Updated: Jul 22, 2022
Our top 2 solutions for balancing hormones include reducing stress and stabilizing blood sugar. Here’s why:
Stress produces the hormone cortisol. Cortisol helps your body get into the fight or flight mode that mobilizes you for the purpose of reacting to a life threatening event. Your life is probably not in danger every single day but your body doesn't know that, it has a job to do.
Cortisol tells all your other hormones to pause so that it can prioritize saving your life. This means pausing reproductive hormones (estrogen + progesterone), pausing non-vital organ function signals, pausing natural sleep hormone cycles (melatonin), and more.
Part of your fight or flight mechanism floods your body with glucose so your muscles have immediate energy to physically respond to your current danger. Insulin is the hormone responsible for carrying excess glucose out of your blood stream- when you are chronically stressed your body is secreting insulin constantly- and it may not be able to keep up with the demand. Or sometimes the pancreas, which is responsible for producing insulin, can get fatigued and dysfunctional during this process as well.
Nothing in your body works in a vacuum- you are a WHOLE person, rightly connected and interwoven with your physical, mental, emotional and circumstantial experiences.
Your reproductive system is potentially competing to function normally amidst many other biological factors.
No wonder things feel so out of whack lately!