Help, My Body's Acting Crazy! Everything You Need to Know About Hormone Imbalances - Part 2
Aim for at least two servings per day of these yummy, healthy probiotic foods!
The foods we eat on a regular basis can either work for us or against us as we’ve just discussed in Part 1. But, first, a word on gut health! (Photo Credit: Dr. Corinne Weaver)
Overall good health, as well as ill health associated with many diseases, has been linked to digestive health. Research has proven that gut, or digestive, health equals hormonal balance and vice versa. The gut is teeming with bacteria, both beneficial and problematic. The key is to make sure the good outnumber the bad. This is best done through diet. Chinese, Indian, and Japanese medical traditions have known this for thousands of years!
Your body needs various forms of fat to create hormones. This includes short, medium, and long-chain fatty acids, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Fats are the essential building blocks for hormone production. They also keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism, and promote weight loss. Aiming for 15 to 30 grams of healthy fats daily aids in the stabilization and production of stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.
The difference between Omega-3 and Omega 6
In particular, omega-3 fatty acids are important for cell-to-cell communication in the brain. Typical diets are not properly balanced with omega-3 to omega-6 oils. We need more omega-3’s, however generally get higher amounts of omega-6.
The omega-6 containing foods that are best to avoid to achieve this balance include safflower, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, canola, soybean, and peanut oil. A healthy omega-6 containing food, however, is hemp seeds, which are rich in gamma-linoleic acid or GLA to support healthy progesterone levels.
Good sources of anti-inflammatory, healthy omega-3 rich fats include: coconut oil, avocados, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, grass-fed butter and wild-caught salmon. The benefits of avocado, in particular, includes improving heart health, lowering inflammation, controlling your appetite, and contributing to your daily intake of fiber and nutrients. (Photo Credit: Pexels)
Probiotics are known as the beneficial bacteria found in the gut. The right balance of probiotics can improve your production and regulation of key hormones.
Foods that contain these healthy probiotics include:
-apple cider vinegar
Aim for at least two servings per day of these yummy, healthy probiotic foods! Additionally, high-fiber foods such as chia seeds and flaxseeds naturally feed probiotics in your system.
No-no’s for your gut
Some common culprits linked to the destruction of healthy gut bacteria include:
-Overuse of prescription antibiotics
-Lack of exercise
-Poor sleep habits
The body naturally produces enzymes to breakdown food. However, some people have trouble digesting fat and can benefit from a digestive enzyme with lipase to help metabolize them better. Other enzymes can also help your gut break down your food into smaller particles, making it easier to process and to absorb nutrients.
What supplements should I take?
Look for a supplement that contains:
-Amylase to aid in the breakdown of starch
-Lipase to aid in the breakdown of fat
-Protease to aid in the breakdown of protein
Getting all the nutrients we need through our diet alone can sometimes be challenging. Fortunately, supplementation can help, specifically with magnesium and B and D vitamins. Magnesium is a micro-mineral needed for numerous functions in the body. For example, magnesium helps to calm the nervous system and prevent the production of excess cortisol. Magnesium deficiency is on the rise due to a drastic decline in food sources over the years. Magnesium is better for those people that have to go, go, go and live in the sympathetic nervous system.
Vitamin D deficiency is also on the rise. Vitamin D acts like a hormone inside the body and helps to keep inflammation levels low. It also works to regulate estrogen levels in the body. Vitamin D is termed the sunshine vitamin because the body creates vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
Lastly, B Vitamins play many vital roles in the body. Because there are so many different B vitamins, 8 in total, it’s recommended taking a B complex to ensure proper intake of each one. B vitamins are responsible for liver detoxification, mood elevating effects, nerve function, and maintaining estrogen balance. While it is possible for you to be getting all of the required nutrients through your diet, it is rather difficult. Ultimately, supplementation may be your best bet!
Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants that help to restore imbalances and normalize physiological functions in the body. A number of these herbs have been investigated for adaptogenic properties that promote hormone balance and protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including chronic stress related illnesses.
For example, ashwagandha, medicinal mushrooms, rhodiola, and holy basil have been studied and proven to offer the following benefits:
-Improve thyroid function
-Lower cholesterol naturally
-Reduce anxiety and depression
-Reduce brain cell degeneration
-Stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels
-Support adrenal gland function
Ashwagandha, in particular, can be extremely effective at balancing hormones and can also help overcome adrenal fatigue. Its effects on cortisol, stress tolerance, and internal stress responses have been studied for decades.
Holy basil, also, helps to regulate cortisol levels making it a viable natural remedy for anxiety and emotional stress. Additionally, studies reveal hormone imbalance related to chemical stress from pollutants and heavy metals, can be restored with holy basil. Ashwagandha is traditionally used as a powder and made into a tea.
Essential oils offer a natural way to combat chemical ridden conventional body care products. Harmful chemicals including DEA, parabens, propylene glycol, and sodium lauryl sulfate can disrupt hormone function and encourage imbalance.
Here is a list of some of the best essential oils for hormone balancing: I have also created an adrenal blend to help wake you up in the morning and help you relax at night. They are called Revive and Relax and they can be purchased in my Adrenal Recovery Kit here https://mybodysite.com/dr-corinne/adrenal-recovery-kit
Clary sage helps to balance estrogen levels. Diffuse 3-5 drops of clary sage to help balance hormone levels and relieve stress.
Fennel essential oil can help to relax your body, improve your digestion and gut health, boost your metabolism, and reduce inflammation. Add 1-2 drops to a glass of warm water or tea to take it internally.
Sandalwood triggers peaceful feelings and results in the overall reduction of stress. Try adding a few drops to a diffuser or dabbing some in cupped hands to inhale.
Thyme oil improves progesterone production and helps to balance hormones naturally. Try adding 2 drops of thyme oil to a warm water bath or rub 2-3 drops with equal parts coconut oil into your abdomen.
A final word
When the various amino acids, proteins, and hormones are out of sync there are a variety of diseases and symptoms that may appear. Altered hormone function can produce symptoms that are pretty vague. Instead of chasing symptoms, proper testing is advised to avoid taking medication or even supplements that you may or may not need. It is important to do a comprehensive blood test, hair tissue mineral analysis, the hormone Dutch test, and a food sensitivity test to detect deficiencies or toxicities that may be affecting your health. This testing is also important to know exactly what vitamins or minerals your body needs to work efficiently. Contact us here at Dr@DrCorinneWeaver.com to get started and improve your body safely and naturally.
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Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.