Can the Emotional Roller-Coaster be eliminated?
Understanding what is happening in your blood stream on a daily basis, sheds useful perspective on your moods. Your hormones are like little messenger that run up and down your blood lines, they tell other glands which hormones to secrete and when. If you are a woman you may have noticed that this constant cycle of hormone run-around can cause you to feel on top of the world one day and completely useless the next. It can be exhausting especially if there is an imbalance.
I’m giving you these 5 Key’s for healthy Hormones so that you can start to feel like you have a handle on your hormones instead feeling like they have a handle you.
If you were to put a red star on your good days and a blue star on your bad days month after month you will likely notice a pattern. You will probably notice that blue stars tend to stack up right before you get your period. Interestingly this is also the time that your progesterone levels are high. Another time you might notice some blue star days is right after you ovulate, which corresponds with a big drop in estrogen.
I actually started doing this years ago to show my boyfriend at the time that my ups and downs had a pattern and that the pattern corresponded with my cycle. He had to see it to understand it. Now I ask my patients in my Holistic Wellness Practice to do the same. This allows them to experience a deeper connection with their bodies and emotions. They can easily see how the emotional state is connected to the physical state.
Start your own star calendar! This is a fun way to begin the journey of understanding your hormones. I recommend you use red for happy days, yellow for medium days (neither hear nor there), green from low mood days and blue for days you’d rather stay in bed.
Every woman has different levels of good and bad days and as you start to watch this with your stars you may notice that you have less and less blue star days as the months progress. Simply by paying attention to your cycle you can change it.
Create time and space to pay attention to your body!
Your hormones are a sensitive system. So just as much as it will improve with awareness, it will get worse with neglect. One of the main reasons we neglect to tune into our bodies is because we are too busy. This “too busy” state translates to stress in the body. Stress can reek havoc on your endocrine system.
Nutrition is of the utmost importance! It is interesting to take notes on what you put into your body and how you feel. You may want to keep a food diary for 3 days. Simply make 3 columns, one fore the date, one for what you eat and one for how you 10-29 min after you eat. It is especially useful to do this practice 3 days before you bleed. You will notice that if you have more stimulants and sugar the days leading up to your period your period will elicit more severe symptoms.
Eliminate sugar! And not just refined white sugar, but everything that turns to sugar as soon as it hits your blood stream, like bread, pasta, and alcohol. Research show that your daily carbohydrate intake should be 60 grams or less, not including vegetables, but it does include fruit.
Many adults are consuming upward of 3,000 grams each day, which causes insulin resistance over time leading to a staggering statistic, which is that by age 65 77% of adults will be diabetic or pre-diabetic. The pancreas, which pumps insulin into your blood stream every time you take in carbohydrates, is one of the major glades in your endocrine system. Balanced blood sugar supports a balanced hormonal system.
Take supplements! There are so many wonderful herbs and supplements that support a healthy hormonal system.
We need this extra support simply because we don’t get enough nutrition in our food, due to soil damage.
Here are a handful of the supplements I give to my patients and clients:
Chaste Tree - Can be taken all month long by women and men. It supports the LH surge responsible for ovulation, so very important to those who want to impregnate.
Dong Gui – Can be taken all month long, or right before during and after your period. An essential herb for cleaning and augmenting the menstrual cycle, can also help clear pain from blood stagnation.
Pituitrophin PMG – This is a protomorphagen which is the nucleic acid from the nucleus of the glad of the Pituitary, which is responsible for telling the hypothalamus what to do.
Hypothalamus PMG – helps to repair the Hypothalamus, which tells is responsible for orchestrating the rest of your endocrine system.
There are many more supports you can implement to create a well-balanced and healthy hormone system for yourself. It is not difficult and if fact it is fun to see the results in your body, your emotions and the way you feel in the world around you.
Find yourself some guidance, either myself or another acupuncturist or functional medicine expert in your area to help you feel like you are on top of the world!