7 Steps to Regulating your Hormonal Balance

7 Steps to Regulating your Hormonal Balance

What Are Hormones?

Your endocrine system makes chemicals called hormones. A healthy body regulates the production and balance of its hormones, but some conditions can cause hormonal imbalances. Glands that produce the major hormones in your body include:

  • Adrenal
  • Hypothalamus
  • Ovaries/Testes
  • Pancreas
  • Parathyroid
  • Pineal
  • Pituitary
  • Thymus
  • Thyroid

Your pituitary gland is considered the “master gland” because it controls the function of all of the other glands in your body. Many people are familiar with the role of hormones in sexual development and reproductive health, but hormones can control many other endocrine functions like growth, heart rate, blood sugar control, the immune system, sleep, and the sensations of hunger and thirst.

You can see why hormonal imbalances can cause major problems!

Providing the proper environment for your endocrine system is essential for good health. Here are seven ways in which you can support your endocrine system.

7 steps to good endocrine health, plus one bonus!

Change the fats in your diet.

Fat has gotten a bad rap. It’s important to remember that not all fats are created equal. There are good fats and bad fats. By substituting good fats for bad ones in your diet, you can give your endocrine system a major boost. You can find “good fats” in avocados, butter from grass-fed cows, chia seeds, coconut oil, flax seeds, herring, mackerel, olive oil, oysters, sardines and wild-caught salmon, among other sources. Omega-3 fatty acids are very good for you. Omega-6 fatty acids (found in safflower oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, grapeseed oil, peanut oil and vegetable oil) can cause inflammation in the body or aggravate inflammatory conditions.

Use adaptogenic herbs.

Adaptogenic herbs have natural pharmaceutical properties, and can relieve the effects of stress. Stress can cause very real damage to your endocrine system, so avoiding it or reducing its impact is key to balancing your hormones. Adaptogenic herbs can help combat fatigue, depression and neurological changes associated with stress. They can also enhance your focus and clear your thinking. Ashwaganda and Asian ginseng are particularly good at reducing long-term stress. For short term stress conditions and anxiety, adaptogens like rhodiola, Siberian ginseng and schisandra can help mellow fight-or-flight stress reactions. Holy basil (also called tulsi) has been used in India for thousands of years to treat respiratory problems like colds and the flu. Holy basil oil is also a strong antiseptic. In addition, holy basil has anti-depressive properties and can be used to treat acne, inflammation and respiratory problems.

Address emotional imbalances.

While emotions may seem wild and unpredictable, negative emotions can often be traced to hormonal imbalances. In addition, emotional responses often trigger reactions in the endocrine system, which can dump large doses of stress hormones into your body. By learning to control and calm reactive behaviors, you can reduce stress on your body and improve your overall hormonal balance.

Use essential oils.

Essential oils offer exceptional, natural benefits. Using essential oils can help you detoxify your body, calm your mind and relieve physical ailments. Consult with your wellness professional about the range of options available, and which oils can help you support your endocrine health. The Environmental Working Group website is a great resource for finding news, research, and consumer information. It is the go-to site for people who want to live a healthier life.

Use dietary supplements.

Ideally, you get the majority of your nutrition from the good, healthy foods you eat. Even with a healthy diet, you can sometimes encounter nutritional voids that make supplementation necessary. Whether you suffer from a chronic nutritional deficit or a temporary one, adding supplements to your diet can help boost your endocrine system and restore your hormonal balance. Consult with your wellness provider to help you determine where and how you might benefit from supplementation.

Ditch your birth control pills.

Birth control pills contain synthetic hormones designed to suppress your reproductive system. While that may be one outcome of using them, they can also wreak havoc on your body. In addition to suppressing ovulation, they can also raise your blood pressure, cause nausea, headaches and migraines, acne, weight gain, breakthrough bleeding and other unpleasant or unhealthy side effects. There are many non-pharmaceutical ways to prevent pregnancy, and control other reproductive system ailments without resorting to birth control pills.

Get more sleep!

There are no two ways about it – sleep does a body good! Committing to providing yourself 7-8 hours of restful sleep every night can do wonders for your health. In addition to helping your body recover naturally from the stresses of the day, a full 8 hours of restful sleep can help you lose weight, restore endocrine function, improve mental alertness and boost your immune system.

Attend to your nervous system.

This means receiving regular chiropractic care, including adjustments that enable your endocrine system to function like it was designed to. Relieving painful conditions and maladjustment can also enable your body to heal itself, and correct unaddressed damage that decreases your quality of life.

Another key ingredient – and this applies to any approach toward regaining your health – is to have a plan and work on it consistently. A trained wellness provider can work with you to identify conditions that prevent you from living a full, healthy and happy life. If you’re ready to commit to working to improve your life and health, call us at (509) 737-9355 to set up a consultation.

Building a Titanium Immune System

Building a Titanium Immune System

A healthy immune system is one of the key ingredients to having a healthy and happy life. Whether you realize it or not, some of the habits you may have developed can compromise your immune system, making it harder for your body to avoid disease. Eliminating these bad habits and replacing them with ones that support your immune system can make a major difference in your life. Here are the most important things you can do to rebuild and support your immune system.

Critical keys to supporting your immune system

Get more sleep!Your body needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Good, restful sleep can do more for your body than you might realize. Sleep allows your body to heal itself, remove toxins from your system, and limit the effects of stressors like cortisol. Poor or inadequate sleep actually increases the stress on your body and can make you more likely to become sick or develop diseases. But not all sleep is created equal! If you’re serious about sleeping well, develop healthy sleep routines. These include going to bed at a consistent time, eliminating all light sources in your bedroom and relaxing before bed to allow your brain a chance to achieve deep, restful sleep.

Develop excellent nutritional habits.

Like sleep, compromised nutrition can weaken your immune system and leave your body open to illness and chronic disease. High quality food prepared in healthy ways should be the basis of your nutritional plan. While you should strive to get most of your nutritional needs from the food you eat, thoughtful supplementation can help you achieve your optimal nutritional balance. Consult with your wellness provider to determine which supplementation routines will yield the best benefit for your particular circumstances.

In addition, restricting your intake of unhealthy fats and sugars are two things you can do immediately to improve your diet. Replacing unhealthy fats (safflower oil, corn oil, canola, cottonseed oil, soybean oil) with healthier choices – like avocados, wild caught salmon, chia seeds, butter from grass-fed cows, coconut and olive oils – can yield immediate nutritional benefits. Eliminating sugars – even those touted as being “healthy” like fruit juice – can also have a major positive impact on your immune system.

Take care of your gut!

Your gut is filled with healthy organisms that help you digest food and extract nutrients. Poor eating habits, pharmaceuticals and bad nutrition can damage the environment these organisms need to help you stay healthy. Taking good care of your gut is essential to a healthy immune system. Establishing and maintaining healthy bacterial colonies requires time, patience and knowledge about what’s good (and not good) for your digestive system. Your wellness provider can help you learn about the habits that support (and compromise) excellent digestive health.

Exercise.

Your body is meant to move, and when you don’t move, you can set yourself up for poor health. Daily exercise offers benefits for your heart and lungs, your muscles and bones, and your joints. It also gives your immune system an added boost. Exercise even when you’re not feeling well. You don’t have to put in a full workout, but regular exercise can help you avoid becoming ill, and minimize the impact of illness when you do get sick.

Seek out chiropractic adjustments!

Chiropractic adjustments can help your body perform the way it was intended to. Chiropractic adjustments have a positive impact on blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the body and relieve skeletal and spinal pain. They can also improve your range of motion, making it easier to gain the full advantage from your exercise regimen. Chiropractic adjustment can also improve your digestion, allowing you to maximize your nutritional program. By relieving pain and inflammation, chiropractic adjustment can also boost your immune system and allow it to focus on fighting off illnesses and diseases more effectively. Chiropractic patients who maintain a regular adjustment schedule have fewer colds and respiratory infections than those who don’t.

Your body is designed to heal itself, and your immune system – when properly supported – can do just that. Stressors like lack of sleep and poor nutrition make it difficult – sometimes impossible – for your body to react appropriately to illness. Over time, lack of proper immune system support can allow your body to develop serious – even life-threatening – chronic illnesses and conditions. Bad nutritional and health habits can also damage your body so that it cannot effectively recover from serious diseases like cancer.

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to supporting your immune system, have a frank conversation with your wellness provider. Learn about how you can incorporate excellent sleep and nutritional habits, and which supplements can help boost or rebuild your natural immune system. Also discuss habits and practices that can compromise your immune system, and open the door to long-term health problems that your weakened immune system cannot repair.

If you’d like more information about repairing and supporting your immune system, please give us a call at NewEdge Wellness at (509) 737-9355 to set up an appointment today!

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