In her book “The Hormone Diet,” naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner claims that hormone imbalances can make you gain weight. The book describes how hormonal imbalances may cause accumulation of visceral fat, sluggishness, weight gain, stress, reduced sexual vigor, sugar cravings, and health disorders. The book advises lifestyle modifications, a 2-week detox and staying on a Mediterranean-style diet to lose weight and boost your energy levels.
According to the Hormone Diet, you should follow a diet that comprises of the traditional Mediterranean diet and low glycemic foods. Your diet will include fruits and vegetables, nuts, flaxseed and chia seeds. Your protein should come from lean protein sources such as wild-caught fish, chicken breasts, and eggs. Also, include unsaturated oils and fats such as olive oil and avocado oil. Carbs should come from low glycemic foods such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and other wholesome foods. Also, the hormone diet recommends avoiding or cutting down the intake of caffeine, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, fried foods, alcohol, full-fat dairy, and saturated fats.
For the 2-week detox, you will stay off anything that contains alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy, sugar, and most oils for two weeks. You might want to get pH strips to determine the pH level of your body. You should also supplement multivitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3, magnesium, and calcium. This a good start but when it comes to detoxing there are many possibilities.
While following this diet you will also want to avoid these common gut health mistakes, in order to obtain maximum benefit
For most people, the Hormone Diet might be a bit difficult to adjust to because it forces you to cook your food. It also encourages you to substitute your coffee and soda for green tea and other beverages recommended in the Hormone Diet.
The diet is easy to follow, especially if you have been doing your cooking before adopting it. It encourages eating plenty of wholesome and organic foods. So you will need to go to the grocery store often and also cook more. It gets better if you can prep your meals over the weekend, so you have a ready supply whenever you are hungry. However, you may find it difficult to follow the Hormone Diet if cooking isn’t your thing.
Studies have also shown that eating adaptogens like holy basil and ashwagandha can help promote thyroid and adrenal gland functions. It’s also important to get enough sleep and watch out for certain medications that could be causing fluctuations in your hormone levels.
Medications such as corticosteroids, stimulants, rexinoids, glucocorticoids, dopamine agonists, statins and other variables can mess up your hormone levels. It’s important that you speak to your doctor about the side effects of any medication before using it. If there are natural alternatives, it will be better for you.
One other medication that most people don’t suspect is birth control pills. These medications are notorious for increasing estrogen levels. If you are on birth control pills and believe you are suffering from hormone imbalances, it’s advisable to consider not using them until things improve (per you and your doctor of course!)
Certain essential oils like those from fennel, clary sage, thyme, sandalwood, and lavender may also help detoxify the body naturally and improve hormone balance in the body. Add them to your bath water or use aromatherapy diffusers to enjoy their soothing fragrance and health-enhancing benefits.
For any new venture, it is important to stay motivated and keep the long-term goal in mind. Correcting the bodies hormones is one major part of the bodies health, but remember your reason why you are doing this. Without remembering the why behind our actions, they can become dull or difficult. Keep yourself motivated on this journey to health, if you are reading this I know that you are a dedicated, brave, open-minded individual so make sure that you remind yourself of your greatness often.
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