For various reasons including poor diet, lack of exercise, ageing, toxicity and stress many of our hormones are ‘out of whack’.
Here are 5 top tips to help you get in control of your hormone balance and LOSE WEIGHT, get toned, have some energy and generally live a better life.
1. Eat a ‘clean’ diet
Everyone is so focused on what NOT to eat that sometimes they forget to tell you what you SHOULD eat to lose weight and get your dream body.
And actually, it’s simpler this way around.
Here’s the rule:
You should eat primarily (like 80% or more) foods that were once alive, and that don’t come from a box or a packet.
Vegetables, fruit, meat eggs, nuts, seeds.
These should make up the vast majority of your diet. In making this change one of the things you’ll be doing is getting rid of chemicals and toxins that are found in processed foods.
Toxins and chemicals are poisonous to the body and have a negative effect on our hormone balance. They also stress the body out as it does not know what to do with these foreign objects – what it does? – shuttle the ‘poison’ into a fat cell and lock it away.
2. Drink a ‘clean’ diet
Caffeine, alcohol and sugar are VERY bad as far as hormone health is concerned.
Stimulants like caffeine and sugar wreak havoc with insulin and cortisol levels sending the body into storage-mode and making the body less sensitive to carbohydrates.
Caffeine also stresses the endocrine system out.
Alcohol is a destroyer of testosterone and growth hormone – causing accelerated weakness and ageing.
Moderate your caffeine intake, and make sure you drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated.
3. Get some sleep
7 – 9 hours per night. Period. Your body does a lot of hormone-related duties while you sleep. Sleep too little and those vitally important jobs don’t get done.
Taking a 90-minute nap can also be very beneficial if you can fit it into your schedule.
4. Exercise the right way
For hormone health, intense sessions of multi-joint resistance exercises are the best.
Exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, deadlifts, kettlebell swings and the like promote positive hormone balance and make you feel energized for hours afterwards. Try to exercise regularly – once per week is not enough for this effect to take place.
For bonus points, first thing in the morning is a great way to begin the day.
Stress is a major cause of poor hormone health.
A daily dose of stress reduction goes a long way to getting your body and mind back on track. A meditation session, a long hot bath, reading a book or taking a walk in nature are all great ways to relieve your stress build up.