Hormones. While some women hardly notice them, others dread how hormone imbalances can wreak havoc on their weight, mood, food cravings, and desire for sex. Some women feel as if they have lost control of their life for a time, but hormones don’t have to overwhelm you. What are hormones, and how do they affect a woman’s body?
What Are Hormones?
Hormones secrete through your glands and travel through your body in the bloodstream. They can control what happens in different cells and organs.
Progesterone and estrogen are the two most important hormones in a woman’s body and are primarily produced in the ovaries. The hormones rise and fall at different points in the menstrual cycle. It also happens when women experience menopause, which is when hormone levels drop and experience physical symptoms.
Physical Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances
Physical symptoms occur in women struggling with PMS, perimenopause, and menopause. They may feel overwhelmed by emotional symptoms like
- Mood swings
- Decreased desire for sex
- Even anger and self-hatred
The good news is that although you can’t change your physiology, small changes in your lifestyle can make a huge difference in the way you feel.
Small Changes That Help Alleviate Hormone Imbalance
Hormonal imbalances have become increasingly common with today’s fast-paced modern lifestyle. While it is true that certain hormones decline production with age, and some people experience a more dramatic decrease than others, it is possible to manage hormones with a more holistic approach.
A nutritious diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors may help improve your hormonal health. With a few small changes, it can allow you to feel and perform at your best.
Alleviate symptoms with these small changes:
- Engage in Regular Exercise
- Eat Enough Protein at Every Meal
- Avoid Sugar and Refined Carbs
- Learn to Manage Stress
- Consume Healthy Fats
- Avoid Overeating and Undereating
- Drink Green Tea
- Eat Fatty Fish Often
- Get Consistent, High-Quality Sleep
- Stay Away from Sugary Beverages
- Consume a High-Fiber Diet
- Eat Eggs Anytime
For additional help, talk to your healthcare provider about your symptoms. There are answers for hormone relief for every woman at every life stage from PMS to menopause.
Go to Healthline, Women’s Health Foundation, U.S. Food, and Drug Administration for more information.
Do you have questions about your health or hormones? Contact our wonderful staff at Creekside Center for Women to schedule an appointment. 479.582.9268