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6 Innocent Habits that Negatively Affect Hormone Levels

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Our bodies are coursing with hormones, and those hormones are responsible for some of the most essential functions in the body, including puberty, sleep, stress levels, mood, sex drive, weight, appetite, and more. However, certain seemingly innocent habits can wreak havoc on your hormones and those vital physical and mental functions. Let’s examine six daily behaviors that can greatly impact your hormones by causing hormonal imbalances…

 

1. Interrupted Sleep Schedule

Sleep is governed by your body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythms. According to research from the International Journal of Endocrinology, there is a clear link between the sleep-wake cycle and hormone secretion, particularly for women.

In fact, fluctuations in hormones will in turn affect the mensuration cycle, stress (due to excess cortisol), blood sugar, and circadian rhythms, causing sleep disturbances and more sugary junk food cravings.

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