How Hormones Affect Your Overall Health
Hormones are messengers that regulate most of your body’s physical and mental functions and are crucial to your overall wellness. That’s why our team at Impact Medical Zephyrhills is passionate about helping our patients identify hormone imbalances and reversing them with customized hormone replacement therapies.
Keep reading to learn how hormones affect your overall health and a few other interesting facts for you to consider.
What are Hormones
Hormones are chemicals that are produced by the endocrine system and released into the bloodstream. An imbalance occurs if there is too much or too little of a specific hormone in the bloodstream.
Hormones play a very important role in the body and regulate many processes including appetite, metabolism, sleep, reproduction, sexual function, mood, and more.
It’s no surprise that when there is even a slight imbalance that it can have a noticeable effect on your overall health and wellbeing!
Hormone levels will naturally fluctuate at various stages, most noticeable during puberty or, pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause. They can also be affected by lifestyle and medication.
Hormone imbalances are to blame for a range of unwanted symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, skin problems, and depression.
It is important that if you notice any symptoms of hormonal imbalance, you get them checked out by a qualified health professional like one of our doctors at Impact Medical Zephyrhills.
Whether treatment involves using medication, hormone replacement therapy or making lifestyle changes, we can help you restore balance and enhance your overall wellbeing.
Effects of Hormone Imbalances
Here are just a few things that can happen if your hormones are imbalanced:
#1. Brain Fog
If you are struggling to focus or seem to be more forgetful, your hormones could be to blame. This is a common symptom of hormonal imbalance in women at many stages during their menstrual cycle or menopause.
#2. Difficulty Sleeping
A disrupted balance in progesterone levels can cause difficulty in falling asleep. A goods night’s sleep is responsible for replenishing these essential hormones:
- Growth hormone
- Antidiuretic hormone
Not only does sleep have a big impact on the replenishment of your hormones, but hormones impact your sleep as well. If you have a hormonal imbalance, you could feel sleepier than usual or have trouble falling and staying asleep.
#3. Mood Swings
Your thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that can impact your health in numerous ways. When hormone production is low, you may experience irritability and mood swings. When the production is too high, you might feel anxious or depressed.
#4. Weight Gain
If you are carrying extra weight and you can’t seem to lose it no matter how much you exercise or how strict your diet is, fluctuations in your hormones could be the culprit.
Three main hormones affect weight:
Insulin: regulates fat storage
Estrogen: can cause abdominal fat during menopause
Cortisol: Affects your stress response, which is often linked to fat around internal organs.
Supporting Hormone Health
To keep your hormones in a healthy range, try these tips:
- Drink water
- Get good quality sleep or rest
- Exercise: Strength training, stretching, and aerobic exercise help reduce stress hormones in the body
- Eat a healthy well-balanced diet
- Avoid sugary or processed foods
- Avoid overeating
Fixing Hormone Imbalances
When your hormones are balanced, you will feel vibrant, alert, and energized. If you suspect that you might have a hormonal imbalance, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at Impact Medical Zephyrhills might be right for you.
There is no need to suffer through hormonal imbalances. Let our team help restore your hormone levels naturally.
Call Impact Medical Zephyrhills to schedule an HRT consultation today; (813) 706-5156!