If you're struggling with sleeplessness, trouble losing weight, skin issues, PMS, terrible periods, fibroids, PCOS, and thyroid issues, your hormones are not working as they should. Hormones are immensely important chemical messengers secreted by the endocrine system into the circulatory system that affect our overall health. The hormones made by our endocrine system are like a symphony. They have to play in tune for a person to be healthy, and when there is an imbalance in one hormone, the others tend to follow suit.
Hormones affect every tissue and organ in the body. They impact everything from metabolism, sleep, mood, gut function, muscle growth and recovery, bone health, and brain function. When hormones go haywire, there can be far-reaching consequences in terms of symptoms and effects. The great news is, that you can improve your hormone health by nourishing your body the way it needs to.
Since there are many causes of hormone levels being too high or too low, there are also many ways to alleviate those symptoms to feel more vibrant and healthy. Aside from the medical intervention you get from your doctor, you can also improve your health in other ways, such as making sure you are getting enough nutrients.
And yes, we should be getting what we need from our food, but sometimes our diet has gaps and needs some supplementation. Here are some of the best vitamins and minerals you want to have in order to balance out your hormone levels so you can begin to feel vibrant and healthy.
You want to be sure you get your B vitamins. A B-complex vitamin is usually enough unless you are nutrient deficient from a very restrictive diet. B vitamins are essential for maintaining energy balance, balancing out your hormones, and preventing fatigue. B6 is among the most important of the B vitamins as it plays in part in balancing estrogen and progesterone which are two important hormones for female reproductive health, that are vital for healthy menstrual cycles and fertility. The great thing is you can get what your body needs when you take a B-complex supplement.
Next are omega vitamins. Omega vitamins are extremely important for your overall health, especially omega-3s. You can get these by adding more healthy fats to your diet, such as fresh-caught fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, walnuts and chia seeds, and oils like flaxseed oil and coconut oil. You can also supplement your diet with evening primrose or fish oil, especially if you struggle with PMS, painful periods, and menopause symptoms. Omega 3's are often one of the nutrients you are deficient in when you are having health issues like hormonal imbalances.
You can add flaxseed oil and nuts to your salads, enjoy salmon as your main protein source at dinner, and use chia seeds in your smoothies, and you will be getting what you need each day.
Magnesium is such an underrated mineral that everyone should have more of. Magnesium is actually one of the essential electrolytes your body needs, in addition to sodium and potassium. It helps with your pituitary health and is needed if your FSH, THS, or LH hormones are out of balance. It also reduces pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, which help relax the muscle of the uterus, prevent constipation, and support the adrenal glands. If you have thyroid issues, problems with ovulation, or extreme fatigue, but then trouble sleeping at night, it could be from not getting enough magnesium.
Other Vitamins and Minerals
There are also some other nutrients everyone needs for proper hormonal balancing, including probiotics, vitamin E, vitamin C, folic acid, zinc, vitamin D, and niacin. A well-balanced diet filled with whole foods ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals you need, but you might also need to supplement with a multi-vitamin or specific vitamin supplements like vitamin D or vitamin C supplement.
Be sure to speak to your doctor if you think you are experiencing hormone imbalances and before starting a vitamin and supplement regimen.
Hey! I'm Davina B. and I'm a Certified Hormone Health Consultant and Herbalist specializing in women's hormone health. It's my passion to help women who struggle with symptoms of hormonal imbalances like difficulty losing weight, fatigue, sleeplessness, PCOS, PMS, painful periods, fibroids and thyroid issues feel vibrant and healthy through good nutrition, stress management, healthy mindset, movement, education, self-discovery, self-care, and my unwavering support.
In 2016, I transformed my body, mind, and spirit. I lost over 50 pounds and balanced my hormones and now I feel more vibrant and healthy than ever and I've had the honor of helping dozens of other women do the same.
Are you ready to learn more about your hormone health and how to support it naturally? Join my workshop in September, "How To Eat Your Way To Hormone Health For Weight Loss & Vitality."