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You might assume that hormones kick in only when you are on your period, pregnant or menopausal. However, hormones dictate a lot of our life activities like sleeping patterns, response to stress, libido, mood, appetite, etc.

These days, it is common to hear of hormone imbalance but what does it mean? It simply refers to when major hormones in your body like cortisol (which controls stress) and insulin (which controls blood sugar) are not produced in regular quantities, leading to sharp spikes and drops.

You would know if you have a hormone imbalance if:

1. You are heavily dependent on caffeine to get through the day with sufficient energy.

2. You have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night.

3. You notice emotional symptoms like angry outbursts, mood swings etc.

4. Your appetite is haywire.

5. You wake up tired no matter how long you slept.

If you have seen yourself in any of these symptoms then you need to get things under control with the help of a doctor but then here is our little piece of advice.

1. Eat regularly. Don't wait till your body is shaking or you can't form a straight thought. This is why you should have healthy snacks handy.

2. Mind the way you eat. Beyond what you eat or when, how you eat is just as important. Sit down, relax, focus on enjoying your meal and don't rush it. If you are stressed out while eating, it can affect the absorption process. In the end, it will be like you ate saw dust- barely any nutritional value.

3. Cut off alcohol. It raises estrogen levels, causing intense PMS symptoms and puts more sugar in your system then your body cares for.

4. Reduce your caffeine intake. This goes beyond coffee and includes some carbonated drinks.

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