Ladies, I know.
It’s not fair.
From the time we are teenagers–all the way until when our KIDS become teenagers–we are riding this crazy hormone roller coaster.
We’re yelling one minute and crying the next. We’re unhappy, the rest of the family is scared and confused, and we just can’t figure out how to level out. WHY is this happening?
As you may suspect… you’ve got a lot goin’ on in your body, sista.
At any given moment, your body is awash in some or all of these hormones:
- Thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3)
- Testosterone (yes, really—just a little bit)
That’s a lot, right? But our bodies are designed to be in balance–it’s the way they want to be!
There is a way you can take control of your hormones and stay less crazy.
(This is a good time to remind you that I’m not a doctor, and this is not medical advice. I’m sharing what has worked for me and LOTS of my friends. Carry on…)
How do you know if your hormones (or your daughter’s) are out of whack? Here are a few tell-tale symptoms:
- Unexplained weight gain or loss (i.e., not from changing your diet)
- Depression or anxiety
- Tummy troubles (bloating, poor digestion, or constipation, after menopause)
- Hair loss or thinning hair
Sounds a lot like motherhood? Yeah, I thought so too.
We think that the exhaustion…the hair loss…the depression…are just part of being a mom, and that there’s nothing we can do about it.
There are lots of things you can do about it.
If you go to the doctor with these symptoms, she might recommend a few different medicines: maybe synthetic hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, or thyroid medicine.
Unfortunately, she probably won’t tell you any natural ways to help calm unbalanced hormones.
There are several things you can do to bring your hormones back into balance. Yes, it will take longer than the 2 seconds that popping a pill will take. But it won’t have the lifelong side effects that some of those medications have, either.
Naturally Calm Your Hormones: Eat Healthy
Yes, you knew I was going to lead with this. Eat less packaged franken-foods and more healthy, whole foods. It is easy to do with a little planning–more on that at the end of this article.
A sneaky ingredient that you might not know is hurting you is vegetable oil. Our bodies cannot digest this processed chemical soup! The polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oil, margarine, and the like are unstable and oxidize easily.
You’ve heard everybody talking about antioxidants, yes? If you’re going to all the trouble to drink pomegranate juice and acai berry in the morning, don’t cancel their antioxidant benefits by putting Blue Bonnet on your bagel.
Instead of vegetable oil, canola oil, or margarine, use healthy fats like coconut oil—and YES—real butter. Learn more about why you should avoid vegetable oil here.
Naturally Calm Your Hormones: Boost Your Nutrition
I know what you’re saying to yourself: “What the heck! If I’m eating healthy, why do I need to take supplements too?”
Unfortunately, due to soil depletion, fruits and vegetables grown decades ago had many more nutrients than those we’re growing today. (source)
In fact, one study concluded that you’d have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as your grandparents would have gotten from one orange. UGH.
The quality of your supplements is important! You might recall that GNC, Walmart, and other retailers were under fire recently for selling fake or adulterated supplements. (source)
I have done lots of research and tried lots of vitamins over the years. Now I only use and recommend the Lifelong Vitality pack from doTERRA. Click here to download a PDF guide that explains the Lifelong Vitality pack in detail.
How does Lifelong Vitality help balance hormones?
It has three different components to help give us complete and balanced nutrition:
Short version: contains 22 essential vitamins and minerals.
Long version: I thought all vitamins were the same. You can get a bucket of vitamins at Costco for $12.99, right?!? I wasn’t sure what the difference could possibly be.
Once I started taking Lifelong Vitality, I FELT the difference. These vitamins are bioavailable, which means that they’re created in a way that your body can process and use (you won’t have bright yellow, smelly pee). For example: I no longer had the afternoon munchies, because my body had the nutrition it needed.
Short version: omega fatty acids without fish burps.
Long version: contains essential oils and a proprietary blend of marine and land-sourced omega fatty acids, which help support joint, cardiovascular, and brain health, and support healthy immune function. There’s also a vegan supplement if that’s your preference.
Short version: This is a cellular health and vitality blend.
Long version: Alpha CRS+ contains Ginkgo biloba, coenzyme Q10, turmeric, and more. I can’t use any diagnostic words, BUT those ingredients are used for healthy cellular immune function, mental clarity, and brain function. So think about situations when unhealthy cells multiply rapidly in the body…this is one way to help with that.
AND Alpha CRS+ increases energy. Because we always need more energy.
Did I mention that the Lifelong Vitality Pack has an empty bottle, money back guarantee? Take it for a month and if you don’t feel AMAZING, you can get your money back.
Naturally Calm Your Hormones: Essential Oils
Moms of teens, I know that getting your daughter to eat healthy and take vitamins is probably an uphill battle. But when painful cramps hit, you can come to her rescue with an essential oil blend made specifically for hormone balancing. SRSLY.
It’s called Clary Calm, and it’s an absolute lifesaver.
Clary Calm is a proprietary blend of essential oils created specifically for women. It comes ready to use, in a convenient roll-top bottle. Toss it in her purse or backpack, and she can apply it directly to her abdomen to relieve menstrual cramps (add a drop of Deep Blue, doTERRA’s natural pain-relieving oil, for extra help).
You and I can wear it daily as perfume (apply to wrists and behind ears) to help balance hormones and prevent hot flashes. It’s calming and cooling, so you can use it before that tough meeting or when you’ve been sitting outside on the soccer field for waaaay too long.
Naturally Calm Your Hormones: Get More Sleep
Easier said than done, right? But getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night is important for getting our bodies back on track.
Just as your period shows up on a regular cycle, the other hormones in your body are on a cycle too. For example, melatonin peaks in the middle of the night and decreases toward the morning.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, normally drops very low at night during sleep. However, if you’re anxious or keyed-up all day, your cortisol is out of whack. So you’re wired at night and tired during the day.
There are lots of things you can do to help get more sleep. There are herbs like ashwagandha that can help you to relax, for example. Do not take these while you’re at work!
Guided meditation or soothing music is another tool that can help bring calm and relaxation. I particularly like Steven Halpern’s instrumental music for relieving anxiety and helping with sleep. (I was introduced to him by the health center in college—as you may suspect, they see a lot of anxious people.)
Another thing that’s been helpful to me is trying to relax my Type-A tendencies a little. If there are dishes in the sink at bedtime, so what. Nobody ever died from having dishes in the sink. But if I stay up late washing them and don’t get enough sleep? All bets are off.
Naturally Calm Your Hormones: Let’s Get Started
Let’s get you (and your daughter) back on the path to good health, naturally.
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I’d be happy to chat with you about how the Lifelong Vitality Pack and Clary Calm can bring you back to being the mom you want to be. Seriously.
Click here to set up a free phone appointment and learn how to get a 25% discount on both the Lifelong Vitality Pack and essential oils to boost your family’s health.
Remember, you can try the Lifelong Vitality Pack completely risk-free. If you take it for a month and don’t feel amazing, you can get your money back.
Here’s more information from respected naturopath, Dr. Josh Axe, on the Lifelong Vitality Pack.
Are you ready to get off the hormone roller coaster?
You can do this–and your body will thank you!