hormone

A hormonal imbalance occurs when there is too little or too much of one particular hormone traveling through the blood stream. Hormones act as chemical messengers in the body as they travel to various organs. Hormones affect nearly every process in the human body and are produced by the body’s endocrine glands.

Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances occur in the female body when there is too much estrogen or not enough progesterone. Hormonal imbalances can be a result of:

  • Birth control pills
  • High amounts of stress
  • Overuse of cosmetics
  • Use of non-organic animal products
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • The most common cause of hormonal imbalance is obesity. When the body has to carry excess weight it causes the endocrine glands to work less efficiently, which affects all other systems in the body including the immune system.

Symptoms?

The most common symptoms include fatigue, skin problems, decreased sex drive, weight gain, and short term memory loss. If left unchecked, hormonal imbalances can lead to serious disorders such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety attacks

How Does a Healthy Diet Promote Hormone Stability?

A healthy diet free of fast food, processed foods, high fat and sugar will do wonders. Not only is it important to eat the right foods, it is crucial to eat at the right times throughout the day.

The body uses glycogen for energy. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles. When meals are skipped the body runs out of glycogen and releases the stress hormone cortisol. Stress then triggers the production of fat craving and carbohydrate craving hormones which can lead to overeating.

Dieticians and fitness experts agree that eating 5-6 small meals per day every 2-3 hours helps regulate hormone levels. Each meal should include a lean protein source such as chicken, a quality carbohydrate like a piece of fruit, and a serving of vegetables.

It’s also important to drink at least 8 ounces of water. Forget the soda and juices as they are filled with sugar and preservatives. Each meal should be approximately 350-450 calories.

This type of meal supplies the body with the proper vitamins, minerals and consistent energy it needs and avoids nutritional ups and downs. Symptoms usually begin to subside in 1-2 weeks.

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