The root cause of depression, weight gain, low energy and anxiety is more often than not hormone imbalance. Many times these are the symptoms that motivate people to book a naturopathic consultation.
Simply put, the hormone imbalance rampant in our modern culture can be traced to digestive issues!
The Standard North American Diet (SNAD), though enticing and tasty with sugar and carbohydrates, creates a wasteland of toxins for our liver and lymphatic system. A liver overloaded by the SNAD eventually becomes exhausted and inflamed. You may experience difficulty waking in the morning, a dip in energy in the afternoon, exhaustion after meals, or cotton-candy brain fog – the symptoms are vast and individual.
An overburdened liver can also be directly related to emotional disturbances. You may find yourself increasingly frustrated by life’s little nuisances, or find it difficult to gather the energy to complete simple tasks. These can be some of the first indications that the engine of the body – the liver – needs to be flushed.
If you ignore the body’s warnings, watch out, because its messages will only become louder. Ultimately the message is simple: you need to improve your food choices!
When we make proper food choices we decrease the digestive pressure on the body, allowing it to naturally return itself to homeostasis. This is a state of balance where the cells in your body are able to manage the ratio of nutrients over toxins. For optimal hormonal health and wellbeing, the goal is to always be in homeostasis.
It’s all about Balance…
How is homeostasis, the state of graceful balance achieved? By following what Dr. Joel Fuhrman M.D. calls “a nutritarian lifestyle.” The simple equation to the nutritarian diet is:
Health Expectancy = Nutrients / Calories
Your health is predicted by your nutrient intake divided by your calorie intake.
Health is maintained through a surplus of nutrients in the body. Longevity is depleted through excessive caloric consumption. The wisdom of ancient China states that eating in this manner depletes our ability to preserve our youth. The Chinese warn that our life force, our “Chi” is finite, and that optimal health and longevity can only be achieved through homeostasis and a balanced endocrine system.
The goal is to stay focused when you make daily food choices. Since you are reading this, your inner guidance system is already pointing you in the right direction. Keep in mind; it is not about the intoxication of the feast, but rather the hunt for nutrients.
Here are five steps to balance hormones naturally through the nutritarian lifestyle:
If becoming a nutritarian overnight seems too tough at first, ease into it slowly. A great way to start is with juices; cold-pressed vegetable juices loaded with phytochemicals is a great way to start to rebalance your inner guidance system. Through this balance you will find the energy to take control of your emotions, and regain the drive to face life’s challenges head on.
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