Are Your Hormones Out of Balance?Lisanne Wellness Center
If you’ve been feeling sick or sluggish, if you’ve had trouble losing a few pounds that won’t seem to melt away despite diet and exercise, or if your face has broken out in acne, your hormones may be to blame. Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate everything in your body, from your hunger and weight to your stress levels and overall health. When your hormones are balanced properly, your body is able to work efficiently. But when your hormone balance is disrupted, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. The good news is you can regulate your hormones to get your life back on track.
Common symptoms of hormonal imbalance:
- Weight gain / weight loss
- Mood swings
- Sleeplessness / Insomnia
- Breakouts / acne
- Extreme food cravings
- Diminished sex drive
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance: There are any number of things that can cause a hormone imbalance. Some changes happen naturally, like those from menstruation, puberty, and menopause. Other causes come from toxins in the body and lifestyle factors.
Poor Diet: Your diet plays a major role in your hormone health. Foods with a high glycemic index (foods that significantly affect your blood sugar levels) increase the amount of insulin in your body, which can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. These foods also change the way estrogen is metabolized in the body. Protein-rich foods, like meat, eggs, and fish, help regulate your hormones so they are less impacted by food.
What you can do: Say goodbye to foods with a high glycemic index (fruit juice, sugary treats, and white bread) for carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (beans, lentils, and vegetables). Include protein with every meal. You can also load up on vegetables, which provide fiber for insulin and blood sugar control.
Stress: If stress becomes chronic, cortisol (the stress hormone produced in the Adrenal Glands) fills your body and your hormonal balance is disrupted. Prolonged stress has significant negative effects, including muscle loss, strength depletion, decreased libido, low energy, and poor immunity. This prolonged stress and the resulting effects are known as Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue can be triggered by extreme stress at work, a lack of proper sleep, and overall burnout.
What you can do: Do you think you may be experiencing Adrenal Fatigue? Take our Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) Test to find out. To support adrenal health and get your adrenal glands functioning optionally, you can take Adrenal Max, a comprehensive blend of high potency, biologically available B vitamins to keep your hormones in check.
Other ways to improve your hormone health:
- Be sure to get at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
- Manage stress effectively with journaling, acupuncture, massage, or stress-management programs.
- Avoid fatty and sugary foods that can lead to insulin resistance.
- Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation.
- Take a Vitamin-D supplement, which acts like a hormone inside the body and helps manage inflammation.
If you feel that your hormones may be out of balance, it’s important to address the issue right away, as a slight imbalance today can lead to a greater problem in the future. To speak with a specialist or schedule an appointment, contact Lisanne Wellness Center at 713-461-WELL.