How to Naturally Balance Your Hormones

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“Maintaining good health and attitude is just not as simple as correcting female physiology gone awry but also involves on some level transforming our cultural image of women’s reproductive health.” -Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

 

Here are some tips and tricks for regulating your hormone health naturally from Dr. Laura Von Hagen.

1. Progesterone is a female hormone important for the regulation of ovulation and menstruation.

Symptoms of Low Progesterone

  • Nervous tension and anxiety
  • Feeling out of control, irritable and frustrated
  • Back pain and muscle tension
  • Mood swings and lashing out at others
  • Premature aging of the skin

Tips for Improving Low Progesterone

  • Eat one tablespoon each of sesame and sunflower seeds during the second half of your cycle.
  • Optimize your melatonin production by sleeping in a dark room.

2. Cortisol is commonly known as the stress hormone because it is released during times of stress, but it also influences many other functions in the body such as blood sugar levels, the rate of metabolism, the reduction of inflammation, and memory formulation.

Symptoms of Low Cortisol

  • Feeling faint and lightheaded
  • Cravings for sweet and salty foods
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Eczema

Tips for Improving Low Cortisol Levels

  • Go to bed and waking up at the same time every day.
  • Eat at regular mealtimes and don’t skip meals.
  • Practice mindfulness and give yourself permission to have down time everyday.

3. Androgens play a primary role in kick-starting signs of puberty in women. They also help regulate the everyday health and functions of various organs such as the reproductive tract, bones, kidneys, liver and muscles. 

Symptoms of Excess Androgens

  • GI bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention and weight gain
  • Oily, acne-prone skin, especially along the jaw
  • Swollen ankles, hands and face
  • Irregular periods

Tips for Reducing Excess Androgens

  • Eat two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds daily
  • Get regulate aerobic exercise
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white flour, white potatoes)

4. Estrogen plays a key role in regulating women’s health and also contributes to the sexual development of girls going through puberty. It plays a role in maintaining/regulating metabolism (bone, cholesterol glucose), body weight, uterine growth, and more.

Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

  • Inability to lose weight
  • Heavy & painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibrocystic breast changes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Premenstrual headaches and acne

Tips for Balancing Estrogen Dominance

  • Eat one tablespoon of flax and pumpkin seeds during the first half of your cycle.
  • Munch on cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage)
  • Eating omega-3s (wild salmon, organic eggs, walnuts)

Dr. Laura von Hagen is a naturopathic doctor with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Queen’s, a Masters of Science in Clinical Anatomy from Western University and a Doctor of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her practice focuses on hormones and fertility. She loves travelling and experimenting in the kitchen, especially with dark chocolate.

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