Summer is in full swing, and while the heat itself does not necessarily cause hormonal imbalances, a natural seasonal variation in hormone levels can be expected and should be monitored.
Don't worry! The best way to offset these changes and make sure that they impact you positively is to be aware of them and to be able to recognize when you feel and see them.
Here are Three Ways that Heat Affects Hormonal Levels:
1. Heat raises Vitamin D levels in the body. Vitamin D is a hormone released by the kidneys that helps the immune system fend off illness, support mental health, and build bone mass. There is also research to suggest that higher Vitamin D levels may help regulate one's menstrual cycle. While a boost in Vitamin D is generally prescribed as a good thing, make sure that you are protecting your eyes, skin, and hydration levels when you go outside; and be sure to incorporate fresh foods high in water mass and antioxidants to help cool the body back down, flush out any toxins, and best support the elevated levels of Vitamin D.
2. Heat can alter the levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone found in the saliva that is typically linked to levels of stress and tends to be higher in warmer weather. This can be countered with multiple techniques and lifestyle changes we will be diving into further in upcoming articles...So, stay tuned!
3. Heat waves can affect levels of neurotransmitters in the brain that impact mood and cognitive function; and can trigger irritability and distress leading to sleep disruption and depravation, as well. Offset this by putting yourself on a daily routine that compliments your schedule, as well as your goals. Center and ground yourself with music, journaling, scheduled bouts of hydration throughout the day, taking breaks in your work day, decreasing screen time, and enacting practices that help your mind and body cool down before bedtime.
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Dr. Horowitz & Staff