and pancreas are all hormonal organs. By giving the organ what it needs to function properly hormonal balance is returned. Here are six simple things you can do to help create hormonal harmony.
1. Eat good fats. Fats are necessary for hormone production. Eating the correct fats helps with metabolism and the function of many organs in the body (hormonal organs, brain, and heart). Good fats are: coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, butter, fish and fish oils, nut oils, sesame oil, avocado and avocado oil, palm oil and organic grass-fed/pasture-raised meats.
2. Use Celtic sea salt. The minerals in sea salt help with fluid balance, adrenal and heart function and balancing blood pressure. Sea salt is also good for the immune system and for preventing muscle cramps. Note: this is real, natural salt not refined, iodized table salt.
3. Decrease your use of plastic. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the production of plastics. It is found in many plastic containers, food and drink packaging, water bottles, baby bottles, canned foods, some dental sealants and composites. BPA has hormone-like properties and it is an endocrine disruptor. It has been associated with many health problems including breast and prostrate cancer and infertility. Avoid microwaving in plastic containers and store food in glassware whenever possible.
4. Avoid soy. Soy disrupts hormone function and has the potential to cause infertility and promote breast cancer. It interferes with digestion. Soy can also cause deficiencies with calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. More information can be found at Weston A. Price Foundation.
5. Eat organic food. Especially organic produce whenever possible to limit exposure to pesticides and other toxins which can create endocrine and hormone imbalances.
6. Eat your veggies! Especially cruciferous vegetables that can help with liver function and detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables include: kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and more.
These are just some of the simple keys to get your hormones more in balance. If you feel like you are walking a tightrope and your moods and health are on a ‘hormonal’ roller coaster ride, come in to the office and see us. We can help you get your body back in balance and improve your mood and your overall health.