Balancing our hormones…naturally!

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Musings, online teachings

My top tips for hormone balancing…whether you’re in perimenopause or generally out of balance- these tips will help support coming into balance….hormone imbalance can effect us in so many ways….

* digestion challenges (bloat, constipation, etc)

* PMS or PMDD
* Infertility
* PCOS

* difficulty gaining muscle or losing weight

* breast implant illness
* Endometriosis
* Fibroids

* thyroid disease
* adrenal insufficiency
* chronic fatigue
* Estrogen dominance
* painful periods
* irritability (aka ‘inner b*tch) * acne & skin issues
* depression

So what can we do?

DETOX & Look After Our Health

Most of our hormone imbalance comes from over exposure to estrogens- they are everywhere, in our plastics, foods, water, products we use on our body, products we clean our home with…and STRESS causes over production…so we need to detox.

Consider all the above…are you eating clean, filtering your water, using natural body products, natural cleaning products…and are you stressed? For many of us this might feel like a big list to change, so start slowly, ease in to only buying organic food, invest in a good water filter, replace shampoos, face creams, bathroom products with natural ones- even better make your own or find a local producer you can support who makes them (personally I use coconut oil for everything!! yes even toothpaste!) , buy the green cleaning products from the super market and find ways to relax with self care practices- yoga, walks, breath work, a foot bath…just do nothing for a while!

Honestly, its time we all took our health into our own hands and changed our lives for the better….

Below I’ve got 3 recipes for supporting you to detox….first you need to ditch the above and think about daily detoxing- cut out the caffiene (replace with a smoothie), ditch the sugar, the processed foods…support your womb and liver with a womb and liver pack.

Hormone support smoothies

1⁄2 cup of Organic coconut yogurt
1⁄2 cup nut milk of choice
Leaves of 2-3 kale leaves

1-2 handfuls of spinach

1⁄2 medium avocado
1 small banana (or 1⁄2 large one)

1 tblpoon of hemp seeds
1 date (or anything else you want to sweeten it with- Stevia /honey/ agave)
Flavor with herbs such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.

Blend and enjoy

Liver Support

1 Apple

Half a lemon

a thumb of ginger

1 garlic clove

1 tbspoon olive oil

add water to thin, blend and enjoy. Drink at least once a week to support the liver.

Hormone Balance smoothie to replace caffiene

I buy all my ingredients from Detox Trading

Raw Cacao

Ashwagandha Powder
Shatavari Powder
Reishi Powder
Chaga Powder
Ginseng Powder
Spirulina Powder
Gotu Kola Powder
Lacuma Powder
Nettle tea (blended to a powder)
Spirulina Powder

I buy all these, mix them (about 3 tablespoons of each) into a kilner jar and each morning spoon a tablespoon into some nut mylk and make a paste, slowly add hot water (or use a blender), add some sweetness to taste and maybe a spoon of coconut oil or stir in some MTC oil (good for the brain)
This a is nutrient dense, medicinal cocoa for the woman on the go!

Look after your Gut- we all know that gut health is vital! So my gut health tips….

Only eat real food- food that nature produces….. Processed food, artificial flavouring, preservatives can cause bloating.

Eat only when you’re truly hungry. Snacking and eating too frequently (less than 4 hours apart) can cause bloat.

Try Probiotics and digestive enzymes to help break down food. By the time we’re 40, we make about half the enzymes that we produced when we were younger. Switch brands now and again to get a new set of cultures inside you- also eat things like Kimchi, Saeukraut, kefir, homemade coconut yogurts.

Drink BEFORE your meal…have a large cup of water while you cook…not while you eat!  Water dilutes your digestive arsenal, causing undigested food that feeds bacteria and causes bloating and gas.

Start with FRUIT. Eat fruit separately from protein and starches. Fruits are easier to digest before a meal. This helps prevent the fermentation and gas that can occur when combining fruit with protein and fat-dense meals.

Watch how your body reacts to dairy and wheat/flour (gluten). Most of us cannot tolerate dairy and wheat, and really dairy is designed for babies…time to grow up! Replace with creamy oat or nut mylks.

CUT OUT, or at least lower sugar intake, use dates, honey, agave, stevia to sweeten foods…..or maybe you are sweet enough?  Other things to avoid: wine, high-sugar alcohol, sports drinks, BBQ sauce, frappy-mocha-caramely coffee, fruit juice….look out for hidden sugars!

Exercise….yoga, rebounder, pilates…vigourous walking….whatever works for you!

Consider what you put on your skin- Your skin eats everything you put on it!

Within 1 minute 70% of what is on your skin goes into your blood stream, toxifying your liver, entering the ovaries and breasts and fat cells. If you think skin cancer is JUST from the sun, think again. We’ve been lied to. The MAIN perpetrator of cancers (primerily skin cancers) are cosmetics, chemical products and sunscreens.

So lastly- deep cleansing is required...because we live in a polluted world! Which means regular liver drinks, juicing, water cleansing, liver packs and ENEMAS!!

Yes, I know no one wants to talk about enemas….but it’s needed! Even before my hormone balancing and cancer healing journey I was doing Dark Moon cleanses and enemas– they are easy once you get the hang of them….so go on, give it a try!

See my other posts for tips on essentail oils, supplements  herbs etc

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