Have you noticed that there’s a lot of talk about hormones and fertility lately? It seems like every other girl I talk to is dealing with PCOS, Endometriosis, infertility, or some other form of hormonal imbalance. I’m certain that part of the reason for this is that people are starting to feel more comfortable talking openly about their menstrual health (thank goodness), but I also believe that we are facing a hormonal crisis. So, what the heck is going on?
Here’s the gist:
- We are exposed to more chemicals than ever now. Think: BPA + Phthalates.
- We are exposed to pesticides that are used to kill unwanted organisms in crops, public areas, homes and gardens.
- We experience stress longer. It’s no longer the quick sprint away from the tiger – it’s constant stress/adrenaline rush from day-to-day responsibilities.
- Food no longer has the nutritional value that it used to. Think about all of the packaged food available + how much of it contains sugar + other nasties as fillers.
- We are working longer hours, therefore sitting longer and not getting enough exercise.
- We are indoors for the most part + not getting natural sunlight. In fact, we tend to expose ourselves to more artificial light.
- We are no longer rising with the sun and sleeping with the moon. Our circadian rhythms are confused + we’re losing one of the most critical components to good health: sleep.
So what can we do?
This is the burning question. There’s a lot that needs to be changed in our world, the way we work, the regulation around chemicals, the food industry, etc. However, the first place we can start is with ourselves, and we can actually make significant changes on our own. I always like to bring my clients back to the basics. We actually have so many free resources right at our finger tips, so let’s talk about those things first:
- Get outside and expose yourself to natural sunlight every day
- Go for daily walks and move your body for at least 30 min a day
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store (where the produce and fresh food is located)
- Get to bed early and get at least 8 to 9 of sleep every night
- Put your self-care first no matter what by making it a non-negotiable
- Cook more meals at home and make it fun by putting on some music
Health doesn’t have to be complicated, and it actually can be really enjoyable. Once we begin to shift our beliefs and begin to truly believe we have the ability to positively impact our health, that’s when the real change starts happening. We can only control the things in our own environment, so focus on you and watch the ripple effect happen in your community.
I want to hear from you! What tip are you going to implement first? What free and natural resources are you using to make changes in your own health? Share in the comments below or come hang out with me on Instagram! I love getting to know you girls. xo
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