Hormones are chemicals that are released in the endocrine system. The endocrine system is consisting of hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, pancreas and the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes). It’s essential and plays a vital role in a human being’s metabolism, tissue function, mood and other purposes. There are different types of hormones: Autocrine, Paracrine and Endocrine. Each type has a designated function which contributes to one thing: The human body.
Despite of age, both men and women suffer from hormonal imbalance due to changing environments and certain lifestyles which results in the disruption of the cycle and causes problems. It’s often misdiagnosed for other conditions without people realizing that it just has to do with your hormones.
How do I know If I Have it?
All symptoms of hormonal imbalance are well connected to one another. Like cells in the body, each cell has a certain purpose each day to keep the body as healthy as possible but certain factors such as stress, toxins and many more affects the entirety of the body system and hormones are a big part of it.
Here are the common symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance between men and women:
Weight gain - As you get older, it’s very difficult to maintain a proper body weight. In men, weight gain is caused by andropause while puberty, pre-menopause and menopause cause the weight increase in women.
Irregular periods - It is caused by hormonal imbalance where estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate constantly and it may be a symptom for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
Mood swings or irritability - A common menopause and PMS (pre-menstrual) symptom in women is mood swings. While high stress cortisol and low testosterone levels in men between age 40-60 can also cause quite a bit of irritability. Sudden change of hormone levels fluctuate, which cause the body to react differently.
Insomnia (lack of sleep) – Lack of sleep contributes mainly to hormonal imbalance. By definition, sleep is essential for the body to be able to repair and rejuvenate.
Depression – A mood disorder that can most likely occur in both men and women. Low thyroid or testosterone levels are the main cause of depression in men while pre-menopause and menopause in women.
Fatigue (lack of energy) - Feeling tired for a long period of time can be due to a hormonal imbalance.
Low Libido - This can also cause a decrease in sex drive.
Weight Loss - Mainly occurs in men as they lose muscle mass and eventually end up losing weight as well.
Foggy Memory/Memory Loss - Due to low levels of testosterone and estrogen, often times individuals can have short-term memory loss.
Headache - Unexplained headaches can be due to the hormonal imbalance that both men and women deal with later on in their age.
Dizziness - Sudden dizziness from standing or other types of physical activities can also sometimes be attributed to hormonal changes.
Causes of Hormonal Balance
Stress - One of the biggest causes of hormonal imbalance have to do with adrenal fatigue, in which the adrenal glands function below the necessary levels.
Thyroid Function - It is necessary for the digestive process and the inability to function properly leads to poor gut health and makes people more prone to stomach aches, constipation, depression, slower heart rate and much more.
Obesity - It is commonly linked to lack of sleep and weight gain.
Testerone levels - Too low of testerone levels may cause a decrease in sex drive in men and women.
How to Treat the Hormonal Balance
Now that we have already determined and established the symptoms and causes of hormonal imbalance, here are many ways to treat hormonal imbalance naturally and simply by choosing healthy food alternatives instead of eating unhealthy ones that the body doesn’t need. It’s easy and you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
Eat Healthy Foods – The body needs necessary vitamins and elements to function to its full extent. Foods that are rich in Omega 3 (eg. Salmon) and Omega 6 are recommended in suggested ratio, so avoid using vegetable oil. Avocado is great for potassium, fiber and improving heart health. On the other hand, coconut oil is essential for hormone health and for hormone production as well by eating liver and egg yolks. Liver and egg yolk contains both vitamin A, D, selenium and cholesterol for balancing hormones.
Avoid or limit caffeine Intake - Everyone loves coffee, but there are certain good and bad effects of caffeine in the body. Too much intake may cause insomnia, fast heart beat, headaches, nausea, and anxiety.
Limit alcohol intake - Alcohol is a harmful substance since it isn’t needed by our bodies. Too much intake can damage the liver and leads to estrogen dominance which will disrupt the pancreas in functioning properly.
Sleep – It is recommended to sleep at least 8 hours a day. The body cells repair and it gives the opportunity to recover.
Exercise Regularly - Recommended on a daily basis, it is essential for the body and regulates hormones. It helps you sleep better, increases confidence, boosts you r energy, reduces stress and lastly boosts happiness level.
Avoid using Birth Control Pills - Birth control pills increase estrogen levels and it may cause complications such as migraines, mood changes, increased blood pressure and nausea.
How your life will change for the better once you make these changes
A better and healthier lifestyle is a choice. Each day you’re dealing with work, stress and the constant changes that are happening around you. Having a better knowledge and view on how to take care of yourself makes a massive difference. Just changing your lifestyle and implementing discipline can contribute a lot more to your health.
Hormones are extremely unpredictable and sometimes very hard to manage. It helps the body system to regulate properly, but at the same time it may cause sudden changes due to stressors such as thyroid function, overweight or obesity and testosterone levels which lead to weight gain, weight loss, irregular periods, mood swings, insomnia, depression, fatigue, foggy memory or memory loss, headache, dizziness and low libido. It can be prevented by eating healthy foods, avoiding or limiting intake of caffeine or alcohol, 8 hours of sleep and exercising regularly. The good part is that it only takes you to change the course of your health forever.
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