It’s been estimated that 80-90% of women of reproductive ages experience hormonal or menstrual disorders that affects their lives on a regular basis. These can include PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS, heavy or painful periods, uterine fibroids or cysts.
Many women who seek natural solutions, find complementary medicine highly effective for the management of these conditions. If you suffer from any of these conditions, nutritional and herbal medicine is available to suit your individual needs. Here are some lifestyle and environmental tips for healthy hormones:
Avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals which are found in plastics, cleaning products and pesticides on fruit and veggies. These can lead to hormone disruption.
Detox safely: your liver has to process all excess hormones and chemicals in the body, so healthy liver function is crucial.
Lose excess fat: being overweight creates inflammation in the body and this in turn is associated with increased oestrogen levels and aggravation of hormonal conditions.
Exercise: regular exercise promotes healthy hormone detoxification and has been found to decrease stress. Include a range of activities such as cardio, resistance training as well as yoga.
Get good quality sleep: Not having restorative sleep will influence how you react to stress during the day and will also contribute to inflammation in the body, which in turn aggravates hormonal symptoms such as PMS.
Eat a healthy diet: What you eat has a significant impact on your hormones. The ideal diet provides optimal amounts of macronutrient ie proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats as well as micronutrients ie vitamins and minerals. Avoid processed foods and choose organic fruits, vegetables and meats whenever possible. Drink 1-2 litres of water a day.