4 Things that may be disrupting your hormones
- Not eating enough
“Eat less, move more…” “It’s all about energy balance…” It’s very common that overweight clients or clients wanting to lose weight are under-eating. This is typical because we’ve all read in a magazine, been taught in school, or just think with very simple logic opposed to understanding biochemistry that it’s calories in, calories out for the best results. After years of under nourishing, your metabolism “down regulates” to conserve nutrients and prepares for the long haul of lacking nutrition. This process is all controlled by your hormones and leads to weight gain and any number of additional long term health challenges.
- Lack of sleep
This is a big hormone disruptor. Sleep is the opportunity to heal, boost immunity, recover, rebuild, detox your brain, store memories, and who knows what else we haven’t figured out yet. Our culture and modern environment fails to place importance on the value of sleep. We are creatures of the sun and a healthy hormonal profile follows a circadian rhythm with the sun and moon. Laying in bed doesn’t count as sleeping. 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep is what counts. Each time you wake at night and flip on a light, the “hormonal” sleep timer starts back to zero.
- Blood sugar mis-management
When blood sugar is not managed properly with nutrition, organs must produce hormones to correct unhealthy (ie. dangerous) situations in an effort to save the organism (you). These amazing abilities work great in short term and “once in a while” situations seem to be harmless. But the daily, weekly, yearly ongoing habits destroy peoples’ health. Further exacerbating the hormonal disruption is a “snowballing” effect between blood sugar swings > (lead to) poor sleeping > poor nutrition cravings > hormonal disruption from overcorrection > poor sleeping > blood sugar swings > etc. etc. It’s a vicious circle many folks are stuck in.
- Poor emunctuary function
An excessive toxic load and absorbing exogenous hormones from the environment wrecks havoc on maintaining a healthy hormonal balance. Our bodies absorb massive quantities of environmental toxins everyday. Toxins from our foods, the air we breathe, skin “care” products, indoor lighting, carpet, beds, plastic bottles, negative thoughts, bad relationships…the list is long. It’s essential to support our detoxification (emunctory) pathways to allow us to off-load burdensome and harmful toxins. Exercise (breathing/sweating), meditation, limiting exposure to chemicals, dry skin brushing, clean water, healthy bowel movements, a smile, chewing nutrient dense foods, smelling your food while it cooks are all important practices to support proper hormonal balance.