To celebrate Hormone Health Week, we’re taking a look at what you need to know about hormones and what might surprise you
Susie Debice, food scientist, nutritional therapist and author, answers our questions about hormones on behalf of CleanMarine.
What would people be most surprised to learn about their hormones? Is it what they control or how easily they’re affected?
What many people don’t know is that hormones such as progesterone can be converted by the body into stress hormones! So the more stressed you are, the harder it is to maintain hormone balance. You can eat all the right foods and commit to a perfect exercise regime but if you are running your life with a high level of background stress (relationship issues, financial worries, work-life struggles) then it’s likely that your hormone balance could be out of whack!
Is there one thing you can do to keep them balanced?
There’s no one size fits all when it comes to advice on hormone health as each of us react differently. However, as a nutritionist my advice is to focus on your diet. Cut back on sugar, processed food, salty snacks, alcohol and coffee and top up on wholegrains, green vegetables and oily fish. If you’re not a fan of fish then consider taking a Krill oil supplement for those essential Omega-3’s such as Cleanmarine For Women.
How can you tell if your hormone level is out of whack?
Hormones have an influence on mood, emotions, energy, sleep, skin condition and of course the menstrual cycle. If you suffer from irregular periods, heavy periods, premenstrual mood swings or skin eruptions then it’s a good idea to have a hormone test or think about ways to improve your diet, clean up your lifestyle and reduce any stress.
What effect does exercise / meditation have on your hormone level?
Exercise has such a positive effect on our general health, weight management and on hormone balance! Regular exercise helps to support healthy levels of the transport proteins that ferry hormones around the body which aids healthy hormone status. Meditation is a great way to help dissolve stress and improve sleep which is also good news for hormone balance.
How quickly after having a baby will your hormone level return to normal?
This is one of those that totally depends on each individual! Some women bounce back pretty quickly and as soon as they stop breast feeding they return to a regular menstrual cycle. However, if you are older, or stressed out, or not sleeping well, then it could take a little longer for the natural rhythm of your menstruated cycle to return to normal.