Hormones can simply be understood as messengers which are directly excreted into your bloodstream. They regulate your bodily functions, example, when you feel hungry or when you feel sleepy.
A hormonal imbalance produces wide-ranging effects from making you moods swings to bodily changes like gaining weight to hypertension/stress.
Hence, the article focuses on providing with information on hormones affecting your mood and how you can help yourself regulate them better.
Below are 5 prominent hormones that have an impact on your mood and behavior
5 Hormones That Affect Your Mood
This hormone in simple terms makes you more attentive and work oriented. It helps in learning or working as part of reward center by giving you pleasure after completing a task.
So, whenever you completed an assignment or task the happy feeling that you get is dopamine acting.
Another most important aspect is that it helps your motivation levels (which is affected by dopamine). High dopamine produces higher motivation whereas low dopamine makes you feel low on energy levels.
Foods like cocoa, alcohol, chocolates, milk, cheese, bananas, almonds, beans and others help with increasing dopamine levels.
This is popularly called love hormone. Besides helping in reproductive and sexual health, oxytocin influences social interactions.
It is released through touch and intimacy with loved ones. Being in a relationship helps release oxytocin. The people who are reclusive or prefer not to interact have displayed low oxytocin levels.
To increase oxytocin hugging helps, holding hands, getting a massage would help since it involves touching.
The hormone that makes you high. Endorphins work as a painkiller to reduce your pain. However, it does not eradicate your pain only lowers it. At best they decrease the intensity of pain.
In essence, they boost happiness for a short time. Runners high is associated with it. Also, the time when you are in shock or got injured badly, Endorphin helps you reduce your pain.
Endorphins are released when running or exercising, yoga meditation helps, charity, laughing and some foods like grapes, chocolate, oranges, spicy foods etc.
Popularly called the feel-good hormone. This type of hormones affects your happiness and well-being. This hormone also helps you remembering stuff. In essence, your memory is also affected by it.
People with good sleep pattern, sexual desire, drive indicated good serotonin levels. However, people with low serotonin suffer from anxiety, stress, mind rush, anger.
For adequate serotonin, you need vitamin D (standing in sun will help, use sunscreen), foods like banana, yogurt, eggs, tofu, pineapple, salmon etc.
Usually produced to fight stress. It takes your brain into an override where your mind for short time becomes highly alert. This hormone is popularly called fight or flight hormone.
It is sudden high you feel when bungee jumping, on a high swing ride, water rafting etc. In a short span you may experience rapid heart rate, dilated pupils, jitter, sweating. These are some signs you are experiencing called the adrenaline rush.
Best ways to regulate is through meditation, regular exercise, limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption.
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