Hormones play a crucial role in our overall health. Having a hormonal imbalance means you have too much or too little of a certain hormone. Those changes have effects on the entire body.
It is normal for hormone levels to fluctuate at different times of your life but there are certain health issues that can cause significant changes.
I recently read an article comparing hormones to a cake recipe. As a former baker, I can relate. Too much or too little of an ingredient can make or break a recipe. In this case, the endocrine system doesn't get the recipe right.
The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for multiple functions.
Hormone producing glands
Ovaries- female sex hormones, secrete estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone
Pineal- produces melatonin, plays a role in body’s internal clock
Adrenal- produce hormones that control sex drive and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress
Thyroid- control metabolism and the way your body uses energy
Pancreas- produces insulin, controls blood sugar levels
Parathyroid- controls amount of calcium in blood and bones
Pituitary- trigger growth
Hypothalamus- body temperature, hunger, moods, release hormones from other glands, control thirst, sleep, and sex drive
Testes- produce the male sex hormone, testosterone, and produce sperm
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that impact your cells and organs functions. They are responsible for the regulation of major bodily processes.
Signs & Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Depression & Anxiety
Changes in appetite
Conditions associated with hormonal imbalances
PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome)
Causes of hormonal imbalance differ depending on which hormones are affected.
Hormone drugs (birth control)
Body too acidic
Causes specific to women
Dietary & Lifestyle Changes
Diet can either restore or contribute to hormone imbalances. Limiting your intake of of processed foods, red meat, dairy, sugar and soy can make a huge difference.
Foods to avoid
It has been associated with a host of women's reproductive issues. Factory farmed animals are injected with antibiotics and fed soy. Soy throws off estrogen levels and blocks the body's ability to absorb minerals like iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.
Dairy products, specifically milk, yogurt and cheese contain estrogen. It's packed with artificial growth hormones and synthetic estrogen. Estrogen is given to cows to speed up their growth and force them to produce unnatural amounts of milk. It's also extremely inflammatory which increases symptoms.
White bread, white pasta and potatoes. Starchy foods turn into sugar that increase insulin and cause sugar imbalances. These foods are often void of any nutritional value.
Caffeine & Alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol place stress on the liver and inhibit its ability to eliminate excess estrogen.
Artificial sugar causes changes in the release of hormones and sends the body into a stressed state. It adds stress to the adrenal glands and thyroid. Your adrenal glands respond by sending out a cortisol and adrenaline which in turn leads to the imbalance.
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Foods to eat
I recommend eating plants. Sounds simple enough, right? They consist of fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Studies show that women with vegetarian and plant based diets have lower estrogen levels than those with meat centered diets. Hormones are made from healthy fats, and plant-fiber filters toxins from the body.
Want to go plant based and don't know where to start? Check out my Plant-Based Transition Guide
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Exercise & maintain a healthy weight
Estrogen can be overproduced by abdominal fat. Being overweight makes you susceptible to reproductive issues which can lead to even more weight gain. The more you sweat, the better so its important to get moving. Exercising can be as simple as taking walks around the block.
Dehydration has an impact on the production of cortisol.
Avoid hormone disrupting chemicals
Hair Care & Cosmetics
Many hair products on the market today contain chemicals that disrupt hormones and lead to reproductive issues. They introduce toxic chemicals into the scalp. The chemicals are known as endocrine disrupters which means they disturb the natural functions of the endocrine system which is responsible for the production of hormones. This applies to personal care products and cosmetics as well.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Found in products like canned foods and plastic.
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When shopping for produce, opt for organic. Pesticides have been linked to infertility and affect testosterone levels.
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Found in commercial cleaning products. They disrupt the endocrine system and interfere with hormonal functions.
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Anti-Fibroid Tonic or Capsules-This tonic is formulated to nourish the female endocrine system, support estrogen, prevent women's reproductive issues, combat existing ones.
Iron Tonic or capsules- Daily dose of iron rich herbs. When you are low on iron, you are susceptible to disease.
Liver Cleanse-Removes excess estrogen, toxins and aids the body's detoxification.
Full body detox- The digestive tract contains most of the body's immune system so parasite cleansing is always my recommendation when kickstarting your wellness journey. The parasite cleanse gives your body the ability to expel mucus, toxins and inflammation which fuel reproductive issues. It also gets your body going in the right direction and allows you to get the maximum benefit of any herbal regimen that follows.
Once the parasite cleanse is complete, I recommend a colon cleanse and lymphatic cleanse. Colon cleanse to remove the years worth of toxic waste, bacteria and fecal matter. The lymphatic cleanse to cleanse toxins and debris from the cells and alleviate symptoms of a congested lymph. These products are also available separately.
Electric Multivitamins-Iodine rich. Regulate your metabolism, digestion, mood, and more.
Women's Wellness Herbal Tea Blend- This blend is formulated to strengthen and improve reproduction naturally. Other benefits include: anti-inflammatory, nourishes the uterus, alleviates PMS.
Women's Health Package- I’ve bundled up a package to combat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and other reproductive health concerns for women. This package has been formulated to focus on the body as a whole as opposed to addressing one issue or symptom. The goal is to restore balance and rid the body of acidification.
Women's Wellness Tincture-This blend is formulated to strengthen and improve reproduction naturally. Other benefits include: anti-inflammatory, nourishes the uterus, alleviates PMS.
Wild Yam Root Tincture- helps the uterus work more efficiently.
Yarrow Tincture- It tones the muscles and increases muscular activity of the uterus to encourage menstruation.
Red Raspberry Leaf-Tones uterus, strengthens uterus, vitamin and mineral rich.
Maca Root- endocrine adaptogen, balance levels of the hormone estrogen, enhance fertility and improve sexual performance and libido.
Birth Control Detox- Detoxifying, hormonal support, Detoxifies body of synthetic estrogen.
-Avoid acidic foods like meat, dairy, soy and artificial sugar. Stick to plant-based foods and stay hydrated.
-Balance estrogen. This includes avoiding eating out of cans and plastic containers.
-Exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
-Consider an herbal regimen
-Minimize toxic chemicals like hair products, deodorant and perfumes.
-Clean without chemicals.
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Sources & Useful Articles
Vaginal douching and racial/ethnic disparities in phthalates exposures among reproductive-aged women: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001–2004 | Environmental Health | Full Text (biomedcentral.com)
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