1. Get more sleep.
Sleep is key to balancing hormones. When we are short on sleep our cortisol levels increase which in turn has a negative effect on a variety of hormones which regulate metabolism, menstruation and blood sugar levels throughout the day.
2. Reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens.
What we put on our bodies (i.e. lotions and potions) finds its way into our bloodstream. One rule of thumb to follow is, “if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your body.” This is because our skin is our largest organ, it absorbs and detoxifies throughout the day. Xenoestrogens are chemical and synthetic substances that disrupt your delicate endocrine system and have estrogen-like effects in the body.
Xenoestrogens are hard to avoid these days. They are found in almost all commercial beauty products, household cleaning products, fruits and vegetables sprayed with pesticides, plastics, and environmental toxins in the air and water we share. It can be overwhelming and seemingly useless to eliminate these chemicals, but by slowly by slowly we can remove them from our home environment. Begin by making simple switches- using coconut oil as a moisturizer and homemade vinegar based cleaning solutions. Its a win for you endocrine system, our common water system and the many generations that will follow.
3. Eat fertility foods and especially saturated fat! Woot woot!
Throughout time traditional societies have nourished their soon to be new mamas with sacred fertility foods which improved fertility and also led to healthier children. These foods include organ meats, oysters, fish eggs, cod liver oil and butter to name a few. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon is a great resources for learning more about foods which support fertility.
Modern science is beginning to catch up with the notion that saturated fat is not an artery clogger, but rather an important precursor to all steroid hormones including sex hormones. Our bodies need healthy sources of cholesterol found in saturated fat in order for to produce the hormones necessary for baby making! Cholesterol is found in every cell in the body and plays a key role in maintaining the integrity of each cell membrane. Healthy sources of saturated fat come from grass fed animal foods like whole milk dairy, butter and cheese.