What factor contributes to weight gain during pregnancy? Hormone balance. What causes weight fluctuations, bloating and other health symptoms throughout the course of a month? Hormones. What causes men to naturally put on muscle more easily or lose weight more quickly? Hormones. What is a huge contributing factor of growth in children? Hormones. What controls ovulation, reproduction, pregnancy, etc.? Hormones. It’s all about the hormones!
Though there is no single symptom that is a definitive sign of a hormone imbalance, factors that often indicate a hormone problem include:
- sleep troubles
- persistent weight gain or inability to lose weight
- being hot or cold often
- digestive problems
- low libido
- depression or anxiety
- mood swings
- hair loss
What to do about it?
For those with hormone problems, there are some important dietary and lifestyle factors that can help nourish the body so it can recover. For these people, things like dieting, extreme exercise or stress will only make the problem worse and it is more important to carefully support the body’s hormone system. This is best accomplished by first improving factors like sleep and stress as well as nourishing the body.
Get Some Sleep!
While you are sleeping, your body is extremely active removing toxins, recharging the mind, and creating hormones. Skimping on sleep, even for one night, can have a tremendous impact on hormones and even one night of missed or shortened sleep can create the hormone levels of a pre-diabetic.
Eat Some Fat:
Fats, especially saturated fats, are vital for hormone health as the body uses fats as building blocks for hormones. Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, can assist weight loss, reduce inflammation, and even has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
In a perfect world, we would be rising and sleeping with the sun, getting Vitamin D from the sun and Magnesium from the ocean while relaxing and exercising in great balance each day in a stress-free world. I doubt that describes any of us currently, supplements can fill in the gap. Magnesium supports hundreds of reactions in the body and often contributes to better sleep. Fermented Cod Liver Oil provides many of the necessary building blocks for hormone production including Vitamins A, D, and K. It also is a great source of Omega-3s and beneficial fats. Gelatin is a great source of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. It supports hormone production and digestive health and helps sooth inflammation, especially in joints.
Make sure to check with your doctor or health care professional before taking any new supplements, especially if you are on medications or contraceptives.