5 Simple Ways to Create Hormonal Balance

Most people just assume that our bodies just figure it all out for themselves and as long as we are eating a varied healthy diet and have a good life-work balance with no stress it pretty much does….. most of the time. 

But sometimes just sometimes it gets thrown out of whack, maybe you are working too hard, maybe you have been through a traumatic episode in your life or maybe you have had an injury, a serious illness or you’ve been eating a poor diet. 

Men and women can suffer from hormonal imbalances however women are more likely to pick up on an imbalance in their hormones due to our monthly cycles and if somethings not feeling right we tend to get strong signals each month such as PMT, PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS and lots more. But it doesn’t end with our menstrual cycle as our hormones also control our sleep patterns, digestion, and overall health. 

Balancing hormones requires lifestyle and diet changes and here are our 5 steps to help you get back your happy hormones. 

1. Nourish

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers which control most major bodily functions so if our hormones aren’t balanced it will have a direct impact on how our bodies perform. Start by eating less processed foods and refined sugars which cause our hormones to behave erratically and eat a healthy diet rich in good fats and protein. Did you know Hemp contains a whole spectrum of all the amino acids our bodies need and includes omega 3 and 6 which is directly linked to hormone health? Hemp also contains heaps of healthy protein too. 

2. Exercise 

It’s really important to exercise our bodies every day even if just for 30 minutes, exercise creates harmony in our hormones and breaking a sweat will also get rid of any excess toxins in our bodies through our sweat glands, so drink lots of water and get exercising. Try adding Maca to your daily routine. It’s the champion superfood for hormonal balancing and it has also been claimed to help increase strength, boost energy and improve exercise performance. Maca oxidises quite quickly so it can lose 50% of its powerful health benefits within 3 months so for best results we recommend to take it in supplement form which is protected by the plant based capsule. 

3. Laugh 

Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones, like endorphins which means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress. Have you tried cacao, cacao is chocolate in its purest form without all the added sugars, the mood-boosting effects of cacao really can lift our mood. Researchers have discovered that cacao can help stimulate the brain into releasing neurotransmitters, which can in turn release feel-good hormones.

4. Eat Your Greens 

Making sure you eat lots of greens such as kale and spinach will assist your liver which is vital for hormone health. We are exposed to toxins every day and some of these toxins such as those found in plastics can even mimic the hormone oestrogen and cause serious hormone imbalances. It’s the liver’s job to cleanse these out of our system. So to support liver health try taking wheatgrass which contains many nutrients such as chlorophyll, folic acid, and B12 which can help detoxify an overburdened liver and help to cleanse the blood. 

5. Keep Your Gut Healthy

Our overall health starts in our digestive system and if you consistently eat processed food and high sugar foods, the chances are pretty high that your digestive system will be toxic and sluggish and this will have a direct impact on your hormones.  Eat plenty of foods which will restore your gut health, such as fermented foods and bone broth. We include Inulin in our supplements as this is a natural plant fibre which acts as a prebiotic and our gut bacteria converts that into fatty acids which nourishes our colon cells and provide a healthy environment in the gut and therefore happy hormones too.

Blog Post By Zoe @ WePeople

Simple Seed Cycling

If you’ve recently been hearing the words, ‘seed cycling’, Its nothing to do with bicycles. It’s a new brilliant way to make sure we are getting the right nutrients throughout our menstrual cycle.

Seed cycling is an old naturopathic therapy that uses nutrition, to support the body’s production, metabolism and detoxification of hormones in order to bring hormones back into balance, naturally.

Our female bodies are so complex, that we often find ourselves a little bit bemused by them, for years I suffered from heavy periods that I thought was normal, turns out I had endometriosis and I only found out 10 years later. So if you suffer from painful heavy periods and you have signs that something feels wrong, then get it checked, chances are it could prevent problems later on. 

Our cycles are divided into phases.

  1. The follicular phase, day 1 to 14 of your cycle. when your estrogen is increasing and an egg is maturing in preparation for ovulation.
  2. Ovulation typically occurs on day 14 for women with a ‘normal’ 28-day cycle which is characterized by the release of an egg,
  3. Luteal phase. This usually happens on day 15 of your cycle, the follicle turns into a structure called the corpus luteum, which produces progesterone and helps thicken your uterine lining to prepare for a pregnancy.
  4. Menstruation: If the egg is not fertilized, the lining of your uterus, also known as the endometrium, will shed and this becomes your period.

Do I need to seed cyle?

Our bodies are usually naturally very good at keeping our hormones in balance, but with the number of hormone disruptors in our everyday environment, its easier than ever for our bodies to get confused. For example, drinking from plastic bottles exposes you to estrogen-mimicking compounds called xenoestrogens and not only is it in plastics, but it’s also in the chemicals we are exposed to every day such as detergents, cosmetics, receipts, even the clothing on our backs, which can cause a lot of us to suffer from estrogen dominant conditions such as Endometriosis, PMT, PCOS, and Infertility.

Why Seeds?

Seeds are rich in essential fatty acids and nutrients, like zinc and selenium, which are the building blocks needed to create happy healthy hormones.  So this is why seed cycling could just be what we need, to keep things in balance.

Flaxseeds in-particular are rich in lignans, which have been shown to be beneficial in improving estrogen and progesterone ratios. There have also been studies showing that breast tenderness related to our cycles is improved by including flaxseeds in your diet too. Sesame and sunflower seeds also contain lignans and essential fatty acids which support the hormones. So by choosing the right seeds needed for each cycle phase, it could vastly improve your menstrual health, less pain, regular periods, less breast tenderness etc.

Where To Start?

I made some seed balls as they are really easy to snack on, rather than having to make a smoothie or carry lots of packets of seeds around. I prepared 14 and took 1 a day or you could take 2 a day and make more. So far my menstrual pain has eased, and my breasts don’t seem so tender before my period, its supposed to be 3-6 months before you see any improved results, so give it time.

Heres a really simple guide to which seeds would be good to start with, simply put the chosen seeds which preferably are organic and high quality, into a food blender with some cacao powder, and a little raw honey to make them stick, you could also try adding dates which give a good source of fibre, a good digestive system is vital, which can aid your body in expelling those pesky excesses estrogens.

Day 1-14

Flax seeds and pumpkin seeds work well for this phase as they  work to detox any excess estrogen whilst preparing the body for adequate progesterone production in the second half of the cycle.  pumpkin seeds are also high in iron which is beneficial in this half, if you have heavy periods. 

Day 15-28

Sunflower seeds and sesame seeds work well for this phase as sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E to support progesterone levels and sesame seeds are high in zinc and selenium which block excess estrogen.

Happy Hormones

So if you want happy hormones, or if you just like the sound of these as a tasty healthy snack, and they are tasty especially when you add a little coconut oil, honey, dates and raw cacao. I prefer to use raw cacao than dark chocolate as this is the purest form of chocolate, which contains magnesium and zinc, also known minerals to be lacking in people with endometriosis and other estrogen dominant conditions. So maybe worth giving a try.