5 Hormones That Mess With You Every Month and Natural Ways to Balance Them
Ghrelin and Leptin
What Do They Do?
This hormone is nicknamed the “hunger hormone” because it transmits signals to the brain from the stomach, letting you know when to feel hungry. As such, this hormone plays a significant role in maintaining body weight. When it’s out of balance, it can lead to increased weight gain.
Leptin acts similarly, and sends signals from your gut to your brain during meal times. It differs from Ghrelin in that it tells the brain when the body is full, and acts as an appetite suppressant. More importantly, studies have shown that these two “hunger hormones” work together, and play a role in how our brains interpret appetite and signals. When out of balance, our bodies risk misinterpreting signals which can lead to increased feelings of hunger, or unusually decreased appetite.
How to Stay Balanced:
Adequate sleep is the first step in reestablishing balance to the body’s various systems. Allowing your body to reset with ample rest is vital. Also, studies showed that meals low in fats and high in protein helped strengthen and correct proper signals between the stomach and the brain. Choosing foods rich in natural probiotics like kefir yogurt can help maintain overall gut health and function.
What Does It Do?
This hormone isn’t all bad, and can even provide a boost of energy when the body needs it, known as the common “adrenaline rush.” However, there can be too much of a good thing. Typically, this hormone regulates itself, and when the perceived threat or excitement has passed, the adrenaline levels will drop, but if not, it can disrupt almost your entire body’s processes leading to increased risk for anxiety, heart problems, headaches, and depression.
How to Stay Balanced:
Similarly to cortisol, learning to handle daily stressors will help balance adrenaline. By getting proper exercise and nutrition, you can address the hormone spike naturally. If you still feel imbalanced, consider seeking a mental health professional for help with coping mechanisms and stress management techniques.
Unless these complex hormones are operating properly, other systems can be negatively affected. By applying these simple tips and ideas, and consulting a medical professional as needed, you can feel encouraged to meet your wellness goal of staying healthy and balanced.