Last time, we summarized the effects of stress and toxicity on hormonal balance. Now, let’s discuss some practical solutions!
First, have your nervous system checked. This is your lifeline of communication between your brain and your body. If there is nerve disturbance, it’s like having static on your cell phone signal. The presence of nerve disturbance is a source of stress on your brain and your body. So schedule a chiropractic check-up!
Second, exercise to bring down your stress hormone level. Remember the “fight-or-flight” response? With vigorous exercise, you trick your brain into thinking that you have removed the source of your stress. The primitive, stress-handling part of the brain thinks that you’ve either neutralized the threat (fight) or run away from it as fast as your little legs can carry you (flight). Either way, the brain interprets exercise as changing our surroundings to keep us safe and sound. One hour per day is a good target, but if you can do 10-minute bursts of intense activity, that is also beneficial.
Third, choose anti-stress nutrition. Cut down on soda, sweets, white breads, and pasta while increasing fruits and vegetables. Kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and collard greens are powerful nutrition for the liver and can help estrogen-dominant women to properly break down estrogens. Choose grass-fed, free-range, and wild-caught meats and eggs. Plan whole-food meals as much as possible, and select organic produce. Eat breakfast every day, and include protein and fat at every meal or snack. Regarding fats, select nuts and seeds for their high mineral content. Cook, store, and reheat foods in stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, and glass; avoid plastics.
Fourth, switch to low-toxicity cleaning products. Natural foods stores carry safer products. Product lines like Melaleuca and Norwex are also effective. You can also clean using simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. A good rule of thumb: if you have to lock it up from your toddler, it probably shouldn’t be in your house.
Fifth, consider having your hormones measured if you are concerned about stress-related symptoms or hormonal imbalances. It is much easier for a natural health practitioner to help you if there are numbers to go by.
Sixth, you may benefit from using supplements to repair overburdened organs (adrenal glands, digestive tract, liver), or from undertaking a safe detoxification/purification program. The body has an amazing capability to heal, but sometimes it needs professional help. Find a natural health practitioner (e.g., chiropractor, naturopath) who works with detoxification and nutritional healing protocols.