If you ever suffer from cramps, bloating, insomnia, breast tenderness, headaches, acne, or food cravings, your hormones may be in flux and need to be balanced. Hormones are crucial to our well-being since they impact our bodies at the cellular level and, if stabilized, many of the above symptoms can be alleviated.
According to The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels, the toxins in processed foods, nonorganic produce, prescription medicine, and the environment can throw our hormones out of whack, wreaking havoc on our systems. In her book Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones For a Hot and Healthy Body!, Jillian talks about the important role our hormones play in our endocrine system and how we can rebalance them through diet, sleep, and exercise.
Reducing stress, drinking lots of water to flush out toxins, and getting your circadian rhythms on track are all steps in the right direction toward getting your hormones balanced out, but to learn about the easiest and most effective change you can make right now, just keep reading.
Your diet! Try to introduce foods into your diet that help the liver metabolize excess estrogen. Such foods include cruciferous vegetables (members of the cabbage family) like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Just don't overcook these vegetables or else you will kill the important nutrients your body needs. Remove natural and artificial sugars from your diet and start eating more foods that help block estrogen like nuts, avocados, and olive oil. Be sure to steer clear of any food products with estrogenic properties like soy.
There are also some really great herbs to add into your meals that can balance hormones, help with long cycles, and banish acne.
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