Have you been wondering why you’re feeling a little off physically or mentally lately? It could have to do with your hormones. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s so important to take care of these little chemical messengers – they play a huge role in controlling your mood, weight, appetite and more. Fortunately, there’s a few things you can do to look after yourself and we’re here to share these with you.
Look after the lymph
A network of tiny vessels that collect the fluid and waste products from your body’s tissues – the lymphatic system – carries this to lymph nodes and glands where white blood cells attack and break them down. These waste products are then carried back through the bloodstream where they are removed. Alongside supporting your immunity, the lymph also helps to balance your hormones and it should be something you pay attention to.
To look after your lymphatic system you should drink at least two litres of water a day, exercise daily and support your system with Echinacea liquid or tablets, as well as incorporating immunity boosting foods into your diet such as ginger, turmeric and garlic.
Put down the drink
Alcohol can disrupt your hormones and leave you feeling a little less than great. Your liver is a pretty powerful organ in your body so it’s important to look after it. It plays a huge role in detoxifying your hormones as well as other waste products, so a compromised liver can potentially lead to hormones and other toxins being recirculated throughout your body.
Prioritise your gut health
Looking after your gut can do wonders for your hormone balance. While it can be a short cut to healthier hormones, it’s something you should manage regardless. A few easy top tips to look after your gut health include: avoiding over or undereating, taking pre or probiotics, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water, eat slower and change your diet e.g. reduce that sugar and processed food intake and up your foods that are high in fibre, healthy fats, lean protein and plant based meals.
Manage your stress levels
Everyone handles stress differently and you should pay attention and learn what works best for you. Stress can wreak absolute havoc on your hormones if you don’t manage it properly. Engaging in stress reducing activities for 15-30 minutes a day can help immensely. Eating well, regular exercise, yoga and meditation and even just going for a walk outside are some of the way to manage this.
There’s so many more things you can do, but just remember to listen to your body and make the changes you feel it needs can go a long way in improving your hormone health.
Written by Alannah Andreini