Your Hormones, Your Life

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Your Hormones, Your Life

It is time to get your hormones in balance.

It's 7a.m. and your alarm sets off. You snooze a few times, get out of bed, freshen up, and commute to work. Today, you performed the same rituals you did yesterday, but something feels amiss. You feel lethargic and your disposition is dim. If everything is the same, why do you feel different today?

Hormonal changes may be the reason behind this familiar scenario. When hormone levels fluctuate, they affect your mood and disrupt some of your other body functions such as cell metabolism, growth, reproduction, and digestion.

A hormone is a chemical released by a cell or a gland that sends out messages to the cells of all parts of the body. Even a small amount of hormone can alter cell metabolism and can transport signals from one cell to another. Imbalances in these chemicals can impact one's overall health negatively. Nutrition, diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress, emotions, age, and ovulation are the most common factors that influence the production and activity of the hormones in your body. Women of all ages may experience hormonal imbalance, often with symptoms becoming evident in their late twenties and throughout their forties. Many women also experience symptoms of hormonal changes during their premenstrual cycle. As for men, they gradually experience hormonal imbalance as they age. This condition is also known as andropause.

An effective way to treat hormonal imbalance is the use of herbal and homeopathic remedies. They promote overall health and are gentle on delicate body systems. However, leading a holistic and healthy lifestyle, which includes optimal nutrition, regular exercise, and ample sleep, is still the best defense for your overall health.

These symptoms of hormonal imbalance can occur anytime from time to time.

* Abdominal bloating
* Abdominal cramping
* Accident proneness, coordination difficulties
* Acne, hives
* Aggression, rage
* Anxiety, irritability, suicidal thoughts
* Asthma
* Back pain
* Breast swelling and pain
* Bruising
* Confusion
* Depression, withdrawal from others, emotional liability
* Edema
* Exacerbation of pre-existing conditions (lupus, arthritis, ulcers, herpes, etc.)
* Excessive sleep patterns, fatigue, lethargy
* Fainting
* Food binges, salt cravings, sweet cravings
* Headache, migraine
* Heart palpitations
* Insomnia
* Joint swelling and pain
* Nausea
* Seizures
* Sex drive changes
* Sinus problems
* Sore throat
* Urinary difficulties

Experts say that even without drastic treatments in the hospital, you can achieve balance in your hormones by simply improving your lifestyle. Here are quick tips to regain your balance naturally:

1. Begin each day with a healthy breakfast. Adopt a healthy diet. Eliminate any type of processed food and food high in sugar.

2. Take an organic, liquid multi-vitamin, or herbal supplement every day. Your diet alone cannot fully supply the nutrients you need for your overall well-being.

3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Maintain sufficient water intake throughout the day. Steer clear of sodas, diet sodas and all sugary drinks.

4. Exercise at least 3 times a week. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to the grocery store instead of driving. You will find these as great stress relievers!

5. Get at least 40 minutes of sun on your body, every day. This will help with the body's production of Vitamin D, which helps to regulate the functions of the endocrine system.

6. Get at least 8 hours of sleep. Studies have shown that an adult requires 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. During sleep, your body restores and rejuvenates its energy levels.

7. Get rid of your personal care products that are unnatural. These chemicals are proven to disrupt hormones.

8. Don't smoke, drink or use drugs. Smoking and alcohol consumption cause great stress on the body and contain toxins that can disrupt the hormone system.

It's never too early to learn how to take care of your body. When it comes to health, awareness pays off well in the long run and prevention is always better than cure.

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