Is your body out of control every month? Do you feel like your hormones are out of balance? Well, you are not alone. Everyday I see hormonal imbalances in patients, particularly the hormones associated with thyroid, ovaries and adrenals. If your hormones are out of balance you will feel the effects in some way or another. Hormones are constantly fluctuating, however if they are too high or too low, they can affect how you feel every day in both mind and body.
Your hormones are the alarm bells responding to a deeper issue. Even when only slightly out of balance, the effects are often noticeable. You may experience, irritability, fatigue, low libido, emotional changes, heavy or painful periods, weight gain or sugar cravings. Or you could have a hormone related condition such as Endometriosis, PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS or PCO), infertility, thyroid conditions or menopause. How many woman do you know who struggle with things like these?
Don’t let hormones rule your life. Many women find natural medicine extremely effective for the management of hormonal conditions. With many saying they wish they had discovered it years ago. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and TCM provide great strategies for helping these conditions. A must for every female to know – “that time of the month” need not be painful, heavy, miserable, debilitating or cause significant distress. It is certainly not normal to feel this way. There is a reason for these symptoms, with many easily corrected. A well-functioning and balanced hormone network is a wonderful thing.
The female hormonal network does not operate in isolation. To holistically address conditions such as PMS, endometriosis etc, my treatment protocols use evidence based natural medicine to address a range of key drivers (refer to diagram below). Yes, this can help to address symptoms, but more importantly, it gets to the root cause of the problem – not just a quick fix.
BALANCING YOUR HORMONES NATURALLY
This delicately balanced system is sensitively attuned to your overall health, dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors. With stress, inflammation, toxins, poor diet, toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, digestive disturbances and lack of exercise also playing a vital role. As you can see, there are many factors that can have a negative impact on your healthy hormone production and metabolism and effective treatment is so much more than simply treating a hormone. Addressing key drivers can make a tremendous difference, and I love seeing and hearing about it every day from very happy patients.
When your hormones are out of balance, your health and well-being can be profoundly affected.
Supporting some of the key drivers of hormonal conditions:
- Improve detoxification; By improving liver function – in particular the liver clearance of oestrogen and stress hormones.
- Reduce stress – stress hormones wreak havoc with endocrine function. Maintain a healthy stress response and improving physical and mental wellbeing is an essential key to healthy hormone balance. Stress is well known to impact the reproductive system and contribute to dysfunction. High cortisol causes suppression of FSH and LH leading to disruption of normal menstrual cycle function and lower progesterone. Women with adrenal fatigue may also experience low progesterone, because their body makes cortisol in preference to progesterone as a compensatory mechanism. There are herbs and nutrients to benefit and address elevated stress and altered reproductive function.
- Correct nutritional deficiencies – deficiencies of zinc, vitamin B6, iodine, vitamin D, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E are common in women with hormonal imbalances. These important nutrient cofactors are essential for restoring and maintaining healthy hormones.
- Support anti-inflammatory pathways – inflammation is often present in cases of dysmenorrhoea (heavy bleeding), PMS and many other hormonal conditions. Natural anti-inflammatories include – curcumin, fish oils, magnesium and vitamin e, selenium, vitamin B6, quercetin, and zinc.
Particular herbs, nutrients, dietary and lifestyle support have been shown to help healthy hormones, including:
- Curcumin: the active ingredient in the herb, turmeric (one of my all round favourite herbs). Traditionally used for the management of period pain. It is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and supports liver detoxification.
- Magnesium: is one of the key nutrients when addressing female reproductive issues. This essential mineral plays an incredible number of roles in the body. It becomes even more important under times of stress, poor sleep, exercise and poor diet.
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol as these can worsen hormonal symptoms.
- Indole-3-carbinol: found in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and good old brussel sprouts is a powerful ingredient that supports oestrogen detoxification to maintain a healthy oestrogen balance.
The good news is, you do not have to live with hormonal symptoms.
Are you ready to:
- Improve your energy and moods?
- Feel less monthly pain?
- Enhance your chances to get pregnant?
- Balance your hormones once and for all?
- Stop waking up in a pool of sweat
- Discover what you must eat for healthy hormones
Get to know your body and hormones better. Learn how to listen to what they are telling you about your health. This can help you better manage your hormones, leading to increased health and wellbeing.
If your body is “out of control” every month, and you want to take control of your hormones, make an appointment with me and call 0404096801 or book on line https://innerreward.cliniko.com/bookings#service