Expert explains how excessive physical activity can disrupt body function
Physical activity and a balanced diet, an unbeatable pair to keep body and mind healthy, are issues that always concern us. But to what extent can an overregulated lifestyle, with strict diets and too much exercise, disrupt the body’s functioning? That’s what Georges Fassolas, a gynecologist and human reproduction specialist at Vivitá, explains.
“Fashionable diets that bring very fast weight loss and physical activities in exaggeration can harm health, including reproductive health. This is because the excess of endorphin released by the body decreases the hormones responsible for ovulation and sperm production,” he explains.
But how to maintain proper hormonal activity? Fassolas clarifies the main questions on the following subject. Check it out:
How can physical activity interfere with fertility?
Moderate physical activity positively interferes with our body. Exercises improve endurance, immunity, well-being and self-esteem. They are important not only for those who plan to have a child, but for everyone. However, when practiced in excess, they can hinder the body’s functioning. In women, for example, too much exercise can lead to lack of ovulation. Like everything in life, physical activity should also be done in a moderate way and always with the help of a specialist.
How can diets, medications or supplements intervene in fertility?
Exercises beyond normal can bring problems for the menstrual cycle and fertility, as they can lead to the burning of fat stores in the body. With very fast weight loss, you generate stress to the body and end up inhibiting the production of hormones, besides the lack of nutrients needed for hormonal production. On the other hand, supplements based on omega 3 and folic acid can be very important for the proper functioning of the body, and the Mediterranean diet is the best for those seeking to become pregnant.
How can endorphin disrupt ovulation?
Endorphin is a natural substance, produced by the brain, which has a powerful analgesic action, stimulates the feeling of well-being and improves mood. When we exercise excessively, our body releases a lot of endorphin, which results in a decrease in the hormones responsible for female ovulation and sperm production in men.
What is the relationship between physical exercise and female hormones?
When you exercise excessively, the body begins to produce some hormones that can hinder ovulation in women. Excessive and long term physical activity can lead to the burning of the body’s fat stock. With this, you have metabolic and hormonal changes that can interfere with the secretion of hormones responsible for ovarian stimulation.
Can the practice of physical activities, beyond the normal, interfere with the menstrual cycle?
Yes, excessive physical activity can lead to women not menstruating or having irregular menstrual cycles that characterize non ovulation. Hormonal changes can block ovulation and result in periods of absence of menstruation.
Is regular physical activity good for fertility?
Regular physical activity does super good because it keeps the body healthy. Physical activities have no contraindications, the problem is excess. By practicing without exaggeration, with medical monitoring and a good diet, the cycles and ovulation return to normal.
What are the tips for women to have proper hormonal functioning?
The main tip is that they stay healthy, with moderate physical activities combined with good nutrition. Also be aware of weight loss, because if it is too fast and intense it can generate stress to the body, and the lack of nutrients hinders hormonal functioning.
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