Hormones play an essential role in the proper functioning of our body. They are the messengers of the body which travel through the bloodstream inside the human body. Hormones regulate many functions of the body like metabolism, reproductive health, appetite, body temperature, sleeping pattern, growth and development of the body. The different glands inside your body release hormones that ensure the proper functioning of the body. A slight imbalance of hormones in the human body can disturb the smooth functioning of the body. Too much or too less of a hormone in the body can lead to hormonal imbalance. Medications can help in balancing hormones but there are certain natural ways which can keep a check on your hormones. Some daily habits can help you keep your hormones balanced. Here is the list of things that you should monitor to keep your hormones balanced.
Caffeine can affect hormonal level as well. If you consume too much caffeine in a day then your hormones might suffer. If you are addicted to your cup of coffee then you must consider some changes in your diet. Coffee can affect various hormones including cortisol- stress hormone and estrogen which is responsible for female reproductive health.
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Adequate sleep is very necessary for proper body functioning. A proper sleep ensures enough energy level to perform daily tasks efficiently. Your sleeping pattern also regulates levels of various hormones in your body. Sleep deprivation affects insulin, ghrelin, cortisol, leptin and growth hormone.
Stress can affect two hormones majorly- cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol is also called stress hormone, which controls your mood and mental health. Adrenaline is also called adrenalin controls blood sugar levels and heart functions. It also provides energy to the body. You should manage stress to keep the levels of these hormones on check. You can try various methods to manage stress like meditation, exercise, proper diet and enough sleep.
Diet also affects the hormonal level in the human body. Certain food items are responsible for the secretion of hormones. Foods you must include in your diet for hormonal balance are- whole grains, yogurt, fatty fishes, green tea and protein-rich foods like eggs, milk, beans, and seafood.
Staying hydrated is another way to balance hormones. Water is not the only way to stay hydrated you should also add other options to ensure enough liquid intake. You can drink shakes and smoothies made with fruits rich in antioxidants. Coconut water is another way to stay hydrated throughout the day. It will also keep you full and stop you from consuming unnecessary calories.
When you eat too much or too less you will definitely notice a change in your weight. But it also changes your hormonal levels. Overeating can increase insulin levels which will further lead to insulin insensitivity. Whereas eating fewer calories than required can lead to increased cortisol levels. You should maintain a balanced diet with a proper calorie count according to the number of calories required by your body.
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