A number of internal and external factors can mess with our hormones causing them to become unbalanced.
In this blog post we talk about how diet, stress, endocrine disrupting chemicals, genetics and inactivity can cause our hormones to become imbalanced.
Diet – Highly processed foods, preservatives and growth hormones in animal products including dairy, pesticides sprayed on fruit and vegetables and alcohol can negatively affect hormones. Phytoestrogens found in foods like soy, citrus and wheat can have a positive or negative effect depending on what stage of life you are at.
Stress – Stress in the short term is likely to have a positive effect on the body. It signals the adrenal glands to release cortisol the ‘stress hormone’ into the blood stream. This causes the body to reduce any nonessential functions for a short time so that the stressor can be overcome. However, chronic stress can lead to constantly high levels of cortisol in the blood which can start to affect everything from sleep to mood to weight. Fertility is also affected as the body does not want to fall pregnant if it is under extreme stress.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – Otherwise known as EDC’s, are generally man made materials that can affect our hormones by reducing or stopping their release by mimicking their function and competing with hormones at our cell receptors. EDC’s are found in personal care products, cleaning products, food and plastics.
Genetics – Hormonal conditions such as thyroid issues can run in families. Hormones also regulate genes and change how they are expressed which means an imbalance in your hormones can lead to your genes being turned on or off which can lead to certain health conditions.
Inactivity – Lack of exercise in itself is not going to be the single cause of a hormone imbalance, though it may be part of a collection of things that do. However, regular moderate exercise can help to balance hormones by reducing stress, boosting your immune system, maintaining a healthy weight, balancing blood sugar, and detoxing oestrogen and toxins from the body.
If you think your hormones may be out of balance, please contact us to make an appointment.