So often we use our physical appearance to assess our health.
Nothing wrong with that.
The outside absolutely reflects what's going on inside.
So, what is going on inside?
This week I'm exploring the Endocrine system. In case you haven’t studied physiology since high school, lets quickly review what the endocrine system is and why it’s important.
The endocrine system is made up of a series of glands that produce and send hormones which act as chemical messengers into the blood stream. Some hormones act on certain organs accelerating and or inhibiting reactions in the body. Other hormones react on all tissues of the body and can be linked to metabolism and growth as well as other functions.
While our bodies are machines and can adapt and withstand so much, our hormonal system is highly sensitive and can be disrupted by many a thing. According to Alicia Vitti, hormone balancing Goddess In 30 days we will come in to contact with more hormone disrupting chemicals than our grandparents did in their lifetime! Here’s just a few things that can throw off precious balance in the body….
- The BPA found in plastics
- Chemicals found in deodorants, skin products and nail polish
- Household Cleaning Products
- Flame retardants used on Furniture
- Stimulants like caffeine, sugar, processed foods and starch
Lets Look At Some Symptoms of an out of whack system:
1. Mood Swings
2. For Women Heavy, painful or irregular periods
3. In Men and Women a low sex drive
4. Not being able to sleep at night
5. Late night undeniable cravings for salts and sweets
7. Memory Fog
8. Tummy issues
9. Constant Fatigue
Not to worry, there are steps you can take RIGHT NOW to start to rebalance yourself! Here are some things to consider going forward as you discover a new found awareness of your endocrine system.
1. Clean up your diet! Leaving behind processed, sugary and starchy foods in place of whole and nutritious foods is the first thing you can do to re-set your body.
2. Replace refined vegetable oils with uncooked virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has many benefits such as:
- Balances thyroid function by promoting conversion of cholesterol to the building block of hormone production Pregnenolone.
- Contains Multi-chain Triglycerides (MCT) which help you maintain a healthy weight by increasing metabolism and energy levels.
- You can also replace most of your bath products with this Super Silky and Hydrating Oil.
3. Add dose of magnesium!
- Assists you in converting RNA to DNA, the building blocks of life.
- Helps the digestive tract absorb proteins and fats
- Precursor to the production of Serotonin aka happy juice
4. Change over your cleaning products and toiletries to the "All Natural" equivalent. Look for bath products Paraban free, deodorants with out aluminium and all natural toothpaste free of fluoride.
5. Lighten up on the caffeine intake. Constantly caffeinating up can cause your adrenal system to go bonkers. If you're a coffee-addict (like me) slowly lower your caffeine intake and then eventually cut it out or replace it with much more beneficial green tea.
6. Get enough sleep. Aim for 8 hours... no really, do it. Give your body plenty of time to repair and rejuvenate.
7. Restructure your work out to a hormone happy one. We all LOVE a good sweat and a challenging workout. Believe it or not, that high intensity sweat sesh can actually cause you to produce stress hormones. Light cardio and strength training is recommended for hormone health. If you do love yourhigh intensity work out routine, allow yourself time after to stretch, calm and re-set the body before you run off to your busy day.