When it comes to our hormones, we want to be just like Goldilocks. We don't want too much or too little. We want it just right. Unfortunately, many of us women are out of whack and it is showing up in our bodies.
It may be incredibly difficult to lose weight. You may find yourself lethargic more than not. You may be moody (although you will never admit that to your husband).
Doctors are the ones who can determine what hormone imbalance you are dealing with, if any. There are traditional medical routes to bring things back on course. There are also things we can do for ourselves that can reduce the risk of hormone imbalances in the first place.
Here are some suggestions:
It does seem to be the cure-all, doesn’t it? Want to lose weight? Exercise.
Want to increase your happiness and reduce stress? Exercise.
Want to balance your endocrine system? Turns out, the answer is: Twizzlers. We’re just kidding, it’s exercise.
As with any drug, it's all in the dose. Too much, and you may possibly have an excess in cortisol. Some workouts increase adrenaline, while others decrease adrenaline (hello, yoga).
Knowing your hormonal imbalance will help you to be more aware of how to aid it with the right form of movement.(1)
A review of studies by the University of New Mexico found that resistance-training in particular can affect acute hormonal responses in the body after training.
However, as with anything, too much is not necessarily a good thing. Overtraining can cause much the same range of hormonal imbalance symptoms, including chronic fatigue. It can even mess with your hormones, possibly leading to adrenal depletion.
2) Ditch the chemicals.
When we start looking to live a healthier lifestyle, we often ditch the junk food, but forget to look for the junk products. This can include makeup, cleaning products and even shower curtains and lunch containers.
1) Turner, Natasha, ND. How to balance your hormones with exercise. Chatelaine. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
2) Aliferis, Lisa. Big Drop in Chemical Levels in Girls Who Switched Cosmetics. KQED News. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
3) Huffington, Arianna. The Sleep Revolution. Harmony, 2016.
4) The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism. Medscape Neurology. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
5) Fat And Hormonal Effects. Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine. Retrieved 5 September 2016.