Nutrition & Lifestyle Tips for Balancing your Hormones

Although the term hormone imbalance has been thrown around over social media in recent years, there is truth in hormones being a predictor of aspects of health. Hormonal imbalances are seen when there is too little or too much of a specific hormone in the body, and due to their overarching effect on the body, small hormone imbalances can cause overwhelming side effects on the body. So, to clear the air on this topic, we have decided to break it down and highlight the key areas you need to know about balancing hormones and nutrition.

What are hormones?

Hormones are chemical messengers made by specific endocrine glands found in different parts of the body, each having differing and crucial roles in maintaining our normal bodily functions. These hormones affect all areas of our functioning, including mental, physical, and emotional health, with key areas of interest in nutrition being hormones that affect appetite, metabolism, weight, growth, mood, heart rate, sleep, energy levels, and many more. Some of the many hormones that we consider having a key role from a nutrition perspective include:

  • Adrenal gland hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol

  • Good mood hormones, which include oxytocin and serotonin

  • Metabolic hormones that include T3 (active thyroid hormone), and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) as well as insulin

  • Sex hormones, that can include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone