Everything is going pretty well but still you don’t feel balanced. What is going on? It could have to do with the hormone balance in your body. Your endocrine system can be quite a roller coaster, with ups and downs. When hormones are out of balance, you may experience mood swings, a feeling of sluggishness or a slowdown in your metabolism.
Because the female body works differently from that of men, women in particular suffer from hormone changes. The main hormone in the male body is testosterone. During puberty, the testosterone level rises and around the age of forty it slowly decreases again. For women, the hormone issue is a bit more complicated. The female endocrine system is a kind of switch box, in which all developments in the body are involved. This can also cause an imbalance to arise more quickly, resulting in complaints.
What are common complaints?
- Irregular menstruation/absence of menstruation
- Restlessness, feeling rushed, sweating
- Weight gain
- Short fuse
- Binge eating
- Skin problems (acne, eczema)
- Mood swings
- Joint and/or muscle pain, stiff joints/muscles
How do you best keep your hormone balance in balance?
Vary your diet
Make sure you get plenty of fiber and different types of vitamins and minerals. You can do this by alternating as much as possible with different foods.
Avoid products with endocrine disruptors
Hormone disrupting substances such as xenoestrogens can be the cause of a disturbed hormone balance. This substance is found in plastic, for example, but also in shampoo and make-up. Try to replace your products with natural products such as coconut oil as a body lotion.
Reduce your stress
Try to reduce stress. Even though it is sometimes difficult to find out where your stress comes from. Always take stress signals seriously and otherwise have yourself examined. Stress is never healthy, give yourself some rest and time to reduce stress.
Exercise is always important for a healthy lifestyle. If you suffer from changes in your hormone system, certain sports can help. Activities such as yoga, swimming, walking, climbing stairs, jumping on a trampoline, cycling and jumping rope can have a positive influence on your hormone balance.
Get enough sleep
Are the children finally sleeping through the night and are you still unable to sleep well? It may then be worth seeking help for this. You can often make a big difference with small adjustments to your lifestyle or diet. An eight-hour night’s sleep is good for the hormone system.
Go (intermittent) fasting, this gives the body and endocrine system time and rest to recover and come into balance. In addition, it also has benefits for the heart and it inhibits inflammation. For example, start with thirteen hours of fasting per day and build up to sixteen hours per day. Please read well in advance!
Track your menstrual cycle
By keeping track of your menstrual cycle for a while, you quickly gain insight into the connection between your complaints, your diet and your overall lifestyle. Tracking your menstrual cycle can be done with various apps. In these apps you can keep track of complaints, eating habits and how you feel.
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