Many hormonal changes occur in our bodies when we hit middle age. Some of these changes cause wrinkles, low energy, fat gain, and other signs of aging.
Unfortunately, most people have accepted fast aging as normal, but that doesn’t have to be the case for you. You can regulate your hormones, and as a result, slow the aging process.
Below are some of the hormones you should regulate to slow aging, plus how to do it naturally.
1. HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE
The human growth hormone plays a vital role in keeping us young. Adequate amounts of this hormone enhance muscle growth and prevent fat gain. However, administering injections is not the best way to boost growth hormone. Injections can actually shorten your lifespan, according to research.
Luckily, you can maintain optimal growth hormone levels through exercise, getting quality sleep, and maintaining a healthy diet. Research shows that sprinting for 30 seconds can boost your growth hormone levels by 450 percent for up to two hours.
Estrogen keeps women’s skin glowing and makes you feel feminine and vibrant. Excess estrogen can make your entire body tender, cause reproduction problems, and migraines. Low estrogen levels are problematic, too. They reduce skin elasticity and weaken your bones.
You can keep your estrogen levels balanced by eating lots of healthy fats like avocado, nuts and nut butter, and olive oil.
Many of us know that the body produces excess cortisol when we are stressed. When cortisol levels are elevated for a long period, the body becomes inflamed. That inflammation speeds up the aging process and increases the risk of cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
Managing your stress will help lower your cortisol levels. You may also want to increase the intake of B vitamins by eating foods that are rich in B vitamins. Alternatively, you can take B vitamins supplements.
It’s is important to keep your progesterone balanced, if you want to stay energetic as you age. Unbalanced progesterone increases fatigue and causes sleeplessness.
Nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, sulfur, and vitamin E can help boost progesterone production.
Both men and women produce testosterone. However, low testosterone levels have more side effects on men than women. Lack of testosterone can promote aging, since it causes fat gain, low sex drive, and muscle loss.
Increase your testosterone by doing strength training, eating plenty of protein, and getting enough vitamin D.
Our bodies accumulate fat quickly when insulin levels are unbalanced. This is something you don’t want, because fat gain increases signs of aging.
There is no better way to manage insulin than cutting back on sugar and processed foods. Also, exercise has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.