Is your menstrual cycle long or totally unpredictable?
Are your PMS mood swings and food cravings making your friends run for the hills?
Let’s face it, women’s bodies are complicated! From the intense mood swings that accompany adolescence to symptoms of PMS and menopause, our hormones are constantly changing. Then there is the roller coaster of fertility – finding effective birth control that we can live with, waiting to achieve pregnancy, or infertility issues. Today, I’m going to share with you some simple things you can do to help balance your hormones no matter what flavor of hormone imbalance you might have.
The Brassica family includes: broccoli, kale, collards, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, turnips, cabbage (of course!), and many others. These delicious veggies are packed with other important nutrients that help with hormonal issues such as selenium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. In order to get the most out of these vegetables it’s best to steam or sauté them and include the liquid in your dishes as many nutrients end up in the water. Enjoy at least 2, 1/2 cup cooked servings daily.
These ground seeds can be added to smoothies, sprinkled on salads, cereals, veggies, yogurt, rice, quinoa – you name it. These seeds are good sources of fiber (and minerals), so include or drink at least 8 extra ounces of water when you eat the seeds to prevent constipation.
It’s best to grind the seeds fresh in a coffee grinder, however you may grind up to one week’s worth at a time and store in the freezer. Storing seeds for longer periods may result in the oils going bad. For best results continue seed cycling with every cycle, but at least give them a 3 month trial to start.
The great thing about all three of these recommendations is that they can help with more than hormone imbalances. They can improve your mood, digestion, and your overall health. If you find that these tips aren’t enough, you may be in need of professional advice. Lucky for you, Dr. Emerald Mansfield’s specialty is women’s health. She focuses on hormone imbalances especially during the childbearing years. Her approach is to support your body’s own ability to heal using natural therapies, including bodywork as a bridge between your emotions and your physical body. She would be happy to help you with your hormone issues. Call Heart Spring Health (503-956-9396) to schedule an appointment or a free 30-minute consultation to discover if Dr. Emerald is the right doctor to help you.