Struggling with Hormonal Imbalance? Try These 7 IdeasPosted: Aug 02 in Getting Active, Healthy Eating Menu, Hormone Therapy, Lifestyle by Staff
Hormone imbalances, when they occur, usually arise out of a combination of factors, including blood sugar problems, weight problems, stress and high body fat levels. Your lifestyle may affect many of these factors. Making a few simple changes to your life can help your hormones, and take you very far on the road to better health.
See if intermittent fasting works for you
When you try intermittent fasting you allow yourself to eat only during a specific time window each day. Usually, you fast for sixteen hours a day, and only eat two meals during an eight-hour window. Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight, and regulate blood glucose levels. You end up with manageable body weight, with better blood sugar levels, and improved hormonal balance.
Try HIIT (high intensity interval training)
HIIT can be an excellent way of regulating insulin levels in your body. The exercise system can make your muscles crave glucose, something that can both help regulate your body’s level of insulin, and help address insulin resistance that you may have. HIIT is easy to do. Typically, you would do something like alternate brisk walking, with jogging. Such exercise can turn your body’s receptors insulin-sensitive, rather than insulin-resistant, and also regulate your blood sugar levels.
Move as much as you can
The bottom line with helping your body deal with hormonal imbalances is that you need to become more active. Studies have indicated that regular, high-intensity exercise lowers the body’s levels of estrogen in circulation. All you need to do to help your endocrine or hormonal system is to move as much as you can. Exercise helps because the body’s muscular system works in close communication with the glands of the endocrine system.
Lower your intake of carbohydrates
Low-carb diets such as the paleo diet or the ketogenic diet, when adopted in combination with intermittent fasting, keep you from snacking, and help you regulate your body’s insulin secretion. What you need to do is to eat within your non-fasting window, and make sure that you don’t eat too many refined carbohydrates or sweet foods; your body only needs high-quality carbs such as quinoa and sweet potato. With lots of vegetables added to your diet, in addition, you should help regulate your body’s insulin levels for better hormonal health.
Get all the right nutrients
Hormones and neurotransmitters control how you feel. Your mood, especially, is governed by hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and GABA. The production of these substances requires that your body possess a reliable supply of amino acids – ingredients that go into their creation. The body requires a diet of foods such as turkey, nuts, seeds and eggs, to be able to produce the right hormones. A good diet, then, directly affects how you feel.
Maintaining good hormonal health can be complicated. To simplify your life is one way to address the challenge of poor hormonal health. You need the right kind of nutrition, to fast, to take fewer carbs, and get as much exercise as you can. You’ll find that the hormonal problems that you face become much more manageable.