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How Getting Your Daily Dose of Greens Can Help Balance Your Hormones
Getting your greens in each day can feel like a chore in and of itself.
Read on to get the super simple solution and all the juicy benefits...
Let’s be honest, the last thing on your mind each day is spinach, broccoli, and kale.
There are quite a few other priorities that trump leafy greens: Make sure the kids or grandkids eat their veggies. Take the dog for a walk. Water the houseplants. Do laundry. Volunteer. The list goes on and on and on—for about 16 hours (and that’s if you’re getting a good 8 hours of sleep).
When there are a thousand other things to care for, you end up taking the brunt of it. That’s why we’ve created a super simple solution to keep you healthy and hormonally balanced—even while you’re on the go.
Read on to find out so that you can partake in all the juicy benefits it has to offer you and your hormones…
The Solution to Getting Your Greens
Two words: Native Nutrients.
This energy-boosting, fat-burning, hormone-balancing green superfood powder is—hands down—the easiest way to get your daily dose of greens.
Simply add one scoop to your smoothie (check out our favorite recipe here), and you’ll be getting a hearty amount of nutrients, superfoods, and superfruits all in one refreshing beverage.
What Native Nutrients Can Do For Your Hormones
So you got your greens in for the day…
What does that mean for you?
While there’s a wide array of benefits linked to eating your veggies, we’re honing in on one specific benefit: Hormone Balance.
Your hormones are in charge of much more than meets the eye…
Think: Growth and development, electrolyte balance, menstrual cycle, metabolism, and reproduction .
But there are many things in our day-to-day life that can disrupt these powerhouses of ours:
Sugary, processed foods. Too much caffeine. Not enough sleep. Little to no exercise. Pesticides. A lack of fruits and vegetables.
As you now know, we have a solution to one of those disruptors: Fruits and veggies.
When you consume your greens through a supplement like Native Nutrients, you’re able to support your endocrine system and put your hormones back into balance.
Here’s how: There are two systems within the body that are responsible for communicating with
the rest of the body—the nervous system and the hormonal (neuroendocrine) system.
Think of these two systems as having walkie-talkies. They relay information between different body regions, notify when the body needs certain hormones, and maintain homeostasis within the body.
What Are the Different Types of Hormones?
Before you say, “Over and out”, listen to this…
The word hormone is derived from the Greek word hormao meaning “I excite or arouse” . And that’s exactly what hormones do.
They communicate with the rest of the body and signal—or arouse—particular parts (called target glands) to play their part.
Although there are more than 200 hormone-like substances that have been discovered, there are a handful of ones you’ve probably heard of already—serotonin, cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone .
Here’s a cheat sheet of the 10 most popular hormones and what they do:
1. Insulin: After you eat, insulin is released from the pancreas. From here, it transports the sugar (glucose) from your blood to your cells and stores it as energy. It also stores any extra sugar as fat (this is why it’s important to moderate your sugar intake) .
2. Estrogen: As a hormone for both females and males, estrogen boasts many
physiological functions, including reproduction, bone density, and metabolic regulations .
3. Testosterone: As the primary hormone for men (women have it too, though!),
testosterone’s most significant effects relate to libido, sexual interest, and arousal .
4. Progesterone: As one of the main sex hormones, progesterone is responsible for regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle and preparing the uterus for pregnancy .
5. Adrenaline: You can tell when adrenaline comes into play—your heart rate quickens, your pupils dilate, and your airways expand. In short, it’s the mediator of your fight or flight response .
6. Melatonin: This sleepy hormone is like the alarm clock that tells you when to go to bed. Upon nightfall, it prepares your body for rest by altering its sleep/wake blood pressure and metabolism .
7. Serotonin: Often dubbed the “happiness hormone”, serotonin is the hormone that makes you feel happy. In addition to that, it regulates cardiovascular function, bowel movements, and many behavioral processes like mood, reward, and attention, among others , .
8. Dopamine: This “feel-good hormone” is responsible for motor control, motivation,
reward, cognitive function, maternal, and reproductive behaviors .
9. Cortisol: As your body’s main stress hormone, cortisol works with your brain (specifically, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland) to control fear, mood, and motivation. It boosts energy, regulates blood pressure and inflammation, increases blood sugar, and controls your sleep/wake cycle .
10. Oxytocin: Oxytocin plays a significant role in pre and post-partum women.
Responsibilities include stimulating uterine muscle contractions, breastmilk, and even relief from pain .
The Bottom Line
Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body.
They communicate what needs to be done. They make things happen. And they make you feel on top of the world—when they’re in balance, that is.
To optimize their functioning and maintain homeostasis, greens and superfoods like barley grass, spinach, and broccoli are essential.
Skip the long grocery line (and the 21 superfoods you’d have to get) and instead, supplement with a scoop of Native Nutrients each day. This will ensure that your body has all that it needs to keep its hormones happy and healthy.
As always, be sure to consult a health care professional before adding anything new to your diet, supplement, or exercise regimen. NativePath and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any diseases. All NativePath material is presented for educational purposes only.
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This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Chad Walding nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement, or lifestyle program.