Women… their life is all about a cycle or rather should I say, the constantly ticking biological cycle! Ruled by hormones, as compared to that of men, women are the first ones to suffer from hormonal imbalances that affect their menstrual cycle, their skin pigmentation and health. There is a small resemblance between Mother nature and the life of a woman – If an Imbalance occurs, the effects are devastating. A little imbalance in the hormones that are secreted from the ovaries in a woman, can cause acne, irregular periods, skin conditions (oily patches and dry skin patches), heart conditions, arthritis, hair loss, etc. Thus, it gets supremely important that women take care of their health, especially their hormonal balance.
Understanding the importance of Hormones
Chemical messengers, hormones travel in our body through our blood to all our body tissues and organs. Their balance affects all our bodily processes, but very slowly and gradually. Hormones are responsible for:
– Body’s growth and development
– Metabolism (breaking of food, gaining energy, using the energy and nutrients, etc.)
– Sexual processes
– Mental or emotional facets
Hence, in order to live a happy, healthy and beautiful life, it is important that your body hormones stay very much in balance.
But in women, due to the changing phases of life, the reproduction stage, etc. keeping the hormones in-balance gets extremely difficult. You need to take an extra care of your diet, health and activities to maintain the balance. So, here are pointers that will help you prevent hormonal imbalances in women. Follow them religiously and see your health and body stay healthy always, free from hormone related issues.
You need proper nutrition for maintaining the health of your endocrine system. Good nutrition will help you fight the otherwise affecting hormonal imbalances. So, eat food that is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty acids (fish oils, seeds, nuts and vegetable oil).
Eat fresh leafy vegetables and fruits that give you a little bit of almost every vitamin and mineral needed by our body. Also, make sure that you choose organic food rather than chemical preservative based food items.
Include meat, eggs and other dairy products that are naturally available, not processed or hormone integrated. Choose hormone free products for maintaining the balance.
- Food Supplements
Keeping your body hormone levels within the levels is not an easy task. You need supplements that further help in balancing the hormones. DHEA, obtained from black cohosh and don quai are two herbal supplements that help keep the hormones balanced. they are used to treat menopause and menstrual issues in women, by balancing the hormonal levels in the body. These herbs enhance the blood circulation in the reproductive organs increasing the uterine contractions and thus treat the imbalance in the hormones.
Whether you are suffering from hormonal imbalances or not, exercising is a must. When you exercise, your body’s metabolic activities function their best, thus pushing your hormones to function normally. So, apart from just burning your calories, it also helps in maintaining the hormonal imbalance in your body.
Sleeping is the best way to relax and keep your hormones functioning rightly. If you sleep a good 7 – 8 hours, it is best for you, your mind and health. Lack of sleep can lead to health issues, especially related to your hormones. So, relax and enjoy your beauty sleep for a healthier body.
- Caffeine intake
Yes… the smell of freshly brewing coffee can be really intoxicating… but is you have hormonal imbalance, consuming coffee may lead to more complications the elevate the cortisol levels, decrease the thyroid hormone levels and create a havoc in your body’s metabolism.
Instead, choose green tea with tulsi, as a refreshment.
- Avoid Birth Control pills
Having hormonal imbalance? The first thing people will suggest you to do… is to choose a good birth control pill. Well, this is actually wrong. Consuming these pills, you actually raise the estrogen hormone levels in your body which can lead to Migraines, risk to breast cancer, blood clotting, heart attacks, weight gain, nausea, mood swings, tumors, etc.
However, remember to take the help of your doctor for the right precautions and good health.