How Your Hormones & Mood are Related
We don’t have to get too technical for you to have an idea that your hormones are responsible for countless body functions – from hair growth and skin quality, to metabolizing food, maintaining body temperature, causing our heart to beat, preparing our bodies for sex and reproduction, replenishing energy, weight gain — and of course, our mood.
Mood swings can occur for any number of reasons, with the central cause being hormonal imbalance. Are you feeling moody, irritable, or weepy? Do your moods feel unstable or unpredictable? If you are a woman, is your PMS worse than normal? If you are a man, do you notice low energy and libido? Do you feel like you are out of step with your own life? Have you lost your natural rhythm? Indecisive, forgetful, ineffective? Do you feel high high and low lows? Have you experienced laughter quickly followed by uncontrollable tears? Maybe you’ve become hot-tempered and lashed out in bouts of road rage? The first signs of a hormonal problem are deep, emotional mood swings, and over time these problems can turn into serious mood issues such as depression and anxiety. Hormones influence almost everything about how your body works. Yeah, they are that important.
Top Causes of Hormonal Imbalances
Hormones are all about rhythm – and when you feel out of step in any part of your life, that there is a telltale sign something isn’t right. What causes hormonal imbalance? Here are some reasons:
– Chronic stress
– Lack of sleep
– Exposure to toxins in the form of heavy metals (via seafood, contaminated water and dental fillings) and plastics (cookware, water bottles and storage containers). Did you know that heavy metals and plastics can actually act and mimic actual hormones, causing the real hormones to not work?
– Low Vitamin D: If your levels are out of whack, your body can’t biosynthesize the hormones you are making.
– Age-related life events such as puberty, pregnancy, PMS, perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.
– “Manopause”: Yes, men, that’s right. What the medical field once thought was just low testosterone, we know is something much more complex, and it can hit as early as the late thirties and early forties.
– Hormone imbalance can also be more pronounced in some people, including those who were very active during puberty, when estrogen and testosterone pathways were just awakening.
Balance Your Hormones Naturally
So, now what? Are we doomed to live from puberty through menopause or manopause swinging from one emotional tree to the next? Not so fast. Try these 6 remedies to balance your hormones naturally.
- Avoid Toxins: Toxins (aluminum, mercury, pesticides, etc) can contain chemicals that mimic actual hormones, disturbing your actual hormone processes.
- Stay Away From Coffee: Caffeine is a usual culprit and, once again, is very difficult on the body – this time the endocrine system. Cut out – or cut back – on coffee.
- Sleep! A good night’s rest is one of the best health practices – Period. Sleep is directly linked to regulating hormones – and living healthier, longer. That’s easy enough, isn’t it?
- Exercise! (But moderately). If you’re suffering a hormone imbalance, heavy exercise can actually make the problem worse. Don’t hit the gym too hard. Try to focus on light exercises like walking or swimming.
- Have you tried coconut oil? It’s been shown to be great for hormonal health. Try to aim for ¼ cup a day in your favorite healthy snack!
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