6 Everyday Things That Disrupt The Hormonal Balance

Date January 31, 2018

Hormones are biologically active substances produced by the endocrine glands. They control the growth and development of the body, regulate metabolic reactions, affect the reproduction system, help the body adapt to the environment, maintain homeostasis, and are also responsible for the feeling of hunger and satiety.

There are many factors that have activating or oppressing effects on the synthesis of hormones. When you know what those factors are, you can considerably improve the quality of your life.

1. Stress

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Chronic stress leads to a shift in hormonal balance causing an increase in the production of the so-called stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline). According to the American Psychological Association, an increase in the synthesis of these substances can lead to cardiovascular system and digestive tract disorders, increased blood glucose level, and increased appetite.

2. Bad sleep

Just as in the case of constant stress, sleep deprivation increases the production of cortisol and also disrupts the synthesis of ghrelin and leptin (hormones regulating hunger and satiety). Consequently, the lack of normal sleep at night increases the risk of the development of metabolic disorders.

3. Cosmetics

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Some cosmetic products contain xenoestrogens. These are substances that once ingested, imitate the effect of female sex hormones (although they are not, in reality). Given the fact that cosmetic products are usually used every day, the effect of this chemical compound is really something to take into consideration. Moreover, phthalates used in cosmetology and the production of perfume can negatively affect the functioning of the reproduction system.

4. Meat products

The food industry actively uses hormonal substances to stimulate the growth of animals that are kept for slaughter. The hormones contained in the meat of these animals later gets into our body and unfortunately, this can have negative health-related consequences. Some scientists even put the development of breast cancer down to the consumption of meat.

5. Light

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The impact of light (both natural and artificial) affects the level of our hormones. The hormone melatonin, which is synthesized in the middle part of the pituitary gland, regulates the cycle of sleeping and awakening. This substance is responsible for our active state during the day and the desire to sleep during the night. An excessive exposure to light at night (for example, radiation from electronic devices) can lower the production of melatonin and lead to the disruption of circadian rhythm regulation.

6. Coffee

Don't get too upset! Undoubtedly, the consumption of a small amount of coffee does have a range of positive effects on the body, such as toning the nervous system, improving cognitive functions, reducing fatigue, and improving blood flow to the brain.

However, large doses of caffeine increase the level of cortisol. This can cause irritability, anxiety, over-excitation, increased appetite and an increased level of glucose in the blood. To avoid side effects, it is recommended to drink no more than 2 cups of coffee a day.

Taking the above-mentioned information into account, you can not only control the level of your hormones but also prevent the occurrence of health problems.

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