Looking for a starting point to start your gut healing and hormone balancing journey? Here are the top 20+ Recommendations that have worked for me:
- Going to a Naturopath: By going to a naturopath, I found a medical professional who I could discuss my feelings and symptoms with and who could guide me in the right direction. I chose a naturopath over a traditional western doctor because I wanted to get to the root cause and a different approach to the symptoms I’ve been having. It has made all of the difference. The biggest thing a Naturopath can do for you is support by getting the data of your lab tests, and getting down to a solution. You can be your own doctor to a certain extent, getting your hormones levels, and numbers from blood tests… etc will be the first step you want to take!
- Body Ecology Book & Protocol: This book has opened my eyes to the dynamic world of gut biome and how to eat food combinations to heal your gut. There is a 3 step plan to phase from full gut reset to back to normal.
- Acupuncture & Cupping: has helped me to relax, and turned my menstrual symptoms upside down. Balancing my stress levels, my period symptoms are non-existent.
- Supplements: this is where your Naturopath will come in to customize what nutrients you are lacking depending on what your body is lacking.
- Eating the right foods: food is medicine, therefore eating an anti-inflammation protocol and following the Body Ecology Protocol, helped get me to the next level of healing aka if you are just starting, I highly recommend ditching any processed foods. and turn to whole foods, gluten-free, dairy-free diet, with well-sourced meat and eggs.
- Sunshine & Nature: it’s easier said than done to get outside in the day to day busyness but sunshine literally gives you free vitamins and minerals that help to balance your system. Nature and getting close to the earth, which is also called “earthing” is a cure in itself. Research shows being in nature alone can boost your hormones & happiness numbers.
- Bone Broth: that is well sourced or homemade with good, organic ingredients, is filled to the brim with nourishment, vitamins, and minerals that are hard to get from the standard diet, even when eating organic & healthy foods.
- Fermented Foods: this one depends on your gut flora and your personal gut health. I personally made cultured vegetables and coconut kefir from the Body Ecology book, and protocol which is different from sauerkraut fermented with just salt.
- Herbs: I started working with Herbal Infusions, cycling out Oatstraw, Nettle, Red Clover, and Tulsi Basil. This was recommended from a Herbalist to me in the Instagram Community. I recommend getting your herbs from a trustworthy source. I prefer to source
mindfrom Mountain Rose Herbs.
- Being Sugar-Free: getting your blood sugar, in check is one of the first things you can do on your own, but make sure to use the right sweeteners, as they can have the opposite effect on your health than you want. I use pure stevia, such as this one. If you are just starting you can use dates, as a low glycemic choice too but definitely ditch anything cane sugar or white sugar related.
- Sauna, Massage, Movement: made a massive shift in my routine, as Estrogen Dominance can be caused by your hormone levels being recycled into your system over and over. Therefore you need to release them through the lymphatic system. This happens through sweat, movement, drying brushing, through the stool, or massage.
- Getting Enough Fiber: piggybacking on number 11, this one made the biggest difference in my life, getting in enough fiber! my favorite go-to’s are flax-seed, chia seeds, and red lentil pasta.
- Seed-Cycling: can be a very overwhelming step but to put it simply, you enjoy flax, and pumpkin seeds the first 1-13 days of your menstrual cycle to boost estrogen, and rotate them out for sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds days 14-28 this will naturally boost your progesterone levels.
- Switch from Plastic to Glass: is a game changer, getting rid of plastic and replacing with glass will not only help save mamma earth but it will also save you! Plastic can be a huge disruptor from the chemicals it leaches into our bloodstream and system.
- Going Caffeine Free: easing off of coffee could be a life-saver for your adrenals, in place you can make an herbal coffee latte, golden milk, or enjoy a matcha latte. Your adrenals work hand in hand with your thyroid which also communicates with your hormones and gut. 🙂
- Books: Women Code, Cooking for Hormone Balancing, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life.
- Living Life with Purpose and Passion: if this journey has taught me anything it is that life is too short, to not live a life that is true to you, when you start living in your own truth, you naturally become happier in your everyday life, and boosts your moods.
- Feeling my Feelings through Journaling: this can be really crucial and messy when I stopped eating sugar, I didn’t have a crutch to fall back on. I had to cry, I had to feel my anger, my built up rage. I had to feel all the uncomfortable feelings, that was underneath the habits of turning to food, or unhealthy habits.
- Meditation: staying calm is the puzzle piece to all of this, due to our stress levels being high, our body is always in fight or flight, you can meditate in any way that fits for you. Painting, reading, a gentle yoga class, I meditate anywhere from 10-20 minutes every morning using a guiding mediation. Tara Brach is my go to meditation teacher, she has an abundant library of free meditations.
- Having Support: finding support even deeper than your Naturopath, can be huge, finding friends who are on the same journey as you so you don’t feel alone. Talking about balancing your hormones is just now becoming the norm. Thank goodness! But some people will be on a different path and that’s okay too.
- Trust and Faith: as I didn’t really believe that I could be healed, I had no idea what it would look like. But I was open to the possibility of being possible. I’m still not fully healed but have come a very long way. It sounds cliche but it really is all about trusting the journey.
- Celery Juice: I was very skeptical of drinking the celery juice kool-aid, to my surprise, after a week of drinking over 16 oz every morning, it literally has transformed my gut health, and digestion aka as long as I am eating right no more constipation or IBS. I believe it is because it helped diversify the gut microbiome.
- Non-Toxic Products: this one is HUGE, ditch all of your store-bought cleansers, skincare, especially anything with artificial fragrance, this can also be a great place to start! My first non-toxic skincare is Treat Yourself.
What is Estrogen Dominance?
- Estrogen dominance is basically too much estrogen in comparison to progesterone levels. There’s no set number that proves estrogen dominance.
My gut health & hormone balancing story.
For the past year, I’ve been on a journey to heal my gut. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m always posting gut healthy sugar-free recipes, teas, moon milk, and desserts. I’ve gotten an overwhelmingly curious and positive response from the community so I decided to share some of my recommendations for what I’ve done and how you can incorporate them into your own life. It hasn’t always been an easy ride, to say the least, but I’ve come up with 20 recommendations that have helped me along the way and hopefully help you begin or enhance your own journey. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Hold on to your hats because we are about to get real close.
Birth: I have all the love for my Mother, but I was not breastfed. I was fed soy baby formula, which after studying gut health I’ve found where all gut health issues tend to begin. The beginning of life, imagine that? This is also not to judge anyone who might choose this route to feed their children, I’m just discussing personal experiences. I was raised in Madison, Wisconsin, the heart of the Midwest. I was far from raised on the land, I was raised on instant ramen, white rice and butter (my favorite meal), fast food (yup, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King…etc)
Childhood to Moon Cycle: Looking back I was always allergic to dairy but didn’t make the connection until my late college years. I got my period in middle school, and like most of us was never taught about which symptoms were good or back. Except for my Mother telling me you will most likely crave chocolate during my moon cycle, and boy was she right. I’m still a chocolate lover any time of the month.
College: When I was a junior in college, I was on MySpace, and watched a PETA video that someone posted. I always had a thing for skipping over the meat, and/or being very picky about the meat, so I decided to give the Vegan lifestyle a try. I quit eating meat at this time for a week. First going vegetarian, and second going vegan, and third “raw vegan” for another couple of years.
Adulthood: For about 10-12 years, I was meat-free, until I started my body started to shift. I started to let myself enjoy wild-caught fish for a few years before, eating any meat. I then found out I was severely anemic. I was craving red meat, and so ashamed of it. Then a good friend of mine took me to get pho. I only drank the broth of the beef pho, and it was everything I thought I had been missing.
To sum up, the point of this story is my whole life, despite what diet I was on, I always had digestive issues, ranging from bloating, IBS, constipation, stomach pains, crying fists, anxiety… etc.
My experience before and after going to a Naturopath
Back to the hormones. I started following The Body Ecology Protocol, thinking most of my digestive issues were from Candida. I was partly right. After about 6 months of driving myself crazy, diagnosing myself with literally everything on the planet, I finally went to a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and all he would tell me is “it’s your liver”. Without any explanation. He wouldn’t give me any other advice but to take my herbs and come back for acupuncture treatment. Which I still depend on, and am I huge advocate for, but I needed more of an explanation.
Still feeling frustrated, not knowing the issues, I finally saved up my money and went to a Naturopath and I am so so happy I did. Walking into my first appointment, he listened and laughed with me at all of my own diagnosis. I knew walking out with the test orders, I felt a huge release knowing I didn’t have to figure this out on my own. After testing my blood, we learned I was very low in B12 & ferritin. I had very low progesterone and very high estrogen. The first couple of months were really confusing and overwhelming
Be prepared to take a lot of tests, you will feel like a lab rat of sorts. He gave me a stool test in order to test if I had parasites or anything unusual. Luckily all we found is a had a very very low microbiome diversity, this can happen if you aren’t breastfed, or do not have a variety of probiotics and a diversified diet.
We had an ultrasound on my upper right abdomen, on my liver and gallbladder. Later to find out I have gallbladder polyps, one 5mm, and the other one 3mm. With this, he prescribed me an anti-inflammatory diet, with grass-fed and finished meat, turmeric, ginger, …etc. I am also on about 9-12 supplements per day, from my naturopath and from my Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor. It sounds like a lot, but I’ve noticed a dramatic difference and feel way better.
The biggest conclusion that the naturopath came to is that my liver and gallbladder were compromised due to birth control pills, in addition to estrogen dominance. I took birth contro for 7 years total, over 10 years ago. There is evidence mounting towards the side effects of gut health by taking these pills.
Now I know this journey is a blessing, one of an abundance, meaning it can actually be quite an investment to be able to afford all of this. With that said, I have invested my time and money into the tests, appointments, high-quality food, and supplements while sacrificing other things in order to afford it.
Why and where to go?
Why I went on the path to healing my hormones? I personally find it very important to heal your hormones, just surviving in this world on autopilot wasn’t an option for me anymore. I would end up in crying fits, my mind was filled with delusion, anxiety, depression, and had regular panic attacks. Now, depression can still come and go but at least now I have more tools, resources, and techniques. However, most importantly, my end game with trying to heal my gut and hormones is the happy side of this I WANT TO HAVE HEALTHY BABIES! 😀 (yes, a happy gut and hormones will help in this department, anywhere from fertility to the child’s immune system.
Where did I go?
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Do you have any hormone balancing recommendations? if so, comment below! I would love to hear them!