Did you know you can balance your hormones naturally?
Drinking lots of water is key – along with minimizing alcohol intake. Make sure your beef if from free range cattle that are free of hormones. Eat a well balanced diet that includes organic NON GMO fruit and vegetables.
Minimize your stress. 8 hours of sleep every night is key. Take deep breaths regularly, and smile – it’s hard to be stressed and laugh at the same time. Make sure you incorporate exercise throughout your week. Take a break from your cellphone, tablet, and laptops.
Stay away from mineral oil, dyes, and animal by-products. It only takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb what you put on it. To prove this try putting a piece of peeled garlic between your toes, count to 30 and you will actually taste the garlic.
Take your vitamins. Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 are especially important to your overall hormonal balance. In addition supplement your diet with a good multi-vitamin.
Adding bio-identical hormones to a healthy lifestyle is key to optimizing your hormones, but you need to take care of your entire body, not just one area. A well rounded approach that incorporates diet, exercise, rest, and care for your hormones will help you achieve An Optimal You!
Stress, Hormones, And Life
Stress is pretty much an every day occurrence these days. You are bombarded by negative news, financial stress, a life on the constant go, among other things. Your body has an amazing network of hormones that keep you alive and functioning. The problem is that your body was not designed to deal with constant daily stress. Your body was designed to deal with temporary stress (running from a predator, chasing after food, etc) and then be able to have the time to recover.
Living in this world depletes many critical hormones and leads to fatigue, fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression, a lack of well being, loss of libido, hot flashes, weight gain, etc. Our medical system has gotten used to simply treating the symptoms with different medications, rather than treating the underlying hormone imbalance.
Re balancing your estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, and thyroid (the major hormones that get imbalanced) requires a holistic approach. Taking bio-identical hormones definately helps you to feel more balanced. In addition there are many lifestyle changes that you can do: getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, eating a diet rich in organic vegetables/fruits, deep breathing (breathe in to the count of 4 and out for the count of 7), avoiding stressors in your life when possible, and eliminating hormone disruptors. Hormone disruptors come in the form of hormone fed dairy/beef products, and skin care or cosmetics that contain parabens/mineral oil/dyes/etc.
Regaining your optimal balance takes some effort but it is well worth it. Feeling full of life and having the energy and mood to enjoy your life is worth some money and time.
Bioidentical Hormones and Energy
“We age because our hormones decline, our hormones don’t decline because we age.” Dr. Ron Rothberg M.D.
A primary goal of Regenerative Medicine is to balance one’s hormones. Achieving hormone balance often leads to less chronic inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is felt to be the main cause of most of the chronic diseases that we see today, as well as a main cause of aging poorly. Thus, lowering inflammation is regarded as one of the main ways that we can prevent, and even reverse, diseases. Having energy and living with vitality is the goal of Regenerative Medicine and when you have more balanced hormones, you can more easily achieve this goal.
Hormone deficiencies take many forms: varying from a low thyroid, low testosterone, low estrogen, low progesterone, or a cortisol imbalance (adrenal fatigue). Treating mild hormone deficiencies can dramatically improve your quality of life. Balancing these hormones can slow the effects of premature aging and prevent, or even reverse, many chronic diseases.
Exercise, proper nutrition, stress reduction, and the right supplementation all contribute towards balancing your hormones and helping you to age well. Bio-identical hormone replacement is another piece to this puzzle. Due to many factors that are present in today’s world (the two biggest factors being excess stress and the numerous chemical exposures that we have on a daily basis); utilizing bio-identical hormones is becoming a necessity for people who wish to live optimally in today’s “crazy” world.
Cancer and Hormones
Every year cancer takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women in America. Of course, newer treatments are becoming increasingly available. However, more and more people are becoming aware of how much that they can do in order to decrease their risk of getting cancer, and if they get cancer they are more aware of the fact that they can do things that can increase their odds of survival.
By balancing your hormones with bioidentical hormones, eliminating toxins, eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, decreasing stress, getting adequate sleep, and maintaining proper nutrient levels; you can take charge of your health and decrease your risk of developing cancer.
If you do get cancer then the better nourished that you are, the more hormonally balanced you are, and the less stressed that you are will help you to fight the cancer and live well long term.
Why wait to have a diagnosis?? Start today by changing to organic fruits and vegetables, and committing to eating 5-9 servings per day. Also, make a commitment to exercise on a regular basis. You can also start incorporating deep breathing every day: this is where you breath slowly in and out (count to 5-7 as you breathe in and as you breathe out) for a full minute and do this several times throughout the day. Each week make yourself a goal to do one more thing towards your health. It all starts with baby steps. Getting bio-identical hormones is one piece of the puzzle. What you do at home, as your lifestyle, has a lot to do with the diseases that you get and also how well you fight them off. Start today with a big list of what you want to improve and then commit to tackling one of those things each week!!
Exercise and Health
Everyone knows that what we eat and how much we exercise greatly influences the way that we look and feel. However, most people do not recognize the great importance that hormones play in all aspects of our health. Dr. Therry Hertoghe of Belgium explains it well:
“Your body contains more than one hundred different types of hormones, and they pour into your bloodstream at the rate of thousands of billions of units a day. Hormones regulate your heartbeat and your breathing. Hormones make men men and women women. Hormones put you to sleep at night and they wake you uup in the morning. They control your blood pressure, build up bone, maintain muscle tone and lubricate joints. Hormones govern growth; they make the body produce energy and heat.
Hormones burn fat. Hormones govern the menstrual cycle and allow pregnancy (and birth) to occur. They fight stress, prevent fatigue, calm anxiety and relieve depression. Hormones make and keep memories. Hormones maintain the correct level of sugar in the blood and tissues. They resist allergic reactions and infections. They soothe pain. Hormones control your sex drive, virility, and fertility. They stimulate your brain and your immune system.”
The goal of healthy aging is to optimize your hormones through nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and bio-identical hormone replacement.
Hormone balance is more than a prescription
Taking bio-identical hormones is an important part of regaining your hormone balance and feeling vibrant again. But, hormone balance also involves other things. One of those things is proper nutrition.
There is a lot of talk about different diets. Diet is a four letter word! The better approach is to have a healthy lifestyle. Eating certified organic foods and eating a wide variety of vegetables and fruit is a great start to nutritionally support a hormonally balanced body.
Protein is important as it gives you energy and helps you build muscle. If you get protein from animals please eat hormone free, antibiotic free, and free range chicken/turkey/beef as well as wild fish. This will help minimize your exposure to hormone disrupters. Above all, eat a variety of nutritious foods throughout the day and you will feel more energetic and your bio-identical hormones will be able to work at the highest level.
So you hate to exercise…
Exercise is a known blood pressure reducer, waist reducer, blood sugar reducer, sleep enhancer, muscle builder, hormone balancer, etc. You know that you need to exercise, but you just can not seem to make yourself do it. First, reward yourself mentally for even reading this and stop beating yourself up for what you are not doing. Be proud of whatever progress you make, no matter how small it is still progress!
Now, write down things that you like to do. Gardening, hiking, playing a sport, etc. Look at your list and pick out things that are feasible in your schedule. Now, put in your calendar one of these things twice a week to start doing for a half hour. As time goes on, add a day per week. Your long term goal is an hour 5 times per week but you are not even going to try to start there! Start slow and build up.
If that is too much to start with then start with 5 minutes per day of something: situps, pushups, jumping jacks, etc. Tell yourself “I will do 5 minutes of exercise every day”. Start with that and move it up when you can. Have fun with it and reward yourself for doing the 5 minutes, whatever you do stop beating yourself up for what you are not doing and be proud of what you are doing. Small steps every day will lead to you looking and feeling better!