You May Not Know It, But Some Actions Of Your Everyday Life Are Currently Affecting Your Hormone Levels
We may not fully understand it, but hormones play a big role on how we experience life. They regulate everything from digestion to the mood we’re in. But did you know, that certain habits we have can cause an imbalance in your hormones? Best believe this is true, and this ultimately affects our emotional and physical health.
1. Overworking yourself at the gym. You overdo it at the gym.
It is a known fact that exercise boosts hormones like serotonin. However, too much exercise can result in high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol has the potential to disrupt menstrual cycles, affecting your fertility.
2. You’re not spending enough time with friends.
Because work can be really hectic at times, it’s difficult to find fun time with our friends. Sara Gottfried, M.D., a gynecologist and author of The Hormone Reset Diet, says that this can also create an imbalance in our hormones. “Female connection raises oxytocin. The net result from spending time with friends is that you feel soothed and at peace.”
3. Rethink your low-fat diet.
When you limit your intake of good fats, you’ll see an increase in inflammation. This affects your body when it turns your testosterone to estrogen, as well as block some of your progesterone receptors. This can alter your body fat, mood, and cause heavy periods. Try adding healthy fatty foods, such as salmon, walnuts, and avocado, to your daily diet.
4. Canned goods can also affect your hormones.
Jen Landa, M.D., an ob-gyn and hormone specialist says that BPA (bisphenol-A) can be found in canned soups. “While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still says it’s safe, there’s data that shows it interferes with women’s fertility,” she says. If the BPA-free label isn’t on the outside of a can, it probably means it contains it, and you should pick an alternative.
5. Indulging in comfort foods.
Dairy and desserts, crackers, pasta, and bread made from white or whole wheat flour all have the ability to raise levels of cortisol within you. Make it a point to limit these foods, and also sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and non-gluten grains, such as rice. Find substitutes! Remember you always have options.
6. Overuse of hand sanitizer.
“If you’re constantly using it, you’re possibly altering the mix of good and bad bacteria in your body,” says Dr. Landa. “As a result, you might be increasing inflammation, which means you could also be setting off your hormones.” As of now, the FDA is investigating the effects that antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers have on the chemicals of your body.
7. Consuming non-organic dairy and meats.
Organic foods cost that extra penny, but it could go a really long way. “The animals on conventional farms have probably been fed antibiotics and hormones that probably set off your hormone balance,” says Dr. Landa.This is true! Animals in non-organic farms are pumped full of God-knows-what. Imagine putting in this much effort to be healthy, and it meaning nothing just because you consume dairy and meats that are pumped full of damaging chemicals.
8. Using products with Paraben.
“Cosmetics, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, or shower gels which have parabens in them — which could also be known as propylparaben and ethylparaben — could be affecting your hormonal balance”, says a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology. They discovered that 99% of breast-tissue samples from 40 breast cancer patients had traces of at least 1 paraben — and that 60% percent of the samples had traces of 5 different parabens. Watch out for the label!
9. You aren’t getting enough micronutrients.
According to Dr. Gottfried, when your thyroid gland misses its intake of copper, zinc, selenium, or vitamin D, you begin to have vague symptoms. Minor weight gain, fluid retention, moodiness, fatigue, or hair loss, can all result from this. This is because the thyroid gland plays a big role of the pace of all your organs.
10. Your negative mindset.
According to Dr. Gottfried, “you can actually think your way into hormonal misfires! My hormones didn’t get better until I owned the way I stressed myself out — which was far worse than my external stressors — because I added in a layer of body dissatisfaction, guilt, and resentment.”
Try new activities like visualization, yin yoga, and meditation, or anything that is known to reduce levels of stress hormones like cortisol.