All About Hormones This International Yoga Day

Sometimes we feel fatigued, run down, depressed, or having trouble losing weight.

Ever imagine what can be the cause???

A Hormone Imbalance may be the culprit. 

Hormones can become imbalanced due to age, diet, lifestyle, harmful chemicals, metals in the environment, and stress. Basically, we all need a proper hormonal balance so we can experience good health. True health is a focused mind, healthy habits, calm nerves, and balanced biological chemicals. It means we’re at our best – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It is the combination of all of these states that allows us the freedom to create and live our ideal life.

All About Your Hormones

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that travel in the blood to organs and tissues signaling them to do the work they were designed to do. Hormones are important for regulating most major bodily processes, so a hormonal imbalance can affect a wide range of bodily functions. Hormones help to regulate:

· metabolism and appetite

· heart rate

· sleep cycles

· reproductive cycles and sexual function

· general growth and development

· mood and stress levels

· body temperature

Men and women alike can be affected by imbalances in insulin steroids, growth hormones, and adrenaline.

Women may also experience imbalances in estrogen and progesterone  levels, while men are more likely to experience imbalances in testosterone levels.

Hormones and Their Effect on Female Development

Hormones are sometimes connected to women because of the way mood swings often occur in females. In young girls, hormones trigger bone growth and health, and signal the beginning of puberty as the body matures. This can cause acne, mood changes and menstrual cramps. Hormones are also crucial for the start of menstruation. 

As the body grows and the woman enters her childbearing years, her hormones are responsible for muscle mass changes and weight control. They also play a fundamental role in pregnancy. Hormone imbalances during this stage may cause:

· Skin changes

· Mood changes

· Weight gain

· Low energy

At about age 45, most women begin to leave their childbearing days behind, entering a stage known as menopause, wherein hormone levels begin to change to prevent pregnancy. Estrogen and progesterone levels drop during menopause, and infertility eventually sets in. Some women will experience bone loss. During this time, mood swings, hot flashes, sleep problems, and urinary or vaginal discomfort are common.

Hormones and Their Effect on Male Development

Men and boys are also affected by hormones. During puberty, testosterone production increases in boys, causing bone growth, muscle mass changes and body maturation — also signaling the sexual changes that lead to adulthood. During this time, boys will notice new hair growth, acne development, a deepening of the voice, and a widening of the shoulders. 

Between the ages of 18 and 40, men may notice their testosterone levels dropping. During this time, hormone changes can help contribute to weight control and muscle mass changes. Hormone imbalances in this time may cause:

· Weight gain

· Low energy levels

· Low libido

· Mood changes

· Skin changes

As men start to approach 50, testosterone levels will drop further. Some men will struggle with brittle bones. Infertility can occur as sperm count levels drop. Reduced energy, loss of hair, and low libido can occur because of hormones later in a man’s life.

Keeping Hormones in Balance

Nearly everyone experiences at least one or two periods of hormonal imbalance during their lifetime.

Hormonal imbalances are more common during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy. But some people experience continual, irregular hormonal imbalances.

Many hormonal imbalances are caused by external factors, such as stress or hormone medications. However, hormonal imbalances can also be caused by any medical condition that impacts or involves the endocrine

Hormones are a vital part of your body’s overall health. 

If you are struggling with your hormones or have symptoms that could be related to hormonal problems, We can help.

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