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If you are a woman, then you have probably felt the wicked side effects of wacky hormones. The changes that woman go through during life can really take a toll on our endocrine systems. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, having a period and weaning from breastfeeding are just a few ways women experience significant hormonal changes.
A lot of our emotions and outlook on life is linked to these changing hormones. I know for me, I get especially weepy during my monthly cycle. I can chalk it up to hormones! However, there has to be a way for us moms to increase our happy hormones.
Doing this would be advantageous to us and our families and help us live the best lives possible. So here are ways moms can increase their happy hormones.
What Are Happy Hormones?
Happy hormones are hormones responsible for helping us feel our best.
Oxytocin, the hormone of love and social connection, helps you bond and create meaningful relationships.
Testosterone gives you vitality and confidence and revs your sex drive. Rawr!
Progesterone acts as nature’s Valium to keep you calm.
Thyroid hormone boosts your metabolism and keeps you svelte.
Cortisol triggers the fight-or-flight response to help you handle a life-threatening crisis.
Leptin tells you when to put down the fork or wine glass. Hello, self-control!
Estrogen strengthens your bones and gives you clear skin.Source
All of these happy hormones work together to create balance in our minds and bodies.
Signs That Your Hormones Are Out-of-Whack
- Persistent Weight Gain
- Anxiety, Depression, and Irritability
- Dry Flaky Skin
- Irregular Digestion
- Food Cravings
- Low Libido
- Unexplained Weight Gain
- Hair loss
Ways To Increase Your Happy Hormones
Lift Heavy Weights
I’m a big fan of heavy lifting. After having my son I suffered from horrible postpartum depression. I started heavy lifting and I started feeling better. “Men and women can both benefit from a surge in hormone production if they focus on lifting heavier weights with fewer repetitions, versus lifting lighter weights with more repetitions. A study conducted at the University of Connecticut at Storrs found that women who underwent six months of intense strength training and aerobic exercise produced more hormones than women who insisted on performing low-intensity strength training. Just make sure you use proper form when lifting to reduce the risk of injury”. Source
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Get Enough Sleep
Yes, I know mom it is impossible. I have three kids so I understand. However, having a strict sleep scheduled has allowed me to make sure I get enough sleep. I make sure to put my kids to bed at an early time, that way I have time to unwind and get to bed at a decent hour.
Block out Bluelight
I also use a red-screen filter on my phone. You can also use glasses. These filters and glasses help block out the blue light emitted from our electronic devices (which disrupts our sleep).
Balance Gut Health
Maintaining a healthy gut bacteria can help increase happy hormones. You can do certain things to help support healthy gut flora. Here are just a few ways.
- Cut down on white food (sugar, white bread, pasta, and dairy)
- Eat fermented food
- Take a quality probiotic
Eat Healthy Fat
Essential fats help create hormones and are the building blocks for hormone production. Healthy fats can also keep inflammation low, support metabolism, and help with weights loss.
The following foods include healthy fats:
- grass-fed butter
- coconut oil
- wild caught salmon
- flax seeds
- chia seeds
Improving Quality Of Life
My main goal for balancing my hormones is so that I can have a better quality of life. I like feeling balanced for myself and my family. I hope that this list helps you as well.