The Holiday season has arrived and if you deal with anxiety, depression and unbalanced hormones you have to read through all of this! I live in New England so Seasonal Depression is starting to set in for a lot of people around here, on top of the crazy that is felt by the holidays! I have never been a big fan of medication and have just suffered for far too long! Take this journey with me and tell me what works best for you and I’ll do the same!
Food to help balance hormones:
- Nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews)
- Fats such as avocado, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil
Natural Skincare to help balance hormones:
LOVE THAT THIS APPEARS IN THE RESEARCH! Remember what you put ON your skin goes INTO your body, therefore affecting hormones. A lot of non organic or natural products have can disrupt hormones. I love my skincare products. CHECK THEM OUT HERE!
Some ingredients that you want to definitely avoid are:
- ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE OF ANY KIND (Read the hidden dangers here)
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
Physical Activity to help balance hormones:
Physical activity can strongly influence hormonal health. A major benefit of exercise is its ability to reduce insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
Insulin is a hormone that has several functions. One is allowing cells to take up sugar and amino acids from the bloodstream, which are then used for energy and maintaining muscle.
I always dread the workout but the after effect is incredible. I instantly feel better. I can find every excuse in the world not to exercise but this is something that I am going to take seriously to help myself!
Other Natural Ways to help balance hormones:
- GET ADEQUATE SLEEP: A good night’s sleep also helps control your levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, so you are better equipped to dealing with stress during the day ahead.
- MANAGE STRESS: Chronic stress causes spikes and dips in a number of different hormones including cortisol, adrenaline, prolactin, thyroid hormones, and growth hormones.
Natural Supplements to help balance hormones:
There are a few supplements that have been shown to help curb symptoms of a hormone imbalance as well as those that go as far as to restore balance altogether.
- Zinc can be taken by premenopausal women to enhance brain function and overall mood.
- Maca can be taken for sexual dysfunction, low libido, anxiety, and increased fertility in both men and women.
- Probiotics can be taken to improve mood and gut health.
- Vitamin C can be taken by women to help restore fertility – it also helps curb anxiety and stress in men and women.
- Magnesium and B6 taken together can alleviate stress as well as PMS symptoms. I also make a magnesium body butter and spray if you would rather not take a supplement.
In closing, I need to emphasize that, while I do research and find information, I am not a doctor. Please talk to your healthcare provider before taking supplements. Thank you joining me in this journey this holiday season! As always, I would love to connect with you through email or facebook!