READ ME: You and your hormones

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“Is it your time of the month?”

Ugh…. THAT PHRASE…. I think every woman can both identify with it and hate it in equal measure. 

Maybe we hate it a little bit cause it might be hitting a nerve somewhere? Shush we won’t tell anyone. 

Hormonal imbalances affect many of us as women and can manifest themselves in so many ways that unfortunately don’t just affect our “time of the month”.

Symptoms of hormonal imbalances are varied and can include some of the following; mood swings, painful/prolonged periods, acne, weight gain, fatigue, low libido and infertility to name but a few.

But there is good news. There is a plethora of resources you can use to help balance those pesky hormones and the most useful of those involve simple changes to both your diet and lifestyle.

Ready to balance those hormones?? Lets get started.

Firstly focus on stress management.

Yes we all know that stress is bad for us but why is stress specifically bad for our female hormones?

When we are suffering from hormonal issues it can suggest a degree of estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance basically means we either produce too much estrogen or we have too much estrogen in comparison to progesterone.

Our bodies are very clever though and always want to maintain a balance between the two. If we aren’t producing enough progesterone from our ovaries we start to produce more from our adrenals (stress) glands.

This of course puts more pressure on our adrenals glands which are probably already getting a battering from the busy stressful lives we are leading already.

Prioritise stress management by engaging in some self-care. If you need some self care ideas check out our blog post all about easy ways to implement self care.

Support your liver.

Modern lifestyles are unfortunately not conducive to helping support the liver but it is one of the most important things for helping us balance hormones.

Your liver is responsible for metabolizing hormones and helping get them ready to move out of our bodies. If our livers aren’t functioning optimally they can become overworked and overloaded resulting in the symptoms discussed above.

Help make the work of the liver easier by including lots of foods that can support it such as green leafy vegetables like kale, rocket and spinach and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.

 Get things moving. Literally.

At the risk of getting too personal how often are you doing number two’s??

It might not be something you think about too often but it’s so important when it comes to balancing female hormones. Once your liver has metabolised those hormones they need to be excreted…. quite simply if you aren’t pooping they aren’t getting out.

Try and include lots of fibre rich foods in your diet to ensure you are emptying your bowel at least once per day.

Fibre rich foods include all vegetables and fruits (especially apples and root vegetables), oats and whole grains.

You should be aiming for 30g per day but remember if you are starting from a low base to increase it gradually over time and increase your water intake at the same time to avoid any digestive issues.

PMS and other female hormone related symptoms do not need to be part of normal life…. try out some of the suggestions above and let us know how you get on.

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Don’t forget we are offering a really simple way for you to destress quickly and easily at our Connect and Calm series we are running during the summer.

Our first event is on May 9th in Bewleys on Grafton Street.

We would love to meet you there.

Lauren Healy