How Hormones Affect Our Mental Health
Wednesday 11/1/2023

The body and the brain are intertwined, and the health or ill-health of one can most definitely affect the other. Hormones influence many aspects of our body’s functioning, including regulating our moods and emotions. The main goal of the endocrine system is to maintain a balanced state of homeostasis. If and when this is lost, the endocrine glands will work hard to restore it. When your hormones are imbalanced, you may go through various bodily changes which can lead to different mental health systems. The brain’s neurotransmitters are also affected by an imbalance, which can trigger anxiety and depression. 

In women, hormonal imbalances such as low levels of estrogen and progesterone can lead to increased irritability and anxiety. It is true that women are more susceptible to mood swings, anxiety, and depression when these hormones are off. Thyroid issues - either underactive or overactive thyroids - can directly tie to increases in anxiety and depression. When left unaddressed, these symptoms can worsen and severely affect both physical and mental health. 

For men, one of the main effects of low testosterone is depression. A staggering statistic - men with low levels of testosterone are 400% more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Men suffer from many other symptoms of hormonal imbalances as well such as loss of muscle mass, hair loss, weight gain, and fatigue. Once again, it is dire to address these symptoms in order to properly understand and treat any type of mental illness. 

What we put into our bodies is what we will get out of them - we are only as healthy as our immune system is. If we have dysfunctional autoimmune systems and hormone imbalances, then our entire wellbeing will be out of whack. Things that affect our autoimmune systems are not just limited to viruses and illnesses; moreover, stress, trauma, relational issues, and lack of sleep are all problems that we should be considering when discussing our overall wellbeing. 

Fueling your body with the right nutrients is one of the most important solutions for mental health illnesses. While medication and therapy have long been thought to help treat mental health conditions, it is important to note just how crucial diet and nutrition affect the way we feel mentally. Every single thing that we consume directly affects the health of our minds. This is why it is vital to maintain a diet that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and moderate in fat. 

Healthy habits that regulate hormones and mental health: 

  • Regular exercise
  • Meditating
  • Therapy
  • Good sleep hygiene 
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet 

Lack of sleep, lack of nutrients, and stress are all things that will trigger hormonal imbalances and consequently lead to potential mental illnesses. We recommend investing time in the list of activities above in order to really take charge of your vitality. We should be focusing on both the physical and the mental in order to live a life well lived - we must treat the two in tandem. 

 

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Have questions? Not quite feeling like yourself? Optimal Bio is here to help. Optimal Bio provides Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men and women. We provide hormonal imbalance testing and solutions to some of the most common medical issues associated with aging and current environmental factors. We are committed to finding your perfect hormonal balance, custom-tailored to your body, so you can have the energy, health, and vitality you desire. Contact us today or visit us at one of our 7 office locations: Cary, Southern Pines, Wilmington, Charlotte, Charleston, Charlottesville, or Greenville.

 

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