FEMALE HEALTH & HORMONES
Every month I am posting about everything you need to know about health. This month topic is about Female Health & Hormones.
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Did you know …
- Hormones are everywhere
- Hormones are chemical messengers that coordinate different functions in your body produced by various glands, organs and tissues in fact some cells can make their own hormones
- The role hormones play in a woman’s health is significant.
- Hormones impact a woman’s weight, mood, cognitive ability, energy levels, gut health, skin health, bone health, food cravings and so much more
- Have you considered that, as opposed to men, women’s hormone levels fluctuate ie. no sustained production every day – no wonder women are more ‘diverse’
- Have you ever wondered how many hormones affect female health?
- Scientists have identified over 50 hormones
- The 6 main ones are
– Thyroid hormones
- Of course, female sex hormones – Estrogen and Progesterone – have the most significant effect on a woman’s health, from puberty to pregnancy to menopause and more.
- But, the body makes and utilizes a variety of other hormones that affect other aspects of your health – from your energy level, weight, mood and more
- No hormone is inherently good or bad
- They constantly chat with one another and other compounds in the body to stay in balance,
- Tiny shifts have massive consequences
- If one hormone is lacking, it can throw your body, mind, or emotions out of balance
- if Thyroid-Stimulating-Hormone (TSH) gets out of range, even by milliunits, memory, body temperature, and many other functions will be altered.
- Hormone levels can be tested in the blood, urine or saliva.
- Have you ever peed on a pregnancy-test stick, then you’ve checked a hormone level – Hormone HCG – human chorionic gonadotropin
- Hormones affect much more than the menstrual cycles, PMS, and menopause they also affect
– Hair Growth and Loss
– Food Cravings
– Skin problems, such as acne
– Bone and muscle strength
- Nearly 50% of all women experience issues with hormonal imbalance.
- Unfortunately, sometimes the problems they cause may not seem obvious and doctors may overlook hormones as being the cause.
- Here are some of the most common issues women experience when their hormones are imbalanced:
– Irregular periods
– Poor sleep quality
– Brain fog
– Gastrointestinal issues, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation
– Mood swings
– Vaginal dryness
– Low sex drive
– Unstable blood sugar
– Mental health issues
– Changes in weight
– Breast cancer
- Chemicals in our food, water, personal-care products, and environment can enter our bodies and mimic or block hormones or otherwise keep them from doing their jobs.
- Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) include well-known troublemakers like BPA and phthalates in plastics, but there are many others.
- EDCs have been linked to everything from endometriosis to learning disabilities to certain cancers, though experts say more research is needed.
- To be on the safe side, avoid pesticides, favour glass, porcelain and steel food containers over plastic, and eat fresh whole foods without colourings or additives
- International Women’s Day started 114 years ago as an annual day for women to “press for their demands.”
- Let me know what are you demanding?