As we usher in the new year, January provides a unique opportunity for us to take centre stage in prioritising our hormonal health.
Understanding and supporting hormonal balance is essential for overall well-being, so in this blog, I’ll offer some practical tips to foster hormonal harmony in January and beyond.
Nutrition for Hormonal Balance
January invites a re-evaluation of dietary choices (although I don’t advocate setting harsh goals at this time, whilst we are wintering!). You might want to take a fresh look at how you are eating to harmonise your hormones. Incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals. Consider integrating flaxseeds, fatty fish, and leafy greens into your diet, as these can positively impact hormone production and regulation.
Movement for Hormonal Well-being
Engaging in regular physical activity is not only beneficial for overall health but also plays a crucial role in hormonal balance, especially in perimeno – if you have not exercised before now is definitely the time to start! Including strength training is perfect to support longevity and to harness the power of your muscle loving oestrogen, avoid this the week of your period and during your period. Gentle exercise such as yoga & walking in nature is best during this time and also helps to lower cortisol, the Queen Bee of hormones.
January is an opportune time to explore mind-body practices as we (hopefully!) hibernate away & slow down. Practices like yoga and meditation have been shown to regulate stress hormones and promote a sense of calm. Dedicate time each day to these activities to create a mindful and harmonious environment for your hormones – think Hygge -one can never have too many blankets to snuggle up in!!
Hormone-Friendly Sleep Habits
Adequate and restful sleep is paramount for hormonal balance – like you need me to tell you this! In January, focus on optimising your sleep environment and habits. Ensure a cool, dark room, limit exposure to screens before bedtime, and establish a consistent sleep schedule. These all help to support your circadian rhythm – vital so support your menstrual cycle!
Following the additional pressure of December, January can invite in a slower pace. Stress management techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness practices really bestow love on your adrenals.
Regular Hormonal Check-ups
Schedule consultations with healthcare providers to monitor and assess your hormonal health. Regular check-ups can include evaluations of thyroid function, reproductive hormones, and other key indicators such as liver function & gut health. Early detection of imbalances allows for timely interventions and personalised treatment plans. I am change my pricing structure in the Spring so if you are considering booking in with me for a full MOT, now is the time!
As January unfolds, let’s turn our attention to nurturing hormonal harmony, recognising its pivotal role in women’s overall health. By adopting a holistic approach that encompasses nutrition, movement, mindfulness, and regular check-ups, women can pave the way for a balanced and vibrant year ahead. January is not my preferred time for resolutions but a moment to honour and prioritise the intricate dance of hormones that contributes to the well-being of every woman is definitely something to consider!. Embrace the journey towards hormonal health and empower yourself for a fulfilling and balanced year.