How to Combat Hormone Imbalances
Hormone imbalances can be due to a number of causes. Stress levels, diets, and lifestyle can all play a factor in any deficiencies or overactive hormones. But how can a hormone imbalance affect your life? Hormone imbalances can be the cause of mood swings, unexplained physical pains, unexplained weight gain/loss, and a number of other things. Sure these things can happen on a number of occasions for a number of reasons, but the most common reason is a hormone imbalance.
Hormone imbalances can be the cause of a number health issues and women tend to be more susceptible to these issues. Women already have normal regularly scheduled events that take place that is the cause of hormone imbalance. Instances such as pregnancies, menopause, and menstrual cycle itself cause a substantiated hormone imbalance. Symptoms for these hormone imbalances can range from anywhere mood swings to weight gain. Check out some examples below:
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) – occurs when women are of childbearing age and usually takes place around and during the menstrual cycle.
- weight gain
- severe mood swings, increased moodiness
- cravings for certain sweet or salty foods
- depression or anxiety
- night sweats
- hot flashes
- vaginal dryness
- low libido
- memory issues
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that one needs to resort to medicinal reliefs or chemicals. There are a number of ways to combat these imbalances through natural methods.
As cliche as it sounds, diet and exercise play an integral role in one’s health and hormonal balance. For one it helps maintain stress levels. It’s no secret that certain foods regulate and regularly affect hormone levels. For example, a lack of animal products such as meat, cheeses, and milk can cause one to not get the sufficient vitamin B12 into their system. A regular sleep schedule is essential when it comes to hormone balance. While sleeping, your body releases a number of hormones for various reasons.
Every body is different which means that your body will respond differently to the next person. That said, make sure to keep a log of symptoms and check up regularly with your doctors.