As we discussed in the previous issue, the endocrine system is vital for hormone production and regulation. Hormone imbalance can lead to serious complications, but by offering extra support to the endocrine system, we can reduce or eliminate the risk of hormone imbalance. Here’s how!
- Tune In
Your body will let you know if you’re out of balance. Pay attention if you’re experiencing fatigue, mood shifts, excessive hair loss, foggy brain, blood pressure drops, blood sugar spikes, or low libido.
- Balanced Diet
Choosing a balanced diet packed with nutrient-dense plan-based whole foods will give your body the best fuel for the work it does. Vitamins, minerals, fatty-acids and proteins are all vital to endocrine health.
- Junk the Junk Foods
Alcohol, sugar and caffeine can derail endocrine health by disrupting or spiking some hormone production. Sugar and caffeine can both cause insulin to spike. Insulin issues can lead to diabetes!
Investing in your health with an endocrine specific supplement. Adaptogens like Vitex, Ashwagandha, Schisandra, Tulsi and Turmeric are all great herbs to add into your daily regimen.
- Nix The Dairy
Dairy products are made from milk, from pregnant cows. That’s basically all hormones and can affect your own body’s hormones too. By cutting out dairy, you are eliminating one more source of endocrine disruption.
- Sleep Hygiene
Sticking to a healthy sleep schedule is vital to hormone regulation. Sleep is when your body regenerates and heals. The endocrine system is affected and influenced by your circadian rhythm. Irregular sleep can cause dysregulation, leading to endocrine abnormalities and hormone imbalance. So make sure you’re sticking to a set bedtime!
Exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s also key to boosting the endocrine system. Serotonin and Dopamine are two hormones that exercise helps to regulate, and these hormones directly affect your mood and emotional state.