Eat A Healthy Diet
Hormones are chemical messengers that affect your mental, physical and emotional health. They are produced by endocrine glands and regulate body processes like metabolism, growth and development, sexual function and mood.
Eating a healthy diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods is one of the best ways to balance hormones naturally. Avoiding sugar, processed foods and refined carbohydrates and eating plenty of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy fluids are essential for hormonal health.
Hormones are chemical messengers that control most of your body’s important functions. When they’re balanced, your health thrives. When they aren’t, you may experience mood and sex issues, weight gain, low energy levels, sleep problems and more.
Hormonal imbalances can be caused by stress, poor diet, food sensitivities and more. Luckily, most hormone imbalances are reversible.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to keep your hormones in balance. Regular exercise will increase your serotonin and dopamine levels, which boosts mood and reduces stress. It also helps to regulate testosterone and estrogen.
Sleep is a critical part of your body’s hormone balance. A good night’s sleep allows your body to produce and secrete many important hormones, including melatonin, estrogen, and testosterone.
However, a lack of sleep can impact your hormone levels and cause insomnia and other sleep disorders. Women are especially susceptible to sleep disturbances during perimenopause and menopause due to the decline in natural estrogen, which can cause hot flashes that disturb sleep. Estrogen deficiency is also linked to snoring and sleep apnea in both women and men.