Combating issues like insomnia, weight gain, low libido and memory comes down to choosing a lifestyle that embraces the three pillars of good health: balanced nutrition, routine physical activity, adequate sleep and hormone balance.
Nutrition is among the key factors in combating conditions associated with aging. The wrong foods can pollute you internally and unveil external signs of aging very quickly. Avoiding processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol reduces the demand on the adrenal glands, which are responsible for secreting cortisol, the “stress” hormone, and play a role in managing your metabolism. It is difficult to get all the nutrients you need from your diet – nobody is perfect all the time. Supplements can help ensure adequate nutrient intake. I recommend supplementing B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium to support adrenal health. Certain herbs, such as ashwagandha and rhodiola are also useful for combating stress and impacting adrenal health.
You probably know the basics behind the positive effects of good exercise, nutrition and sleep habits, but maintaining hormone balance naturally is one solution that has only recently become a household name.
Monitoring your hormone levels throughout your lifespan and taking action to maintain balance or repair imbalances can combat many conditions of aging, including insomnia, low libido, memory loss and unwanted weight gain. Hormones control everything in the body – acting as the body’s chemical messengers to ensure optimal functioning. For example, low testosterone can tank your libido, while low levels of progesterone are linked to insomnia and other sleep disturbances. Too much cortisol can cause foggy thinking and undesirable weight gain. The chronological aging process is unstoppable, but the way you look and feel over the course of a lifetime is heavily linked to hormone balance and lifestyle choices.