Updated: Mar 29
Raging hormones, hormonal changes, hormonal imbalances. These are the terms we usually hear that are related to hormones but what does this actually mean and why do they have such an impact to our physical and mental well-being?
First, hormones are produced by the glands of the endocrine system. They are used to control and coordinate our body’s internal metabolism, energy levels, reproduction, growth and development; plus our response to injury, stress, and environmental factors! For women, some of the most important hormones are the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Females also produce a small amount of testosterone which is considered a male hormone. Why do hormonal imbalance occur and how can we balance them naturally?
Normally, our endocrine glands produce the exact amount of each hormone that is needed for the different functions in our body. As we age, some hormones decline while some increase thus creating an imbalance of the affected hormones in the bloodstream. Our fast-paced lifestyle also affects the production of hormones which causes profound effects in our mental, physical, and emotional health. The good news is there are many ways to balance our hormones naturally. So YES! Go ahead and read on :)
Eat adequate amounts of protein with every meal - the essential amino acids from protein help balance blood sugars and energy levels. They also maintain muscle, bone, and skin health as well as helping us feel full for longer.
Exercise regularly – the major benefit of exercise is the ability to reduce insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity. Insulin is the hormone that enables our cells to take up sugar, which is then used for energy.
Get off sugar and refined carbs – sugary foods, sugary drinks and refined carbs have been known to increase insulin resistance and increase belly fat storage.
Manage your stress – Two major hormones that are affect