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Hormonal imbalances are multi-factorial disorders, meaning they are caused by a combination of factors such as your diet, medical history, genetics, stress levels and exposure to toxins from your environment. Some of the major contributors to hormonal imbalances include: • Food allergies and gut issues: An expanding field of new research shows that your gut health plays a significant role in hormone regulation. If you have leaky gut syndrome or a lack of beneficial probiotic bacteria lining your intestinal wall, you are more susceptible to hormonal problems including diabetes and obesity. That's because inflammation usually stems from your gut and then impacts nearly every aspect of your health. • Being overweight or obese • High levels of inflammation caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle • Genetic susceptibility • Toxicity (exposure to pesticides, toxins, viruses, cigarettes, excessive alcohol and harmful chemicals) • High amount of stress, and a lack of enough sleep and rest 10 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally 1. Eat Healthy Fats (Including Virgin Coconut Oil and Avocados) Eating a variety of organic foods high in short, medium and long-chain fatty acids is key to keeping your hormones in check. Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, including saturated fat and cholesterol. Not only are these essential fats fundamental building blocks for hormone production, but they also keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. Four sources of anti-inflammatory, healthy fats include: virgin coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter and wild- caught salmon. Coconut oil uses are plentiful− for example virgin coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial and fat-burning effects. Avocado benefits include improving heart health, lowering inflammation, controlling your appetite and contributing to your daily intake of fiber and nutrients such as potassium. Salmon nutrition is also impressive: it's one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to lower inflammation and help with cognitive functions. 2. Supplement with Adaptogen Herbs Risk Factors & Causes of Hormonal Imbalances Abby's Magazine - Volume 5 Issue 2 | Page 11

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