If you’re looking for strategies to balance your hormones naturally, as well as reduce inflammation and balance your weight, today I will dive into 7 strategies that can help you.
If I was to say that you’re your hormones, that would be a pretty accurate statement.
Yes hormones are that important!
When your hormones are in balance and working well, life can seem like a breeze. You’re healthy, slim, radiant, glowing, and empowered.
But if for some reason they go out of balance, then you can literally face a huge health crisis, which can dramatically alter your life.
I discuss more in my video today:
Whenever I deal with clients who face hormonal challenges, I always emphasise the importance of them focusing on eating the kinds of foods and leading a lifestyle that helps them cleanse, heal and maintain their hormones at an optimal level.
7 Strategies I Give My Clients To Balance Hormones And Reduce Inflammation
- Lower your body fat percentage
The excess body fat that you may carry is biologically active.
It releases inflammatory molecules into your body on a consistent basis and can even lead to serious health challenges, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, hormone and fertility issues.
We talk about how to reduce your body weight with raw and plant foods here.
- Watch out for endocrine disruptors in your environment
There are literally hundreds of chemical endocrine disruptors in our environment nowadays and these chemicals can have a very negative impact on our hormones.
Common sources of these unwanted chemicals are personal care products, canned food, drinking water, conventionally grown produce, dairy products, animal meat (including fish), plastic products, cleaning products and many more.
- Fiber (from whole plant foods)
Most peoples diets are sorely lacking in this vitally important nutrient and the health benefits associated with it are seemingly endless.
Fiber helps greatly with your digestion, elimination and attracting and nurturing friendly gut bacteria.
It also acts as a kind of brush that helps remove used and unwanted hormones from your body, like cholesterol and estrogen.
These used and unwanted hormones can otherwise stay within the body and have the potential to cause serious health issues, such as heart disease and even cancer.
- Remove unhealthy inflammatory foods
You need to drop the dairy products and animal meats that themselves contain animal hormones and even antibiotics.
There was a famous study carried out called the Harvard Nurses Study, which followed 18,000 women.
They were trying to get pregnant for 8 years and as part of the study they noted down what foods they consumed.
What they found was striking.
They discovered that by adding just a single serving of meat per day, their risk of infertility increased by 30%. So this meant that eating meat and in particular poultry appeared to negatively interfere with their ovulation.
In fact, a single serving of chicken (half a chicken breast) a day was associated with more than a 50% increase in infertility.
Here are some other foods that can cause inflammation:
- Processed carbs like white bread, cookies and pastries
- General highly processed foods that lack in real nutrition and instead are stuffed full of chemical additives
- Refined sugar and salt
- Fried food
All these undermine your health and so negatively impact your hormones. So remove them from your diet and instead replace them with whole plant foods.
- Eat healthy fats, in healthy amounts and a healthy ratio
Only fats from whole plant foods need to be on your menu plan. So that means nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olives and coconut flesh.
Oils are not healthy fats and here’s our article about them.
Your omega 6 to 3 ratio needs to be in balance as well, with 1:1 and up to 4:1 of Omega 6 to 3 being healthy ratios.
6. Appropriate levels of vitamin D
Many of us live in climates that naturally have less than adequate amounts of sunlight and this can greatly impact our vitamin D levels.
If you don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight or from fortified foods, then your next best choice is supplementation.
Making sure that you have enough of the hormone we call vitamin D in your body is crucial for your general well-being.
7. HIIT and strength training
Science is now telling us that high intensity interval training (HIIT) is more beneficial for your body than long duration cardio exercise.
Long cardio sessions can negatively impact hormones such as your thyroid hormones and increase cortisol levels and inflammation.
Interval training, along with strength training on the contrary actually increases human growth hormone and slows down ageing.
One study showed how a 30-second sprint increased Human Growth Hormone by a whopping 430%! (2)
Ok, so let’s recap and go over the strategies to hep you balance your hormones naturally and reduce inflammation:
- Lower your body fat percentage by balancing your diet and lifestyle
- Watch for endocrine disruptors in your environment
- Eat a fiber rich diet
- Remove unhealthy, inflammatory foods from your diet
- Eat healthy fats and healthy levels of fat, including a healthy omega ratio
- Appropriate levels of vitamin D
- Correct exercise routine
So how do you actually put all this together to create a clear step-by-step plan to detoxify your body and create a new and health restoring eating routine?
Well, this is exactly what we will walk you through in our upcoming 10-Day Hormone Detox Program!
It’s comes in 3 stages, pre-detox, detox and post detox and you’ll get meal plans, shopping lists, video lessons, a detox guide, guided relaxation, daily instructions, community support and so much more.
It’s all coming your way shortly, so keep a look out for it!
In the mean time, make sure you download your free mini guide with tips and recipes to cleanse your body, balance your hormones naturally and reduce inflammation.
What are your favourite strategies for balancing your hormones? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!
- Animal products and infertility: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/meat-hormones-female-infertility/
- HIIT and Human Growth Hormone: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12137178?dopt=Abstract
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