The Truth About Alcohol and Hormonal Imbalance

With the holiday season in full swing, the days of running around, last minute gift shopping, and endless food preparation are here. Just thinking about that makes us want to kick our feet up by the fireplace and have a nice glass of wine…

What Our Hormones do for Us

First let’s start by talking about why our hormones are important- what they do for us and the roles they play in our bodies. Overall, our hormones help to control how the body functions. Our metabolism, sleep, emotions, mood, fertility and sexual function are all dependent on the hormones within our body systems. They send specific signals to our bodies telling us what to do and when to do it.

What Happens When they are Imbalanced?

Sometimes, our hormones experience an imbalance that can affect both our physical and mental health. It becomes harder to manage stress and will also lead to several different symptoms including fatigue, mood swings, persistent acne, and weight gain.

There’s a lot of different factors that can play into hormonal imbalances- what you eat, which medications you take, and how much stress you are currently experiencing in your life. On top of those controllable factors, imbalances also can appear due to things like PCOS, PMS, Menopause, and Diabetes.

The Link Between Alcohol and Hormonal Imbalance

As we mentioned just a couple of seconds ago, imbalance commonly can spark from what we put into our bodies. Outside of food-specific nutrition, alcohol is another huge factor that can alter the hormone count within our bodies.

Regular or high consumption of alcohol damages nearly every system in the human body, and the endocrine system is no exception. Your endocrine system produces, releases, and balances hormones. When hormonal levels are not right, we experience hormonal imbalance, which can ultimately wreak our health.

Our bodies are filled with over 50 different hormones, so when looking specifically at alcohol consumption, there are a few that are impacted more than others. So, let’s break it down…

Hormones affected by alcohol consumption:

  • “Feel good hormones”
    • Dopamine
    • Serotonin
    • Oxytocin
  • “The stress hormone”
    • Cortisol
  • “The growth hormone”
    • Somatotropin
  • “Sex hormones”
    • Estrogen
    • Progesterone
    • Testosterone
  • “Blood-sugar hormones”
    • Insulin
    • Glucagon

What alcohol does to them:

  • Increase of the “sex hormones”
  • Leads to side effects like PMS, worsened peri-menopause, and menopause symptoms
  • Higher risk of endometriosis
  • Increased breast cancer risk
  • Weakened bones
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings

If you want to decrease these symptoms, limiting alcohol consumption is a great start!

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