From puberty to menopause, our hormones are constantly changing and can often have a profound effect on our physical and emotional health. But what exactly are hormones? How do they work? And what can we do to keep them balanced?
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at hormone health, discussing everything from the basics of how our hormones work to common hormonal imbalances such as fibroids, PCOS, and menopause. By the end of this post, you should have a better understanding of not only your own hormone health but also what you can do to maintain balance. Let’s get started!
What are Hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that are produced by the endocrine glands. These glands include the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, ovaries, and testicles. Hormones travel through the bloodstream and bind to receptors on cells throughout the body, telling the cells what they need to do
For example, the hormone insulin tells cells to take in glucose from the bloodstream so that it can be used for energy. The hormone cortisol tells cells to release stored glucose so that it can be used for energy in times of stress. In short, hormones play a vital role in regulating many of the body’s processes
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for our hormones to become out of balance. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including stress, poor diet, and certain medications. When our hormones are out of balance, it can lead to a whole host of problems including weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Common hormonal imbalances include
Fibroids: Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the uterus. They are most commonly found during childbearing years and tend to shrink after menopause. Sometimes symptoms can range from heavy bleeding, severe pain, to even miscarriages.
PCOS: PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is a condition that occurs when there is an imbalance of reproductive hormones. PCOS is characterized by irregular periods, excess hair growth, acne, and weight gain.
Menopause: Menopause is when a woman’s period stops due to declining estrogen levels . Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 but can sometimes occur earlier or later than this age range . Many women experience symptoms such as hot flashes , night sweats , mood swings , and weight gain during menopause . While there is no cure for menopause , there are treatments available and lifestyle changes you can make that can help alleviate these symptoms.
Maintaining hormone health is vital for overall physical and emotional well-being. If you have been diagnosed with any hormonal condition, do book a free heath assessment session and let’s discuss lifestyle change you can make to manage or eliminate the condition.