Ladies: What’s messing with your hormones?

When you hear ‘hormones’, you probably think of PMS or bodybuilders, but every process in your body is driven by different hormones Minecraft 1.14.4 Shader. Here are a few things that can make it all go wrong.

Insomnia much?

Having a bad night once in every blue moon is normal, but regular insomnia breeds its own vicious cycle: not enough sleep raises your cortisol levels, and cortisol cranks up your blood sugar – then your blood sugar plunges, and you end up being stressed and craving junk food. Work on getting regular and balanced sleep to break this cycle.

Sugar’s not so sweet

We all know that eating foods with too much added sugar is directly linked to weight gain, but those extra kilos don’t just make it hard for you to fit into your jeans. No, that excess weight can lead your body to become resistant to insulin.
Insulin is the hormone which helps the absorption of glucose from your blood to your muscles and fat so your cells can get the energy, so insulin resistance is the opening act to type 2 diabetes. Not good.

OD-ing on caffeine

Caffeine signals to your body to increase production of the hormone cortisol, and this can make you feel anxious and mess with your sleep patterns. If you are battling with this, keep it down to two regular-sized cups of good coffee per day, and none after 4pm.

Crash diets are a train smash

We’ve know this for a long time: crash diets are just bad for you. When it comes to hormones, a radical plunge in your body-fat levels lowers oestrogen levels and it can interfere with your cycle. Whether it’s caused by intense exercise sessions or a super low-calorie weight-loss plan, sudden weight-loss is not wise.

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Get moving, keep moving

You’ve heard of endorphins, nature’s feel-good chemicals in the brain that make you feel alert and positive? Well, they also increase levels of sex hormones, and keep your immune system functioning well. But your body needs regular exercise to produce and release endorphins, and the more you move, the more endorphins your body will produce.