You’ve tried every diet on the planet.
You’ve increased your workouts from 5 days a week to 6.
You’ve completely removed your one cheat meal a week because you feel like this might FINALLY be the reason why the scale isn’t budging….
How familiar does this sound?
As women and even as evolving human beings we tend to want to change things up when they aren’t working for us. Hoping this little “tweak” will do the trick and we will finally see abs.
But sometimes what you’re doing IS the right thing, and something else is going on: Hormone Imbalance.
You may be thinking to yourself, “no way, I’ve been on birth control for 10 years, I never have cramps, and my Gynecologist says I am just fine.”
Whether or not you are on birth control, so many environmental toxins, foods, and chemicals that are present in today’s world throw off our hormones whether or not we feel physical symptoms.
Unless you live on a farm, grow your own food, and have never put a chemical on top of your body (parabens are in almost every single cosmetic product) there is a very high chance your hormones are not balanced and toxins are to blame.
Here are some things that we absorb daily through food and environmental factors:
Pesticides (Non organic fruits and vegetables)
Growth hormones (dairy and even whey protein that isn’t organic or all natural)
Antibiotics (in ALL meats that are not organic)
Fungicides (in ALL fruits and vegetables that are not organic)
Preservatives (almost ALL packaged and processed foods)
Artificial coloring agents (cereals, flavored drinks, gum)
Rancid oils (canola and rapeseed oil)
Fungicides (plant spray)
GMO’s (ALL non organic foods)
Phthalates and plastics (perfumes, cosmetics, air fresheners, laundry detergents)
Endocrine disruptors (cosmetic products that are not natural)
Fluoride (ALL unnatural toothpastes)
Excessive dieting and exercise can also lead to imbalanced hormones which can all be reversed with a proper protocol.
What are some physical, mental and emotional symptoms of hormone imbalance?
Skin problems (acne, rosacea, psoriasis)
Inability to lose weight or unexplained weight gain
Intense PMS and cramping during your period
Very heavy periods
Spotting in-between periods (PCOS, Fibroids)
Low sex drive
Lack of energy
What can you do about this if you have one, or maybe all of these symptoms?
The first course of action is to begin to implement all natural products in your home. This means taking inventory of your kitchen, bathroom, shower, and even workplace to see what you may be unnecessarily putting on top or inside of your body.
Click HERE for the website of what ingredients are considered harmful to your body and are hiding in your products.
The next course of action is to REMOVE these from your body through detoxification. Remember that what you have built up has been layering and building for years, and unless you remove the toxins they will just sit and wreak havoc on your body.
Toxins are also held in our fat cells, so guess what happens when the toxins are released?
You’ve got it! The unwanted fat comes along with it. Goodbye, plateau.
Here are some other tips and tools you can do to balance your hormones:
Limit alcohol use which increases estrogen which at increased levels can be the reason you aren’t losing weight.
Incorporate maca root into your daily regimen which helps to balance hormones (always check with your doctor before taking new supplements if you are currently taking medications)
Eat only organic meats, fruits and vegetables.
Limit caffeine to 1-2 cups per day and skip the sugar.
Add in Omega-3 fatty acids and coconut oil daily.
Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night as sleep is vital for healthy and happy hormones.
Hormone imbalance is a very serious thing that not only affects your quality of life, but can have serious health implications later in life if not treated and addressed properly.
We all have ONE precious life, live it on purpose and feel amazing every single day.