Believe it or not, hormonal imbalances are somewhat the norm in African American communities. It’s why we have so many related problems — acne, obesity, fatigue, insomnia, PMS, infertility, PCOS, endometriosis and stomach fat that’s hard to get rid of. As soon as we hit puberty, these issues start and that’s because our hormones are starting to kick in.
But when they aren’t balanced, it can cause any number of these problems — for me, it was acne and oily skin. Whether you are witnessing symptoms like mood swings, poor bowel health or weight issues, you can do something about it by balancing out your hormones. So how does one go about doing that?
The role hormones play in your body
Before getting into how you can fix your hormones, it’s good to know what they do in the body. This could also help you to figure out which areas of the body are having problems, such as your adrenal or thyroid glands.
Your hormones are responsible for multiple functions, including growth and development, sexual function, metabolism, mood, energy and reproduction.
These hormones are created in your endocrine glands, which are groups of cells that release hormones throughout your system. The major players include thyroid, adrenal, pineal, pituitary, thymus glands and the pancreas. In the female body, the hormones are produced in the ovaries and in the male body, it’s produced in the testes (why it’s important to focus on improving the health of these areas as well).
When your body isn’t getting the right nutrients or is being filled with toxins, it can cause disruption or overproduction of certain hormones. For example, if you consume toxins that mimic certain hormones, such as estrogen, it can cause issues in your body when it tries to use that hormone in place of or in conjunction with the natural one.
What you can do to balance out your hormones
There are some things you’re gonna have to do and not do to help restore your body’s natural ability to balance and produce hormones. You don’t have to take any drugs or undergo any hormonal therapies because your body will do it on its own. All you need to do is eliminate the problems and start giving your body what it needs to do its job right.
Stay away from high omega-6 polyunsaturated fats
I can go into detail why you should, but in short, eating these type of fats can cause cellular mutations, clog arteries, cancerous skin growths, PCOS and endometriosis.
So where are these fats found? Inside of your peanut oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, shortening, margarine and other fats that have been chemically altered. Instead, you should consume olive oil and coconut oil. It’s also important to have a balance of omega 3s and 6s, like what you’ll find in hemp milk or protein powder.
Chuck out coffee and caffeinated teas
Some people believe that coffee is healthy and those who know better typically resort to what they think are healthier options — teas made up of caffeine.
There’s no greater caffeine — they’re all bad. So ditch the green tea and other caffeinated teas, which can cause all sorts of problems for your endocrine system, especially if you are consuming toxins, are stressed, pregnant or overweight. Instead, you should resort to herbal teas like lemongrass, red raspberry leaf (especially for women), lavender, pau d’ arco, moringa and chaga.