5 Ways Hormones Affect Your Health and what you can do to help balance them.
Hormones. We all have them and we can be quick to blame certain issues with our health on them. How many of us actually know what our hormones do? Outside of basic high school biology class, there is not much education around what hormones are and how they work in our body. This can be problematic because if we don’t understand how hormones work and their role in our bodies, it can be difficult to recognize imbalances when they occur. This is often when we hear from our clients that they are confused, tired, feeling out of sorts, and looking for answers.
So what exactly are hormones? They are chemical messengers that carry out certain tasks throughout the body. They can affect many different processes in the body, including reproduction, sexual function, metabolism, growth and development, and even mood. Men and women both have hormones, and hormone levels change and develop as we grow and age.
Today we want to address the 5 main ways hormones affect your health.
Blood Sugar Imbalance
Our main get-up-and-go hormone is Cortisol. Cortisol should naturally be high in the morning and will gradually taper off in the afternoon. Along with helping us wake up in the morning and perform our daily tasks, cortisol is excreted during times of stress. If someone is chronically stressed (work, family, or other) then the body’s ability to release cortisol effectively when we need it, goes way down. This is often when a person will feel fatigued easily and that feeling will usually last all day.
What can you do about it? Stress management is very important. Invest in a meditation app such as Head Space and spend at least 5 minutes bringing the important things into focus and setting your intention for the day ahead.
For both men and women, if there is not enough testosterone in the body then low libido will almost always be the result. Low testosterone is usually a result of poor diet, high stress and not enough high-intensity exercise.
What can you do about it? It all starts with a proper diet. See the link to Dr. Mercola’s article below.
Blood Sugar Imbalance:
Insulin is the hormone responsible for ushering glucose (sugar) into our cells for energy. When your blood sugar is imbalanced you will often feel hungry, crave sweets and rely on artificial stimulants like coffee. Insulin resistance is not a hormonal deficiency but a hormonal resistance pattern. This happens when a high sugar diet is combined with not enough activity.
What can you do about it? Eat regular meals throughout the day. Avoid processed foods that are filled with unknowns, and can wreak havoc on your health. Stick to whole foods, spend more time cooking from scratch, and employ mindfulness around meal time.
Cortisol, Estrogen, Progesterone, Serotonin… these are just a few of the hormones that impact our mood. An imbalance in these hormones can result in feeling a wave of emotion including symptoms of anxiety and depression.
What can you do about it? Proper sleep hygiene – getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Eating well balanced meals, and taking proper supplementation. All of these are a good way to help balance mood swings.
Estrogen is the most common hormone attributed to difficulty in losing weight, although there can be many players here. Excess estrogen often results in weight gain around the mid-section and hips. Without addressing hormonal imbalance it can be very difficult to lose weight.
What can you do about it? Daily exercise and a balanced diet that is rich in whole foods is key to helping maintain proper body composition. Proper testing is the sure way to figure out where you are at with your hormone levels.
These are the things you can do now to help bring your hormones back into balance:
Regular Daily Exercise
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you bring your hormones back into balance, speak with a Rejuv team member by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 604-724-4462.
Check out what Dr. Mercola has to say about hormone balance and diet