Diet, lack of sleep, and stress-filled lifestyles can very easily wreak havoc on our hormones in multiple ways. Stress can lead to chemical changes in our bodies, and can divert blood away from organs, included those associated with the digestive and reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to offset the effects of stress on reproductive hormones and to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. Research has shown that acupuncture can alter the levels of many of the sex hormones. In conjunction with Chinese herbs, it can help your body to regain hormonal balance.
How You Can Help Yourself:
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, mustard greens, kale, and the like contain a phytonutrient called diindolylmethane (DIM), which helps us to metabolize estrogen better.
- That means that cruciferous veggies help combat the estrogen dominance that can lead to everything from PMS to irregular periods or menstrual cramps.