Troubles with energy levels, craving foods or feeling irritable? Could hormones be playing a bigger role than you may think?
Many women are aware that food choices, sleep quality and physical activity levels help with how we feel each day in terms of energy levels but also our mood. Hormone health, or an imbalance of female sex hormones also has a role to play in our general well-being as women. Before we address an imbalance, we first need to understand what a normal cycle looks like.
The monthly cycle
For women, fertility means ovulation and a regular cycle and while many of us may wish our periods away each month it really is a wonderful thing that this monthly visit occurs. Why? There is no period without ovulation (in most cases) and there is no period without a harmonising dance between 2 dominant female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.
It’s these 2 hormones that make fertility so much more than conceiving, as these hormones have additional health benefits such as:
If oestrogen makes you confident, increases your libido and energy levels and then progesterone provides calming mood benefits can you see how the presence of these hormones is essential for a women’s wellbeing?
Not having a normal cycle?
Amenorrhea (absence of periods), painful or irregular periods can all be signs that perhaps those hormones aren’t dancing as they should, and diet and lifestyle factors absolutely have a role to play in our period health. There is also strong evidence to suggest that certain hormonal contraception choices increase feelings of depression and anxiety in some women and if you feel that this could be true for you then speaking with your GP about contraception options is a great idea.
What can I do to help promote a normal monthly cycle and improve my hormone health?
If you want to know more about how food choices, sleep quality and stress management improve period health then we would love to hear from you.