Hormones and your health

We always hear about hormones and how they affect teens, but it seems like no matter your age, hormones are a relevant topic. In your 20’s and 30’s everything from birth control to cortisol are relevant, not to mention the prevalent issues with health concerns such as fibroids and endometriosis. In your 40’s and beyond hormones are in charge of pre, peri, and post menopause, we also hear a lot about Low T.

Many cancers are linked directly or indirectly to hormone health, and hormones go beyond the prostate and ovaries. Most people don’t have a clue what is going on inside their bodies related hormones and all of the functions that hormones control. We are only familiar with the outward signs of imbalance like: stress, belly fat, fatigue, poor sleep, acne, lack of sex drive, mood swings.

13 tips for keeping hormones in check

  • Do eat an organic, and fair trade dark chocolate, cocoa beans and/or powder to keep healthy cortisol levels. This can be eaten daily as long as the chocolate is not filled with sugar.
  • Don’t have that glass of wine (or two or three) as a way to relax at night. It might “feel” like it is lowering stress hormones, but it is actually contributing to elevated cortisol.
  • Eat and supplement with your Omega-3’s EPA and DHA.
  • Find Holy Basil or Tulsi Tea and drink it.
  • Learn to love the herb Rhodiola and nutrient Phosphatidylserine
  • Reduce your sugar intake.
  • Eat sweet potatoes, seaweeds, avocado, and cruciferous veggies. Welcome all things olive to your diet: oil, fruit, and leaf extract. Include these in your diet every week.
  • Explore Indol3carbonal, DIM, and Calcium D Glucarate.
  • Add Maca (roasted or gelatinized) to your smoothies 3-4x per week.
  • Eat your zinc. Pumpkin seeds are a great source.
  • If you have not made GRAIN the worst four letter word in your household yet, eat sprouted grains. You don’t necessarily need to live in fear of them if they are sprouted.
  • Lose weight. Do this by including strength training, interval training, and intermittent fasting.
  • Get to know L-Carnitine and make sure your protein powder contains BCAA (branched chain amino acids). It does not need to be an animal protein powder to contain these, plant based powders can have them too, just read the label.

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