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Hormonal Imbalances and What to Do

Do you feel tired...and well...a bit 'off' all the time? Have you suddenly gained or lost weight without reasonable explanation? Are you finding more acne across your body? More dry skin? More aches, stiffness, tenderness and painful points?

These symptoms could describe many conditions, but what we do know is that they signal that something is wrong with your body - and it could just be your hormones are out of sync.

Powerful chemicals produced in your endocrine glands, hormones are the tiny gears in the machinery of your body, allowing the major bodily processes, like metabolism and reproduction, to operate at optimal level. There are many different hormones, of course - and if you have too much or too little of just one hormone, it could throw off the operations of your entire body. Hooray to that! NOT.

Hormonal imbalances cause a long list of symptoms that vary from person to person, so once you’ve ruled out other causes with your doctor and you suspect a hormonal imbalance, you can begin to take charge and bring your body back to working order. In this blog post we offer a few tips for you to achieve this. Read on…

 

 

Engage in Regular Physical Activity

Physical activity activates a number of different hormones and chemicals in your body. You likely already know that exercise releases endorphins, or those so-called 'feel good' chemicals, but exercise can also reduce elevated insulin levels and increase levels of adiponectin; insulin lets cells take up sugar for energy use and muscle maintenance (though high levels can cause inflammation, diabetes, heart disease and cancer), while adiponectin regulates metabolism and reduces inflammation.

Regular exercise, even something as light as walking, could go a long way in regulating your hormone levels and allowing your body to fight off ailments associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

Reduce your Sugar and Refined Carb Intake

Your body gets its energy primarily from the food you eat, so if you’re feeding it rubbish, you will likewise feel like rubbish. Really! Eating food that doesn't nourish you, can throw our body out of whack for a long time if you don’t intervene.

Start out by scaling back on empty calories, sugar and refined carbs, or, if you really want to take control of your health, consider cutting them out gradually but completely. Empty calories can include liquid sugar (such as drinks and squashes), crisps and processed sweets. What’s more, sugar can also pop up where you’d least expect: processed sauces, condiments and dressings.

Reducing your sugar intake will greatly reduce your insulin resistance, and will contribute to the overall improvement of your hormone balance.

Find Stress Management Techniques

Stress can produce the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Chronic stress can lead to elevated levels of these hormones, which can lead to excessive calorie intake, obesity, increased belly fat, high blood pressure, anxiety and rapid heart rate.

No matter how busy you claim your life is, it really is doable to adopt meaningful stress management techniques to help you cope. Meditation, yoga, light exercise, walks in nature, massages and even calming music can all go a long way in making you feel more relaxed.

Improve your Sleep Quality

You need sleep for your body to recharge, so it stands to reason that poor quality of sleep can throw your hormones out of sync. Poor sleep can impact your insulin, cortisol and growth hormones, and can ultimately increase your hunger and make you crave high-calorie, high-carb foods.

Aim not just to lengthen your quantity of sleep, but also the quality of sleep. Try for at least seven hours of high quality sleep per night. Having trouble falling asleep? Try getting rid of electronics and blue lights at least an hour before your bedtime, sipping some calming tea or taking a mild sleep aid like these valerian-hops oral drops.

Have any questions related to hormonal imbalance? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

Until next time...

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