Hormones and diet
Posted on by Carolina Capellari Simon Nutritionist
Hormones control bodily functions, such as growth, metabolism, appetite, fertility and behaviour. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by many factors, including body weight, genetics, medical history, diet, stress levels and exposure to environmental toxins. The symptoms of an imbalance can vary depending on which glands and hormones are affected, but common symptoms include: unexplained weight loss or gain, problems sleeping, fatigue, changes in libido and infertility.
Hormones constantly struggle to maintain balance. For example, during periods of high physiological stress (for example, low calorie intake on restricted diets, interrupted sleep or illness), the body suppresses the production of reproductive and thyroid hormones, causing the symptoms mentioned.
The relationship between diet and hormones is well researched and there are comprehensive guidelines on which foods can affect hormonal balance. Having a balanced diet is one of the key points, with medical and nutritional monitoring it is possible to solve most hormonal problems.
But what to do to improve your hormonal function and your health in general? My answer is simple and predictable but it doesn't hurt to reinforce: improve your diet (give preference to a diet prepared by a nutritionist), reduce hydrogenated fat, trans fats, sugar and refined grain products, balancing your intestinal microbiota.
Controlling hormone levels is also an important factor that helps in the treatment of any hormonal dysfunction!
Here at the clinic in Harley Street I have a series of tests that can help you have a more balanced diet and targeted to your needs!
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