If we want to achieve a healthier and fitter life, we need to listen, understand first how our body works and address what it specifically needs, especially our hormones.
Hormones are the chemical messengers in our body that play a great role in our growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, and our emotions.
When a hormonal imbalance occurs, it disrupts the natural process of our body, leading to chronic illness and serious health disorders. The worse is that most of us don’t even know we have a hormonal imbalance. If you are suspecting of having one but don’t know where to start, we’ve prepared this quick startup guide and knowledge page to learn more about hormones and improve your health.
1. Your Stress hormones get the highest priority in your body
When you are stressed (in any kind), it signals your body that something bad is going to happen. And in turn, it will hold on to the fats in your body for as long as it can, in order for you to survive. Not only that, it will suppress your immune system and energy to sustain itself, leaving you in no best condition to do your activities for the day.
2. PMS is not normal
You may think that PMS is normal, especially in women, but believe me, it’s not. In fact, it’s a huge indicator that your hormones are out of control. Our body is designed to handle monthly cycle naturally, with the absence of feeling crappy, sluggish, and tired all over.
If you’re having mood swings, it means that your estrogen and progesterone levels are imbalanced. You need to tweak your eating habits to sort out which foods causes your imbalance.
3. Sleep is crucial in balancing your hormones
Getting sleep and enough rest are essential to correct your hormones. It enhances your mood and helps shrink back your waistline. Prioritize getting a good night sleep by going to bed by 10-10:30pm. Stay away from your gadgets and keep your room dark to promote the release of melatonin, your sleeping hormones.
4. Hormones need fat
I am sure there is some point in our lives where we fear eating fatty foods because it can make us fat. Contrary to popular belief, we need fat (good fat) to help you feel full and regulate your blood sugar. Opt to eat healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and oily fish.
5. Gut Health is essential for a healthy production of hormones
Your digestive system is responsible for absorbing nutrients and transporting them to your body and hormones. And if they’re not working properly, chances are, you’re not getting enough nutrients your body needs. Inflammation, autoimmune disease are just some of the factors that can potentially imbalance your gut flora.
Eat more fermented foods to restore your gut health. Avoid eating foods you might be sensitive to, such as gluten, dairy, soy, and corn.