Have you ever come across some problems with hormonal balance? If yes, then you need to read the article to find out the ways of balancing female hormones naturally.
The term "hormone" in Greek language means a substance that makes something move. Hormones, there have more than hundreds of the varieties, are produced by the organs of internal secretion, i.e. the endocrine organs. Coming into blood, hormones are carried by it, providing the body with deep, varied and very important help. Some hormones, e.g., thyroid, have a general impact on all the organs, others influence one or two of them. However, a low production of one hormone leads to a disease of the whole organism.
How can we help ourselves to balance female hormones naturally?
For the beginning, it is worth getting acquainted with the symptoms of an insufficient production of a hormone.
In the morning you have a puffy face? Look at yourself in the mirror. Swollen and puffy cheeks? If so, then you, apparently, lack in thyroid function.
If you have swollen, "crescent-shaped" face in the morning? This way, your adrenal glands may produce more cortisol than your body needs. Excess cortisol occurs in case of the impact of intense and prolonged stress. If this is the case — the stress, because of the excess amount of cortisol you have sufficient energy to withstand mental stress. But excess cortisol suppresses thyroid function and causes a deficiency of thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones provide us not only with good appearance in the morning, but with a good mood after sleep and while resting. Who of us have a relative or friend, who every morning gets up "on the wrong foot" and in the beginning of the day shows irritability? Such a person may have morning depression. Or a busy person is very tired after work, if the work is to sit down.
The thyroid gland is the most sensitive from all other glands to the seasons of the year. In winter, the level of thyroid hormones falls, so we reserve 1-3 kilos. Sometimes the function of the gland can also be reduced in summer. What products should be applied to activate the thyroid gland — the "sleeping beauty" and increase hormone production.
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First of all, all seafood and seaweed, because they have the highest content of organic iodine. From plant products can be identified persimmon, feijoa, figs, chokeberry and currant, prunes, apples, cherries, cucumbers, potatoes, beets, carrots, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, radish, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and onions. But remember that excess intake of meat, especially fatty varieties, leads to a decrease in the level of thyroid hormones. Products, giving a stimulation of the growth of the thyroid gland by eating them in large quantities, include cabbage (especially cauliflower), root vegetables (especially radish and turnip) as well as spinach, peaches, Jerusalem artichokes. In many cases, a small intake excess of iodine from food, plays the main role in the development of goitre is played by the deficit of other trace elements such as cobalt, manganese, selenium. The effect of treatment can be obtained only in the correction of their body combination.
Growth hormone is produced by the cells of the pituitary gland. Without the presence and proper functioning of this hormone in childhood, we would still be dwarfs. Adults need the hormones to maintain the stability and reliability of the physical form. Growth hormone determines the height of a man, strengthens the body, straightens the back, develops the nose, jaw, chin, shoulder and pelvic muscles, promotes the preservation of youth, decreases belly fat, provides energy throughout the day, helps to restore strength, especially after an all-night vigil, effectively reduces anxiety. To increase the level of growth hormone you need:
- eat enough food high in protein (meat, poultry, fish)
- limit your intake of coffee. Women, consuming a lot of coffee, have the low content of growth hormone in the blood
- give yourself a moderate exercise – each time you do this, the hormone comes into the blood. give up smoking – the addiction to smoking can lead to premature aging.
Melatonin, or sleep hormone. Mainly secreted by the pineal gland – a small gland located deep in the brain. Other organs also have the ability to develop melatonin – intestine and the retina. Positively reduces stress, relaxes muscles, reduces adrenaline.
How to increase melatonin levels naturally?
In the room in which you sleep, it should not be too hot or too cold. In the room in the morning should be enough light, and at night – complete darkness. On vacation try to spend time in the sun. Eat more food rich in melatonin: rice, corn, oats. Give preference to vegetable oils, contains a high percentage of omega-6, but you should not consume too many omega-3 containing fatty acids (in fish). Take calcium and magnesium before bed, supplements of amino acids – tryptophan and carnitine, and vitamin B3. Reduce consumption of coffee.
One of the most important groups of female hormones is estrogen. They have a strong effect on the body during the first phase of the menstrual cycle of women, it promotes normal development of the endometrium, so that the fertilized egg is easily adopted. A sufficient amount of female hormones ensures quiet childbearing during pregnancy and the lack of them is fraught with unpleasant consequences and can cause infertility.
But note that if you have identified a lack of estrogen, the adoption of hormonal drugs is quite unnecessary, often the lack of this hormone can be filled or corrected by the adding to your diet certain food.
The most common source of dietary estrogens is soya. If earlier it was not so well-known product, now in stores you can find a variety of products produced on its basis - yogurt, flour, cheese, tofu, milk.
Its level can also be improved at home with the help of a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. But we should not ignore the advice of a qualified professional. Remember, excessive amounts of steroid hormones can also lead to undesirable consequences.
Estradiol or the hormone of femininity. A large part of the estradiol is produced by the ovaries. Estradiol promotes breast development, the creation of the curves of the female form, smoothes wrinkles, removes unwanted hair, moisturizes the eyes and makes them shiny and radiant, promotes joy, fun, good mood, enhances physical endurance, promotes the emergence of desire for love and intimacy. In case of the lack of estradiol – eyes are dim, your breast is small or has lost elasticity.
Complaints are usually the following - fatigue during the day, tendency to depression, sadness, lack of sexual desire, scanty menstruation or a delay.
What to advise?
Eat enough food: the number of calories should match the spent energy. The diet should contain sufficient amounts of animal protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs). Do not consume whole grains (bread and pasta flour). Avoid prolonged stressful situations, smoke less and drink coffee rarely. Avoid birth control pills with a low content of chemical estrogens.
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