Healthy hormones are as sweet as a well-orchestrated symphony. When working well they provide abundant energy, generous sleep, smooth skin, and emotional well-being. However, when they become imbalanced, the sky seems like it's falling and it can be a struggle to even get through a day without an emotional breakdown. This is why you need to know the major factors that affect hormones, so you can take a more comprehensive approach to rebalancing them.
Get enough vitamin D
Even though vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, it is actually a neuro-regulatory hormone. This may explain why people experience mood swings, depression, and irritability when they are low on vitamin D exposure, such as the winter months or other areas which experience much less sunlight.
To maximize the absorption and storage of vitamin D, get in the sun and allow it to penetrate the skin for 15 to 30 minutes in peak hours of the day (the further north, and the darker the skin, the longer the exposure required), of at least the arms and legs. Vitamin D is NOT absorbed through glass, so get directly into the sun outdoors.
If sunlight is not a good option, especially during the winter months, consider a liquid Vitamin D3/K2 supplement or foods with good vitamin D content such as fermented cod liver oil.
Restore adrenal function
The adrenal glands govern much of the hormonal system and become exhausted due to overwork, stress, lack of sleep, and stimulants (caffeine, nicotine, etc.) Long term abuse of the adrenal glands can causes cellular damage that takes considerable time to repair. This damage causes the adrenals to be unable to produce the hormones we need to focus, feel alert, control our moods, etc.
Normalizing the adrenal glands often has a cascading effect on the other glands in the body and helps balance hormone production. It can take 4-6 months to restore depleted adrenals and even longer if sources of adrenal depletion are not improved (ie. stress or a daily coffee habit).
To help restore adrenal function, eat clean, whole foods and avoid any stimulants. Also consider adaptogenic herbs, B-vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, probiotics, and enzymes.
Nourish the thyroid
Thyroid imbalances can be attributed to many factors, including environmental pollutants (heavy metals), exposure to radiation (EMF's), dietary excesses or insufficiencies, certain medications, stress, and yeast infections.
A poorly working thyroid will eventually affect the production of all the other hormones in the body until every aspect of health is negatively impacted. Like the adrenal glands, many natural health care physicians will focus on the thyroid in order to restore proper functionality to all other glands and the entire body.
Rebuilding your thyroid can be tricky, depending on whether it is underactive or overactive. In either case, cleansing the digestive system is necessary, as well as reducing stress and avoiding exposure to EMFs and environmental pollutants. If you have hypothyroid (or want to know the signs) and want to heal it naturally, visit the first source below.
Eliminate bad estrogens
Xenoestrogens are man-made estrogen mimicking molecules that are significant hormone disruptors. These chemicals and disruptors cause imbalances that eventually can cause thyroid related disorders such as hypothyroidism.
Examples of xenoestrogens, which should be avoided, include:
- Plastic containers - Lining of canned food - Styrofoam cups and containers - Cosmetics and toiletries - Agricultural chemicals - Non-organic meat and dairy
Avoiding xenoestrogens after decades of exposure is only half of the equation. You must also eliminate them from your body by stimulating proper liver function so they may be eradicated from your body.