Hormones and Your Body: 6 Surprising Effects
Effects of Everyday Habits
These everyday habits influence your hormones:
Exercising regularly: This disease-beating habit has been found to help keep hormones, including estrogen, at a healthy, stable level, thus lowering cancer risk.
Eating healthy: If you're underweight, you're likely not producing enough estrogen, which can raise your risk of osteoporosis. Carrying extra pounds can stimulate too much estrogen, increasing your risk of breast cancer. A balanced diet that includes no more than 35 percent of calories from fat (mostly the heart-healthy vegetable and lean-protein kind) can help your body maintain ideal hormone levels.
Smoking: Lighting up causes you to produce less estrogen, a risk factor for osteoporosis. Smokers also tend to experience menopause two years earlier than nonsmokers (also due to less estrogen), which ups heart disease risk.
Drinking too much: Indulging in more than one alcoholic drink per day is associated with too-high estrogen levels, which can increase breast cancer risk.
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