Hormones that Have a Big Effect on Your Health
Hormonal imbalance has become common in today’s world. It affects millions of people & it occurs when there is a lot or no hormones in the bloodstream. As hormones play a major role in the human body, minor variance in the hormones can cause major side effects in the body.
Hormones are produced by endocrine glands, thyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, these hormones commute messages throughout the body & provide important warnings.
In laymen language, we can say that hormones assure that everything is fine or not in the body.
Hormones help to regulate –
• General growth & development
• Body temperature
• Mood & stress level
• Heart rate
• Sleep cycle
Now, you should know that hormones affect men & women differently. Let us discuss the symptoms which are noticeable when there is a hormonal imbalance in the body.
• Indefinable weight gain or weight loss
• Immoderate sweating
• Skin rashes & dryness in skin
• Variance in blood pressure
• Frequent use of the washroom
• Thin hair
• Blurred vision
• Weak bones
• Constipation & diarrhea
Hormonal imbalances may occur when the endocrine glands are not functioning properly. It may also happen naturally in women during
Women-specific symptoms are –
• Heavy or painful periods
• Immoderate hair growth on face & other parts of the body
• Hyperpigmentation i.e. darkening of the skin
• Vaginal dryness
• Pain during sex
Men-specific symptoms are –
• Breast tenderness
• Erectile dysfunction
• Decreases sex drive
• Loss of muscle mass
• Less hair growth
• Hot flashes
Treatment for hormonal imbalance depends on the cause. The treatment varies from person to person depending on the gland which is not functioning properly. There are some natural ways as well to balance hormones which are mentioned below.
• Intake of more proteins – A diet full of proteins should be taken on a regular basis.
• Regular Exercise – Hormones are strongly influenced by regular exercise as it reduces insulin levels.
• Sugar & Redefined carbs should be avoided– According to a study, Increase in sugar level increases insulin levels so it is adviced to reduce the intake of sugar.
• Learn to Manage stress – Meditation, Yoga, Massage & listening to soft music are well proven ways to manage stress.
• Intake of healthy fats – It reduces insulin level & manages the production of hormones.
• High quality of sleep is advisable.
• Packaged food should be avoided.
• Use of cleaning products -such as bleech should be avoided as they consist high amount of chemicals.
• Adaptogenic herbs – Intake of Adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, maca, rhodiola, are used for centuries to balance hormones.