Are you tired of being sick and tired? Do constantly fight fatigue and sugar cravings?
Do you have difficulty falling and staying asleep?
These are all signs of hormone imbalances caused by chronic stress and high cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that helps our body deal with real and perceived threats, under normal conditions cortisol will rise and then, when the stressor is gone levels will drop.
There is a fragile balance that must be maintained to promote health and hormone balance. High levels of cortisol interfere with the normal function of the following hormones: ghrelin, leptin, melatonin, thyroid hormone, estrogen and insulin, just to name a few.
When you are chronically stressed due to lifestyle choices (sleep, poor diet, unmanaged stress and being sedentary) cortisol levels stay elevated and disrupt the action of other hormones.
It goes without saying that the journey to achieving balance and optimal wellness begins with the foods we use to nourish our bodies. Our diet is probably the biggest factor driving our physical and emotional health. We are proud to present the 2 week balance and reset meal guide written by Dr. Blessing of Earnest Holistic Health.
Dr. Blessing Anyatonwu D.C, M.S. is the founder of Earnest Holistic Health a nutrition and chiropractic practice in Austin, Texas. In her E-book, 6 Pillars to a Better Health, She educates women about the importance of self care, stress management, exercise, sleep and individual nutrition needs so they can get back to feeling vibrant and happy from day to day.
Dr. Anyatonwu shows women how to take control of their health by being proactive and in this 2 week reset and balance challenge, she shares a daily meal guide to jumpstart your wellness by helping you address:
People underestimate the importance of eating nourishing foods that give the body the vitamins, minerals, fiber and the antioxidants it needs to help the body recover after periods of stress and maintain good health.
Many people are living stressed out lives, their constantly on the run and attached to their phones. Taking time away from social media and electronics and finding more effective ways to manage stress is important in overall health and hormone balance.
During this 2 Week Healthy Hormone Challenge, the weekend is left open for you to step away from social media, go outside and unplug from the demands placed on you during the week.
Lack of sleep
Skipping out on sleep id not only bad for your health but it is a surefire way to throw you hormones off balance. This lead to increased feelings of anger, anxiety, irritability, inability to focus, forgetfulness and increased sugar cravings. Just losing 3 hours of sleep a night leads to increased and unwanted weight gain, high blood pressure, an increased risk of type II diabetes, heart attack, stroke, dementia and high cholesterol.
Living a sedentary lifestyle leads to an increased risk of chronic diseases, dementia, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Although this challenge focuses on nutrition, it is still important to fit exercise into your schedule by walking, taking the stairs and taking a fitness class with a friend. Exercise is a natural mood booster, it increases your quality of sleep, increases insulin sensitivity and decreases your risk of chronic disease.
This 2 week healthy hormone challenge focuses on food, but what we eat is just one part of having healthy hormones
The meals are full of foods that will nourish your body and provide it with the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy and manage the effects of stress. An important part of eating healthy is good digestion, without the ability to digest the nutrients and minerals from our food our bodies would be unable to get the energy it needs to function.
Drinking lemon water, water with ginger (or ginger tea) and peppermint tea helps stimulate digestion, decreasing gas production, and soothe digestive discomfort.
Magnesium is an important mineral that is needed for over 200 different reactions that take place in the body. This mineral helps the body manage stress by helping the body relax, most people who are stressed are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium helps the body deal with stress, it improves your quality of sleep and decreases muscle spasms.
In the challenge, you will get meal guide, a printable schedule and daily recipes with pictures.
Here’s how you can connect with Dr. Blessing.
Website : drblessing-a.com