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Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Dr. Robyn Benson


Solve Your Hormonal Roller Coaster with the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method

It is more challenging now than ever for people to live well and with joy. Without any doubt, we are living in an increasingly toxic world. And not just the chemicals found in our food and water but also our 24/7 exposure to electrical pollution from cell phones, computers and indoor electricity.

Our high stress lifestyles and these toxic factors contribute significantly to hormonal imbalance with regard to a woman suffering from PMS, infertility, acute headaches, sleeplessness or severe depression. Your hormones are chemical messengers in your body which impact your ability to procreate, think, move, breath, eliminate and to make healthy lean muscle tissue, bone mass and so much more.

Correcting your adrenal and thyroid glands is the first and most important step to achieving hormonal well-being. Your adrenals are small, walnut-sized glands that secrete many essential hormones including estrogen, progesterone and the vilified hormone called cortisol (known to increase belly fat and keep you awake at night when you are out of balance). When balanced, these hormones help you sleep, experience good moods, and live a more stable, fun and fulfilled life.

A properly functioning thyroid that produces several hormones is responsible for the production of energy in every cell of your body and impacts all your organs as well. Correcting an underactive or overactive thyroid can solve many of your health problems and will lead to better overall hormonal health.

Hormonal health and well-being is big business these days, and it can be very challenging deciding which path to take. You have the choice to go on synthetic hormones or bio-identical hormones (mostly from nature). Herbs such as black cohosh, maca and dong qui, along with hundreds more, are an excellent alternative to prescription hormone replacement. These herbs help to balance estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

Also, be sure that your body has no vitamin or mineral deficiencies that could be contributing to a hormonal imbalance.

Follow these six simple self-care steps to ensure your natural hormonal bliss daily.

S-avor an organic, water-rich diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and colorful vegetables and spices. I fully agree with many of the experts that you will solve many of your hormonal issues by staying away from all processed foods.

I-mplement an exercise program that involves 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic and high intensity exercise at least 3 times per week. Consult with a fitness trainer if you need guidance.

M-editate at least 10 to 20 minutes a day to calm your nervous system, clear your mind, and empower your choices so you come from a more centered place.

P-lay often! Get away from your phones and post-it notes and let go of the demands of your life.

L-augh, love, and learn today more than you did yesterday.

E-ngage in healthy relationships with your friends, family, pets and community while living your passion and purpose. Healthy engagement naturally increases a wonderful feel-good hormone called oxytocin (the bonding hormone that is an antidote to stress).

And don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep. Chronic stress wreaks havoc on your body, your quality of sleep, and contributes significantly to aging. Strive for 8 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per tonight. Many of your hormones get replenished each night with sufficient rest.

See Event: Natural Hormone Balancing Class

About the Author

Dr. Robyn Benson, DOM, is at Santa Fe Soul Health and Healing Center located at 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East Bldg. 3, in Santa Fe. For more details, call 505-986-1089 or visit SantaFeSoul.com.

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