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Healthy Living For Hormonal Balance

 

What comes out of our body is pretty much a status report on what's going on inside. Pardon the visual but we know that green snot is a sign of infection. How about loose poo? Perhaps a bacterial infection, yeast issues or nerves. You get the idea. The best way to know what is going on inside, is to have a peak at what's coming out. Periods are part of that little clique. They are a part of nature, as are we. But when was the last time any of us city dwellers took the time to escape the pavement to check out the beauty of the season and hug a tree? We ignore the natural cycles that surrounds us, and operates inside us.

We can tell a lot from our hormonal health by looking at things like how long our cycles are (meaning how often we are getting out period), how heavy or light they may be, the colour, the amount of clotting etc. - all those ooey gooey details that tampons (did you read this?) help us to ignore. That's why I am a huge fan of the Justisse Method and why I chart my temperature with MonthlyInfo.com. It's good to know where I'm at in my cycle. It helps me keep track of how and why I feel the way I do. In my lunar cycle tutorial, I go into details as to the moods and emotions that are associated with the different times in our cycles.

The monthly period is like a cleanse for the vag. We go on funny diets to cleanse our digestive systems, bowels,  liver. Cleansing the vag is easy, all we have to do is let nature run its course. The period is the body's way of washing out the uterus and vag of sperm and bacteria. It's like a sweet little self-cleaning oven.If we aren't putting our best period forward, perhaps we should think about addressing this from the root cause, rather than popping a pill and waiting for the next problem down the line to rear its ugly head. It always does.

The best remedy for regulating hormones, and all imbalances in the body is of course, first and foremost, with a clean diet. If we can keep it clean going in, we can let the icky grime and toxins find their way out.

Do I need to remind you what a good diet is? Whole and minimally processed foods will do it. Simple changes like brown rice instead of white rice, whole grain flours instead of refined flours, natural sweeteners instead of sugar. Really? Do I have to go on? Keep it fresh and keep it clean.

And get off your bottom! Regular exercise helps promote hormonal balance. In addition to the estrogen we may be taking in, it is also produced and stored in fat cells. Excessive estrogen levels can also make it harder to lose weight because estrogen can contribute to insulin resistance.

Regular, moderate exercise helps maintain proper hormone balance by maintaining a healthy weight or assisting with weight loss in order to reduce production of estrogen to normal levels.

Additionally, exercise releases endorphins, the hot bod's pain numbing chemical. These endorphins also help to relieve stress and what happens with high stress? Mood swingalings! And of course yoga helps calm us down too!

Other useful things are supplements and herbal teas that support adrenal function and stress levels. These would likely contain things like magnesium citrate, vitamin B5 and B6, licorice, lemon balm, ashwaganda, rhodiola and/or passion flower. As well, you may want to chat with your natural health care provider about hormonal balancing herbs like chaste berry (vitex)

We all get in funks once in a while. Hormonal or otherwise. Since the information I have provided here, is really stuff that all of you wise women know, I am going to offer some seriously healing recipes. Cook them now and have them on hand for when you need to throw a tantrum, are dying for a chocolate bar, but know that a bag of chips and a carton of ice cream are part of the problem, not the solution. All seems so simple doesn't it? It is.

And if you need the sweet fix:

13 Responses to “Healthy Living For Hormonal Balance”

  1. busymama said…
    fascinating ....I guess we just go about our day ...day after day not really thinking properly about all this.....I have mild acne and im sure its related to hormonal imbalance....as Ive been pregnant or breastfeeding for the last 4 years and my youngest is almost a year old and still no period.....Id love to learn more about this....and solve my acne problem in a natural way....thank you for all your wonderful help and inspiration....
  2. Denise said…
    amen sister. keep bringing it.
  3. Nicole said…
    I am so going to use this- "It’s like a sweet little self-cleaning oven"
  4. Alex said…
    i LOVE the idea of "marketing" our period as a "vagina cleanse/detox". people love cleansing! it's like going to a spa...a vagispa! ps. i've used vitex as tea and even in that form, i find it to be hugely effective. pps. i'm so impressed that you continue to bring us such wonderful information and research day after day. thank you!!
  5. Meg Wolff said…
    Meghan, Great info. Getting the sugar out will definitely help with hormonal balance. If they have been on antibiotics in the past, this is even more important. Like your tree-hugging image ... is that you??
  6. Sharada Hall said…
    Thanks Meghan for emphasizing the importance of a clean diet as the basis for all healthy systems. Our menstrual cycle is really a gift in that it's our barometer of our general health! We can always tell if we're out of whack by how our periods are. Shatavari is the herb traditionally used in Ayurveda to balance women's hormones, and as you probably know is awesome for relieving cramps. Great post!
  7. Meghan Telpner said…
    Apparently I have man hands.
  8. Stina said…
    While Vitex did absolutely nothing for me, I'll be sure to try all the other stuff. I'm slowly easing into this whole "healthy living" thing and when you've done certains things a certain way for so lang, it's hard to change. But I'm getting there! Thank you Meghan for all those great tips and advice - keep them coming!
  9. Meghan Telpner said…
    No supplement can overtake the diet. Healthy eating has to come first otherwise its the leaky bucket thing- you know, mopping up the floor with a leaky bucket. Baby steps go a long way, and no one ever said changing our lifestyle was easy.
  10. Crazy Charm said…
    Meghan, This series could not have come at a better time for me! I just stopped taking my birth control pills this past Sunday. I started suffering from acid reflux disease shortly after beginning a new brand of pill (I've been taking oral contraceptives for seven years). It took me over a year of discomfort and medication to put it all together. I'm vegan and eat pretty clean. I could not understand why I was suffering from this. I finally realized that the only time my acid reflux didn't bother me was when I was taking my placebo pills. Since stopping the pill, my symptoms have dramatically decreased, almost overnight. I can swallow, and my mouth doesn't taste like acid! I love your blog and am going to be downloading your Lunar Cycle E-Tutorial now that I've finally gotten off the pill!

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