Christmas is over and the new year is nearly upon us! It’s time to welcome 2019, maybe even with some new year’s resolutions.
I think everyone of us should have “To look after our hormone health” at the top of our list in 2019! It could just be the most important resolution you have ever made. Hormones rule our health and how well we feel on a daily basis. For starters, they play a huge role in our mood, energy levels, sex drive, weight and hunger levels.
Here are a few tips so you can achieve an amazing you:
1. Don’t be afraid of fat—but do be afraid of sugar.
Consuming fat is highly important when it comes to hormonal health and why sugar – especially added, processed, and refined sugars – should be avoided as much as possible.Insulin resistance causes hormonal imbalances that can affect fertility hormones and therefore contributes to poor reproductive health. While more and more people are warming up to the idea of fat, I still see many clients who are afraid that fat will make them fat. However, when it comes to fertility, fat is essential for healthy hormone production and also maintaining balanced blood sugar levels. So do not skimp on the avocado or fatty fish, which are high in omega 3 fatty acids.
2. Sleep deprivation can disrupt your menstrual cycle.
There are a variety of factors that can disrupt your menstrual cycle. When it comes to hormone health—sleep might just be No. 1 on the priority list. Most hormones are controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary—two organs that sit in our brains and rely on normal circadian rhythms. The advice is to sleep seven or eight hours a night and try to maintain a consistent sleep-wake schedule.
3. Pay close attention to toxins – they matter to your hormones.
Avoiding certain environmental toxins that can disrupt the endocrine system should be high on the list of priorities. Environmental pollutants are now known to play a significant role. Chemicals in our food, water, and homes can alter DNA and gene expression to change the way our cells develop, making tissues susceptible to cancer. Why not make one of your new year’s resolutions for 2019 to look into the benefits of switching to green beauty products? Understanding this link and protecting our hormone health can help us all prevent hormonal related cancer.
4. Hormonal shifts can put you at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
One theory as to why women are more susceptible to Alzheimer’s than men is that it’s less about the hormones themselves, but more about the dramatic changes in hormone levels a woman experiences throughout life. Regardless of the cause, taking care of your hormone health should be high on your priority list in 2019.
I just want to thank each and everyone of you for all your wonderful feedback and good wishes in 2018. It’s been an amazing year, not without its ups and downs of course, but it has brought many incredible opportunities and people into my life. Without Post Newspapers being such a gateway into many homes and businesses, a lot of these things would not have happened. So, thank you all.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. Remember – life is for thriving, not just surviving.