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  • Writer's pictureNatalia. Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutritionist

Understanding Your Hormones: A Simple Guide to Balance

Ever wondered how your body orchestrates its symphony of functions? Enter hormones—those chemical messengers masterfully coordinated by the endocrine system. These tiny powerhouses wield the ability to influence everything from mood to metabolism. They're like the directors of an orchestra, making sure everything plays in tune. So, what's the deal with these little power players?

Hormones 101: The Basics.

Imagine your body as a well-coordinated team, and hormones are the messengers that keep everyone on the same page. Glands, the special messengers' creators, work together in a network called the endocrine system.

The Good Guys: Progesterone and Thyroid Dominance.

In a healthy scenario, two hormones—progesterone and thyroid—take the lead. They dance gracefully when your liver is in top shape, your diet is balanced, and you're getting the right nutrients and calories.

Ingredients for a Healthy Dance:

  • A strong liver doing its detox job

  • A diet low in certain fats (bye-bye, vegetable oils)

  • Foods that your body loves to digest

  • A mix of easy-to-digest carbs and animal proteins

  • Enough calories and nutrients to keep the party going

  • Vitamin A, the unsung hero in this hormone tale

The Trouble-Maker: Estrogen Dominance.

Now, let's talk about estrogen dominance—the hormonal rebel causing chaos. This happens when your liver is struggling, your diet lacks quality animal proteins, and you're consuming too many of certain fats. The result? A hormonal imbalance that can mess with your health.

Stepping into Trouble:

  • A struggling liver

  • A low-protein diet

  • Too many specific fats

  • Low thyroid activity

  • Hard-to-digest foods

  • Slow-moving bowels

  • Not enough vitamin A

  • Hormone therapies with a touch of estrogen

Luckily, you can take steps to achieve a more harmonious hormonal system:

Avoiding the Toxin Tango: Keeping It Simple - To keep your hormonal party going smoothly, ditch processed foods, sugars, alcohol, caffeine, certain pharmaceuticals, and makeup or hair products with artificial fragrances.

Hormonal Warning Signs: Listen Up! - Your body has a language, and it's time to pay attention. Warning signs of estrogen dominance include changes in sex drive, headaches, mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, and more.

Finding Balance: A Simple Nutrition Plan - Ready for a balanced hormonal meal? Load up on fruits, veggies, good fats, and sustainable animal products. Keep things simple with natural personal care, beauty, and cleaning supplies. Don't forget to get enough rest and cut down on stress.

Nature's Helpers: Foods & Herbs - Certain foods and herbs help keep estrogen in check. Think citrus fruits, garlic, onions, healthy fats, and herbs like thyme and rosemary.

Closing Act: Keep It Simple and Wise.

Understanding your hormones doesn't have to be complicated. Whether you're embracing the good dance or avoiding the trouble, it starts with knowing your body's rhythm.

For more insights or a nutrition plan personalized just for you, reach out anytime! My Hormonal Reset Program is tailored to your own genetics and needs.

Your body's song is unique, and it's time to let it play in harmony.

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