Our hormones have a major impact on our mental, physical and emotional health which is exactly why it’s so important to keep them happy, healthy and ultimately: balanced.
Though there are certain factors surrounding our hormones that are simply beyond our control - age and certain health conditions for example, there are some steps you can follow to promote hormonal balance, these include:
- Follow a balanced diet
- Get adequate sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Manage stress levels
How to balance hormones
Outside of the factors that are beyond our control, the steps that you can follow to promote hormonal balance are also steps you can take to promote overall good health - a win/win situation if we’ve ever seen one!
Follow a balanced diet
So, a balanced diet = balanced hormones? Well, it’s not as simple as that - but a diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals has the potential to promote positive hormone levels .
These vitamins and minerals include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
See also: What Are The Functions Of Vitamins?
Get adequate sleep
Despite (semi) popular belief, sleep isn’t for the weak - it’s for everyone!
If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones can be affected, which can lead to high blood pressure. Good quality sleep is also crucial in maintaining healthy levels of hormones that control appetite and glucose levels .
Exercise on a regular basis
Adequate exercise is one of the best health investments you can make. Exercise releases feel-good hormones such as dopamine and stimulates the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a chemical which is often targeted by antidepressants in the form of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) .
Manage stress levels
Whether your work day has been busier than usual or that college assignment isn’t working out the way you imagined - everyday stresses can wreak havoc on your mind, body and hormone levels.
The two major hormones affected by stress include adrenaline and cortisol and chronic stress has the potential to keep cortisol levels elevated which can put you at risk of anxiety, digestive problems and heart disease .
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