Jutta Wohlrab shares her knowledge and experience with SLOAN! on how to balance your hormones the natural way…
In today’s ever increasing fast paced society there are a multitude of scenarios that can impact us and dictate how we feel.
As a female entrepreneur I understand too well the pressure of trying to run a business whilst juggling home life, friends, exercise, the list goes on. However over the years I’ve come to realise that there needs to be a healthy balance in order for me and my body to be able to deal with stress in an effective way.
One of the best ways of doing this is by understanding and balancing the various hormones that exist in the body and we can do this quite easily once we know how!
What are hormones?
Hormones are substances that are produced and secreted by one part of our body i.e.endocrine glands and they have an effect on another part of our body for example biological processes such as growth and metabolism.
Endocrine glands are ductless so they release the hormone directly into our blood stream to be carried where they are needed. Examples of endocrine glands that you may have come across include the thyroid, pancreas and the ovaries. The function of a hormone depends on where it is secreted for example thyroid hormones regulate the rate of cell metabolism; oestrogen produced in the ovaries helps with fluid levels in the body as well as being an important factor in our sexual development, and endorphins produced by the brain act as natural painkillers in the body and these are the feel good hormones that are secreted when we exercise.
Needless to say hormones are a pivotal part of our health and when unbalanced this can lead to a multitude of issues within our body’s systems.
What happens when we get stressed out?
When we get stressed out our body produces more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. These two hormones are designed to trigger our fight or flight reflexes which in essence alerts us to situations that may be dangerous. If you have ever had that nervous feeling before giving a big presentation and you may have felt like running away, this was your body triggering the fight or flight reflex. Now, In situations when there is real danger these hormones can be very effective however in today’s society our triggers tend to be more related to stress that we experience in our work, home life and relationships.
What happens is the brain thinks that you are constantly on the run for your life and it keeps producing adrenaline and cortisol which can cause sweating, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, burn out, low libido and emotional exhaustion.
As well as dealing with the effect of stress, environmental threats can also effect our hormones with an increasing amount of toxins found in our food, plastic bottles, cosmetics and in the air that we breathe. But fear not, you can start to rebalance your life by simply making a few small changes to your lifestyle that will benefit your overall health.
What can we do?
Changing your diet is one of the best ways to start rebalancing your body’s hormones. If you are someone who eats a lot of processed foods than I would recommend incorporating more fresh fruit, vegetable and if possible organic food into your diet.
Cutting out white flour, sugar, excess salt and trans fats will also help.
Periodically you can also detox your body with homeopathy, a detox cure or why not try Ayurveda ( an ancient Indian system of holistic health).
Hormone Yoga Therapy is a type of yoga practice that works specifically on the endocrine system and helps to bring balance to the body. It consists of a dynamic practice that combines rapid breathing techniques with 20 exercises and it can be completed in as little as 20 or 30 minutes.
Hormone Yoga Therapy can help alleviate menopausal symptoms like night sweats as well helping with low libido, insomnia, weight gain and dry skin. If practiced frequently it can help alleviate symptoms by almost 50% in the first month and it can be combined with other types of yoga, meditation, deep relaxation and physical exercise.
By starting small and making changes in your lifestyle you will see an increase in energy and your body will respond in a positive way. It’s about ensuring that you give yourself the time to ensure that your body is not in a constant state of stress but has the chance to relax and replenish.
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About Jutta Wohlrab
Jutta Wohlrab is an international miwdife with over 30 years experience of working with mothers and babies. She is the best selling author of ‘ Happy birthing Days’ which is a 3-step method that has helped hundreds of women and couples to have more choice and a better birthing experience on their big day. Jutta is a qualified Hypnobirthing and Hormone yoga instructor, pregnancy and post natal yoga teacher and NLP practitioner. As well as being an online birth educator (http://elementsofbirth.de/en/) Jutta is a regular speaker at various midwifery events globally.