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Achieving Hormonal Balance

Do you ever feel as though your hormones are ruling you? Have you ever found yourself crying for no real reason? Angrier than you’d expect to be over something small or unable to explain your emotions? Do you ever feel as though your moods are flying from one extreme to the next with little warning or control? Or, do you ever find that despite leading what you’d consider to be a healthy lifestyle and taking good care of yourself, you are always tired, your weight fluctuates, and your face is spotty and oily? Well, if you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you are certainly not alone.

Sometimes, some of these symptoms can be a cause for concern. They can present as a warning of a deeper problem. But, most of the time they are a result of a hormonal imbalance. Your hormones play a big part in how you feel, as well as how you look at how your body functions. They are an essential part of our overall well being, but one that we often neglect. We just assume that they’ll balance themselves and behave how they are meant to.

Most of the time, for most of us, they do. Our endocrine glands produce the exact amount of each hormone that our bodies need to be at their best. These chemicals help to control our weight, mood, appetite, confidence, and emotions. Your hormones can play a big part of your sobbing at a film, but they can also make you feel empowered and confident.

Unfortunately, the modern world poses a threat to our hormone levels, and many of us find that the delicate balance isn’t kept. Leading to that feeling of a loss of control. This can lead to physical and mental health problems which often start to become more evident as we get older. Fortunately, there is plenty that you can do to find balance and give your hormone levels a little helping hand.

Take a Look at Your Contraception

Long-term contraception is a good idea if you don’t want to get pregnant, and an abortion clinic should only be sought in an emergency and not as the first line of defense. But, sometimes, our contraception doesn’t suit us. Many of the common forms of contraceptive for women are hormonal. They release extra hormones into your body, to prevent pregnancy. For most of us, the side effects are minimal. But, some people find that these hormones clash with those present in their bodies naturally. Leading to weight gain, greasy skin, mood swings and other symptoms.

If you suspect your contraception is affecting your hormonal balance, see your doctor or visit your local family planning clinic to ask about hormone-free methods of contraception, which may suit you better.

Get Regular Exercise

One of the most important hormones in your body is insulin. One of its main jobs is allowing your cells to take sugar and amino acids from your bloodstream. Too little insulin and you’ll find that your energy levels suffer and your muscles weaken. Too much can lead to diabetes, cancer and heart disease. So, it’s essential to get the levels just right. Exercise plays a significant role in reducing insulin levels but also increasing insulin sensitivity so that you don’t need as much.

Aerobic exercise and strength training can both balance your insulin levels if done regularly. Exercise will also help to balance your mood and give your mental health and confidence a boost if you are struggling with other hormonal issues.

Eat More Protein

Protein has many advantages for your body. One of these is providing the amino acids that your body can’t make for itself — these help to look after your muscles, skin, and bones. Protein also influences the levels of your hormones that control your appetite. This is why dieters are often encouraged to eat meals high in protein, and low-calorie meals are often filled with the ingredients high in protein.

Eating more protein will help you to feel full for longer, as well as increasing your metabolism and your ability to burn fat. Try to make sure there is protein in every meal that you eat. Foods that are high in protein include eggs, almonds, chicken, oats, yogurt, milk, broccoli, lentils, and cottage cheese.

Find Ways to Manage Your Stress

Most of us feel stressed out at least some of the time. We’re busy, we’re always on the go, and we’re continually worried about ways to better ourselves and to take better care of ourselves and our families. It’s no wonder that most of us report feeling stressed out regularly. But, this stress is terrible for your hormones.

Having a busy, stressful lifestyle causes your body to release cortisone, which helps your body to cope with the physical effects of stress, and adrenaline which gives you the energy that you need to handle it. Too much of these hormones can lead to an imbalance. So, find better ways to manage stress without the need for them. Exercise will help, but so does speaking about your problems, spending time with people that make you feel good, getting a good night’s sleep and practicing meditation and yoga.

Sleep Well

Not getting enough sleep confuses your body. It needs sleep to recover from its busy day. Without sleep, all of your bodies functions struggle to perform at their best. To combat this, your body releases more of almost every hormone. Poor quality of sleep and nights spent tossing, and turning can have the same effect, and you can quickly start to feel different.

To regulate your hormones, it’s essential that you get plenty of high-quality sleep. Try meditating before bed, as well as turning your phone off and leaving it in another room. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day to try and get into a routine. Exercise and a healthy diet will also help you to sleep better, and many people find that avoiding caffeine and sugar in the evening can help them to relax and fall asleep more easily.

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