It’s very easy to put yourself at the bottom of the priority list especially when life is busy and you have children, a partner, a career or other demands such as parents who need more looking after. For a while, your body will cope with the stress, just like eating rubbish might not catch up with you immediately but there is only so long that you can carry on doing that for before the weight piles on and the same is true with your hormones.
Hormones are pesky little things that are invisible to the outside but have a huge effect on us inside (and ultimately outside too). Most of us just think of hormones as something that affect us when it’s time of the month, should we choose to have a baby and during the menopause but they’re always active and hugely affected by our lifestyle which includes what you eat.
There are many signs that you may have a hormonal imbalance. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Persistent weight gain/difficulty losing weight
- Belly fat and losing muscle tone
- Low libido
- Insomnia and poor sleep
- Sweats especially at night
- Digestive problems
- Food cravings especially for carbs and sugar
For most women, changes to lifestyle and diet are needed to help address the problem. If you recognise any of the symptoms above, look at your lifestyle and start managing stress first and foremost. Whilst managing stress won’t fix the problem on its own, reducing it will help. You’ll also need to cut down on caffeine and alcohol and up your intake of real food to give your body a fighting chance. However, making changes over a period of time will add up to give you some big changes and big results.
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