Depression, mood swings, fatigue, and insomnia are only a few symptoms of an hormone imbalance. This guide covers the most common signs of hormonal imbalance, and what you can do to help restore your health and harmony.
Fat cells produce oestrogen, and extra weight beyond what’s healthy can elevate oestrogen levels, and may be a factor in breast and uterine cancers. Women suffering from menopause commonly experience a drop in oestrogen levels, causing side effects that range from hot flashes to headaches to joint pain.
Getting adequate exercise on a regular basis is essential to improving your oestrogen balance and reducing the risk of cancer. In fact, a postmenopausal woman could cut her risk of breast cancer up to 50 percent if she loses five percent of her body weight.
It may help to avoid foods high in phytoestrogens, including plant compounds that mimic oestrogen, including whole soy products. For menopausal woman who are deficient in oestrogen, there is evidence that supports herbal supplements including hops and black cohosh may alleviate symptoms.
A few years prior to the onset of menopause, many women suffer from deficient testosterone levels as their ovaries and adrenal glands slow the production of sex hormones. This explains why some women experience a drop in libido during the period preceding menopause. Women who lack sufficient levels of testosterone may benefit from a diet that is rich with zinc, such as oysters and sesame seeds. If the problem is severe, testosterone supplements may be of help.
Excess testosterone, on the other hand, could cause irregular periods, male-pattern baldness, and excess body hair. Not only this, but insulin resistance has been linked to an increase of testosterone production. Avoiding refined sugars and other carbohydrates, as well as incorporating more fiber into your diet can help with excess testosterone levels.
Melatonin is the hormone responsible for maintaining the body’s circadian rhythm. Low levels of melatonin can cause poor sleep and depression, disturbing the harmony of your entire body. Without sufficient and quality sleep, your body is unable to properly heal itself naturally, and so is unable to produce the necessary amount of hormones needed to stay healthy.
As we get older, our body tends to produce less melatonin. This may explain why older adults have more trouble sleeping than children do. Taking .5 milligrams of a melatonin supplement one to two hours before bedtime can greatly aid in both quality and length of sleep. Research also shows that drinking a glass of tart cherry juice can increase sleep time in adults with insomnia.
Each woman is unique. What may work for one may not work for another. If you would like to discuss how you can restore harmony in your life, please contact me.