Hormonal Imbalance can influence many parts of your daily life, from your mood, to stress levels, to weight, and more. When there’s so much information discussing the various impacts of hormone levels, it can be hard to determine fact from fiction. Let’s bust some common, but inaccurate myths about your hormones!
- Hormonal balance requires medication: Hormone Replacement Therapy, which supplements the body with specific hormones, is often recommended to individuals with hormonal imbalance, it is far from the only way to relieve your symptoms. Diet, Exercise, and your general lifestyle can play a large role in influencing your symptoms as well. Following a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables gives the body important nutrients and vitamins. Based on your specific conditions, personalizing your diet to avoid phytoestrogens, processed foods, or inflammatory foods can relieve many uncomfortable symptoms that persist with hormonal imbalance or menstruation. Exercising daily also gives your body a boost of endorphins and help you regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, increasing your energy and reducing the risk of weight gain or disease. Even making small lifestyle changes such as meditating, drinking more water, or journaling can help you destress and balance cortisol levels. All in all, it’s important to understand that while medication can help you if you have very clear imbalances for a particular hormone, there are many natural ways to help you regain hormonal balance and achieve your goals on your wellness journey.
- Men don’t face hormonal imbalances: Hormonal imbalance is often only attributed to women, but many men face the impacts of this condition as well. Testosterone, the main male sex hormone, influences sex drive, facial hair, muscle mass, and more. Low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction and a lower sex drive, where high testosterone can lead to high blood pressure and mood swings. By implementing healthy dietary and lifestyle choices, testosterone levels can be naturally more balanced as well.
- Hormonal imbalance is normal: Yes, hormonal imbalance is common. But it is not normal. PMS, PMDD, PCOS, and other conditions that are strongly derived from hormonal imbalance are treatable through natural lifestyle changes and/or medication. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as mood swings, fatigue, weight gain, and lower sex drive can be bettered by personalized treatment and care.
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