The Truth About Hormone Imbalances
Say the word hormones and people are likely to imagine menopausal women. But the truth is that everyone is affected by hormones whether they realize it or not. Unfortunately, women affected by hormone imbalances suffer more personally than the people around them realize. A hormone imbalance often manifests serious symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, PMS, and even depression.
Why the negative connotation?
For most women, pronounced changes in their hormones start in their 40s and 50s. However, many women show symptoms earlier in life, sometimes on account of lifestyle choices and diets, as well as from daily exposure to toxins, pollutions, and xenoestrogens.
The stereotypical portrayal of women with hormonal imbalances serves to encourage misunderstanding about an affliction which affects many different, yet important processes in the body.
What are hormones, then?
Hormones are the body’s natural chemical messengers. Hormones made in special groups of cells called endocrine glands, which are found throughout the body.
The pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, and adrenal glands, as well as the pancreas, produce hormones which travel through the bloodstream to tissues and organs, affecting:
- Growth and development
- Sexual function and reproduction
- Livelihood and mood
Hormones hold very real power over our bodies. In fact, studies show how using certain hormone reactions helps heal brain trauma. As important as they are, hormones do have a natural enemy: toxins.
Healthy fat and cholesterol produce hormones. Any lack or absence of these important dietary building blocks can create significant hormonal imbalances, when the body doesn’t have the necessary foundation on which to function.
Another problem is that some toxins contain chemicals that mimic these building blocks or hormones themselves. When the body uses the unnatural building blocks to produce hormones, mutations can occur. Some mutations have possibly been linked to breast cancer.
Hormone imbalances cause serious health problems that negatively impact those who suffer from them. Fortunately, there’s much we can do about it. If you would like help balancing your hormones naturally, please contact me for assistance.