Hormonal balance is essential to a healthy mind and body but can be disrupted in a variety of ways. Raising children, having a demanding career, juggling schedules, over-exercising, not getting proper sleep, eating junk on the run, etc. all place a heavy toll on our bodies and cause chaos on our hormones. In today’s modern, fast-paced society, it’s no wonder so many women are worn out and feeling less than amazing. It’s time we understand how to work with our bodies to combat the common hormone disruptors.
One of the main culprits of imbalanced hormones is stress. But not just mental stress. When we are under chronic stress – be it a demanding job, shuffling our kids around, lack of sleep, or an improper diet – our bodies pump out a hormone called cortisol to buffer stress on the body. High levels of cortisol lead to mood swings, headaches, anxiety, sleep issues, low energy, stubborn weight, and more. In time, this imbalance can worsen with age bringing on new symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, high blood pressure, and more.
Insulin resistance has become a massive problem in our culture, and it can lead to a myriad of chronic health problems. When insulin isn’t doing its job efficiently, it’s nearly impossible to reduce the associated symptoms, including; weight gain, difficulty losing weight, low energy levels, brain fog, food cravings, sleep issues, hot flashes, and night sweats. Obesity, imbalanced hormones, unnecessary thyroid replacement therapy, over the counter and prescription drugs, lack of physical activity, chronic stress, lack of sleep, as well as over-consumption of sugars, carbohydrates, alcohol, and insufficient amounts of protein and fats all contribute to insulin resistance.
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Think of inflammation like a fire that your body is trying to put out. It’s a defense mechanism that goes off when your body is trying to protect itself. Inflammation can be beneficial in many cases. However, it can cause more harm than good when your body is under constant or chronic attack. In this case, your body is so busy “putting out the fire,” that its priority is not on balancing your hormones. One of the main factors that can lead to inflammation is poor gut health and food sensitivities, often leading to fatigue, bloating, constipation, or unexplained weight gain.
Candida albicans is a natural-occurring yeast that lives in the intestinal system. Its overgrowth occurs when your natural “friendly” bacteria become diminished. Good bacteria multiplies when you sleep and is critical to your immune system. Most Americans do not get enough sleep and overeat sugar, which feeds this yeast. Candida yeast overgrowth can cause sugar/starch cravings, digestive problems (bloating), and will hinder weight loss.
Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent and even reverse hormone imbalance caused by stress, insulin resistance, inflammation, and yeast overgrowth, improving your mood, sleep, cravings, sleep, hot flashes/night sweats, and allow for efficient fat burning!
Learn more in our next upcoming web story or get help from one of our Natural Hormone Balancing specialists. Take the first step towards feeling better today!