Tired? Stressed? Overweight? Never in the mood for sex? Your hormones are to blame. Hormonal imbalance can impact both men and women causing a host of symptoms like weight gain and low libido. In this guide, we will discuss an easy to follow, effective plan to balance hormones naturally so you can become lean, energetic and start loving life again. When you balance hormones, you can reclaim your sleep and sex life, feel focused, vital, and naturally energized!
1. Apple cider vinegar
Drink organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with ‘mother vinegar’ daily to balance hormones naturally. It is a great alternative to hormone balance pills. Start with half a tablespoon in water before breakfast, on an empty stomach. Alternatively, you can also drink ACV before meals. To make it taste better, mix it up with some apple or orange juice and/or honey. Take this every day and soon you will notice lesser bloating and cramps, reduced appetite cravings and increased energy and metabolism.
2. Coconut oil
The essential fatty acids in coconut oil make it an important part of the hormone balancing diet plan. Take a tablespoon of cold pressed coconut oil with your coffee or use it in your salads, sautéing and baking recipes etc. Start cooking your meals with coconut oil instead of using vegetable oils, butter or margarine. The essential fatty acids in coconut oil provide energy to every cell in the body and enable them to function better. This will also aid in hormone balancing.
3. Maca root
Maca root is one of the most important natural remedies for hormonal imbalance in females. It is known to prevent night flashes, post menopausal weight gain, bloating and other menstrual symptoms. Organic maca root pills and powders are readily available these days, online and in health food stores. Speak to an experienced herbalist to know if this natural remedy is for you.
4. Detoxify from time to time
Detoxifying will help remove heavy metals from the body that are often responsible for hormonal imbalance in men and women. We live in a polluted world. The food we eat and the air we breathe is filled with harmful chemicals and toxins. Regular detoxification helps chelate the heavy metals from the body so that the organs can function to their best capacity. This naturally balances the hormones. We have discussed many natural methods of detoxification in this article.
5. Periods of calorie restriction
Regular and periodic fasting supports healthy blood sugar and reduces appetite. It also cleans away toxins from the body. Once the toxins are out, your system is cleaner and each organ functions to its best capacity. This naturally balances hormones. Commit yourself to fasting and eating a cleansing diet of plant based foods.
6. Avoid processed sugar
Sugary snacks and processed meals stimulate fat making hormones and deplete fat burning hormones. This, in turn, drives up appetite and unhealthy cravings. So resolve to avoid sugar and learn to read food labels to eliminate hidden sources of it.
7. Eat clean
To avoid hormonal imbalance, you must eat organic food. Select locally grown fruits and veggies devoid of chemicals. Wash your produce well to remove pesticides. Go in for farm or pasture raised meat and wholesome eggs from free-run chickens. Eat organic, wild seafood instead of farm raised, hormone injected varieties. This is essential to balance hormones, male and female.
8. Alkalize the body
The more acidic our body’s ph, the more our hormonal balance suffers. To alkalize the body, follow steps given in this article.
9. Calcium/magnesium supplement
A deficiency in magnesium can also cause hormonal imbalance. So women must take calcium-magnesium supplement and also eat magnesium rich foods like spinach, kale, nuts, seeds, seafood, legumes etc.
10. Flaxseed oil
Taking a tablespoon of flaxseed oil a few days before menstruation is a great way to balance hormones and lose weight too.
11. Blackstrap molasses
This is a great natural remedy to cure hormonal imbalance in menstruation. Blackstrap molasses or BSM contains minerals and vitamins which help prevent deficiencies. A few teaspoons a day can cure hormonal imbalance, prevent binge eating as well as menstrual cramps, bloating and heavy periods.
12. Vitamin E
There is a study that shows there may be correlation between vitamin E and estrogen which could, in turn, prevent hot flashes in menopausal women. So women must take Vitamin E regularly not only to prevent bloating, painful and heavy periods but also depression, acne and other issues associated with the monthly cycle.
13. Siberian Ginseng
This is one of the effective natural remedies for hormonal imbalance in females.
Yoga poses can also help regulate hormones. Perform poses like sun salutations, head stand and also check out videos given here. These reduce stress, aid in weight loss and also correct irregularities in menstrual cycle.
15. Use progesterone cream
Many women have seen good results with this hormone balancing remedy. Talk to a doctor about it before use.
These 15 ways can definitely help balance those out-of-whack hormones to help you lead better, healthier lives.