The symptoms of a hormonal imbalance are so many and varied that they can be erroneously linked to other factors or often linked to a single variable, committing a widespread error not only in self-diagnosis but also among the opinion of experts: reductionism. In fact, a holistic, global, and systemic consideration of health problems is not so common, not even in the medical environment, in favor of quick solutions, shortcuts, and extreme simplifications, which often lead to the indiscriminate intake of drugs.
The hormonal balance in our body is to be considered as a delicate and complex harmonic proportion between a large number of chemicals that are intended to convey messages on the internal functioning between different cell groups. It is perhaps the most complicated and fragile balance of our body, capable of regulating our entire psycho-physical existence. Not everything depends on hormones, but every biochemical balance that characterizes us necessarily passes through the hormonal one.
It, therefore, seems evident that maintaining an efficient hormonal balance is crucial in maintaining our health. Also with regard to anxiety and panic, hormones are involved both in the preparation phase of the malaise, with the accumulation of bad habits, and in that of manifestation, thanks to the role of messengers they play: it is the hormones that give a green light for the spread of anxiety. But not only that, but hormonal imbalance is also involved in maintaining anxiety and its vicious circle.
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How can you restore hormonal balance?
It is necessary to act simultaneously on several levels:
Stress: try to limit exposure to stressful situations both physically and mentally as much as possible and in any case practice Yoga and meditation, the best weapons to bring the balance back to the center of our well-being.
Rest: sleep deprivation has a striking impact on hormonal fluctuations, as much as a high-magnitude earthquake on a house of cards. Not only that, the regularity, quality, and quantity of sleep are crucial variables, as is proper sun exposure. We are designed to live outdoors and shelter from the elements, not to live indoors, away from nature; that’s how we work best.
Activity and movement: a sedentary lifestyle kills us. That’s right, it kills us by making us imbeciles, unmotivated, listless, “learning” and senseless, as well as fat and shapeless. Brutal words, but clear and real: check out this article, before turning into a zombie!
Supplements: officinal herbs offer extraordinary help. Try consulting an herbalist; the best plants are black cohosh and licorice, which raise progesterone levels. The chaste tree has balancing effects on the pituitary and hypothalamus; the hemp scale levels of omega-3 and omega-6, the ‘ Evening Primrose Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, the Rhodiola improves thyroid function. Other plants may include dandelion, serrated palmetto , blessed thistle and maca, the ginseng, Dong Quai, and ashwagandha.
Nutrition: As the source of almost all of our nutrients, the influence of diet is enormous and the simplest variable to control.
The links between hormonal balance and nutrition are very close and proven by thousands of medical researchers. Particular mention should be made first of all for the contaminants that are present in most of the foods available on the market, or rather those most available in absolute terms: packaged, highly processed products derived from intensive agriculture and farming.
Take all the large-scale, consumer, modern power (call it whatever you want) and throw it away.
There is very little to save in industry and large food distribution. No actor in the game cares about your health, nor your diet, but only profit. There are no benevolent grandparents or mills where bread is kneaded with love, but wild deforestations from which unidentified vegetable oils are squeezed into our mouths, hypertrophic hens that come to light without ever seeing it, additives, pesticides, and plastic that first destroy everything that we it is around, starting from afar, then approaching menacingly with a centripetal movement and leaping like parasites into our bodies, devastating them.
I do not want to frighten you, I believe there is still free space for action, and above all, you can make responsible choices, real stances in defense of people’s health and the environment. Consume seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic, local products, and released from large distribution chains. Do they cost a lot? Always include in the calculation how much you spend and you will have to spend on your health and you will see that by choosing natural food, you will also save.
What to eat for hormonal balance?
Follow these tips and include these foods in your diet:
Avoid caffeine: at least in times of increased stress or in conjunction with your menstrual cycle, try to decrease your intake of coffee and caffeine, which overly stimulates the adrenal gland.
Eliminate sugars: if you have read the article I was talking about above, you don’t need to add anything else.
Avoid gluten: you may be intolerant and still not know it, as the diagnosis is still difficult to make, but in general, the gluten protein could trigger an immune response that leads to hormonal imbalance, due to overexposure to cereals that contain it.
Avoid processed carbohydrates and those with a high glycemic index: in a nutshell, consume whole grains, preferably gluten-free and organic, such as quinoa, amaranth, oats.
Consume plenty of legumes as a base of your diets, such as lentils, peas, beans, and chickpeas, which are rich in phytoestrogens, as well as spinach.
Avoid vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats, products based on soy and containing it; although according to some, soy has beneficial effects for hormonal balance, it is a food that “not to trust is better”. And I add: it has a tremendous taste, if at all.
Completely avoid alcohol consumption.
Almost completely avoid animal proteins such as meat, fish, and dairy products. As? Everywhere they say they eat fish, there are omega-3 supplements based on cod liver oil, is fish also bad? Not all, of course, but considering that most fish come from farms where the fish are fed corn, hormones, and antibiotics, it’s easy to ruin your health. Wild fish can contain high levels of mercury and other pollutants, depending on the fishing grounds. Also, don’t forget that fish in the seas is running out, many species including tuna are dying out and according to a recent estimate, in 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. The same goes for meat, filled with steroids and drugs that remain present until our burgers and for dairy products. Humanity is destroying itself, with the same weapons with which it destroys nature and animals. Log out of this vicious circle or at least consumes judiciously: the most tolerated animal protein and beneficial for the body are the honey, yogurt, kefir, and eggs, all strictly organic.
Consume nuts and oilseeds such as walnuts, almonds, pumpkin, flax, hemp, and sunflower seeds, even better if cold-pressed or crushed, reduced into pastes or creams, from which nutrients are more easily assimilated.
Eat organic, fresh, and seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Avoid crucifers, i.e. cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, unless they are well cooked, they can impair thyroid function.
Consume coconut oil in cooking and as a skin moisturizer; it is an excellent antibacterial and antifungal and has many purifying functions, it also holds up well when cooked at high temperatures. Don’t overdo it, but alternate it a couple of times a week with raw olive or hemp oil.
Consume lots of fermented vegetables, such as kimchi, but try fermenting the ones you like best. Fermentation gives foods many properties, thanks to the presence of probiotics that regulate insulin.
Add turmeric to your recipes or make golden milk, with cinnamon, milk, and honey. Remember that turmeric is only assimilated if dissolved in fat, activated by pepper, and not cooked at high temperatures and for more than 15 minutes.
Eat garlic often, it contains allicin, which has antibiotic and antibacterial value and is an excellent ally against acne.
Drink green tea, rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, with anti-inflammatory and purifying power. I recommend genmaicha, Japanese green tea with roasted rice, it tastes delicious. Remember not to bring the water to a boil but stop at 80 ° and infuse a scant teaspoon for about 30 seconds.
Delight yourself with dark chocolate, without sugar; rich in flavanols, and excellent anti-stress.
Avocado: It is one of the healthiest foods we have, full of nutrients, vitamins, and omega-9s. A rare exception to possibly make when buying local products.
Eggs: they are very nutritious and balance hormone levels thanks to the “good cholesterol”.
Consume marine algae once a week, such as Spirulina and Chlorella, which promote hormonal balance.
Eat “human” portions, with calm and serenity, chewing a lot, and trying to concentrate on your diet, do not get too distracted.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, anticipating thirst.