Does any of this sound familiar?
+ My libido is low (or non existent), but didn’t used to be that way…
+ I’ve put on some weight
+ My skin is angry and inflamed
+ I’m so tired and I crash in the middle of the day
+ I feel irritable, anxious, and/or stressed
+ My sweat has become embarassing
+ Food cravings get the best of me
If yes, then you likely have some sort of hormonal imbalance.
This month’s Healing Circle is all about hormones and balance in your life!
Before I tell you more about this month’s materials, here are THREE (lesser known) ways to balance your hormones:
1. Eat your carrots! I just recently learned this from the Empowered Sustenance blog and am really excited to try it out. We always keep raw organic carrots in the fridge for dog treats. Looks like my dog is going to have to start sharing! 😉 Raw carrots contain a unique fiber that helps detox excess estrogen from the body (1). Several women who suffered from premenstrual symptoms, including migraine, had their serum estrogen measured before and after the “carrot diet,” and they found that the carrot lowered their estrogen within a few days, as it relieved their symptoms (2). The carrot salad improves the ratio of progesterone to estrogen and cortisol, and so is as appropriate for epilepsy as for premenstrual syndrome, insomnia, or arthritis (3).
2. Bye, bye hormonal birth control. Okay, this might be more obvious, but birth control methods such as the pill create hormonal havoc in your body. They create nutritional deficiencies and mess with your gut bacteria balance. It can take YEARS to balance your hormones after long term use of hormonal birth control (trust me, I went through it). Fortunately, more non-hormonal methods are being created for women like us who are ready to ditch the pill. I love Daysy, a cute handheld fertility computer that syncs up to your phone to plan or prevent pregnancy.
3. Load up on cruciferous veggies! Cruciferous vegetables include:
These all contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which is metabolized in the body to produce diindolylmethane (DIM). Both of these substances help modulate estrogens and have been shown to have some anti-cancer effects, particularly for breast cancer (1). Bonus: A high consumption of cruciferous vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of cancer (4).
Want to learn more?
Join The Healing Circle before the month is over (only $11)!
The month of May includes:
+ Yin yoga for hormonal balance
+ Video lesson on how to balance hormones
+ Workbook on creating balance
+ Meditation for balance
+ List of endocrine disrupters
+ Additional hormone balancing resources
+ Foods for hormonal balance
+ Hormone balance quiz
+ Essential oils for hormone balance
+ Love note mailed to you with a mantra!