Three ways to help your body find its homeostasis.
While life is a chaotic juggling act, it’s essential to look after your health. ‘If you don’t prioritise your own health you cannot be there for everyone else. Get up earlier, batch cook meals, stop being such a people pleaser, say no sometimes. Put yourself first,’ Angelique Panagos, a South African-born nutritional therapist in London advises.
Nurture your body with the food you eat. Feed yourself a balanced diet, with vegetables and fruit, pure proteins,
and good fats. Avoid processed and refined foods, sugars, and stimulants like caffeine and alcohol, which all play havoc on your endocrine system.
Make selective choices about the food you purchase too, opting for organic and grass-fed where possible to reduce the absorption of toxins, antibiotics and added hormones, which are often found in dairy and meat products.
Move your body. While no exercise is bad for you, the same can be said for overdoing it. Find the right type and amount that works for you.
Exercise lowers stress levels, and aids with weight loss if balanced with a good eating plan, and can help your hormones function correctly. Too much exercise and extreme eating disorders, like anorexia, lead to very low levels of fat in your body, making it difficult to produce the essential hormones in the first place.
Keep cortisol levels at bay by harmonising your lifestyle. If work and family life are stressful components, balance them with necessary time for yourself where you can find inner calm and quiet. Meditation, exercise, getting enough sleep and doing things that make you happy, including laughing, will all have a positive effect on your body.
For more information on how to tackle hormonal imbalances, see Angelique’s book The Balance Plan. Not just
a wealth of information, it also contains a four-week plan as well as recipes aimed at reducing hormonal imbalances.
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