You’ve finally reached your weight-loss goal and the feeling is absolutely heavenly! But, tough as it was, this was just the beginning. A much harder path lies in maintaining the weight lifelong. The idea of having to eat strictly and exercise regularly can sound daunting. But, don’t give up. With[.....]
Most women are familiar with hormonal fluctuations at some point in their life. A rise or fall in the levels of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone lead to imbalances and resulting symptoms. Persistent weight gain, a low sex drive, anxiety and irritation, fatigue, and digestive issues are some of the signs that may indicate a hormonal imbalance.
Postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis, also known as atrophic vaginitis, is an inflammation of the vagina, mainly brought on by a decrease in estrogen in a woman's body and is common in menopausal women. Accompanied by symptoms like vaginal itching, pain during intercourse, and urinary tract infections, this condition may be treated using topical estrogen application methods, vaginal lubricants and moisturizers, and sometimes, even hormone replacement therapy, depending on the symptoms.
Managing hormones might optimize your weight loss regime. High levels of leptin, the hunger hormone, lead to overeating. Manage leptin by reducing your consumption of fructose and getting adequate sleep. High levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, increases appetite and causes overeating. Manage it with stress-relieving techniques. Additionally, cut down on caffeine and exercise regularly. Lastly, low levels of estrogen and testosterone cause fat gain. They can be managed with supplements and strength training.
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.
Morning sickness, or nausea and vomiting, in the first trimester indicates that you have enough human chorionic gonadotropin hormone your fetus needs to grow and your placenta is thick enough to supply nutrients to the fetus. Plus, vomiting removes toxins. If the vomiting is unremitting and you're losing weight, see a doc. But please note that the lack of morning sickness doesn't mean your pregnancy is problematic.
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.
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.
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.
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