Thursday, 11 September 2014

Hormonal Imbalance in Women & Men

Understanding Hormones & How to Balance Them:

Treating hormones can improve the health of both Men & Women. If you have infertility symptoms then chances are that you may have hormone imbalance.

What are Hormones?

Hormones are messengers that travel in body’s blood vessels to tissues & organs. They affect different processes, including body’s Physical development, Metabolism (absorb needy energy from the food consumed), Sexual functionality, Reproduction System  & Mood Swings.

Hormones are generated by Endocrine glands, some of these glands are Pituitary, Pineal, Thymus, Thyroid, Adrenal glands and Pancreas. Women produce hormones in their ovaries and Men produce hormones in their testes.

The body needed the basic building blocks by using fats and cholesterol to generate Hormones. Lacking of proper diet can affect the fat & cholesterol level which may be the reason of occurrence of any hormone problems. 



Basic things to opt to improve body’s capability to create and balance hormones:

Sound Sleep is a must:

As per study suggest, lack of sound sleep causes hormone imbalance. Lack of sound sleep enhances stress level which in turn causes sleep problems. Meditation like pranayam, healthy food intake having Fats like coconut oil, organic and butter, disciplined routine can surely contribute to a sound sleep. To maintain the sleep cycle, it is better to consume evening meal having proteins, vegetables and healthy fats at least 4 hours before bedtime.

Limit the intake of Polyunsaturated Fats:

The polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable and oxidize easily in the body which causes inflammation and mutation in body cells. The body is made up of saturated and monounsaturated fats and it needs these for optimal health.

As mentioned earlier that the body needed the basic building blocks by using fats to generate Hormones. When we provide the body, a highly concentrated polyunsaturated fat instead of the required optimal ratio then certainly body has to incorporate them into our body cells during routine cell repair and regeneration. In arterial cells, these changes may cause inflammation that can clog arteries. When these oils are incorporated into cells in reproductive tissue, may generate problems like endometriosis and PCOS.

One must be selective while consuming fats like Vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, or other chemically altered fats. Rather choose fats like coconut oil, real butter, and olive oil (at room temperature).

Reduce the Caffeine intake:

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High ratio of caffeine intake can negatively affect the endocrine system. This particularly may harm when there exist other hormone stress enhancers like pregnancy period, exposure to toxins etc.

One must reduce the coffee intake & prefer herbal teas instead. Intake coffee with coconut oil is an viable option.

Consult health care professional for the Supplement:

It will always be good to take advice from health care professional for hormones related supplements.
a) Vitamin D is supportive of hormone function. Sun is the best source of Vitamin D & it can be obtained from a D3 supplement or Fermented Cod Liver Oil.
b) Maca is rich in minerals, an essential fatty acids & good for hormones.  
c) Gelatin supports hormone production, digestive health and sooth inflammation in joints. It is a major source of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. 
d) Leptin Hormone Balance is a must to balance other hormones. It helps in fertility, make weight loss easier, improve sleep, and lower inflammation.
e) Fermented Cod Liver Oil can generate building blocks for hormone production. It is a major source of Omega-3s and beneficial fats.
f) Magnesium contributes to better sleep which in turn is good for hormonal balance. 

Minimize the ill effect of Toxins:

Pesticides used in farming, employing plastics material with foods intake, other household chemicals and contaminated drinking water are some of prime sources of toxin intake in the body. These toxins duplicate the hormones in the body and prevent the body from producing real hormones. 

If you have hormone imbalance or infertility problem, then preventive action must be taken to avoid consumption of these toxin. Some of these measures are; Cooking in either glass or non-coated metal pans & avoid non-stick or Teflon, avoid storing eatable food in plastics and opt for best water purifier for drinking purpose. Increase consumption of organic foods whenever possible which is having least chemical pesticides with them.

Coconut Oil consumption should be there

Coconut Oil generates building blocks for hormone production & thus is a good choice for hormone health. Further use of Coconut Oil can help in weight loss & in reduction of inflammation. It also possess antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Light Exercise & Yoga- practice under Guidance

Routine exercise & yoga have additional health benefits. If you have hormone imbalance, focus on relaxing exercises like walking, swimming, light yoga practice and avoid the heavy exercise. Exercise must be done under proper guidance.

Note: It is always necessary to consult a specialist or a physician or a health-care professional for the individual requirements.



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