How to Maintain a Healthy Hormonal Balance in the Body

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Dec 6, 2018 Last updated: Dec 6, 2018
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For all bodily functions, it is not just the brain and heart that control the body mechanisms. Different parts of body respond to signals generated from the brain, and the messengers or hormones take those messages to every part for specific functioning. These messengers or hormones are produced by the endocrine glands. They work with the nervous system collectively to regulate important body functions.

Why are Hormones Important?

Hormones are important because of their ability to chemically change the body functions according to what needs to be done. They help the tissues and cells to perform the functions they are designed to do. They can change and help different operational body activities like development, reproduction, growth, metabolism, digestion, sexual activities, sleep cycle, heart rate, body temperature etc. If hormones are affected, the body doesn’t function the way it is normally supposed to.

Hormonal Imbalance and Why does it Happen?

The excess or lack of the usual amount of hormones in the body can bring imbalance and in turn affect the body. For example, fatigue is one of the many common forms of hormonal imbalance. Excess of progesterone hormone can make this happen. Similarly, if the thyroid glands in the body make improper quantities of thyroid hormones in the body, one may feel exhausted or highly energetic one way or the other.

How to Identify Imbalance in Hormones?

Different hormones affect different body functions. This is why, it depends on the hormones as to which functions are mostly affected. We can find that out through prescribed blood tests. There are quite a few symptoms that the body shows indicating hormonal issues in the body, some of which are as under:

  1. Irregular period cycle and its occurrence
  2. Brittle bones or osteoporosis
  3. Constipation, diarrhea, indigestion
  4. Hot flashes
  5. Night sweats
  6. Problem of skin acne before and after menstruation  
  7. Irregular sleep cycle
  8. Stress
  9. Change in blood pressure, heart rate, and pulse
  10. Bloating, changes in eating habits and appetite
  11. Headaches etc.

Both men and women can face hormonal imbalance in their bodies. Men may face imbalance in insulin levels, testosterone levels, growth hormone levels and adrenaline levels. Females face other kinds of imbalance as well as these, due to many changes in the body with age.

Causes

Causes of hormonal imbalance and hormonal issues are quite common and we do not usually take them seriously. Some of them are listed under:

  1. Extreme stress
  2. Diabetes
  3. Thyroid malfunction
  4. Poor diet control
  5. Birth control pills, exposure to toxins and polluted environments etc.
  6. Overweight
  7. Abuse of any medication especially steroids
  8. Addison disease
  9. Benign tumors or body cysts  
  10. Tumors in different endocrine glands, injury in the glands or cancer, chemotherapy
  11. Deficiency of iodine etc

How to regulate balance in Hormones – Natural Ways

There might be good medication advised by the doctor to eradicate the malfunction of endocrine glands and create sufficient amount of hormones in the body. However, it is better to control the levels in natural ways. Too much medication is also not so good for health of any human body. So, naturally and through diet control, anyone can create a balance of normal activities in their body. Some ways to follow are for once, to educate your own self by consulting doctors, reading online health articles, health blogs and health related posts and also, some of the following:

  1. Regular exercise.
  2. Managing stress through involving yourself in different healthy and physical activities.
  3. Taking a balanced diet with proper share of macro-nutrients including sufficient protein.
  4. Cutting down on the extra carbs.
  5. Keeping a good eating pace rather over or under eating.
  6. Cutting on trans fat and in turn taking in healthy fat.
  7. Taking green tea.
  8. Have a good sleep cycle everyday.
  9. Drink plenty of water.
  10. Consume a diet rich in fiber.

You can always consult a dietitian to help you out with maintaining good and healthy diet. They can help you with maintaining not just body fat, weight and diet, but also help you with what exercises to do daily including jogging, running and even reading.

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