Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Little And Big Ways Hormonal Shifts Can Mess With You

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There are a lot of ways that our hormones can mess around with us, even past puberty. From getting pregnant to “flushing” those hormones after pregnancy, taking oral contraceptives, age, obesity, and even exposure to toxins in nail polish, our hormones can be subject to quite a lot of changes. Besides preventing those changes, we should learn to adapt to them, as they can reflect rather visibly in our body, and not always in the most flattering of ways.

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Your skin

Hormonal shifts are one of the leading causes of acne, as almost every woman who has gone through puberty can attest to. Primarily, this is thanks to the production of androgen in the body, which causes the glands to expand and give out more sebum, which is the catalyst that triggers acne breakouts in many women. Eating too much sugar and other comfort foods also result in sebum production. Some acne treatments can include not only dealing with acne on the skin but preventing the chain reaction caused by skin contact with sebum in the first place. In other cases, low estrogen can mean that fine lines and wrinkles are more likely to appear a lot earlier, too.

 

Your head

Another hormone, cortisol, is one of the single leading factors of stress. In fact, it’s called the “stress hormone”. When your other hormones tend to go out of whack, so does cortisol. Too much of it and you feel not only the mental effects of stress, making you more prone to “fight or flight” responses and panic attacks, but it can have dangerous physical manifestations, too. For instance, people with chronic stress are a lot more likely to have chronic back and joint pain because their body is just that tense most of the time. Stress-busting tips can help you lower those cortisol levels, and maintaining a full night of sleep as often as possible is shown to be helpful, too.

 

Your weight

Many of us feel bloated during that time of the month, and that’s partly because hormonal imbalances tend to cause our weight to fluctuate dramatically. In particular, women are more prone to chronic hormonal conditions like thyroiditis and diabetes that directly make it much harder to control their weight. In fact, hormones are now thought to play a central role in weight loss thanks to their role in our metabolic processes. As result, some women are taking steps to balance their hormone levels. Diet can play a huge role. Eating a pound of vegetables a day with enough fiber can help remove excess estrogen from the body, for instance. Furthermore, cortisol, leptin, and insulin levels all play a role in weight gain and loss.

Of course, the points named above are only the most easily noticed signs that our hormones are going haywire. If you’re concerned that you’re seeing deeper or more painful symptoms, it might be the result of conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes, or thyroiditis and you should take to your doctor as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: This post is collaborative (or contributed) and may contain affiliate links.

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