Let’s talk about hormones. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to balance your hormones and how they get unbalanced.
First, let’s define what a hormone is.
A hormone is a chemical messenger. Our hormones job is to deliver critical information to cells to keep the body healthy and functioning properly. Since so many people have struggled to balance their hormones, many people revert to synthetic hormones or endogenous hormones.
These hormones act like a bandage over the bullet hole. While they may solve the initial problem, they often lead to developmental malformations, interference with reproduction, increased cancer risk; and disturbances in the immune and nervous system function.
Now, let’s talk about how hormonal imbalances occur.
Hormonal imbalances can occur for a variety of reasons at a variety of times. The amount of things that can affect hormones is large, but the high-level overview is things you were exposed to in uterine, the type of birth you had along with when you started puberty, the obesity rate, and the age in which people are engaging in sexual activities.
If hormonal imbalance seems unavoidable, how do we overcome it?
We recommend a few strategies such as self-care, intentional nutrition, avoid endocrine disruptors, getting chiropractic adjustments, and getting tested.
Let’s break it down, what does self-care look like?
We’re talking about creating boundaries that allow you to take care of yourself when it comes to your mental and physical health. Create time and space to get a massage, practice meditation, and build your yoga practice. It’s important to create a sustainable routine, this way you’ll stick with it long term. It’s crucial to say no to the things that physically and mentally drain you.
So, what is intentional nutrition?
We recommend starting by getting tested for food allergies, so you know what to avoid and when. The next step is to eat foods that help support hormones. Our favorite hormone support foods are chocolate (dark), hemp, dates, cherries, Coconut products, and essential oils such as thyme, lemon, patchouli, and cacao. Cacao is the #1 source of magnesium while containing EPA and tryptophans. Cacao helps create serotonin and release oxytocin. However, it’s important to note that all these benefits from cacao are destroyed in high heats.
Next, you will want to avoid endocrine disruptors.
You’re probably wondering what endocrine disruptors are. Well, they can come in many forms, but the most common are found in pesticides, birth control, fire retardants, BPA/plastics, phthalates, perchlorates, arsenic, Nonstick cookware, mercury, and dioxin. For the best-case scenario, it is important to avoid these as often as you can.
Furthermore, you’ll want to get regular chiropractic adjustments.
A few months back, we shared this post all about chiropractic care, and this snippet is perfect!
We’re going to start with the benefits of spinal manipulation therapy or traditional chiropractic adjustments.
Do you remember the cup of water analogy Doctor Seth gave us for our last post? (If not that’s okay, I’m going to run you through a quick overview.) It goes something like this…
We each are born with a different size cup of water. Some people are born with massive water bottle sized cups, and some people have shot glasses. Once the cup or bottle is overflowing, we first experience a symptom (aka pain).
The size of that cup is what determines our pain tolerance.
When you go to a standard chiropractor, they snap, crackle, and pop you. What happens is the pain receivers in your body are reset. As if we stopped the cup from overflowing.
The last thing that can help you correct your hormonal balance is to get tested.
It’s important to understand what is causing your body to behave this way; the first step is to identify the trigger. It could be your gut health, or maybe a mold allergy. Potentially a buildup of heavy metals. It could even be a reaction from food allergies or stress.
Overall, it’s important to remember that your hormones can feel like something out of your control. However, the reality is you can take tangible steps to get them back on track and get yourself back in balance!