Hormones and Your Body
Did you know that hormones are the key to your well-being? Not only do hormones influence your thoughts, emotions, feelings, physical growth, aging, and child bearing, but their imbalance can also lead to several health-related issues. Your body has six primary hormones including progesterone, estrogen, Cortisol, testosterone, thyroid, and the HGH (human growth hormone). Estrogen, a female hormone, is crucial for fertility; Progesterone is crucial for all your body’s metabolic functions; Testosterone is the male hormone and is crucial for energy, healthy libido, strong muscles, bones etc; HGH is crucial for growth and tissue maintenance; while Cortisol is the ‘stress’ hormone and combats stress and anxiety keeping you active and energetic. It is important for your well-being to know about these hormones as well as be familiar with many signs and symptoms of various hormonal imbalances. Knowing how to manage these hormones is very important for a healthy and normal life.
Tell-tale signs of Hormonal Imbalance
Despite having healthy eating habits, exercising regularly, you may still suffer from hormonal issues such as Cortisol hormonal imbalance. Some of the most common tell-tale signs of these hormonal changes could be weight gain, weight loss, low libido, fatigue, irregular menstrual cycles in females, hair loss etc.
Cortisol Hormonal Imbalance
Produced by the adrenal glands located just above your kidneys, Cortisol plays a very crucial role in ensuring you stay healthy and energetic. Its primary function is to combat physical as well as psychological stress. Every time your body experiences stress, the Cortisol levels elevate in order to combat the stress and you experience a boost of energy and feel more motivated. Unfortunately, heightened stress-levels lead to alarmingly high levels of Cortisol in your body leading to imbalance and negative effects. In order to ensure that your body’s Cortisol levels remain in check, you must learn to relax and reduce your stress levels aggressively.
Signs & Symptoms of Higher Cortisol Levels
• Memory issues
• Stomach ulcers
• High blood pressure
• Increased levels of cholesterol
• Weight gain/loss
• Alcohol cravings
• Insulin resistance
• Heart disease
• Frequent illnesses
Signs & Symptoms of Lower Cortisol Levels
• Stress intolerance
• Chronic Fatigue
• Cold intolerance
• Weight gain due to lack of proper blood sugar levels
• Aches and pains
• Prolonged illnesses
• Common colds
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Heart disease
How to Treat Cortisol Hormonal Imbalance
Women are more prone to health issues that arise out of Cortisol hormonal imbalance. Many women can experience problems like infrequent ovulation that may lead to infertility or difficulty in getting pregnant by suppressing estrogen as well as progesterone activity. Lower levels of Cortisol hormone can lead to Hypothyroidism as it stimulates the thyroid hormones.
The best way to reduce or improve the Cortisol imbalance is by consuming nutritional and balance diet, regular exercise, and sleeping at least 8 hours every night. You should cut back on your salt, sugar, and white flour, alcohol intake. Eating small meals every 2-3 hours also helps, while managing your stress levels can help in this effort.