Hormonal imbalance can lead to many symptoms such as acne, an irritated bowel, weight loss or gain, tiredness, depression, and anxiety – just to name a few. While it is rarely seriously harmful, hormonal imbalance can be a frustrating thing to battle due to its abundance of symptoms and its otherwise invisibility.
However, there are ways to tackle it that don’t even require a prescription! If you are experiencing any of the above, here are four ways to remedy your imbalanced hormones naturally.
Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Nighttime is when your body resets itself, and this includes the levels of the different hormones in your body. This is why a lack of good quality sleep is one of the main causes of hormonal imbalance.
Luckily, you can simply perform good sleep hygiene and expect to sleep longer and better. If you’re unfamiliar with the practices, here are some of the basics:
- Always try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
- Make your bedroom a comfortable sleep environment for you, whether this means black-out curtains and silence or a dimmed light and whale noises.
- Avoid using electronics in your bedroom (it should only be a place for relaxation!) and for an hour before sleep.
- Don’t consume caffeine, alcohol or large meals right before bed.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Not only is stress directly associated with a number of hormones itself, including adrenaline and cortisol, but it can also wreak havoc on the overall hormonal balance in a person’s body.
While it can seem like an impossible task, taking measures to reduce your stress levels could be the key to naturally finding a balance in your hormone levels. Finding what works for you may take some time (and a healthy amount of trial and error), but the perfect fit is out there somewhere.
Some stress-reducing actives you can try include meditation, aromatherapy, arts, and crafts, spending time with loved ones and taking up a sport. Not only is the latter an activity that reduces stress, but exercise is also proven to balance hormones itself!
Try Energy Healing
Energy healing is a holistic method of treating a variety of physical and mental health issues, and that includes hormonal imbalance. There is energy in everything and everyone, and just like your hormones are imbalanced, your energy may be too.
It is believed that the body is designed to heal itself and return to a state of homeostasis, but sometimes things like hormonal imbalance prevent this from happening. Energy healing utilizes the energy of the mind and body to encourage the body to heal itself.
If you’d like to get a better understanding of energy healing, then there are many online resources and healers who offer free consultations.
Change Your Diet
Diet is key to the hormone levels in a person’s body, as different foods can lead to an increase or decrease in certain hormones. If you’re not aware of these effects, you could be sending your hormones all over the place with every meal you eat.
In order to put your hormones into balance, you should eat enough protein. Not eating enough of this essential food type can cause high levels of the ‘hunger hormone’ and low levels of the ‘fullness hormone,’ so it is recommended to eat 30g of protein per meal.
While it is recommended that you avoid eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates, which can increase insulin production, it is important to eat healthy fats. These can decrease insulin resistance, which can cause diabetes, so are essential to hormonal balance.
These four methods may take some time to produce visible results, but with a handful of patience (and a mouthful of your new, healthy diet), your hormones are sure to slowly balance themselves out!