What Are Hormones?
Ever felt angry for no reason? Mood swings like a pendulum? Late night hunger pangs and sudden weight gain? Are you sure about your hormone levels being ideal?
Hormones are enzymes secreted primarily by our endocrine system to facilitate communication between various cells of our body. This communication mainly relates to the physiological regulation of the body. Physiological regulation refers to regulating the activities of the body that form a part of its day to day routine.
Some of the effects that the hormones have on our body are –
- Enhancing of growth of body organs
- Mood swings
- Monitoring the Metabolism rate
- Responsible for regulation of reproductive cycle
- Sexual arousals
- Strengthening Immunity System
In other words, hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted by our body and infused into our circulatory system for carrying on their respective functions.
Why Are Hormones So Important?
As mentioned above, hormones regulate those processes that are required to run our body on a day to day basis. The differentiation between hormones is done on the basis of their functions and not their structure. Thus, every hormone has its own individual significance.
Some of the important hormones and their significance are listed here –
Melatonin: This hormone is responsible for monitoring and regulating the biological clock of your body. It regulates your sleep patterns and hunger pangs.
Thyroxin: This hormone is responsible for increasing the metabolism rate of the body. It also affects the rate at which the cells build the proteins in our body.
Adrenaline: This is one of the commonly known hormones. It is responsible for signaling the body when it is best to fight and when should it choose to run. Some of the ways in which this hormone reacts with the body are increased heart rate, tensed muscles etc.
Calcitonin: This hormone has the responsibility to construct the bones and redistribute the calcium in our body.
Testosterone: This is a male hormone which is responsible for sex drives and looks after the changes that the body goes through during puberty.
What Disturbs The Production Of Hormones?
Hormones are vital for the normal functioning of the body. Their disturbances are caused due to the combination of various factors. These factors consist of dietary habits, stress levels and other physical factors that one is exposed to.
Some of the causes of hormonal imbalance are –
- Being overweight/ obese
- Poor dietary habits
- Stressful lifestyle
- Lack of sleep
Symptoms Indicating Hormonal Imbalance:
There are various indicators that our body gives in case it is suffering from Hormonal Imbalance. Some of the common indicators are listed below:
Constant Weight Gain: When your body gains weight constantly, it is an indication of hormonal imbalance.
Fatigue: If you constantly feel tired and weak, it shows hormonal imbalance
Depression: When it becomes difficult for you to cheer yourself up and are at a constant low, it indicates a hormonal imbalance.
Irritation: If you get instantly irritated with little things it indicates a hormonal imbalance.
Sleeplessness: Insomnia which seems incurable also shows hormonal imbalance
Sweating: Too much sweating an indicator of hormonal imbalance
Cravings: When you get cravings for a particular taste like sweet or salty, it shows your body in unstable and indicates the hormonal imbalance.
How To Correct Hormonal Imbalance?
There are several ways of correcting a hormonal imbalance of the body. Some of the easy to do methods are as follows:
Carrot Day: This is an innovative and comparatively new method of correcting the hormonal imbalance of the body. Carrot has got the necessary components that help in detoxification of our body. It helps in resetting the hormonal levels of the body. On this day make sure it is only raw carrots that you savor, cooked or boiled carrots are not allowed.
Nature Trails: As simple as this sounds, a walk-in nature does more wonders than expected. Go on walks in nature early in the morning or in the evening before the sunset.
Legs up against the wall: This is a yoga asana. It helps in regulating the circulation of lymphatic fluids in our body. This solution is required to be eliminated from our body. But unlike the circulatory system, it doesn’t have a pump to pump the fluid against the gravity. This asana thus helps in transfer of the lymphatic solution in our upper body. This, in turn, balances our hormones
Abandon Birth Control Pills: Birth control pills cause a havoc in our body. It runs against the natural process of our body. Thus, if you are trying to strike a balance of hormones in your body, make sure you stay out of the diet pill regime.
Egg Yolks: Eating yolk of the egg provides our body with significant nutrients that are required to stabilize the hormones of our body. Thus eating egg yolk is another method to eradicate hormonal imbalance from your body
Reduce Caffeine Intake: Caffeine overdose may lead to insomnia which after a time span results in a hormonal imbalance in the body. Thus, make sure to control your caffeine intake.
Sleep And Rest: Don’t ignore the need for your body to rest. Make sure you at least sleep for about 7-8 hours every day.
Hug: Last but not the least, give and take a lot of hugs!!! Studies show that a 10-minute hug with someone you love relieves stress and releases oxytocin or the ‘happy hormone’ in our brain! This helps in regulating our body system and bringing it back to its best!
Do not underestimate the power of your hormones. If you feel that your hormone levels are not proper, talk to your physician as soon as possible.