Hormones and Fall

Sep 29, 2023
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As the leaves change, so can our hormones! Let's explore some fascinating science behind the ways that seasonal shifts affect hormonal balances.
The change in the weather this time of year brings many other types of changes--and our hormones are no exception. Let's explore the ways the Fall season can affect hormonal balance.
Sunlight dwindles: Our bodies produce less serotonin (the "feel-good" hormone) with shorter daylight hours, potentially affecting mood and energy levels.
Vitamin D decline: Reduced sun exposure in the Fall can lead to lower Vitamin D levels, which may influence hormonal regulation and immunity.
Circadian Rhythm Reset: The change in daylight hours can disrupt our internal body clocks (or circadian rhythm), potentially impacting sleep patterns and hormonal balance.
Seasonal Eating Habits: Fall brings a shift in food choices, with more comfort foods and pumpkin spice everything. This can impact blood sugar levels and insulin, affecting hormonal balance.
Stress and Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.): For some, the transition into Fall can increase stress levels and lead to S.A.D., affecting hormones like cortisol and serotonin. 
While Fall can influence hormonal balance, awareness, and self-care can help mitigate these effects. Stay active, maintain a balanced diet, get adequate sleep, and seek sunlight exposure when possible. Embracing the beauty of Autumn while prioritizing your well-being is the key to a harmonious season!
If you have questions about how to balance your hormones in any season, please feel free to book a consultation with us at contact@drerikahorowitz.com.
Be well!
Dr. Horowitz and Team