Are you ready to take charge of your hormones? No more band-aid fixes. No more contraceptive pills, No more pain killers, anti-depressants and wheat bags to get you through. Yes, it's possible and completely in your power!
Getting your hormones right is ESSENTIAL for living your healthiest, happiest and most fulfilling life. Your hormones run on a finely-tuned delicate balance which means our bodies are constantly adapting to keep them under control. Any small deviation in these hormones can have a big effect on your health, mood and general well-being.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
Low Energy levels
Heavy & Painful Menstruation
Prolonged Menstrual Bleeding
Premenstrual Tension & irritability
Night Sweats & Hot Flushes
Acne along Chin, Jawline, Back or Chest
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Facial Hair Growth & Hair Thickening
Unexplained & Stubborn Weight Gain
Your hormones want to be in balance! If you are feeling out of alignment start with these five foundational & crucial steps for hormone balance.
Get Enough ZZZ's
A lack of sleep can really dampen your hormone balance.
Getting a good night's sleep helps to balance your stress hormone cortisol so you are better equipped to handle stress in your day ahead.
Inadequate sleep can cause abnormal processing of glucose, leading to sugar cravings weight gain and insulin resistance.
Acute sleep deprivation increases your thyroid hormone TSH. High levels of TSH lower your metabolism and can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, infertility and cold intolerance.
Sleep deprivation lowers the main sex hormones testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.
It's important to sleep! Not only does it determine how rested you feel but also influenced the finely-tuned balance of your hormones. If you are having difficult sleeping at night try blue-light blocking glasses, switching off electronics before bed-time or consulting with a Naturopath or GP.
Avoid Hormone Disrupting Chemicals
It takes 25 seconds for a chemical to absorb through your skin into your blood stream. This is one of the many reasons we should be conscious about the products we are exposed to.
Most personal care, beauty and household cleaning products contain phthalates, parabens, xenoestrogens and other hormone disrupting chemicals. Continuous low level exposure of these toxins can wreck havoc on your hormones and lead to hormone imbalance.
Remember ditch plastic too! Nearly every type of plastic releases chemicals that mimic estrogen in your body. Long-term exposure to plastic can interfere with your natural estrogen levels and cause symptoms of estrogen dominance; weight gain, bloating, fluid retention, insomnia, heavy & painful periods
Read ingredients carefully, check over the dirty dozen list & opt for natural products where possible.
It is impossible to balance your hormones without combating your stress!
Your body cannot differentiate between stressors. So, that extra pressure at work, or the fight you had with your loved one, has the same reaction in your body as if you were being chased by a lion.
Remember: the body will do anything to keep you alive so it prioritizes survival over reproduction. It makes sense! Your body recognizes stress as danger and being the intelligent system it is, it recognizes that if you are danger it is not the best time for fertility. So, it changes your hormones to prevent it.
Did you know... your stress hormone cortisol and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are made by the same precursor called 'pregnanolone'. (AKA: the mother of all hormones). If stress is chronic your body needs to create more cortisol and it does so by using more pregnanolone - at the expense of progesterone!
Low progesterone levels can lead to PMS, infertility, estrogen dominance, weight gain, acne, anxiety and inflammation.
Start by taking 10 long deep breaths! it is scientifically proven that you can not be in a state of stress while you are deep breathing. Start with the deep breathing but also take the time to start separating the good, the bad & the ugly. If you are serious about balancing your hormones it is time to look at how you can reduce stress and where you can add more stress-relief into your life.
You probably know by now that there isn't one part of your body which is not effected by your gut. Your hormones are no exception to this.
Constipation can cause estrogen dominance. To put it simply, if you aren't pooping you aren't eliminating excess hormones, particularly estrogen. Waste that has been sitting too long in the bowel (more than 24 hours) increases beta-glucuronidase. Your beta-glucuronidase unpacks the estrogen from your poop which has been tightly packaged for excretion. Estrogen becomes free once again where it passes through the bowel and back into your bloodstream where it can influence hormones & liver function.
Need Extra Support?
As a Naturopath & Medical herbalist I help hundreds of women get back in tune with their hormones. And I would love to help you too!
Whether in-person or online I can help you decipher your hormones, provide you with comprehensive hormone testing & create a tailor-made care plan designed for your individual hormone imbalance.
Want to know more about your hormones check out my other blog posts; 5 Hormone Balancing Superfoods & Hormones 101: What Every Woman Should Know About Her Hormones.
Meet the Naturopath
Storm is a Naturopath & Medical herbalist who focuses on women's health, hormones & wellness.
After being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome she is now passionate about helping women find their root cause, balance their hormones and feel at home in their bodies.
She provides support both online, and in-person from the Functional Naturopathy clinic in Palmerston North, New Zealand.