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    How Hormones Disrupt Your Health- weight loss?

    Mar 28, 2021


    Don't you want to be the slave of your hormonal-related problems? Right? But how can you restore the balance of your body? Every body part is responsible for performing a specific task. They take instructions from your endocrine system to do its job(1) The endocrine system consists of the glands that release hormones that decide all the working and timing of body parts. So, hormones are important for general wellbeing. 

    Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body that enters the bloodstream and travel from one organ to another. Hormones influence different processes; some of them are as follows;
    • Metabolism
    • Reproduction
    • Mood swings
    • Growth 

    Sometimes hormones get imbalanced and result in different problems such as infertility, weight gain, diabetes or other health issues[2]. If you suffer from hormonal imbalance, immediately talk to your doctor before any complications.

    Signs of hormonal imbalance

    Mood swings: estrogen, a female sex hormone, triggers serotonin neurotransmitters. The imbalance in estrogen leads to anxiety or depression during menopause.
    Low libido: the females going through their menopause experience low libido. The low level of estrogen and testosterone also results in night sweats that affect sex life.
    Improper sleep: the hormonal imbalance also contributes to poor quality sleep, which lowers energy and increases fatigue.
    Unnecessary weight loss: a variety of hormonal disorders is related to weight gains like low thyroid levels, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause.
    Bone loss: sometimes, reducing a certain type of hormone also weakens the bones and leads to bone loss[3].
    Headache: the hormonal imbalance also triggers headaches in people. You can manage it by eating frequent small snacks and taking proper sleep regularly.
    Skin-related issues: another most prominent sign of a high level of androgen is chronic adult acne. However, during pregnancy, the dryness or itchiness on the skin occurs due to thyroid problems. 

    Hormonal imbalance and related disorders. 

    • Thyroid disorders: The thyroid gland releases 2 types of hormones, regulating the human body's major processes. Under secretion or over secretion of hormones usually result in thyroid disorders and other health issues. The disorders are more prevalent in women than men. 
    • Mental health issues: Hormones also significantly regulate mood swings and mental health. How hormones affect mental health? Well, the hormonal imbalance influences the sleep wake-up cycle, appetite, energy level and metabolism. Moreover, some prevailing disorders and environmental factors affect hormone release and make a person feel depressed or irritable.
    • Menopause: Menopause refers to the menstrual cycle's stoppage, and this natural process occurs in women in their 40s or 50s. During menopause, women lose their fertility because ovaries stop the production of eggs. Night sweats, mood swings, urinary incontinence and low libido, are the common signs of menopause. 
    • Polycystic ovarian syndrome: Sometimes a cluster of pearl shapes, small cysts grow in the ovaries and cause polycystic ovarian syndrome[4]. Females with PCOS usually produce a large amount of testosterone (a male hormone). It is more common among women in the reproductive period. The common signs of PCOS are weight-related issues, infertility, growth of excess hair, skin issues and irregular menstruation.

    what are the Foods to avoid during hormonal?

    Meditation and lifestyle changes are common methods of treatment of hormonal imbalance. Additionally, regular physical exercise and healthy food are equally important. But sometimes, eating healthy is not good at all. It may worsen the symptoms. Here are some of the foods that you should avoid when trying to cope up with hormonal issues. 
    Some veggies[5], such as potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and bell pepper, harm your health as it results in inflammation. Some cruciferous vegetables are associated with thyroid-related disorders.
    The processed meat or red meat is loaded with saturated fats, which raise the level of estrogen hormone and cause hormonal imbalance. You should avoid such fats and eat fatty fish or eggs. Fatty fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and ensures good health.
    3-Soy products 
    Soybeans and soy products are not considered healthy if you are dealing with hormonal issues. Such products contain phytoestrogen, which alleviates hormonal symptoms, and a female body stops the process of ovulation.(4)
    4-Dairy products 
    Dairy products are generally considered good for human health. They are rich in calcium which helps you to stay fit and active. But you need to be a little cautious about their consumption as they disturb your hormonal balance. Milk is worst in hormone-related issues because it increases inflammation and aggravates skin problems[6]. 

    Hormones and the weight 

    Many hormones in your body have a prominent effect on your weight. If you find any rapid changes in your weight, talk to your doctor; perhaps, you may be suffering from hormonal imbalance. Here are some of the hormones that are associated with changes in weight 
    Leptin is the hormone that keeps you satiated. In obese people, this hormone doesn't work properly, and a person experiences several health issues. The high level of leptin makes it difficult to lose weight even if you exercise regularly and eat healthily. 
    The thyroid is another hormone associated with weight gain or weight loss[7]The normal level of the hormone maintains the body's metabolism. But the slight imbalance leads to hypo or hyperthyroidism. You avoid this condition, ensure the intake of iodized salt, eat properly cooked food and add zinc to your diet.  
    Cortisol, also called the stress hormone, release due to stress or anxiety. The chronically high level of cortisol makes it difficult to cope up with overeating habits. To lower it, practice mindfulness, take a healthy diet and sleep properly[8].     
    Bottom line 
    The hormonal imbalance might occur due to a range of negative signs and symptoms like weight gain, fatigue or mood changes. However, they regulate the different body functions, and the slightest imbalance may affect the health. At different stages of human life, hormones fluctuate, especially in women during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Such changes significantly affect their lifestyle.   
    Keep an eye on your hormonal fluctuations, and start living your desired life.