Heavy periods, PMS, fibroids, and fertility problems are just some of the not-so-fun challenges faced by women with hormonal imbalances.

Here at Multi-Care we provide patients with the proper treatment for such imbalances. And, when these treatments are coupled with simple changes in diet and lifestyle, you can rest assured that you are getting the maximum benefits for your hormonal health.

Here are 4 simple steps you can take today to help keep your hormones in check:

1. Eat your veggies. Eat plenty of vegetables (and fruits) for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Shop for fresh, frozen and organic selections. You can also add oily foods such as fish, nuts, and seeds which all contain the essential fatty acids needed for hormone production and to fight inflammation. However, reduce your intake of saturated fat from foods such as red meat and dairy products as these may cause inflammation.

2. H20. Drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Watch caffeine intake from tea and coffee. Avoid sodas and sports drinks, as they provide little to no nutritional value. Reduce or eliminate adult beverages consumption, which raises your blood sugar and overburdens the liver.

3. Watch your weight. Excessive weight gain may increase in the production of estrogen causing hormone imbalances. Be sure to check food labels for hidden sugars found in pre-packaged foods. Stress is another factor that can lead to weight again. Chronic stress and lack of sleep can produce too much Cortisol. Cortisol is also known as the “stress hormone”. Too much cortisol will increase hunger levels, resulting in subsequent weight gain.

4. Head to the gym. Exercise daily for 30 minutes. Not only does exercise release “feel good” endorphins, but also regulates estrogen levels and balances your blood sugar.

Incorporating these 4 steps into your lifestyle, alongside proper treatment, can help keep your hormones in check and improve your quality of life.