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3 foods that can mess up your hormones, avoid them for hormonal balance

If you are always feeling moody or low, your hormones may be to blame. Here are 3 foods that you need to remove from your diet to see the difference.

fitness Updated: Aug 30, 2018 08:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Your diet can upset your hormones and make you go on an emotional roller-coaster.
Your diet can upset your hormones and make you go on an emotional roller-coaster. (Unsplash)
         

If you are perpetually feeling low or angry or anxious, your hormones may be to blame for it. And whether you are pregnant, or suffering from PMS or just stressed out, your diet can upset your hormones and make you go on an emotional roller-coaster. Here are the worst foods for your hormonal balance:

Packaged snacks can harm testicular function in men and reduce sperm count.
Packaged snacks can harm testicular function in men and reduce sperm count. ( Unsplash )

* Packaged snacks: These snacks are not just bad for weight loss. They can also affect your hormonal balance. Studies have shown that they can harm testicular function in men and reduce sperm count. So, if you are planning to get pregnant, chips and other snacks are a no-no.

* Artificial sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners can affect your gut bacteria and impair the balance of hunger hormones like leptin and ghrelin causing an increase in appetite. Sugar is equally bad though and can cause hormonal imbalances.

Alcohol can also increase levels of stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Alcohol can also increase levels of stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. ( Unsplash )

* Alcohol: Alcohol intake doesn’t just impair decision-making. It can also increase levels of stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.

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First Published: Aug 30, 2018 08:56 IST

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