Your hormones play a significant part in your mental and physical health, and though they naturally decrease with age, your lifestyle can play a major role in how and when this occurs. If you are looking to keep your hormones at an average level, here are just a few of the easy lifestyle changes you can make to help balance your hormones:
Fill Up On Protein
Eating the right amount of protein is a critical part of your diet. Beyond keeping your appetite at bay, it also increases your metabolism, helps maintain muscle mass, improves bone health, and hormone health. To have optimal hormone health, you should be eating 20-30 grams of protein per meal so make sure to make protein a priority.
Don’t Skip The Workouts
If you are looking for improved mental and physical health, exercise is a must! As we exercise, insulin levels are reduced and so is our sensitivity to it. Physical activity has also been known to increase testosterone. Even just daily walking can help keep your hormones balanced to reduce your risk of disease and protect muscle mass during the aging process.
Get Some Rest
No matter what you do for your health, none of it will matter if you aren’t getting adequate rest. Poor sleep can increase hunger and imbalance your hormones. While you sleep your growth hormone is released and if you are not getting quality sleep, you are raising your insulin resistance and reducing your growth hormone. So to keep your hormones at a healthy balance, you’ll want to get 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
Manage Your Stress
Stress can play a toll on your body. When we are under constant stress, our cortisol and adrenaline levels can often become elevated putting your body into fight or flight mode. With this increase comes high blood pressure, anxiety, and increased belly fat. To ensure that your levels are at a healthy balance, try to devote 10 to 15 minutes of your day to stress relieving activities such as yoga or meditation. By keeping your stress down, you are keeping your body balanced and your hormones under control.
If you feel like you are dealing with a severe hormone imbalance, talk to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy. The BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy available from NuWave Medical, LLC is designed to naturally boost your body’s progesterone levels in as little as one month. With three convenient locations across Long Island, help is never far away. Call us to schedule a consultation at (631) 343-7144