What You Need to Know About Hormonal Balance and CBD oil
We often hear that we need to balance hormones and that hormonal health is very important, but what are hormones and why balancing them is so important?
Hormones are chemical messengers that tell organs and cells throughout the body what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. There are over 50 known hormones that are responsible for thousands of bodily processes. Hormones work together and if you change one hormone the rest get influenced - similar to a domino effect. Hormones are made all over our body, some in organs such as pancreas and ovaries, some in glands such as pituitary or thyroid gland, and some in cells such fat cells.
We should never underestimate the importance of hormones and the powerful influence they have on our body especially when we talk about metabolism, mood, sleep, pain, and stress.
If you think you don’t get affected much by hormones because you don’t have PMS, let me convince you otherwise. Do you feel sleepy? That’s due to a hormone melatonin. Do you feel awake and energized? That’s due to a hormone cortisol. Do you feel hungry? That’s due to a hormone ghrelin. Do you feel full? That’s due to a hormone leptin. Do you feel happy or depressed? That’s also a hormone serotonin.
So most of your “natural” every day feelings and processes are simply due to hormones. And we aren’t even talking about hormones you don’t feel working like the ones that affect immune system, cardiovascular system, metabolism, digestion and many more.
Are you convinced yet that we want to have balanced hormones?
So, how do we balance hormones naturally?
Well, it’s simple and hard at the same time. Since there are so many hormones, it is important to live a holistically healthy lifestyle, however simple steps can make a huge difference.
Remember how I’ve mentioned that if you influence one hormone the rest get influenced? There are a few hormones we influence the most with our lifestyle, so if we learn how to balance them, we will be on the right track to the perfect hormonal health!
Many hormones work in duos, if one is high another one has to be low and visa versa, which means when we are trying to achieve a balance we need to work with both of them.
Let’s look at the ones we can bring into balance with our lifestyle the most:
1. Cortisol & Melatonin
Cortisol is a stress hormone and melatonin is a sleep hormone. Cortisol is the highest an hour after waking up and it lowers by the evening so melatonin can go up and make you sleep. If you are feeling stressed out during the day, you won’t be able to sleep at night. You will also have energy crushes since cortisol is responsible for energy production, as well as immune system, digestive system and cardiovascular system functions. You can balance both hormones if you:
Avoid drinking coffee past noon and don’t eat chocolate or sugar after 6pm.
Improve your sleep hygiene - go to bed at the same time, no computers or cell phones in bed, take CBD oil 30 minutes prior to sleep time.
Manage stress by meditating, doing breathing exercising, not drinking too much coffee and taking CBD oil.
Find if you have food sensitivities or allergies, they might be causing your body stress and you might not be aware of it.
2. Insulin & Glucagon
Insulin is a hormone that helps cells absorb sugar thus lowering blood sugar level and glucagon is the hormone that helps liver release glucose into the blood thus raising blood sugar level. Consuming sugar spikes insulin, making you feel more energetic at first but causing energy and mood swings after. Since you need your blood glucose to be at a consistent level at all times glucagon makes sure to burn stored energy like glycogen and fat for energy.
It is simple to balance these two hormones by:
Limiting sugar intake.
Avoiding sugar and simple carbs especially in the morning, so no cereal, bagels, quick oats, muffins, etc.
Adding protein, fibre or/and fat if you are consuming simple carbs or sugars.
Not overeating before going to bed.
Balanced insulin and glucagon will give you steady energy levels, will prevent mood swings and inflammation.
3. Estrogen & Testosterone
Estrogen is considered to be a female hormone and testosterone a male hormone, while in reality everyone has a combination of both estrogen and testosterone. Too much estrogen and not enough testosterone can lead to weight gain, muscle and bone wasting, cardiovascular problems and increased risks of certain cancers. We want to make sure we, as women, focus on increasing our testosterone levels while lowering estrogen by:
Exercising, especially resistant training.
Avoiding sugars, simple carbs and beer, since they lower testosterone.
Avoid eating food from plastic.
Choose hormone-free meats and animal products only.
Balanced estrogen and testosterone will help you build muscles and burn extra body fat, as well as it will lower your risk for cardiovascular diseases.
4. Ghrelin and Leptin
Ghrelin is a hunger hormone and leptin is a satiety hormone. Imbalances will make you hungry all the time and/or cause inability to feel full. Best ways to balance them are:
Sleep at least 7 hours at night.
Don’t overeat (that causes imbalances in your satiety hormone).
When you get hungry eat high protein low sugar snack.
Try intermittent fasting and use CBD oil to help you control appetite.
Balanced ghrelin and leptin will help feel full when you have eaten enough and help you only feel hunger when it is time to eat.
Hormones are very complex, but you can help balance them by easily implementing a few lifestyle changes:
Avoid sugar, simple carbs and caffeine.
Take CBD oil throughout the day and before going to bed.
Sleep 7-8 hours at night.
Consume healthy fats and proteins, since hormones are made from them.
Exercise your body and your mind (mindfulness) regularly.
A few easy changes can have a massive impact on your health long run.