During the day, there are a lot of things that can and often go unnoticed, especially when it comes to your well-being. But it shouldn’t be so, nor does it necessarily have to be. Hormonal imbalance is one of the most common health issues that many women seem to be unaware of, till the time that they begin to notice symptoms such as acne or sudden weight gain. Not treating it in time can result in more severe symptoms that become even more difficult to deal with as time progresses.
Hormones are those chemical messengers in your body that are produced by endocrine glands and are responsible for controlling major processes such as metabolism and reproduction. The three major categories of hormones are thyroid, adrenals and the sex hormones that work together to maintain the efficacy of your internal organ systems. When either one of these glands produces too much or too little of hormones, it causes a hormonal imbalance in your body since the other glands have to pitch in to compensate for the malfunctioning gland, which puts a strain on them and often leads to further imbalance.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance
The symptoms of hormonal imbalance are usually different for women, men and children but there are certain signs which are common for both men and women.
- Weight gain
- Puffy eyes or dry skin
- Weight loss
- Weakened muscles
- Hair turning thin and brittle
- Blurred vision
- Purple or pink stretch marks
Causes of hormonal imbalance
Here are some common causes of hormonal imbalance.
- Eating disorders
- Cancer treatments
- Injury or trauma
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
How to treat hormonal imbalance naturally
Here are some natural remedies that can help cure hormonal imbalance. You can include the following foods, herbs and supplements in your daily diet so as to combat hormonal imbalance.
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that are extremely beneficial for your health and provide the building blocks for your hormones. These fatty acids help reduce any inflammation within your body that might have occurred on account of the hormonal imbalance. They also help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and by reducing stress and anxiety.
What you need:
- 1-2 tablespoons of 100% virgin coconut oil.
- Consume one to two tablespoons of 100% virgin coconut oil daily.
- You can use it either in your salad dressing and your smoothies or entirely replace your cooking oil with it.
- Do this at least 2 to 3 times every day.
Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the effects of your hormonal imbalance. Regular intake of avocados promotes a healthy heart and also ensures an adequate supply of fibre and nutrients that are required for your good health.
What you need:
- 1 avocado
- Peel the avocados.
- Cut them into small cubes and add them to your salad.
- You can also mix the avocados with some nut milk and honey in order to make a healthy smoothie for yourself.
- Consume an adequate amount of avocados daily.
Yogurt is a rich source of probiotics that help in repairing your gut lining and in balancing your hormones. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that are essential for your body to function properly. A deficiency of these bacteria in your body can lead to digestion problems and inflammation, which can further aggravate your hormonal imbalance.
What you need:
- A bowl of unsweetened yogurt
- Consume a bowl of plain yogurt about one to two times daily