Hormones are the chemical messengers responsible for all of the major bodily functions that keep our complex biological systems ticking over. There are around 50 different hormones, produced and regulated by the endocrine system, which control everything from growth to sexual development.
Hormone health is fundamental to all aspects of our lives, not just easing symptoms around "that time" of the month, so it makes sense that we learn to work in harmony with our body's natural rhythm.
First of all, I want to share with you some inspiring words from Dr. Mark Hyman, a leading American physician and New York Times best-selling author:
"The suffering related to your reproductive life cycle is unnecessary. It is not a result of bad luck; it's due to bad habits.
"To think that 75 percent of women have a design flaw that gives them PMS and requires medical treatment is just absurd.
"To think that women dwindle, shrivel, and lose emotional, physical, and sexual vitality is a burdensome, self-fulfilling prophecy.
"We now have endless examples of balance and thriving at any age. An 81-year-old female patient once told me, with a twinkle in her eye, about her new boyfriend and their wonderful love life!" 🙌
And on that uplifting note, here are a few simple hacks that will help you to feel your brilliant self throughout the month and all the year round!
*Note: They're simple, but they might require changing certain habits. In return, you have a guarantee that they will work! Can't say fairer than that.
Up with the healthy fats!
The more research that is conducted, the more the findings point to the fact that a diet high in "healthy" fats and wholefoods is the most beneficial for health.
According to Dr. Josh Axe: "Fats help to fuel the brain, support reproductive health, keep inflammation levels low, boost you metabolism, satisfy hunger, and even promote weight loss."
Healthy fat consumption is integral to the production and regulation of hormones. If you haven't already, it's time to discard any notions you may have internalised around fat being bad. The real culprits lie below 👇
Down with refined sugar & carbs
Carbohydrates laced with sugar are the real villains in the wellness narrative. They are diet evil-doers; busy disrupting people's weight, causing disease and putting hormones out of whack.
And the worst thing is that they have been allowed to operate in plain sight. Even, endorsed by some major bodies who have been giving out the wrong dietary advice for years.
Well, their unchecked reign of terror is at last coming to an end, with people waking up to the fact that they are to blame for a whole host of health issues. Including, but not limited to, hormonal imbalances.
Avoid caffeine & alcohol
This may seem like the kind of advice that says if you wrap yourself up in cotton-wool and never partake in anything fun again you may just live longer, but it's a fact; not consuming caffeine and alcohol is a nifty little hack that will not only save you time and money, it will save you wreaking havoc on your endocrine system.
The power of herbal remedies should never be undermined, after all it's where a good percentage of our over the counter drugs are derived from. For centuries people have been self medicating with plants and herbs and successfully remedying various ailments and conditions.
Positive results are often noted in women who use herbal remedies for reproductive health. It depends a lot on what stage the woman is in (for example; premenstrual, trying to conceive, perimenpausal) and her specific requirements, in regards to which herbal remedies might be of benefit.
Bodies are designed to move. We occasionally have to take a step back and observe our lives from an objective angle with the viewpoint of what is natural.
Remaining sedentary for 90% of the time; be it at a desk, in a car or in front of the TV = not natural. Time to shake some limbs out and get that heart rate raised. Exercise is one of the most powerful methods of regulating hormones and boosting overall health.