Treating A Hormonal Imbalance

In this article, we will look at different ways of treating a hormonal imbalance. 

What is a Hormone?

A hormone is a chemical substance found in the body that controls and regulates the activity of certain cells or organs. 

Hormones are essential for every aspect of activity in a person’s life. Processes such as reproduction, digestion, growth, reproduction,  metabolism, and mood control would not be able to function correctly without hormones.

What are the different types of hormones?

There are several different types of hormones. All of these different types affect the body in different ways. Here are the main hormones listed below. 

  1. Estrogen-This is the main sex hormone which is present in women and causes puberty, prepares the body for pregnancy and regulates the menstrual cycle. During menopause estrogen levels change causing women to experience many uncomfortable symptoms.
  2. Testosterone –  This is the main sex hormone present in men which cause puberty, muscle mass growth, and strength, increases bone density and handles facial hair growth.
  3. Melatonin – This hormone is responsible for regulating the body’s sleep-wake cycle. It helps in controlling the natural cycle of sleeping hours.
  4. Progesterone – This hormone is replicated to estrogen. It helps in maintaining the menstrual cycle and also assists in pregnancy as estrogen does.
  5. Cortisol – This is known as the “stress hormone” It works by stimulating the body and giving it energy in times of high stress.

How do I know If I have a Hormonal Imbalance? 

If you have been suffering from any of the following symptoms below it may well be possible that you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance. 

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain/difficulty losing weight
  • Insomnia
  • Skin and hair changes
  • Low libido (Sex drive)
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Excess sweating
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Increased thirst
  • Weak bones
  • Hot flushes
  • Sore breasts

If you believe that you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance take recurrence in the fact that there are many things that you can do right away to restore order in your body. 

Treating a hormonal imbalance

Consult your doctor

Your local doctor will be able to arrange for you to take a hormone test. Blood, urine, and saliva can all be used to test for hormonal imbalances. After the test, your doctor will also be able to advise you on possible lifestyle choices that you can adopt going forward to ensure you reverse the effects of the imbalance.

Stress reduction

Learning to live a less stressful life is essential for creating harmony and balance in life. When a person is under stress the body produces the hormone cortisol which is responsible for providing the body with energy during stressful events. By learning to reduce stress through relaxation exercises and yoga a person can reduce their cortisol levels drastically, thus creating a sense of calm and wellbeing. Stress reduction is one of the best methods for treating a hormonal imbalance.

Exercise

Taking part in regular exercise can help balance your hormones naturally. This is because regular exercise reduces insulin levels in the body and increases insulin sensitivity. Insulin is a hormone that enables the body’s cells to take up sugar and amino acids from the bloodstream, which are then converted to energy. Studies have shown that anaerobic exercise and endurance exercises help to balance this hormone in the body. Exercise is another great way of treating a hormonal imbalance.

Sleep

Studies have shown that lack of good quality sleep can have drastic effects on hormonal levels. In a study of men whose sleep was restricted to five hours per night for a whole week, insulin sensitivity decreased by 20%. Another study looked at the effects of sleep restriction on healthy young men. When their sleep was restricted for two days, their leptin declined by 18%, their ghrelin increased by 28% and their hunger increased by 24%. In addition, the men craved high-calorie, high-carb foods as a result of the sleep deprivation. 

Diet modification 

Avoid sugar whenever possible- Consuming high amounts of sugar keeps insulin levels high in the body which in turn, knocks other hormones out of balance and paves the way for insulin resistance.

Get plenty of fiber- High fiber intake has been linked to improvements in insulin sensitivity in the body. It has also been shown to help improve hormones that control hunger, fullness and food intake.

Fish oil-  Eating plenty of fatty fish has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol and epinephrine in the body over time. A study found that after men consumed a diet rich in omega-3 fats for a total of three weeks, they experienced significantly smaller increases in cortisol and epinephrine during a test in comparison to when they followed their normal diet. 

Consume eggs -Consuming eggs on a regular basis has been shown to beneficially affect hormones that regulate food intake, including lowering levels of insulin and ghrelin. In one study, men had lower levels of ghrelin and insulin after eating eggs for breakfast than after eating a bagel for breakfast.

Consuming a diet that is compatible with the above points will help greatly with treating a hormonal imbalance.

Overview

Being told that you have a hormonal imbalance can be a difficult thing to comprehend. With endless amounts of information out there on the internet just knowing where to start can be half the battle. If you’ve read the above article and would like some assistance with treating your hormonal imbalance you may benefit from reviewing The Power of Hormones guide

It has been written by a woman who has suffered from a variety of hormone imbalances and tried every treatment option known to man. She has presented all her knowledge and research in one easy to read book.

Should you have any questions or require some help please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section or email us at healthfitnessforwomen@gmail.com