If you can Balance Your Hormones Through Lifestyle, would you do it? When it comes to simple lifestyle changes that could potentially help your health and alleviate so much discomfort with hormonal imbalance, I would guess that you would at least try, right?
Balance Your Hormones Through Lifestyle
Okay, assuming that you said yes to my last question, I have three simple yet overlooked lifestyle changes you can begin doing today to give your hormones what they need to begin balancing and healing.
Before I share these with you, don't overlook the fact of how powerful these lifestyle changes can be for your body, your health, your gut, and your hormones.
Get Quality Sleep
I know, I know. You're probably rolling your eyes at me for this one, but here's the thing, it's the perfect time for your body to restore and assimilate the food and everything you've put it through during the day.
This is the time when your organs, muscles, and tissues can reboot, including your hormones. Poor sleep, in fact, will disrupt hormone regulation and can affect many different factors such as your mood, concentration, weight gain, your emotional well-being, the way you eat, and so much more.
Now, you may be thinking, well, I sleep. How much are you sleeping? This would be my next question? Because unless you are sleeping anywhere between 7 to 9 hours, you're still not giving your body all it needs.
There are key hormones that are not only produced while you sleep but are also released into your body while you snooze.
So remember, if your body is not resting, your body nor hormones cannot heal themselves.
Track Your Cycle
Raise your hand if you have no idea how even to do this! I get it! I was just like you. I would see other women in the online space talk about synching their cycles and the benefits, and I had no idea what they were talking about. Now I get it.
Don't worry. Synching to your cycle is not as complicated as it sounds. I might do an entire blog post sharing some helpful tips on doing this without any hassle for busy moms, but for now, I will give you a quick rundown of what it means and how it can benefit balancing your hormones. Remember, this is about making small yet impactful lifestyle changes in your life, not perfection.
When I say track your cycle, I'm talking about following your Four Menstrual Phases.
- Follicular Phase
- Ovulatory Phase
- Luteal Phase
- Menstrual Phase
During each phase, your body goes through different hormonal changes, moods, energy, and needs. This is why when you follow your menstrual phases; you can give your body exactly what it needs to thrive and keep your hormones in check.
Yes, you read that correctly. Women are cyclical beings, so we have different needs every single day. But when you know what your body needs because you're tracking your cycle, it becomes part of your life, and your body will thank you for it.
Not only will you know what your hormones and body need throughout each cycle phase, but by tracking your cycle, you can also look for patterns in symptoms, moods, feelings, and pains. This is mindfulness at its finest.
No more allowing your menstrual cycle to dominate the way you live. Instead, you can control the way you feel by giving your body what is asking of you before your hormones get imbalanced and all sorts of health issues arise.
Another eye roll, I presume? I know what you're thinking, but Victoria, I'm a mom who works full time or runs my own business. I get it. Believe me, I do, but hear me out.
Stress puts our bodies into fight or flight mode. Sending the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline into dangerous levels. Our bodies aren't meant to get big hits of these hormones at once, but with stress in our lives regarding working, kids, careers, family, and relationships, moms seem to be in a constant state of stress.
Then we wonder why our hormones aren't balanced. Hmmm...
Unfortunately, stress is the most powerful hormone disruptor for women and can affect your reproductive functions because your body sees reproduction as nonessential when it's in fight or flight.
Now, how can we manage stress in such a high stressed world? Oh, I'm so glad you asked! It's all about self-care, mama because the benefits are endless.
Here are a few self-care ideas to get you started:
- taking a warm Epsom salt bath (great for magnesium which is great for your hormones)
- unplug from technology
- writing in your journal
- go for a walk outdoors
- read your favorite book
- have a cup of tea
- dance to your favorite music
- and so many more!
Remember, self-care is not a one-and-done kind of thing. It's about committing to yourself daily to maintain optimal hormonal health. Yes, I said DAILY. You may not eliminate the stressors in your life, but you can learn how to control how you react to them.
I also want to mention one more thing when it comes to keeping low stress on your body. Think about how you're feeding your body and what you are putting on your body as well. Eating a lot of processed foods and even using toxic beauty products will create havoc on your hormones. These are all considered endocrine disruptors, aka hormone disruptors. So be mindful of what you eat and what you put on your skin.
As you can see, there are so many things that you can change in your lifestyle that can help support and balance your hormones. These are just three simple ones that you can start working on slowly.
Do you know what the best part is? Your body is not looking for perfection. It's just looking for a bit of support from your part so she can do her part. So, anything you can do to alleviate your hormones from having to work double-time will only benefit you, your health, and your future.
Tell me, will you be working on these 3 lifestyle changes to help balance your hormones?