Hearts and Hormones Go Together
Feb 28, 2019 05:43PM
The fifth female vital sign is the menstrual cycle. Any irregularities, including timing, amount, and premenstrual symptoms, represent a hormonal imbalance. Additionally, hormonal balance also plays a major role in heart health.
The heart and its blood vessels love estrogen. It has numerous receptors for it and its metabolites. Estrogen helps keep our blood vessels flexible and strong by supporting the production of nitric oxide. Therefore, it is vital to balance our hormones in order to have a healthy heart.
Much can be done through natural therapies to keep our hormones and heart healthy. First, track of the menstrual cycle and any associated symptoms. Using a phone app can be helpful. Second, eat as many servings of vegetables as possible. Aim for half the plate at every meal. Vegetables have antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and fiber; all beneficial for hormone and heart health.
Third, work on mind-body practices such as yoga, meditation, exercise, prayer, and breath work. These can help lower stress and improve sleep. Fourth, go outside for vitamin D, exercise, stress relief and mood balance. Fifth, schedule a visit with a naturopathic doctor to help discover any imbalances and deficiencies, and use natural therapies to improve overall health.
For more information, contact Dr. Megan Ding, located at 10722 Carmel Commons Blvd., Ste. 450, Charlotte, at 704-543-5540 or DrMeganDing.com.