When our hormones are out of balance, we can feel it. It may not be a conscious thought in which you think about hormones, but you may notice that you feel tired or run down more than normal. For females, we often see physical differences in our cycles. However, both males and females often feel it in their sex drive, daily activities, and maybe even in the need to sleep for longer. When experiencing these things, it’s important to check your hormonal balance.
Having consistent hormone levels means that you’re not only healthier in your body, but also in your mind.
Imbalanced hormone levels can create a cancer-friendly environment. For instance, breast cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, and possibly cervical cancer. Additionally, higher levels of estrogen can mean excess weight gain in both males and females.
To a certain extent, hormones naturally fluctuate as we age and experience things like puberty, menopause, and other life milestones, but it can also be caused by toxins and an unhealthy, unbalanced lifestyle. For instance, hormones are often connected to the food we eat. There was a period in time when cows were given doses of estrogen to increase their milk production. The estrogen was coming out through the milk and meat and being transferred to those eating it. In turn, those who ate beef and drank milk were also having higher estrogen levels.
Hormones are also affected by what kind and how much exercise we do, the toxins that we absorb through food and our environment, the weight we carry, and the stress levels in our daily lives.
Stress is a particularly high influence. For instance, with higher stress levels, cortisol floods the system causing hormone production to lag. The body then is forced to take from its own available progesterone to make more cortisol. The cycle continues leading to low progesterone and sky high estrogen. The longer this continues, our body is likely to end up with tears in our bones, damage to our muscles, lower strength and energy, lower libido, and a weaker immune system, which can increase our risk of chronic illness and autoimmune disease.
The bottom line is that when our body and hormone levels are run down and stop working, we need to do something to get them back on track. This requires checking our hormone levels and then working with the doctor to come up with a logical course of action to get back to normal. Sometimes getting an appropriate about of rest, exercising on a consistent basis, and following good nutrition guidelines can help, but sometimes our body needs a boost in the right direction to achieve hormonal balance. This is essential for long-term health.
If you have questions, want to check your hormone levels or want to talk about a course of action to get and stay healthy, Premier Age Management and Weight Loss Clinic would love a visit and to talk with you. Check out one of their Nashville area clinics or view their website to set up an appointment today.