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Balancing Hormones, Naturally

Whether you're a 15-year-old female or 45-year-old female, you may suffer from symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Do you experience PMS, cramps or nausea during that time of the month? Do you get moody for no reason? Do you feel anxious for no reason? Do you suffer from acne or have breakouts, particularly cyclical and around your mouth or jawline?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be a sign that your hormones are imbalanced. Although these symptoms are common, they are not normal!

It's definitely something that is worth getting checked out and investing some time in rebalancing your hormones so your body can function optimally again! All symptoms of hormonal imbalance are treatable and can be managed naturally with the right approach.

Here are 3 of our top tips to re-balancing your hormones and getting your health back on track!

1. Get your diet sorted

Getting your nutrient intake right is critical in balancing your hormones. We suggest that as the first port of call you book in to see a professional in the area who can run tests to identify the cause of your hormonal imbalances. After identifying nutrient excesses and deficiencies you will need to work closely with a nutritionist to help you correct these levels through foods that are right for your body.

There is no one 'fix all' food. Instead, you should: - Include a variety of healthy fats, such as extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, salmon and avocado! Fats are so nourishing for your hormones and contain anti-inflammatory properties, giving your body even more love.

- Minimize saturated fats. These place extra and unnecessary stress on the body - they increase inflammation.

- Include an abundance of leafy greens and fibrous vegetables, these are amazing for overall health.

- Ensure that you are getting adequate lean protein sources in throughout the day. We want to stabilize blood glucose levels to keep your hormones happy and these proteins will provide nutrients the body needs to function optimally!

2. Exercise

Regular exercise is amazing for hormonal regulation as it is shown to modulate the body's stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol! It is also proven to boost endorphins (happy hormones) and increase insulin sensitivity! That being said, it is critical to get the right balance of activity in your day. Like anything, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Aim for a mix of high-intensity training sessions and also low intensity, restorative sessions (like yoga, walking and pilates) to effectively manage your cortisol levels. If you are struggling to find the balance that is right for you - ask! Exercise should energize you, not drain you!

3. Minimise Stress

Minimising stress is one of the easiest things to do on paper, but hardest to implement. Cortisol (that stress hormone we discussed before) is elevated during periods of stress and as catapults our natural hormone balance out of whack. Focus on the little things to create big change. - Find 10 minutes a day to have downtime - we love the app "A Smiling Mind" for simple, guided meditation. - Schedule your meal times in and have them as JUST meal times - no phones or TV allowed. This will also help you control your hunger and improve digestion - WIN! - Turn screens off 30 - 60 minutes prior to bed. Replace this habit with reading a book! - Get outside each day. Soak up some sunshine, walk barefooted on the grass or dive in the ocean (this one may sound hippy-dippy but it is a beautiful practice to help ground you can connect back with nature).

These are 3 very simple ways that you can take the very first step to rebalance your hormones. Hormone balance is imperative to our overall health and wellness. We would love to help you address these 3 key points. We have seen 100's of successful patients rebalance their hormones naturally when their body is happy and getting the fuel it needs. Metabolic Balance is the perfect way to start! Let us help you!

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