I’m pretty sure there are thousands of you out there struggling every day with hormone imbalance like me. Hormone changes are not something related to menopause, but an issue we face our entire lives. There’s a whole philosophy about how women are connected to the nature and moon cycles, about the way our diet and lifestyle is immediately mirrored in our bodies and our psyche, but one thing is for sure – hormone balance is deeply sensitive and depends upon the pituitary gland, which is not something to mess around with and not something to trick with hormone pills, because it influences our whole system.
I have been struggling with hormone imbalance for quite a long time, and I learned to keep my eyes open for everything that might influence it. First of all, I gave up birth control pills, because it’s the main cause of disrupting the balanced activity of the pituitary gland. Trusting your body’s natural ways of adjusting the imbalances is the smartest thing you can do, helping with appropriate nourishment. Before adjusting your hormone imbalances with pills, be sure you’ve tried everything natural!
Here are some ideas about adjusting your hormone balance naturally:
1. Avoid Processed Foods
And I’m talking all of them – white flour snacks (cupcakes, bagels, pretzels), white sugar, refined carbs (white rice, white flour, alcohol). Replace them with sugar-free granola bars, raw bites, hearty meals with legumes, baked products with whole flours (wholemeal, buckwheat, chickpea, coconut, almond).
2. Supplement with Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
These are called essential fatty acids because they aren’t produced by our bodies, so we need to get them from our food. They help our cell’s activities, lowers the bad cholesterol, and helps the liver to metabolize the excess hormone. They are available in flax and chia seeds, walnuts, and primrose oil supplements.
3. Quit the Xenoestrogens
Xenoestrogens are artificial hormones released by chemical compounds in products we use on a daily basis. They trick our body’s hormone receptors to read them as estrogen, causing confusion. You can avoid them by giving up plastic toys and containers (source of Bisphenol-A (BPA), cleaning products, and personal care products that contain parabens and phthalates.
4. Supplement with Superfoods
I’m talking about spirulina, maca powder and bee products. Spirulina contains the essential fatty acids I mentioned before and detoxifies the liver, helping it to metabolize the excess estrogen. Maca powder has direct effects on hormone balance and fertility and relieves PMS. Bee products – pollen, honey, and royal jelly contain bioflavonoids that help our system release hormones in a balanced way. It is very important to get your superfoods from verified sources, and to make sure they are fully raw and of high quality. You can mix them in your morning smoothies, in raw treats, or juices.
5. Add the Two F’s to Your Daily Diet: Fibers & Fat
Soluble fibers help our bodies to eliminate the hormonal excess metabolized by the liver, dumping it in the intestines. Chia seeds, ground flax seeds, oatmeal, lentils, psyllium husk, and oranges are some of the most important sources of soluble fibers. When it comes to fat, we’re talking about the material from which our body creates the hormones, so we wouldn’t want to use anything else but high quality saturated fat – avocado, coconut oil, or raw cacao butter.
The Pituitary Relief Green Smoothie
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp raw sesame seeds
- 2 tsp raw Spirulina
- 2 tsp raw Maca powder
- 2 tsp Chia seeds
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 ripe banana fresh or frozen
- Put water, sesame seeds and hulled hemp in the blender, and process on high speed for one minute, to obtain raw milk.
- Add spirulina, maca, chia, coconut oil and banana, and process on medium speed for one more minute, to incorporate.
- Drink on an empty stomach.