Our hormone levels play a big role in our mood, our energy, and even our overall wellness. But, sometimes our hormones can get out of whack because of our demanding lifestyles. Experts have indicated that women with stressful careers tend to have spikes in testosterone levels, which often leads to burnout and feeling overwhelmed. While we, as women, often feel we can handle it all, that doesn’t mean it’s a healthy or wise choice. Fortunately, there are things we can do to help us boost our estrogen levels. Here are 3 ways to help you balance your hormones naturally.
3 Natural Ways for Women To Balance Their Hormones
Create Time for Self-Care
The term “self-care” has boomed in popularity over the past few years, and with good reason. Creating time to focus on self-care is one of the most important steps that we, as women, can take to heal our bodies, boost our energy, and actually balance our hormones. Dr. John Gray, the world-renowned relationship expert and best-selling author of books like Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus explains in one of his YouTube videos that “The first thing to understand is that our hormones — particularly estrogen — are produced in response to our behaviors. Your brain is a genius, and it can balance your hormones if you simply give it the right stimulation!”
Relative to creating time for self-care, he says, “Do things you love to do, where you have time alone doing something nurturing that you enjoy doing. This will help to produce progesterone that you need in your cycle after ovulation towards your period. The hormone needs change during the month. The amazing thing is that your brain can balance your hormones if you give it the right stimulation, as well as help to detoxify the body.”
Self-care activities can include getting a massage or body treatment, enjoying the act of doing skincare treatments or applying makeup, taking a relaxing bath, or just curling up with a book.
Foster Relationships with Others
He goes on to explain in the video that fostering relationships with others can also help to naturally balance your hormones. He says, “take time to put yourself in situations every day where you are dependent on someone. If you are too independent, you will stop making estrogen. The highest estrogen-stimulator is to be in a relationship where you feel safe. The most powerful stimulator in that relationship will be regular romance. This will generate estrogen.”
If you aren’t in a committed relationship, that’s ok. He says that you can also stimulate estrogen production by developing other types of relationships that foster a sense of dependence, such as classroom-learning. By being in an environment with other people (like a teacher) who can help you learn and grow, it creates a sense of (healthy) dependence, which boosts estrogen production.
Eat Organic Foods
Gray explains that pesticides have a negative effect on our bodies because they influence the way our brains handle normal hormone production.
He says, “There are certain pesticides and GMO’s in foods, that when they go into your body, they fill in the estrogen receptor sites and send a message to the brain that you don’t need to make estrogen because you already have plenty. Toxic foods will throw off your hormone balance and will inhibit your brain from stimulating the good estrogen you need.” This is why eating organically-grown foods is imperative to your overall health and well-being, and will also help to naturally balance your hormone levels.
[Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a physician or health care expert. Disclosure: Affiliate links included.]