(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions – Hormones
How do you take control of your hormones?
If you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance or believe you have an imbalance, understanding how to take control of your hormones. Regaining balance might require medication or a lifestyle change, depending on the extent of the imbalance and which hormone levels have been affected. The good news is that taking control of your hormones doesn’t have to be frustrating or painful, especially if you know the signs and act accordingly.
What are hormones and why are they important?
Hormones are chemicals that are secreted by various organs throughout the body in the endocrine system. These hormones then travel through the bloodstream to tissues and organs and transmit specific directions to various organs. Hormones also help regulate things like:
-puberty and development
Both men and men can experience hormonal imbalances, such as steroids, growth hormones, sex hormones, insulin, and adrenaline.
What causes a hormonal imbalance?
Throughout our lives, we experience hormonal imbalances, but when these certain shifts in hormonal levels go above or below what is needed for homeostasis—or the body’s equilibrium—problems occur. The reasons for these imbalances can be caused by stress and diet, but most of the time, out of control hormones are the result of dysfunctional endocrine glands.
Internal and external conditions may combine to affect the endocrine glands, too. For example:
-Diabetes type I and type II
-Being underweight or overweight
-Taking hormonal medications, such as birth control or estrogen
-Certain cancers involving endocrine glands
-Phytoestrogens, such as those found in soy
-And so on.
What are some symptoms of out of control hormones?
Depending on which hormones are out of control, the symptoms are going to differ. The most common symptoms include:
-weight loss or gain
-changes in cold and heat sensitivities
-heart rate abnormalities
-changes in blood sugar levels
-male-pattern body hair
-new or worsening acne
-menstrual cycle irregularities or absence
-puffiness and inflammation
Are there holistic methods?
First, make sure to get your hormones looked at by a trained medical practioner. Also, natural supplements and lifestyle changes can sometimes help you regain control. The ones that are used most often throughout the world include evening primrose oil, black cohosh, ginseng, and maca.
Other methods require no natural supplements—merely a change in your lifestyle. By exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a diet limited in ultra-processed carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, keeping up with your personal hygiene, and learning how to manage stress, you can regain control of your hormones.