THE BEAST WITHIN MY MIND 4 Ways to help control an overactive hormone
What does it feel like to have an overactive hormone go crazy or outta whack? What does such a thing look like: I’ll tell you what it’s like for me. Maybe that will give you a clue. For me, it’s as if all my senses become supersonic. I hear everything 10 x louder than it actually is. My anger level is also at a ten if we are counting one through ten. I can’t focus, concentrate or think straight. Simple questions confuse me and I realize I want to cry or break something. Suddenly my heart starts racing and I can feel the adrenaline surging through my system. The whole fight or flight takes off. And the worst part is I feel powerless to stop it and no Idea when it even started.
It’s not fun to be afraid
It scares me because when I feel it come on I’m already in the middle of it and am afraid I’m going to hurt someone in some kind of unknown rage. Usually, something might get slammed or I might have to retreat to the bathroom. I know something is happening but at that moment I don’t know what. So I began having these conversations with myself and with God. It goes like this,”God, what is wrong with me’ and “Please help” “Your OK. Sherri, calm down” and “Be nice”, Breathe” This is what it looks like when one of my overactive hormones goes all wonky.
Can we say overactive hormones
Now for those of you who have been following along. You already know I started taking a supplement that helps level out the body’s hormones. And you might be asking, Why aren’t they working? Well, for the most part, they are working well. But sometimes it takes more than a supplement to control these type of things. I have begun to research all this. I know my diet has something to do with it. No, I don’t mean the diet I’m on. I have not been on a diet but the type of food I eat on a regular basis. There is so much that goes on inside our bodies and hormones control all of it. So I have checked out some books in this area and plan to do some research. Cause seriously what I have been doing isn’t working.
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Some of the major things that can confuse our hormones
Some of the things that can confuse our bodies and creates an overactive hormone are in the food we eat. Things like sugar, chemicals types of carbohydrates. If our bodies can’t rid itself of the toxins we take in daily, then we become sick. If we change our eating habits for the good or the bad, either way, it affects our hormones. It causes them to send different signals to our bodies and I guess it gets a little confusing or so many of us wouldn’t be having so many problems.
Staying consistent in our exercise habits can help detoxify our bodies of all the different foods and chemicals we put in us too. Consistency is key and I have been struggling in this area of consistency. When I started staying home with the babies, we also started going to the gym Monday through Friday and I was working up to Saturday. Then one baby got sick. Suddenly the whole household was sick for two weeks. Then the following week we started back. Another change my body wasn’t ready for.
Now I know some people are happy with their weight no matter how big or small. That’s great. This will be directed to those of us who aren’t. Those of us who know we are overweight and it is affecting our health. It is affecting how we see ourselves every day, which also affects our relationships. Most of us figure out when we start our weight-loss journey that being overweight actually puts a lot of things in our bodies out of whack. Hormones are one of those things that stop functioning properly.
Having babies is full of hormonal stuff and it works the same way when we are out of that as well. It’s the hormones that grow the baby. The only problem is when the baby is developed and delivered the hormones are still there and they move to the next stage which is lactation. Again hormones. And sometimes they can overdo it and become an overactive hormone. Sometimes they call it postpartum depression when it acts like mine, and it can be very dangerous. I’ve heard from other people that they don’t settle down for at least two years after birth. When those get out of control many females go from the baby blues to postpartum depression. One of my old work people said that his wife went through it and unfortunately he described a lot of what I have been going through. But there is hope.
Here is what I have been doing to win this fight.
Taking my maca powder
Maca powder comes from a root that grows in the Peruvian mountains. It has been known for helping to balance hormones. I have found online many places with testimonials where it was used to help menopausal women. For your chance to try some click here Healthworks Maca Powder Raw Organic, 8 Ounce. This is an affiliate link and if you follow through with your purchase I will receive a commission. I am an affiliate for Amazon and I have not found anyone with better customer service yet. As long as I take my maca powder every day have fewer episodes. My last episode was the first one in more than two months. For some amazing recipes click here. Just type in Maca for recipes including the maca powder.
I had a day where there were a lot of changes in my routine. I had a few cookies the day and after not having any exercise for a couple of weeks there were some side effects. And the water was not flowing the way it should be! I had also restarted exercising that same week. I’m still trying to find out how all this worked in me. I hear we should start off by walking if we haven’t been keeping it regular. Sometimes exercising in the middle of an episode can be very helpful. I’m happy to say that the day I had my episode I ran the crap out of that overactive hormone. The first1 and 1/25 mile was running where I usually start with walking and try to progress to a jog or run. Afterwards, I went to the steam room and had a shower.
Exercising is a good way to reduce stress before it starts. I am a mother of a teen, toddler, and a baby. So you can imagine that it is easy for me to stress out. Not to mention being married. I tell you, ladies, I totally agree with Joyce Meyer when she says, “It’s the becoming one that’s the issue”. A man will leave his father and mother to be joined to his wife and the two shall become one. One thing that was helpful for me was I quit my high-stress job to become a stay at home mom/ writer. I was bringing the stress from the job home and it was making me hard to live with.
Regularly exercising helps with stress as well. When I was working I started not being able to do my exercising because we were having to work 9 and 10-hour shifts and I missed my babies. Sometimes walking away is a skill /knowing when it is best to walk away, I should say. I had to lose my babysitter and see the rising costs of childcare before I made the leap. But I realized I would have been making less than it costs to put them in childcare. The funny thing is they have both been sick in the last two months since quitting and I would have been fired. If that is something you want to try to do click here.
Taking care of ourselves can be difficult. Especially if we are used to taking care of everybody else. Another thing I did the day I had my episode is that after I ran I hit the steam room and showered. By myself with no kids. I took my time and enjoyed using my lotions and cremes. Sometimes a little alone time goes a long way. When I was all done with everything I felt normal. Vibrant and full of energy without all the anger.
Hormones are responsible for so much of our existence
Hormones are apart of our existence. There is no escaping it. But our bodies can have symptoms from natural things that our doctor’s try to prescribe a medicine for that sometimes we don’t need. Really it’s not all their fault. They are looking at the symptoms and sometimes those symptoms say we are depressed or having panic or stress attacks when the real reason is something metabolic. Please remember to check with your doctor before trying anything here. Nothing I say can replace a real docs advice. This is simply my struggle and my take on it. Make sure you are upfront with them about everything. Ask a lot of questions and tell them about any medicines herbs or anything else you are taking or doing. And if they can’t give you a straight diagnosis then I suggest you get another one. Your health is too important not to.
If you are drinking or drugging do not expect to get a straight diagnosis. It will be incomplete because the substance is changing our chemicals and telling our hormones that everything is fine so they are sending the brain and the rest of us mixed signals. Our bodies were not meant to handle some of the stuff we put in it. Which is why we have some of the problems we have. However, our society tells everybody that a pill or drug will fix all our problems. When sometimes we just need a rest or a break or maybe even a little more of God. You could need to go to the gym more or just a friend to talk out some of your stress. So consider today how you treat yourself and your hormones.
There are so many things that can throw off your hormones and create metabolic issues. As I continue to move towards getting my overactive hormone under control, I will share the results and maybe it can help someone else too.