Have you ever wondered why you get hunger pangs or no hunger before your period or why you lose your temper so easily? Or perhaps you can’t get rid of a migraine. It’s not you, but your messy hormonal imbalance could be to blame. And, once they are out of whack, there is nothing worst that can happen.
For those who don’t know what this Holy Grail is about. Pay close attention. Hormones are sort of travel messengers that travel through our organs and tissues and regulate our body functions. This is the easiest way to explain how imperative hormones are. It’s better not to mess with them as they regulate almost everything our body is capable of right from growth, reproduction, mood swings, including sex hormones plus melatonin (sleep), cortisol (stress), adrenaline (fight or flight hormones) and thyroid (metabolism).
Hormonal imbalance can be caused by many reasons to name a few nutritional deficiency, impaired liver function, hypothyroidism, stress and depression and the list can go on. Do scroll down and check out 33 symptoms to know if you’re suffering from hormonal imbalance.
Only few can get away from hormonal imbalance without suffering severely. But for the majority of people, it can take wreck health and fitness goals in no time.
33 Signs You Have Whacked Out Hormones
Do you feel tired or energy less in the morning? Are you aging too early? Can’t seem to lose last few kilos? Do you feel depressed lately? Do you become irritated easily?
If you’re nodding “Yes” as an answer to every question above then your hormones are out of whack. There are many signs that indicate hormonal imbalance and we take them for granted. It starts from such signs and then turns into havoc. I am listing them down below. Check them out for yourself.
- You’ve got a big belly. It’s everywhere, like a global issue. In fancy terms, it is known as “muffin top”.
- Do you sweat enormously?
- You are tired all the time for no reason.
- Getting up in the morning seems like a task. ( Oh, yes for many of you, keep reading )
- Do you struggle to sleep every day?
- Do you have serious craving for salty or sugary foods
- It takes more effort to perform everyday tasks and duties
- Low sex drive ( Yes, this could be the reason) You must read, 11 Things That Happen When You Stop Having Sex
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Increased time to recover from illness
- Headaches for no reasons
- A light headache, dizzy, or nausea after periods of not eating
- Feel depression / Anxiety on small issues
- Weight gain/loss
- Food/ Alcohol intolerance
- Sinus problems, excessive allergies, and sensitivities
- Digestive disorders
- Dry and scaly skin
- Excessive hunger or no hunger
- Hair loss or hair thinning
- Headaches for no reason
- You catch a cold and flu easily
- Can’t concentrate on one thing
- Catch infections easily
- Suffering from Liver disorders lately
- Do you suffer from chronic pain & inflammation
- Blood pressure problems, Slow metabolism
- Hot flashes, Low body temperatures, Chronic Illness
- Night sweats,
- Are you suffering from sleep disorders, irritability, poor memory and weakness
- Tender breasts
- Pumping Iron popping protein supplements but can’t build muscle
- Does your body retain Fluid? Water retention conceals all your weight loss efforts
How to Fix Hormonal Imbalance Naturally
Hormonal Imbalance the word itself sounds scary seems like, we’re in trouble, sure it’s true. Hormonal imbalance or any kind of imbalance is not a place to be. With every problem comes a solution.We always need not pop up pills for fixing our health conditions. They are temporary fixes, and we don’t need anything temporary when it comes to healthy. You need to fix your nutrition right guys, and so your lifestyle. There is no amount of money can’t make up for your sleep and peace. No pill can make you feel happy.
11 Ways To Reset Hormonal Imbalance
Sleep On It
You’re going to love me for this. You need to sleep more if you want to reset your hormones you need to have adequate sleep. It will not only work for cortisol (stress hormone) but for all other hormones as well. I think by far, this is one of the easiest and cheapest methods to reset your hormonal imbalance.
You need to have at least 8 to 9 hours of quality sleep. When we sleep our body works on wear and tear and many other things. In simple words, growth happens at night when we are at sleep. And these days we trade our sleep with digital life. We all are so much consumed by the social media that we have forgotten the surprising health benefits of sleep.
Sleep controls Leptin hormone as well. Wait a minute. Are You Leptin Resistant? Go check out for yourself.
No Caffeine & Alcohol
For at least a week drop your caffeine and alcohol to zero. If you are someone who likes to drink once in a week is fine but if you enjoy drinks daily then it is for you. They don’t call it “beer belly” for nothing. After one week, you will notice a tremendous difference in your energy levels and if you continue the same with good food and workout you can easily reset your hormonal imbalance and so your belly.
I know in initial days, it will be hard for you to keep up but that’s the catch. Once you get a hang of it, you can continue for longer periods and that’s what we are looking for.
Guys, there is no way around it, the way nutrition is important likewise workout. You don’t have to run a marathon daily. All you need is to workout 150 minutes per week, which is 30 minutes five days a week. I think it pretty doable and if we are making excuses on that. There is nothing on the planet that can save you from having hormonal imbalances and everything that comes along.
Try and add physical activities to your routine. Play games, sports, dance classes, join swimming or brisk walks, there are too many options. The human body is meant for movement. The more involve you into physical activity the better your body will become.
Along with exercise or workout whichever works fine for you. Try these 11 Things I Always Do When I Want To Lose Weight Naturally & 11 Ways To Be Healthy And Happy At The Same Time.
Adding Vitamin D naturally by taking sun bath is very good for the body and hormones. If it is too hot like here in New Delhi, you can always use supplements. Vitamin D works on multiple things altogether. Do all Vitamin D in your daily diet.
If you are suffering from hormonal imbalance then adding Vitamin D may resolve many issues. There is no point aggravating your problem to such a point where things get worse. Take action now and be responsible. You have one life and one body to live in, take care of it.
It has been said time and again, “You are what you eat” and for all the right reasons. By adding super foods you can enhance the quality of your nutrition. Superfoods work on body, hair, and skin in multiple ways and give magical benefits you can add them to your daily diet and keep hormonal imbalance and other health issues at bay. Try and add these superfoods
a daily dose of Coconut oil for effective weight loss and gazillions of things(Tree of Life),
Add coconut oil and all products related to coconut in your diet. It is known for killing bad bacteria and resetting hormonal imbalance. It is amazing for the skin and hormones. It speeds up the metabolism and provides an instant source of energy. Soaked and unflavored nuts and seeds, olives, flaxseed all are rich sources of good fats. Egg Yolks are very important for hormonal functioning as they contain. For thyroid problems, eggs yolks work wonders as two components present in yolk namely iodine and choline are crucial for keeping thyroid issues at bay. They are loaded with minerals and vitamins. They give luster to the skin, healthy for hormones and reproductive system. You might be thinking one small yolk and all this. Yes as it comprises of vitamin A, D, E, B2, B6 & B9 and mineral like potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus. Avocados, a rich source of healthy fats, full of vitamins E &B, fiber filled, potassium and magnesium rich and also rich in folic acid everything that is essential for maintaining harmony among all the hormones is there in this one food.
Just like good fats, we have good carbs that are as essential as good fats in maintaining a balanced diet. Add these Top 4 Good Carbs For A Flat Belly.
In today’s fast paced life we all need a time and space where we can sit and enjoy the nature. Away from social life online or offline, away from the phone and any sort of pressure and distraction either personal or professional. To reset your hormonal imbalance you need to shut off from this life from some time you either pick something a hobby or passion where you can indulge or practice silence and mindfulness meditation. It works incredibly on a mental level and great for hormonal imbalances.
The whole point behind meditation is to learn to be in the present moment. There are various other ways to get yourself back into the moment. If you’re someone who needs ways to live in the moment then this post is for you 6 Ways To Live In The Moment – How To Be Present.
Fix your Nutrition
This should have been the first point but anyhow all points mentioned here as equally important. Nutrition is everything, by fixing this you can is 80% of your problems straight away no medicine no supplement. Just fix your diet. Stop eating junk food full of sugary and salty good in taste but zero nutrition. This junk food has made younger ones look like adults. They don’t know what they are consuming and aftermaths. Being an adult, it’s our job to show them the right path. With bad food, they not only lose health but their confidence in life and ultimately everything that is meaningful in life. To control your hormones you need to make smart food choices for healthier you and your loved ones.
9. Associate with Positive People
You are known for the kind of company you keep and avoid. Always surround yourself with the people that propel you towards your goals keeps you in uplifted spirit. Listen to podcasts that are empowering and motivational. Your ambiance should be stress-free.
The food you eat, the environment you live in and activity you do all has a great impact on your hormones.
Go out and explore new places, learn new things, keep meeting new people. You can opt for solo traveling and enjoy the nature and places all by yourself. Traveling is therapeutic. Solo traveling makes you healthier, happier, and smarter.
10. Forget & Forgive
In order to move on in life, we need to forgive people, events, circumstance and ourselves. All our hormones, organs, and functionality are connected to the brain and so are our memories. Bad memories create stress and chronic depression that triggers our hormones on alarming rate means giving the mind a scarcity alarm that imbalances our hormones which in turn increases the appetite, lowers metabolism, stores fat, serious cravings and many others things which can’t be explained. It is highly important to keep our mind stress free. Forgiving is the greatest way to heal your mind body and soul. Forgiveness heals us all, let’s come together and heals.
Balance Out Your Omega 6 & Omega 3
One of the major reason for the hormonal imbalance is the imbalance created by us using more of omega 6 In our daily diet ( vegetable oils ) and too less of omega 3. It creates a big surplus and deficit that disrupts the harmony of the hormones. You can add olive oil, Coconut oil and others oils that are rich in Omega 3 why only oil add some other rich sources in your diet and balance out the difference.
Hormonal imbalance is a wider term there is still more to it. In this introductory post, I have mentioned simple and easy hacks for you all to balance your hormones naturally if you have one. Do go through the and check for yourself. You are the better judge of it. Your health is your responsibility take charge, now.
I will come up with more on hormones; my next post will be on Cortisol hormone. It is known as a stress hormone. Cortisol, belly fat, and depression are correlated. For losing belly fat you must know what Cortisol is and how it affects us. Stay tuned!