Our hormones play a vital role in helping our whole body run effectively so if we have a hormonal imbalance, our overall health is affected.

While we have many, many hormones at work inside of us, the ones that most commonly cause issues by being out of balance are the stress hormones, sex hormones, and insulin, which controls our blood sugar levels.

But how do you know if you’re one of the people affected by this type of imbalance?

Are My Hormones Out of Whack?

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If you’re suffering from one or more of these common symptoms then your hormones may be out of balance:

  • Weight gain and/or belly fat
  • Depression, anxiety and irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of libido
  • Digestive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping

A pretty lengthy list isn’t it?

Well the good news is there are ways to balance your hormones so you can start feeling good again. By making dietary and lifestyle changes, over time your hormone levels will regulate themselves.

But Can’t I Just Take Medication?

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Sure, synthetic hormone treatments are another option that many people turn to – they work a heck of a lot faster than dieting.

But, as tempting as it is to get a quick fix, research suggests that the side effects of using synthetic hormone treatment can be more trouble than they’re worth.

Based on your own personal medical condition and health status, you should always follow your doctor’s advice in relation to taking medications and treatments.

How To Balance Hormones Through Diet

If you’ve decided to go the natural route, you’re probably wondering what you should and shouldn’t do to balance your hormones.

Really, the same steps you take to stay healthy and lean are the ones you should be using to “balance” your hormones.

You aren’t really”balancing” them, like a scale, so much as pushing your body into a state where it can produce the correct amount of hormones.

And eating healthy is a big part of that.

Enjoy Tasty, Healthy Fats

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One of the key ways to keeping our hormones working as they should is by eating healthy fats.

Good fats also keep us fuller for longer and add flavor to our meals.

Balance Your Omega 3s & Omega 6s

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I’ve talked before about the importance of balancing the ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that we consume.

Because processed foods and vegetable oils contain large amounts of omega 6, we should be lowering our intake of those, and upping omega 3 rich foods to restore the balance…but most of us don’t.

Enjoy plenty of oily fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts, which are rich sources of inflammation-fighting omega 3 fats.

Get Enough Vitamin D3 & Magnesium

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Dietary vitamin D is actually a ‘precursor hormone’, meaning it’s the building block of other hormones.

Therefore, getting adequate levels of vitamin D is a very important factor in maintaining hormonal balance throughout the body, along with enjoying a healthy immune system.

Magnesium plays a role in regulating sex hormone levels, including testosterone and HGH – the hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and regeneration.

Get your vitamin D from the sun or supplements, and eat plenty of leafy greens, nuts and seeds, avocado, and soybeans for magnesium.

Watch Your Caffeine Intake

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I have a feeling this one won’t go down well with many because I love my morning coffee as much as most of you.

Unfortunately, excess caffeine can make it harder to fall asleep, which doesn’t help your hormone production.

 

What Else Can I Do?

Okay, so we’ve covered the main dietary changes you can make to balance your hormones but is there anything else you can do to help the process?

Of course. Like with many illnesses and health conditions, diet may play a starring role, but other lifestyle changes can be a big support.

Exercise is Important (But Don’t Overdo It)

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Everyone should be involved in regular exercise but, doing tons of cardio while cutting can also cause problems.

Regular strength training with moderate amounts of cardio tends to work best for most people.

You Can Also:

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  • Stop stressing – this doesn’t help your cortisol levels or sleep patterns
  • Drink plenty of water every day to keep your body hydrated

What’s your take on balancing hormones? Have anything else you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!