Talking all about hormones

Whether you are a clean freak, a high intensity exercise addict who wakes up at 6am, a yogi, a 9-5 office worker, a full-time mum, there’s no doubt that every single one of us women struggle with balancing our hormones and not feeling like we want to collapse and pass out at 8pm. This all comes down to knowing when to sleep, work, and play. Where you are at in your cycle and how you are feeling should influence your activities on a day to day basis.

For the past three years i have read endless books about how to improve digestion, the raw diet, ayurveda, paleo diets, keto diets, and more. However, none of these have given me as worthwile of an insight than getting in touch with my hormones.

´Getting in touch´ sounds vague, in other words, I mean being in a place where you feel more in control or at choice with your day to day life and stress levels. We can never be fully in control of everything that happens in life, but we can be sure of the places, food, people or things we go to in times of intense stress or feeling overwhelmed. From experiencing a serious bout of depression in my teens and a wave of anxiety in the past year, I felt so inclined to share things that I have changed not only in my diet, but also my exercise routine and daily habits that helped me to balance my hormones and feel more grounded.

Intense adrenal stress or imbalanced hormones can be affected by anything from polycystic ovaries (PCOS) to contraceptive medication (or the absence of such), an overactive ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle with no quiet time, excessive intake of recreational drugs/alcohol/caffeine, and much more. As a result, our body is under constant stress and this can show up as hot flushes, insomnia, menopause, rosacea, acne, psoriasis, anxiety and/or depression, all of which have a detrimental effects on our happiness.

Our diet and how we choose to nourish ourselves has such a vital role to play. When we wake up in the morning, do we eat too soon or do we not eat at all? Each of us are different and its important to take into account our lifestyle or occupation. There have been studies that have proven that if you wait too long to eat your next meal, your blood sugar rises, you experience lower levels of energy, and as a result your body is under adrenal stress. Starting the day with a calming tea and then eating breakfast can help to calm the nervous system and give your enough fuel to carry out your activities. Including a carbohydrate in the morning can also help to boost serotonin in the brain and kickstart the warmth of the digestive system, making us generally feel a lot happier. Regular meals and consistency is vital for balancing hormomes.

Tips to help regulate

  • up your intake of healthy fats (coconut butter, avocado, nut butter, oils)

  • eat more complex carbohydrates (sweet potato, oatmeal, black rice, brown rice, quinoa, millet)

  • proteins (organic tempeh, salmon, cooked beans)

  • dark leafy greens

  • herbal teas (cinnamon, evening primrose, turmeric golden milk)

  • additional supplements to a balanced diet (reishi, coriolus, schisandra berry, collagen peptides, ashwagandha)

Georgina Holt