How Hormones Affect Your Health

Hormones play a huge role in your normal functioning. They control heart rate, sleep cycles, sexual function, and reproduction. Your metabolism, appetite, growth and development, mood, stress, and body temperatures are all affected by hormones.
Hormones and most of the tissues (mainly glands) that create and release them make up your endocrine system. Hormones control many different bodily processes, including:
 Metabolism.
 Homeostasis (constant internal balance).
 Growth and development.
 Sexual function.
 Reproduction.
 Sleep-wake cycle.
 Mood.

Signs of hormone imbalance:

 Weight gain.
 Hump of fat between the shoulders.
 Unexplained and sometimes sudden weight loss.
 Fatigue.
 Muscle weakness.
 Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness.
 Pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints.
 Increased or decreased heart rate.
 Heavy or painful periods
  Low libido
 Insomnia and poor-quality sleep
 Acne and other skin problems
 Fertility problems
 Headaches
 sweating
 increased sensitivity to cold or heat
 constipation or more frequent bowel movements
 frequent urination
 increased thirst
 increased hunger

Causes of hormone imbalance:

 medications
 cancer treatments such as chemotherapy
 tumors, whether cancerous or benign
 pituitary tumors
 Stress (Stress causes your body to produce cortisol. Too much cortisol can lead to Cushing
syndrome. Long-term stress exposes your body to high levels of cortisol for long periods and can affect the levels of other hormones in your body. )
 Injury or trauma

 Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones:

o Consuming adequate amounts of protein is extremely important.

o Physical activity strongly influences hormonal health. Aside from improving blood flow to your muscles, exercise increases hormone receptor sensitivity, meaning that it enhances the delivery of nutrients and hormone signals.

o Nigella sativa is also known as kalonji or fennel flower. Its flowers produce tiny black antioxidant-rich seeds. These seeds have medicinal properties, as they contain thymoquinone which is a type of phytonutrient, or plant compound 

Researchers are investigating nigella seed’s protective and therapeutic effects in those living with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a disorder associated with abnormal hormone levels, among other symptoms, in women of reproductive age .

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry, Indian ginseng, or Withania somnifera, is an evergreen shrub from the nightshade family. It’s highly regarded in herbal medicine, with many ashwagandha supplements, teas, and root powders widely available. This adaptogen is thought to help your body overcome stress by moderating the brain’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis produces and releases multiple hormones — including cortisol — that initiate your body’s response to stress.

o Chasteberry is another common herbal supplement that’s commonly available in extract or capsule form.
It’s often combined with other herbs like black cohosh and marketed as a remedy to help treat symptoms of menopause and support women’s reproductive health.

o Drink green tea. Green tea may help balance insulin in some people by improving the body’s response to the hormone.

o Get enough sleep. Getting too little sleep or being exposed to artificial light during nighttime hours may lead to disruptions in melatonin and cortisol. It may also influence insulin resistance.

o Avoid endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are compounds in the
environment, such as tobacco smoke, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, flame
retardants, and fragrances in lotions and cleaning supplies, that may cause hormonal imbalances.

o Eat a balanced diet. Whether you are Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Carnivorous, and/or Omnivorous, a balanced diet should be a priority when trying to help stabilize your hormones. 

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