Hormones - Keys to Your Health
You have probably heard more about hormones and hormonal imbalances recently as researches have become more aware of evidence showing that this may be the root cause of many chronic health issues you could be experiencing.
Your hormones should exist in harmony with each other. When levels of each hormone are in right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can cause chronic symptoms and disorders, and raise risks for disease.
A whole host of symptoms may signify an imbalance:
- Decreased urinary flow.
- Weight gain.
- Thinning hair (scalp/beard)
- Prostate problems.
- Decreased muscle mass.
- Mood swings.
- Loss of libido (sex drive)
If you have tried to figure it out what is happening or perhaps treated your symptoms in ways that don't seem to work, testing your hormones may be the first step to feeling better.
Our hormonal balance is strongly intertwined with our stress levels, our diet, our exercise routines, and the toxins we absorb.
These factors critically impact our overall hormone wellness, particularly at midlife as reproductive functions diminish when significant hormone production is taken over by adrenals.
Hormones not only regulate our immune system and response to stress, but also help maintain bone and muscle mass, libido and energy levels.
The importance of hormone balance to our health cannot be understated. It starts with everyday decisions we make. Lifestyle choices and appropriate nutrition and supplementation are critical for achieving optimal health.
Some lifestyle tips include:
- Get adequate sleep.
- Limit exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals.
- Enjoy fresh food, eat a rainbow of colored vegetables every day, limit processed foods and those high in simple carbohydrates, and work to maintain a stable, good body weight.
- Limit alcohol and don't smoke.
- Be active -- move about every day.
- Drink plenty of water.