You might have heard the term “hormone imbalance” a few times. It gets thrown around a lot these days by health professionals.
But, what does it actually mean? How do you know which hormones are imbalanced? What are the usual signs suggesting that your our hormones are out of whack?
Read below for your daily snipped of healthy tips!
Why should you care?
Hormones are dictating a plethora of bodily functions, such as our appetite, sleep patterns, our response to stress, our libido, whether we’re happy or anxious, and everything in between.
That’s why it’s so important for everybody to have basic understanding of how our hormones work. They are driving so many important functions in the body.
The hormones that usually become imbalanced first are cortisol and insulin – ‘stress’ and ‘blood sugar’ hormones, respectively.
These two are often called ‘alpha hormones’ because they have downstream effect on other hormones like thyroid and sleep hormones, as well as progesterone, testosterone and melatonin.
How to spot imbalances?
Here are few signs of hormonal imbalance to look out for:
1. You have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night
- You struggle to get out of bed, even after seven to nine hours of sleep
- You constantly need caffeine to keep you going
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you may have dysregulated cortisol, insulin or both. So what to do about it?
(1) If you have problems with insulin, try to maintain a “balanced blood sugar diet” – which means, keep your sugar in a rather straight line rather than having big spikes and dips throughout the day. Eat lots of regular small meals, one every three to four hours.
(2) Eat slowly – try to relax when you are eating, don’t eat in a hurry. When you are stressed out, your gut can’t easily absorb the nutrients you are consuming… so all the greatness of kale and other superfoods gets wasted!
(3) Cut back on alcohol – it’s time to realise that a glass of booze is like consuming a handful of sugary cookies, just another (arguably more enjoyable! :D) way. It immediately hits your bloodstream, sending your blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride.
Hormones exist in hierarchy, so it is crucial to take a ‘top down’ approach to address problems arising from a hormone imbalance. Once you work on one hormone, the rest will start to fall in line. That is the beauty of it, they are working together as a team to support you, always.
Do you know any other methods to help with hormone imbalance? Please share in comments!
May you live long and get Healthier Every Day! <3