Feeling tired, emotional or anxious? Perhaps your hormones are to blame!
Hormones are responsible for sending chemical messages around your body and signalling to tissues and organs what to do and when to do it. When these messengers get the message wrong, they can play havoc with your life, causing emotional issues, weight gain, fatigue and a host of other issues.
So how do you get them to start working for you - not against you?
Sleep your way to better balanceRegular, consistent and solid sleep is a must for managing your hormones. Poor sleep can affect imbalances in insulin, cortisol, leptin, ghrelin and growth hormone. Aiming for 7 hours a night as often as possible is the goal.
Exercise regularly to keep insulin levels in checkInsulin’s function is to allow cells to take up sugar for energy production and amino acids for muscle maintenance. But consistent, elevated levels of insulin in the blood is associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Exercising regularly can proactively affect high levels of insulin and guard against disease.
Improve your dietI’m sure you knew this one was coming, but a good diet cannot be ignored when it comes to keeping your hormones functioning at their best. Easing up on carbs and increasing your protein intake is advised while boosting your consumption of essential vitamins and minerals. If you struggle to incorporate more fresh fruit and veg into your diet, consider a supplement like Activated Nutrients Top Up to make up the shortfall.
Get a handle on your stress levelsAdrenaline and cortisol are two of the hormones activated when our ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered in response to a threat. Chronic stress also activates these hormones and sends them coursing through the bloodstream, causing anxiety, elevated heart rate and even weight gain and obesity. Just 10-5 minutes of day of a stress-relieving activity can help you reset.
Eat fibreSoluble fibre is a must for maintaining healthy hormone levels. It functions to increase insulin sensitivity and contributes to the production of appetite-suppressing hormones.
Remember, if you suspect your hormones might be to blame for your health issues, be sure to get advice from a doctor who can confirm the diagnosis and work with you on a management plan.
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