Balancing Hormones #3- Daily changes continued

Last week we looked at the topics of; The foods we eat, stress and water. Continuing on with the daily changes we can make we will look at; Removal of toxins, water and physical activity.

4. Removal of toxins in your home

Toxins are all around us and are a relatively new aspect to our human way of living. Going back 50 years ago we didn’t have the same exposure to the chemicals and toxins that we have in our households now.

These chemicals and toxins can disrupt or hormonal system and lead to imbalances nad burden the body.

9 ways you can reduce toxins in your home:

  1. Eat organic food where possible and what your budget allows for. Organic food is more available now and plenty of farmers markets around the country. Non organic food is sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. If you can’t buy organic make sure you wash your fruit and veg.
  2. Avoid plastic which contain hormone disrupting chemicals – if you are using plastic make sure it states that it is BPA free
  3. Use a reusuable glass or metal water bottle
  4. Use non toxin cleaning products in the home (A follow up blog post will be done on homemade natural cleaning products.)
  5. Remove air fresheners and toxic scented candles, essential oils and water in an oil burner is a great way to create a scent or candles from Blumain Organic Skincare  are really nice and have a long burning time.
  6. Use some house plants to help cleanse the air such as, aloe vera, peace lily, money tree, spider plant.
  7. Use filtered tap water by using a jug filter or installing a filter into your water system
  8. Remove Teflon cooking wear to cast iron or non toxic ceramic. Teflon while it is great as a non stick surface, the chemicals used can make it hard for our bodies to remove.
  9. Use natural skincare products, you can make your own or choose natural alternatives or if you feel like treating yourself check out Blumain Organic Skincare

5. Water

Did you know that the human body is made up of approximately 70% of water? AND that we remove roughly 4 liters of water a day! Water is essential to life.

If the water that leaves our body everyday isn’t replace we can become dehydrated, feeling weak, tired, dizzy, headaches and lack of concentration.

I recommend that we aim to drink 2 litres of water a day. You can get water from filtered tap water, herbal teas and some fruit and veg contain water too. Limit tea and coffee to 1 cup a day as they are diuretics and cause you to urinate more.

6. Physical Activity and Exercise

There are many benefits to being active and scheduling in some physical activity. It helps to maintain a healthy weight, it can be used as part of a programme to loose weight or it can be used to help de stress and boost your mood.

If you want to balance your hormones I would suggest moderate physical activity is probably best as the body is already under stress.

regular exercise helps to balance your blood sugars, your hormones, boost your immune system, helps with your digestive functioning and boost your metabolism.

They are different forms of physical activity you can do

  • walking/jogging
  • weight training
  • swimming
  • yoga
  • pilates
  • hillwalking
  • cycling
  • fitness classes

Ideally you want to be physically active most days of the week for 30 minutes, while it can be easier to focus on cardio exercise such as walking or cycling, it is really important, especially for women that we do weight training / resistance training or strength training too.

Next week we will look at some of the more common hormonal imbalance conditions and how we can help rectify them.

Anita

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the information shared here is for informational purposes only and should not be taking as medical advise, I am not a doctor. If you have an ongoing complain, on medication, over weight, under weight or just unsure about making any changes to your current lifestyle, I would strongly advise you to speak to your GP and let them know of the changes that you intend on making. I always recommend to do your own research, follow up on anything you found interesting and make up your own mind on the changes you wish to implement. 

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