How Do Hormones Affect Your Health?

I focus a lot on appearance at RC Fitness in Houston, Tx, but every workout and dietary recommendation is also designed to make you healthier. Many of the recommendations help regulate hormones and hormones affect your health, while also affecting your weight and metabolism. People often associate hormones with estrogen and testosterone, which are associated with sexuality. However, they’re more than that. They are chemical messengers that help the body to function at its best. They control everything from your mood to your body temperature and weight.

Are you feeling stressed out? That comes from the fight or flight hormones.

Your body was engineered to respond quickly to danger. At the first sign, it sends out hormones that stimulate it to prepare to run or fight. Those stress hormones make changes that send blood to extremities so you can run faster and fight. Those hormones also regulate you blood sugar levels, maintain blood pressure, improve memory and regulate your metabolism. If they’re not burned off by exercise, those changes and more remain. Stress hormones, like cortisol can also cause increased potential for belly fat and obesity. They can cause other health issues like increased potential for heart disease. Regular exercise can help reduce those dangers, while also giving you a toned beautiful body.

Are you gaining weight and don’t know why?

Weight gain, no matter how much you diet, may be due to a sex hormone imbalance. The imbalance can come from too much stress, poor nutrition or toxins. It can lead to serious health issue. Issues like fibroid tumors, weight gain around the thighs hips and abdomen, low sex drive, mood swings, heavy bleeding, gall bladder disease and painful periods are symptoms of too much estrogen and too little progesterone.

Health issues occur due to hormonal deficiencies or imbalance.

The endocrine system consists of glands that make hormones. The major gland is the hypothalamus. It controls the hormone of sleep, thirst, body temperature and other important functions. Type 1 diabetes is another disease caused by hormones, since insulin is insufficient and insulin is a hormone. The pituitary gland is the master gland that controls all the others. Another important gland is the pineal gland or thalamus that makes serotonin. Serotonin affects the sleep/wake cycle. As you can tell, every part and function of the body is affected by hormones.

  • If you want to ensure your endocrine system is functioning at its best, you need to have healthy eating habits. Avoid food that has added sugar, which can cause problems regulating insulin.
  • Regular exercise can aid in regulating hormone levels. It’s especially good for resetting your hormones after a stressful situation set off the fight or flight response. Stress doesn’t have to be life threatening to do it. It can be as simple as an angry boss or being caught in traffic.
  • Food that can help you maintain a healthier hormonal system include those higher in omega 3 fatty acids, like salmon or other fatty fish. It also can include green tea, which has been shown beneficial to hormonal health.
  • It’s not always easy to keep stress at bay and sometimes working out immediately is impossible. Learn ways to deal with stress like meditation or find ways to burn it off without going to the gym. Pacing has always been a stress release. Taking a few flights of stairs at top speed can also do it quickly.

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