Balance Your Hormones in 4 Easy Steps
I see so many women struggle with hormonal health and imbalances are a common complaint in the clinic. Hormone imbalances are linked to PMS, ovarian cysts, infertility, PCOS, fibrocystic breasts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis... just to name a few.
Excess estrogen is often a cause of imbalance can be caused by toxins in the environment, pesticides in food, poor dietary choices, stress, obesity and digestive issues.
Here are some of my top tips for combating estrogen dominance and balancing your hormones:
1. Detox the Liver. One of the liver's roles is to break down and rid the body of excess hormones. If the liver is overburdened because of a toxic diet (too much alcohol, caffeine, processed foods etc.) then it cannot properly rid the body of excess estrogen. Focus on cleaning up your diet, avoiding caffeine and alcohol and eat clean organic foods as much as possible. Milk thistle is an excellent supplement to take either in pill or tea form to help detoxify the liver. Include foods like beets, dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies like cauliflower and broccoli, garlic and fermented foods.
2. Switch your products to more natural ones. This goes for anything you put on your skin as well including soaps, shampoo, detergents and cosmetics. Your skin absorbs these chemicals which can again act like hormone blockers. Try opting for an all natural deodorant, substitute coconut oil for a moisturizer and choose natural cleaning supplies.
3. Increase elimination. Making sure you are eliminating properly is also key to eliminating excess estrogen. If excess hormones cannot be eliminated they end up getting reabsorbed through the intestines and end up being circulated back into the system. Try adding in ground flaxseeds and chia seeds to your smoothie or breakfast to boost fibre and increase elimination.
4. Eat a healthy diet. Pesticides, food additives and artificial ingredients act as xenoestrogens which can mimic estrogen and cause a build up. Try to eat organic, whole foods as much as possible and avoid processed foods. Include omega 3 rich foods such as salmon, fish or flax oils and avoid excess omega 6 fatty acids from sunflower and corn oils. Limit caffeine and alcohol as much as possible and make sure to drink filtered water.
Balancing hormones can be a tricky process but definitely doable. Small changes make a big difference so even just adding (or eliminating!) a few things can make a big difference.
Be patient! If you need some help balancing your hormones and getting your nutrition back on track for the new year I can help. We can get down to the root cause and use nutritional therapy to get you back on track and feeling your best. Check out my programs here.