Whether it’s fair or not, women’s hormones take the blame for a lot of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Having mood swings? Blame it on hormones. Upset with your significant other? Hormones. Crying over a commercial for an airline? It’s gotta be the hormones. All in all, hormones get a bad rap. The fact is, we tend to view women’s hormones in the limited scope of emotions, sex drive, and the reproductive cycle, when in reality, hormones in women serve to regulate many essential bodily functions.
Hormone production begins for women during puberty, which is somewhere between ages 8-13. After the “raging hormones” phase of the teen years, where the body is rapidly producing estrogen and progesterone, a woman’s hormone production levels peak at around age 20. From ages 20-35, the hormone levels should remain fairly consistent. After that, they may begin to fluctuate, before they begin to drop off around the age of 40.
What do Hormones Regulate in Women?
Hormones are responsible for many bodily functions in women. Not only do they help regulate the reproductive cycle and sexual function, but they can also affect metabolism and appetite, sleep cycles, heart rate, mood and stress levels, body temperature, and general growth and development.
What are the Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women?
In theory, the ovaries and adrenal glands produce the perfect amount of hormones the body needs to function. In reality, there are many factors that can influence hormone production and lead to an imbalance. Some of the signs of a hormone imbalance in women are:
- Trouble sleeping
- Blurred vision
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Dry skin
- Unexplained sweating
- A developed sensitivity to heat or cold
- Brittle or weak bones
- Irritability and stress
- Unexplained and long-term fatigue
- Increased thirst
- Mood swings
- Increased or decreased need to use the bathroom
- Changes in appetite
- Reduced sex drive
- Weak or thinning hair
- Puffy face
- Breast tenderness
- Deepened voice in females
Experiencing one of these symptoms doesn’t automatically point to a hormone imbalance, but each one serves as a warning sign that could point to a larger problem.
How Can You Keep Hormones in Balance?
While hormone imbalances can be common, there are many ways to help maintain and optimize them. Some of these include:
- Exercise: Getting moving can help maintain proper function or restore the body when it gets off balance. Plus, exercising just feels good. Whether it’s going for a walk or run, riding a bike, lifting some weights, taking a class, or just making an effort to get more steps in on the daily, every little bit helps.
- Watch Your Diet: This one seems like a no brainer, because we all know that eating healthy benefits your body and health overall. For hormone balance specifically, getting enough protein, cutting down on sugar, eating healthy fats, portion control (not too much or too little), fiber, and getting plenty of Omega-3s can all be particularly beneficial.
- Take Supplements: While supplements like Shine don’t contain actual hormones, they do help maintain the body’s processes to promote and support consistent hormone production.*
- Stress Less: Take a deep breath, meditate, and let go of all of that negative energy. Stress increases cortisol levels, which in turn, decreases estrogen levels. The more you cut down on the stress in your life, the better your hormone balance will be.
- Sleep More: Getting enough sleep, and improving the quality of sleep, is another strategy for better health overall, but sleep and hormones have a cyclical effect on one another. Hormonal changes can lead to poor sleep quality. At the same time, sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality can lead to hormonal changes. Before we start debating whether the chicken or the egg came first, there’s something that can be done. Getting into a regular routine that includes going to bed around the same time every night, limiting blue light exposure (like the light that comes from your computer or phone) before bed, and waking up around the same time every morning, helps the body regulate. Our bodies love routines and respond well when we implement good patterns.
By giving a little extra attention to the body’s needs, you can keep your hormones in check and feel like your best self.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.