Having your hormones balanced and in check is crucial for pursuing a pregnancy. It is necessary to have a regular menstrual cycle each month. There are so many factors that can throw off the hormonal system so I thought it was important to mention a few things. Proper nutrition is obviously the most critical part of what we put in our bodies. Eating organic full fat dairy, adequate nourishing fats (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, grass fed butter, etc.) and conscious choice of meat and poultry that have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics. A few foods reported to help with natural hormone balance is Golden Milk (see previous blog post and check out jahmu!), bone broth, hemp seeds, wild salmon and evening primrose oil.
Skip the plastic: many plastics contain endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA. Stick with glass or stainless steel for cooking and use a safe reusable water bottle.
For those of you who drink Sports drinks, protein powders and the like, please make sure none of these products contain DHEA - a very common additive in Sports Nutrition supplementation. DHEA is short for dehydroepiandrosterone and may cause side effects to other hormones. Hormonal Balance can also be affected by products applied to the skin. Most skin creams that are "anti-aging", "wrinkle free", "vanishing lines" and the like contain hormones. Men's products can also contain hormones and a couple that were apparently suggested was AXE and The Body Shop After Shave Balm. Be wary of what you apply to your skin; try to use only all natural ingredients.
Lastly Sleep ! Sleep is vitally important for hormone balance so make it a top priority to get adequate, restful slumber.
I hope everyone had a peaceful enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.