How to improve hormones
It is not clear why endocrinologists are still so busy with work, if the shining truth about “proper nutrition for normalizing hormonal levels” is available to everyone.
Food really affects the hormones. It is no coincidence that for girls who are too keen on low-calorie diets, menstruation disappears, and for men who are seeking enlightenment with the help of raw food, the “third eye” opens, but the libido completely disappears. However, often the cause of health problems is the lack of certain substances, which are in sufficient quantities even with the most balanced diet.
According to WHO, vitamin D deficiency is found in 50–85% of the world's population. This is not surprising, considering that only residents of countries where the sun shines all year round, can not worry about this problem. Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance that is formed from cholesterol by the action of sunlight, and also enters the body with certain foods.However, the number of eggs, sea fish and fat that must be eaten to cover the need for vitamin D exceeds all likelihood.
Previously, vitamin D deficiency was feared only in children, because rickets could develop, and with it cognitive disorders, deformation of the skull bones, irregular formation of the foot, crooked legs ... Today, experts are convinced that vitamin D takes part in the work of immunity, "The body's internal clock and forms its biorhythms, protects against depression and even regulates carbohydrate metabolism. Lack of vitamin in adults can cause muscle weakness, and often provokes a set of extra pounds due to insulin resistance, when body cells lose the ability to interact with this important hormone and absorb glucose from the blood. Therefore, doctors are increasingly referring patients to the determination of vitamin D 25-OH and recommend to fill the deficit, if any.
This is another hormone that plays a much larger role than previously thought. Most of this substance is produced in the brain in the evening. It is necessary for immersion in a deep and refreshing sleep until the morning.Therefore, melatonin preparations have long been used as a hypnotic and a means of restoring the natural biorhythms.
Studies have shown that with increasing levels of melatonin increases the concentration of serotonin, which is responsible for a sense of calm and tranquility. A decrease in melatonin production provokes a decrease in the sensitivity of cells to insulin, and, as a result, a craving for sweets appears, weight gain is provoked, and even the risk of diabetes is increased. With age, the melatonin factory starts to work less intensively, the number of receptors for this hormone also decreases.
Melatonin deficiency rarely becomes an independent cause of the disease, however, filling its deficiency helps in the treatment of not only insomnia, but also depression. There are studies on the positive effect of melatonin on patients with diabetes mellitus and obesity (of course, no one has canceled the observation of the doctor and the taking of other necessary drugs).
This is a trace element that determines the work of the thyroid gland. Endocrinologists talk a lot about iodine deficiency.According to WHO, 113 countries use iodized salt to eliminate the effects of iodine deficiency. And the results of the shortage of this trace element are sad: a violation of intellectual development in children, and in adults - depressive and anxious disorders, weight gain, hair loss, a variety of pain syndromes.
In Russia, the problem of iodine deficiency is very common. Even in Primorye, not all is well, because the fish and algae lovers who would eat these foods on a daily basis are not so many. Adding seafood and iodized salt to the diet helps to solve the problem. However, ultrasound of the thyroid gland with a mandatory visit to the endocrinologist once a year can also be confidently recommended to all Russians.
Bioadditives with magnesium are usually positioned as "preparations for the treatment of vegetative-vascular dystonia." The existence of such a disease is doubtful, and therefore the treatment of a fictitious illness also raises questions. That's why the attitude to the magnesium deficiency and the corresponding drugs in the medical environment is ambiguous, and sometimes even ironic.
However, the facts are: magnesium deficiency is often inherent in lovers of a healthy lifestyle.Intense sport, unbalanced diet, stress - all this can lead to a lack of magnesium. Special relationships with magnesium in people with connective tissue dysplasia: it is assumed that their genetic abnormalities lead to disruption of the structure of collagen fibers due to an error in the structure of a certain enzyme, which is necessary for the “integration” of magnesium into connective tissue.
In patients with impaired thyroid function and adrenal glands, magnesium deficiency is often determined. In 25–39% of cases of diabetes mellitus, this problem is also detected. Magnesium is associated with the work of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Also, this macro is supposedly able to regulate vascular tone.
The conclusion is this: there are many functions of magnesium in the body, and the deficiency of this element is often found. Balanced good nutrition with enough greens, fruits and vegetables helps to solve the problem. Sometimes it may require additional prescription of appropriate drugs. Analyzes on the content of magnesium in the blood today are quite affordable in medical laboratories.
Is a balanced diet a guarantee of a normal hormonal background? Unfortunately no. Sometimes the disease occurs in young people against the background of complete health. Therefore, once a year, it is advisable to visit a therapist, if necessary - an endocrinologist, and to pass the necessary minimum of tests, which you will be told about in any clinic. And when you discover medical problems, you should not limit yourself to just adding healthy salmon and various dietary supplements to your diet: sometimes hormonal imbalance requires more serious measures, such as regular medication or even surgery.
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