Cultivating your hormone health by using Energy Medicine Techniques combined with proper nutrition can boost energy, reduce insomnia, relieve depression, improve circulation, relieve muscle aches and assist in recovering from endocrine disorders.
A few basic steps you can take to improve your overall hormone health are:
Eating – Eat slowly and don’t rush through your meals. Allowing your body time to properly digest food reduces after-meal fatigue, boosts your immune system, and enables your endocrine system to properly process nutritional intake. Eating regular meals and snacks throughout your day will support your adrenal glands and will balance your blood sugar and cortisol levels as well.
Exercise – Regular exercise boosts the immune system, improves cardiovascular health, increases muscle mass and prevents bone loss. Stress reducing exercises such as the Daily Energy Medicine Routine, Yoga- Based Stretching, Qi Gong, or Tai Chi can also be beneficial for stress-reduction. Enjoying a walk in nature or along the beach helps us to stay healthy and happy. See the beauty of nature all around you. Watch a sunset, listen to the wind blow, smell the flowers, enjoy the birds.
Sleep – It is important to be asleep before 11pm as Triple Warmer energy is at its peak between 9 and 11pm. After 11pm, the body begins to run on adrenal reserves. Allow about eight hours of sleep per night in order to reduce stress and keep hormones balanced. A combination of stress and a lack of sleep may cause some of the glands to malfunction. If you are experiencing difficulties sleeping then Energy Medicine and Autogenic Relaxation are excellent for treating a variety of sleep problems.
Gratitude – Having a daily practice of gratitude, forgiveness, deep breathing, prayer or meditation will reduce stress, balance hormones, and bring more joy into your life. Smile and laugh as often as possible. Purge and release all negative emotions and just say NO when you have too much to do. Believe in yourself and avoid negative self-talk. Love your family and friends. Do the things you love and enjoy!
Nutritional Support for Adrenal Health
Eating meals and snacks that are made of fresh whole foods, preferably organic or locally grown, without colors, dyes, chemicals, preservatives or added hormones are best. To directly affect your endocrine system, make sure your diet includes these foods:
Salmon - provides your body with Omega-3 essential fatty acids as does ground Flax (linseed) both directly affect cognitive function, cellular function and kidney function.
Vegetables – eat plenty of vegetables and vegetable juices like spinach, chard, dark leafy greens, celery, zucchini, peppers, kelp, sprouts, green and black olives. Put a little zing in your cooking and eat all of the brightly colored ones (green, red, orange, yellow, or purple)
Fruits – papaya, mango, plums, pears, kiwi, apples, cherries, and berries are preferred. If you are dealing with adrenal fatigue and blood sugar problems, it is best to avoid fruits in the morning.
Sprouted Nuts and Seeds
Low-glycemic carbohydrates – brown rice, sprouted grains and winter squash.
Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil – is a beneficial saturated fat that can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Salts – many people with adrenal imbalances often crave salt and will tend to have low blood pressure. Don’t deny your craving, adding a good quality sea salt to your diet will help.
Garlic – Garlic boosts your immunity, increasing your ability to fight off infection, and helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Vitamin B’s – Directly influence the nervous system’s proper functioning and health and one’s physical and mental performance concerning the nervous system. Found in chicken, fish, eggs, grains, beans and nuts.
Vitamin C – Adrenal glands have a very high content of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). This vitamin helps stimulate adrenal glands into producing more of the disease fighting hormone cortin. A continued stressful environment depletes vitamin C reserves and increases the tendency for infection and disease. Good sources of vitamin C include apricots, strawberries, berries, green veggies, sweet peppers, and tomatoes