There are roughly 50 hormones found in the human body that control everything from our appetite to our metabolism, sleep, growth, mood, and more. When our hormones are out of balance, it can affect your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Hormonal imbalances occur when your bloodstream has too much or too little of a specific hormone. Although both men and women experience hormone imbalances, women are more likely to encounter imbalances during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can bring your hormones back into alignment without prescription medication.
Some symptoms of hormonal imbalance:
- Lack of sleep or insomnia
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Changes in appetite
- Lack of sex drive
Some causes of hormonal imbalance:
- Lack of sleep
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Being overweight
- Poor diet
Natural ways to balance your hormones
Make sure you are eating enough protein in every meal
Whether you eat meat or not, it is important to make sure you are getting enough protein in every meal. Protein contains essential vitamins and amino acids that can’t be produced by the body on its own, and they help signal your body that you’re full. They contribute to muscle growth, as well as bone and skin health, and can help promote healthy sleep.
Working out consistently can help you regulate your eating habits and manage unwanted stress. Regular exercise has also been proven to regulate insulin levels as well as growth and sleep hormones.
Reduce your sugar and carb intake
There is no need to cut out all sugar and carbs, but reducing your intake of processed foods can help regulate your hormones. Too much sugar can throw your insulin levels out of whack, stressing out everything from your skin to your metabolism.
Find ways to manage stress
Stress can take a huge toll on your body if you do not give yourself the time to properly rest and recuperate. The good thing is, finding ways to manage your stress can help normalize levels of cortisol and adrenaline, the primary stress hormones. Stress management techniques vary from person to person, so find a de-stressing routine that works for you and make time for it when necessary.
Some of our favorite stress reductions –
- Self massage
- Picture yourself relaxed, or somewhere other than where you are, maybe on a beach, relaxing…
Get a restful nights sleep
Getting a full, restful sleep is one of the best ways to keep your hormone balances in check. Not getting enough sleep can lead to issues such as weight gain, diabetes, and appetite changes. Make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of rest every night for the full hormonal benefits of sleep.