It’s October and the weather is turning cooler. With October comes a push to increase awareness and support to Breast Cancer (the disease, its survivors and those who are currently battling it) and its charities. A close friend of mine recently got a couple lumps removed that were Stage 1 - which makes the topic of women’s health that much more important to me. Since we are on the topic of women’s health, there are other things us ladies need to aware of. Our bodies are so intimately linked to our hormones that it is even more important for us to keep them in balance. Some of us ‘younger’ sisters don’t think about our hormones unless it is ‘that time of the month’ but it is important for us (too!) to get in touch with our bodies in order to keep ourselves healthy.
Do you know when your hormones are out of whack?? Do you know what can cause it??
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Pre-Menstrual Symptoms Low Libido
Weight Gain (belly fat)/Digestive Problems/Cravings Fatigue
Insomnia Mood Swings
Depression & Anxiety Foggy Memory
Vaginal Dryness Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
That’s a lot of symptoms right?? And there are a lot of things that can throw off our balance. Skipping a meal. Stress. Nutrient Deficiencies (which are more common than we might think.) Medications. Birth Control Pills. Environmental pollutants. Toxins. Chemicals in our food, skincare products etc. It’s A LOT. BUT there are some habits you can get into to help your body maintain a happy, healthy balance!! Now, is not the time to give up and throw in the towel! Instead…
Start by reducing/eliminating these:
Sugar - this is a tough one because there is sugar even in places we would think there isn’t any!! But you can kick this habit! =>Start by becoming aware of how much sugar you are consuming daily (pay attention for 1 week) and the following week, start by cutting your usuals by half. Continue until you are down to nothing or very little. **NOTE - “Sugar-free” and “Low-Sugar” or any variation of that theme is NOT the way to go! To avoid disease we need to start reducing the chemicals we eat!
Wheat/Gluten - gluten is a protein in wheat and a few other grains that causes inflammation in the body and disrupts our hormones. Both inflammation and hormone disruption are the things we want to avoid. =>Start by eliminating white/‘whole wheat’ bread (the grains used in these are not ‘whole’ grains but are highly refined). Opt for Ezekiel/Manna bread and Brown Rice/Quinoa/Black Bean Pasta Noodles. Kelp Noodles are also a great option or you can make noodles out of Zucchini and other squashes!
Soy - whether it is isolated soy protein, soybean oil, soy milk, tofu or any of the other soy-based ‘cheeses’, all of it is full of toxins and carcinogens. Soy is high in phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen in our bodies. All the excess estrogen from these foods cause estrogen dominance which is the leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility and low libido. Soy is also a powerful goitrogen (thyroid suppressant) and contains phytates, enzyme inhibitors, that block nutrient absorption. =>If you must eat Soy, opt for fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari).
What to Eat for Balanced Hormones??
Clean Protein - wild salmon and other wild-caught cold-water fatty fish; beans (always soaked 6-8 hours prior to cooking) and lentils; organic pastured-raised beef, chicken, turkey, etc; nuts (soaked/sprouted) and seeds; organic pasture-raised eggs (yolk and all!); quinoa.
Healthy Fats - avocados, raw butter/ghee, coconut oil, nuts and seeds.
Antioxidant-rich Vegetables - dark green veggies, brightly colored vegetables and even starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, various squashes, organic beets, artichokes, yucca and turnips.
Healing Herbs and Spices - cumin, ginger root, cayenne pepper, ceylon cinnamon, turmeric and garlic and onions. **When you are using raw garlic let it sit for 15-20 minutes once you chop it to allow all the enzymes to be fully activated and be careful not to burn it!!
It’s a simple list but it is a great starting point. A healthy body means balanced hormones, a healthy weight, bright and clear skin, increased energy and many other benefits (psst… increased immunity too!). Fear isn’t and shouldn’t be a motivator but many times we are driven by our fear of being predisposed to certain illnesses. What if our motivation were to live a fuller, happier life? Improved quality of life - that’s my motivation for myself and my growing client-family.
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