Women's Health Week:
Happy Hormones, Healthy You!
Hormones are extremely important to your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. They also play a major role in controlling your appetite, weight and mood. So, itâ€™s absolutely fundamental as women to understand what we can do to ensure our hormones are balanced, particularly in the fast-paced modern lifestyle so many of us have.
Eating healthy and making sure we stay as active as possible is key to helping us improve not only our hormonal health, but overall health and wellbeing.
What can we do to improve our hormonal health?
1. Protein, protein, protein!Good sources of protein are things like tuna, salmon, chicken, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, milk, pasta, eggs and all types of nuts.Eating the right amount of protein is so important for our hormonal health as it not only provides essential amino acids that our body canâ€™t make on its own (to maintain muscle, bone and skin health), but it also influences the release of the hormones that control our appetite and food intake.
2. Get your runners on ladies!
Strength training, aerobics, walking or other forms of physical activity can modify hormone levels in a way that reduces the risk of disease and protects muscle mass during the aging process. A major benefit of exercise for hormone health is its ability to reduce insulin levels, while increasing insulin sensitivity.
3. Say no to sugar and try to stay away from refined carbs!
Who doesnâ€™t love some pasta followed up with some delicious dessert? Alas, while it makes our taste buds salivate, our hormones and overall health plead for you to stop (or at least, reduce the amount). Avoiding or minimising sugary food and refined carbs can be essential for optimizing your hormonal health, while also reducing your risk of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
4. Stress less!
With many of us being pulled in all kinds of directions throughout our busy lives, its stress that can wreak absolute havoc on our hormones, particularly Cortisol and Adrenaline. Engaging in stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga, listening to music or getting a massage has been shown to lower cortisol levels in the body. In similar ways, it can help lower your adrenaline levels, reducing high blood pressure, rapid heart rate and anxiety.
5. Go to sleep!
Regardless of if you are a fitness guru or a healthy eating master, your health will suffer if you donâ€™t get enough sleep. Poor sleep has been linked to imbalances of a number of hormones, including insulin, cortisol, leptin, ghrelin and growth hormone. For optimal hormone balance, aim for at least 7 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep.
To find out more about Women's Health Week, head to www.womenshealthweek.com.au