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A Simple Guide on How to Balance Hormones

Prof. Dr. M. Zaman Shaikh

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Our entire body depends upon hormones for proper functioning. Produced by the various endocrine glands located throughout the body, hormones control everything; from sleep and sexual function to hunger and emotions. Learning how to balance hormones can be an essential part of staying healthy long term.

Moreover, all of these hormones are interlinked, so anything that disrupts their tight harmony results in a hormonal imbalance whose effects reverberate throughout the body. Consult an endocrinologist to restore hormonal imbalance.

Here are 4 more ways to naturally treat hormonal imbalance:

1-Avoid Liquid Sugar:

Processed sugars and refined carbohydrates are known insulin, obesity, and diabetes boosters that also reduce fertility by increasing testosterone in women. However, beverages with high fructose content amplify the hormone unbalancing effects of their solid sugar counterparts.

Moreover, people tend to consume more sugary beverages than solid foods as they are less filling, which further contributes towards excess belly fat and weight gain. So instead of sugar-sweetened beverages, try opting for green tea, natural fruit flavored water (like lemon or berry water), and freshly squeezed fruit juice (organic and sugar-free of course).

Doctors have also advised people to avoid refined carbs as they have similar effects to liquid sugar. They can increase the body’s ressistance to insulin and thus cause more problems for people with diabetes. These carbs can be found in foods such as white bread and pretzels.

2-Eat Brassica:

Commonly known as ‘leafy greens’ (broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, turnip, cabbage, kale, etc.), all brassica vegetables are powerful antioxidants that contain indole-3 carbinol. This compound helps the liver remove and recycle old hormones, and make room for new ones, hence preventing hormone buildup. Try eating at least 1-2 daily serving of your favourite brassica.

3-Try Chasteberry:

This particular herb, also known as vitex, is especially useful for maintaining estrogen and progesterone balance in women. Hence reducing uterine fibroids, improving fertility, increasing lactation, combatting acne, and treating endometriosis in menstruating women, while relieving PMS symptoms in pre- and postmenopausal women. This berry has been used to treat such problems for thousands of years and can really help women with PMS issues.

4-Try Bioidentical Hormones:

Bioidentical hormones are organic hormones that mimic the effects of natural hormones without inhibiting their production, unlike most medicinal artificial hormones. They are of two types:

  • Bi-estrogen is used by menstruating women to release estriol for relieving vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, and reducing UTIs, and estradiol for controlling night sweats, hot flashes, and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes development.
  • Tri-estrogen includes estrone along with estriol and estradiol to balance the sex hormones in women of a low normal or below normal weight. It may cause mild side-effects, although a dosage adjustment usually resolves the matter.

Bioidentical hormones are equally effective for both menstruating and menopausal women.

5-Add Protein To Your Meals:

Protein is one of the most essential components of healthy nutrition, helping you create and regulate muscle mass. It is also very helpful when it comes to the release of the hormone that controls appetite and food intake. Eating more protien will not only help you eat less but will also increase your metabolism and fat burning. Although protein is very healthy it is important that people consume it in moderation as going overboard will do more harm than good.

6-Start Drinking Green Tea Regularly:

Green Tea is perhaps one of the healthiest things you could drink and research suggests it may be great for regulating the body’s insulin response. So those who have diabetes or are at risk should be drinking multiple cups a day, especially given all of its other benefits such as fat loss and some added ressistance to cancer

Green tea also helps reduce stress levels in people by countering the stress hormone. This is incredibly helpful as stress has been linked to a very large number of health and hormone related problems. Reducing stress is absolutely essential to regulating your hormones.

Although a healthy, active lifestyle with some extra supplementation is usually all that is needed to correct hormonal imbalance, certain medical conditions may be severe enough to require artificial hormone replacement therapy. Regardless we hope we have helped you understand how to balance hormones.

Consult with your doctor if you spot any signs of hormonal imbalance, or suspect your diagnosis (diabetes, PCOS, or other chronic conditions) worsening due to it. You can also book an appointment with a top Endocrinologist in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your hormonal concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Prof. Dr. M. Zaman Shaikh - Author Prof. Dr. M. Zaman Shaikh is an Endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, based in Lahore. He helps patients in diabetes management, osteoporosis management, steroid hormone problems, and general men's health issues.
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