Balancing Hormones: Part III
Updated: Dec 1, 2018
This is the third and final part of my blog series, Balancing Hormones Naturally. This topic is such a passion of mine since through so much of my research, I have discovered that so many women are suffering today because of imbalanced hormones. Imbalanced hormones can be caused by super simple everyday things that are affecting us more than we realize. If you missed the previous posts, go back here to follow in order: PART I and PART II.
I want to remind you today: your health is worth an investment.
So, continued from PART II, here are my final 5 recommendations for balancing your hormones naturally, and getting your life, energy and health back:
#6) eat regular meals
So many of us struggle with body image issues and have developed a strenuous relationship with food. More girls are coming out and talking about their eating disorders and their personal struggles with body issues, and I’m so glad we are finally having the conversation, because guess what - our bodies need food to survive. This will never change.
In order to have a healthy metabolism and balanced hormones, our bodies need regular meals, end of story. When your body is telling you its hungry, you need to listen to that. Most diets are so restrictive and controlling that you barely have any room to breathe - they limit what you eat to such a degree that you are actually doing more damage than good in the long run. This needs to stop.
I eat on a regular basis, every 5 hours, and I never snack. My biggest meal of the day is always lunch, and I always eat dinner before 8pm.
#7) avoid these foods:
All of these foods can negatively affect our hormone balance as well as our overall health. Avoiding these foods completely is not hard and it can save your body so much stress.
all things soy
#8) put collagen peptides in everything
The health benefits of collagen are only just now starting to be recognized. I’ve been taking about 2 tbsp of collagen every day for about 6 years now, and the benefits I have noticed are amazing. First of all, my nails have never been so long and strong in my whole life - I get asked all the time if I am wearing acrylics, which of course I don't do because of the toxic glues - but, that just shows you how strong they are.
Collagen is what might be called a “complex protein,”because it contains 19 different amino acids. By taking collagen peptides daily, it can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing to slow the process of aging. But more than that, it can support hormone health.
Collagen is a great source of amino acids (arginine, glutamine, glycine and proline) which we need to produce healthy levels of hormones.
Collagen can help with gut health issues like leaky gut syndrome, repairing holes in the gut and preventing the inflammatory response (and subsequent hormonal havoc) that can come from food passing through these gaps undigested.
The amino acid glycine is liver-supportive, helping your liver function to process and eliminate pesticides, xenoestrogens, and other avoidable and unavoidable toxins from the environment, food, and products we use.
Collagen supports healthy thyroid function and offsets cortisol (stress hormone) imbalance.
(Source: Flo Living)
How to use:
I make bulletproof coffee, which is a healthy fats infused coffee that I drink in place of breakfast (4 days a week). I put collagen peptides in my coffee and blend it up. It adds froth and a bit of protein first thing in the morning.
Blend on high for 20 seconds, then enjoy right away!
#9) I use therapeutic GRADE essential oils to support healthy hormones
My story with essential oils is a little different than most. I've been using them since I was a kid, and never realized it was also possible to run an oil business until recently. As a big believer and user of these plant essences for emotional support, sleep support, immune support, to replace toxins and yes, for hormone balance - I decided to share my story and coach others on how to use them for absolutely everything.
A holistic approach is the best way to heal and correct hormonal imbalances, and approaching holistic wellness armed with essential oils is one of the best ways to support entire body wellness. Essential oils of the right quality are highly regarded for their health and wellness support, and that includes their uses for healing hormone imbalances naturally and simply, and giving your body the tools it needs to correct itself.
Here’s a few oils I like to use for everyday hormone support (Young Living):
These essential oils have the power to completely change your health. I lead online classes and a team of people who want to empower themselves with the knowledge to know better methods, and do better. To get your membership and start your chemical free life, buy your kit here.
Also, be sure to download my free intro guide to oils + hormone health here:
#10) I use progesterone serum + take supplements and adaptogens DAILY
While lifestyle changes such as reducing chemical exposure to zero are the key to helping your body detox, de-stress and balance itself out, there are important ways we can help it out by giving it the support it requires from natural sources: plants and herbs.
a) I use a progesterone serum every night
I use the only progesterone serum derived from natural sources on the market. This product alone is becoming a Young Living member and is one I recommend to every woman I consult with.
Progessence Plus Serum is an plant-based natural progesterone balancing serum made with essential oils and wild yam extract that supports overall women's wellness. Some of the benefits of wild yam (progesterone) include harmonizing the women's natural cycles and supporting hormonal wellbeing. This serum was specifically designed for women by D. Gary Young and Dr. Dan Purser, MD, to help support the body's cycles as needed. Because of its formula it does not require cyclic use or rotation of skin sites like all other progesterone serums on the market. The serum can be used for women of all ages including teens over 12 to help support natural female cycles in the body and promote relaxation and relaxing sleep. The serum contains seven essential oils including: Copaiba, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Peppermint and Clove which all have natural harmonizing properties for the female body.
This product is available to Young Living members. To benefit from these products and everything I offer to my clients, enroll here: bit.ly/FlowerPowrCollective
b) I add adaptogenic herbs to my morning coffee
Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that balance out your hormones and help calm stress levels. Today we are assaulted by so much more stress than ever. We live in a hectic, crazy, modern world that makes most of us feel exhausted, inflamed, irritable, hungry, and emotionally drained —all of which can lead to hormonal problems like adrenal fatigue, low sex drive, and thyroid problems.
These are the adaptogens that I take:
a) Ashwagandha: lowers cortisol and balances thyroid hormones
b) He Shou Wu: tonic for the endocrine glands
c) Rhodiola: burns belly fat, gives energy, lowers cortisol, fights depression
d) Chaga: reduces inflammation, immune booster
e) Reishi: detoxes liver, balances hormones, promotes deep sleep
Adaptogens in general have been shown to have amazing benefits like:
lowering cortisol levels
regenerating brain cells
alleviating depression and anxiety
protecting heart health
protecting the liver
preventing and fighting cancer
protecting against radiation
balancing the immune system
c) I take lots of supplements
Supplements are an amazing way to add in nutrients and support to your diet depending on your needs. I am very careful about where I source my supplements from since so many of them can be expensive without delivering any benefit, meaning that your body rejects most of it. I source the majority of my supplements from Young Living because of their high quality and shelf life. My lifestyle is supported by Young Living's quality plant-based products and the VIP rewards program. I am a firm believer that every home needs these supplements:
a) OmegaGize: Vitamin D, Fish oil, COQ10 and essential oils (Enroll)
b) EndoGize: supports a healthy endocrine system in women (Enroll
c) CortiStop: supports healthy adrenals and stress response (Enroll)
I know you might be thinking 'why so many supplements at such a young age?', but bear in mind that to see change in your health, you have to make change. It is a slow and gentle process to ease your body into a new routine and integrate supportive natural methods. Herbs, essential oils, proper nutrition and a toxin-free life might seem overwhelming, but I can promise you that when take small baby steps you will discover how easy it can be and how good your body feels. Our world is full of high stress, anxious and distracted people because we push ourselves too hard and burn our bodies out. Creating a clean home, and giving our bodies the right nutrition to nourishes them and give them what they need to function optimally just might be the answer to living your healthiest life and getting natural energy, better sleep, and a clearer mind.
Your hormones are a reflection of an underlying issue - so pay attention to your body, and do something about it!
I am lucky that I get to work full time to help others feel empowered by knowing what tools to use to live their best lives. When our bodies are functioning at their peak, we don't get sick or contract illnesses and other issues. We must acknowledge that health is not about treating issues, its about giving our bodies everything they need to heal themselves and thrive, so that we feel our best and can live our best lives. Hormone imbalances are huge indicators that something is off in our health and that we need to pay attention.
There is nothing wrong with you if you are struggling - all of this can be reset with practice, time and commitment. We struggle with hormone imbalances because of external factors in our environment - chemicals hidden in everyday life are the worst perpetrators, so acknowledging that making a big overhaul on the way we live is the number one step, but it will take time. It is not your fault that you are experiencing these issues - but it is your responsibility to educate yourself and make some big changes that can change your life and your health.
I genuinely want to help you find your healthy balance and get back on track. I have battled so many health issues and am only 23 - I'm still learning and experimenting all the time. Finding a routine and lifestyle that work for your body and makes you feel good is the most important thing. I would be so honored to help you detox your home and give you my best advice for balancing hormones. The first step is to slowly shift your budget away from conventional products and towards safe, clean and effective alternatives so your body can start to detox. The best part is that we are a growing community and I would love to welcome you and see you thrive.
So, tell me - are you struggling with hormone imbalances? Did you learn something from this series? Are you ready to enroll with me and do something good for your health?
With love and gratitude,