Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can help mitigate many of the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mild incontinence, and mood swings. HRT can also boost your libido and improve sleep, aside from reducing your risk of fractures from osteoporosis and offering cardiovascular support. These are just a few reasons why many women consider this treatment, in spite of its possible side effects.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can cause digestive issues, breast tenderness, and leg cramps. These side effects usually go away within a few months. More serious risks include gallbladder disease and heart problems, especially if you smoke. Estrogen-only HRT is linked to endometrial cancer, but duration of both hormones is associated with breast cancer. Blood clots, or venous thrombosis, is likely if you have previous risks or take oral HRT.
Depression, a recurring mental disorder plaguing more than 300 million people worldwide, can stem from traumatic life experiences and substance abuse or may just be a result of your genes, not in your control. Belonging to a family with a history of depression, lack of omega-3s in your diet, chronic illnesses like Parkinson’s, and even certain medications can put you at a higher risk of suffering from depression. Seek help if you are struggling to come out of your sadness.
Chin acne is caused by hormonal imbalances like polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid problems, stress, and menstruation. Hormonal acne may also show up on the jawline, but pimples here are usually from digestive issues. Fiber and probiotics can help. Breakouts on the nose and T-zone point to liver problems, while forehead acne means poor kidney function. Avoiding dehydration will fix this. Poor lung health may cause cheek acne. If breakouts are on the lower cheeks, mouth and gum problems are likely.
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Most people don’t realize that men go through hormonal shifts, just like women. These natural changes happen over a long period of time, but can also be caused by chronic illness or stress. And since hormones control normal functions of the body, you can notice when there’s something wrong. Masculine physical traits, which are ruled by sex hormones, can also change. This can be stressful for any man, but could be treated with a doctor’s help.
Optimize your vit D levels using safe methods like sun exposure, eating fish or fortified foods that are rich in the nutrient. Get your vit B12 levels to a healthy range by switching to whole grain foods. Stock-up on anti-estrogenic foods like berries, flaxseeds, ginger, broccoli. Exercise regularly; use yoga/meditation to manage stress better. Try ayurvedic remedies like ashwagandha or triphala.
Regular running evens out the impact of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol with the mood-lifting endorphins, making you optimistic, happy, and less perceptive to pain. The sharper memory and focus that it accords can also lift your mood, adding to the sense of achievement you feel after challenging yourself to that extra mile. Just 30 mins of moderate-pace running, even if in short bouts through the day, can do the trick.
Skipping meals or going on a detox that requires you to stick to just water for a day or two may seem like a good idea. But what happens to your body when you skip a meal? Is it all good? Whether your goal is weight loss or a “cleanse,” here’s how going without any food for long stretches feels on the inside.
If you're gaining fat despite all measures, check whether your body has low levels of thyroid hormones. This can slow down your overall metabolism. Also check if you have too much insulin or an imbalance in estrogen and testosterone levels. This could make you store glucose as fat. Plus, high cortisol or leptin levels can make you overeat. Avoid refined foods and exercise well to use up glucose better.
All women produce some testosterone, higher than normal levels of which may affect your menstrual cycle and produce excess facial and body hair. A common cause of hirsutism in premenopausal women is PCOS while other causes may include congenital adrenal hyperplasia, being overweight or obese, an ovarian tumor, and/or use of birth control pills.
Insomnia is caused by stress and a disrupted sleep-wake cycle. Running lowers stress by releasing mood-lifting hormones and regulating cortisol levels. It normalizes the sleep-wake cycle by boosting the levels of sleep-inducing hormones like serotonin, growth hormone–releasing hormone, and thyroid. The post-running drop in the core body temperature also makes you feel sleepy.
Sprinting, an anaerobic exercise, burns more fat at a higher speed—about 200 cals in 2.5 mins—than jogging, an aerobic one. It boosts metabolism and helps build lean muscles faster with the testosterone and the growth hormone it helps release. And as it triggers a faster release of endorphins, it's more effective in lowering stress. Restrict sprinting to 3 days a week and avoid it if you have heart or respiratory problems.
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Eat protein-rich foods like lean meat and casein shake to burn more calories. You should sleep for at least 7 hours to keep your cortisol levels low and your appetite in check. So also have tryptophan foods like turkey and melatonin foods like cherries, both of which improve sleep quality. Avoid fatty food, sweets, ice creams, caffeine, and frozen food in the evening. Meditate or relax to calm your nerves for good sleep.
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