Balancing Your Adrenal, Thyroid and Sex Hormones
Your hormones control a number of factors, including your mood, weight, libido, immunity and more. If you are feeling fatigued, suffering from skin issues or have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), you probably have a hormone imbalance. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that travel through your blood to organs and tissues delivering important chemical messages.
Hormones affect numerous processes throughout the body, including metabolism, reproduction, mood, sexual function, growth and development. These hormones are produced by the pituitary, thymus, adrenal glands, pancreas, pineal, ovaries and testicles. The endocrine system and the reproductive system are complex, but there are some simple methods you can employ to enhance your body’s ability to produce and balance hormones.
Things to avoid
- Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats oxidize in the body and cause inflammation to occur. Additionally, polyunsaturated fats can cause a mutation of the cells. If these fats mutate cells within the reproductive tissue, it can cause hormone disruption and PCOS.
- Toxins are found all around our world, including household cleaning products, environmental pollution and herbicides and pesticides in our food. These chemicals, also known as hormone disrupters, can mimic your hormones and prevent the body from producing real hormones leading to hormonal imbalance.
- Go to bed at the same time each night to help your body develop its own sleep rhythm. Additionally, get up at the same time each day to ensure your sleep rhythms do not get out of whack.
- Establish bedtime routines. These routines help signal to your body that it is time to go to bed. Turn off all electronics about an hour before it is time to go to bed. Dim the lights in your home and enjoy a hot cup of herbal tea to help you relax and get ready for bed.
Stress is not only bad for you emotionally; it can wreak havoc on you physically. Chronic stress can cause inflammation, illness and hormone imbalances. Learning how to reduce stress can help you balance your hormones.
- Meditation is an ancient art of introspection. This practice helps to focus the body and mind to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to you. Stress can hinder the body’s ability to produce hormones; therefore, you should employ techniques to help rid the body and mind of stress.
- Yoga is a gentle exercise that works all parts of the body to help improve flexibility, respiration, energy and muscle strength. Yoga combines stretching or strengthening poses with meditation and deep breathing, making it the perfect choice for those suffering from stress.
Your body needs a variety of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants to function properly. It is always best to get your nutrients from food; however, you may need to complement your diet with a vitamin and mineral supplement. When choosing a supplement company, look for one that uses the purest ingredients.
- Iodine is one of the necessary components needed for the production of hormones. Iodine deficiency can prevent the thyroid from functioning properly. Additionally, research has shown that women suffering with PCOS may benefit from iodine therapy.
- Selenium is another mineral that is used by the thyroid gland. Selenium helps rid the body of free radicals, one of the leading causes of inflammation and hormone disruption.
- Zinc is needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. Several studies have shown that zinc can help balance the hormone levels in women and ease the symptoms associated with hormone imbalances, including depression, anxiety and mood swings.
Herbs That Can Help
Herbs offer many health benefits, including balancing the hormones, reducing stress, improving memory and reducing fatigue. There are numerous herbs that can help improve hormone production by supporting the adrenal system and the endocrine system.
Eleuthero, also known as Siberian ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogenic herbs help increase the body’s ability to handle stress. Eleuthero helps to reduce fatigue, balance blood sugar levels and improve memory.
Licorice root helps support the adrenal glands. This herb helps increase energy levels and improve the mood.
In order to balance your hormones and improve your overall health and well-being, lifestyle changes are necessary. Get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet, reduce your stress and use herbs to help balance your adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones.
If you are suffering from mood disorders, weight issues, low libido or immunity, it may be time to check your hormones. Contact us at (571)529-6699 and see if our integrative physician can help.
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