Are you a female over the age of 40 who just doesn’t feel as good as you used to?
Do you suffer from skin or hair problems? Do you find yourself more tired throughout the day than you used to be? Have you noticed any recent weight gain or do you struggle to lose weight? Do you experience night sweats or hot flashes? Low libido? Mood swings? Anxiety? If any of these sound like you…your hormones are likely the culprit!
Welcome back to another week in wellness with Purely Simple Organic Living! There is often a lot of confusion around hormonal imbalances and how they may present in the body. So today we are going to talk about hormone imbalances, their effects on your health, and how they relate to autoimmunity.
The Endocrine System and Hormones
Your hormones are produced and regulated by the endocrine system in the body. The endocrine system is made up of a collection of glands, with the major ones being the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, adrenal glands, and certain cells in the pancreas, among others. The endocrine system is highly reactive and works to regulate your hormones and respond to certain triggers–think of it as you body’s defense mechanism! For example, when you feel fear your adrenals flood your body with adrenaline to support that “fight or flight” response. Your pancreas secretes insulin to regulate blood sugar to prevent you from passing out or going into a diabetic coma.
Hormone imbalances occur when there is either too much or too little of a hormone chemical in the bloodstream. There is a delicate balance when it comes to hormones in the body, and even the slightest imbalance can negatively impact your health over time1.
Some symptoms of hormone imbalance in women are:
- Low energy, dragging through the afternoon, feeling sluggish
- Mood swings, depression, anxiety, irritability, weepiness
- Painful, heavy, or irregular periods
- Breast tenderness
- Acne, rashes, dry skin
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Infertility or miscarriage
- Ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids
- Hair loss or excess body hair
- Muscle aches, joint pain
- Estrogen dominance
Many internal and external factors can disrupt your normal hormone levels.
From your age, to the medications you are on, to your stress levels, to underlying medical conditions, to even the laundry detergent and dryer sheets you use…your endocrine system can be disrupted and struggle to find a balance with its hormone secretions! Plastics and laundry soaps often leech out xenoestrogens–chemical compounds that mimic the hormone estrogen–and can bind to your body’s hormone receptor sites causing hormone imbalances and other health problems. Decreasing your toxin load is vital when trying to maintain a healthy hormone balance!
Hormones and Autoimmunity
There are two autoimmune conditions that affect the thyroid gland and either cause overactive thyroid, Graves’ disease, or an underactive thyroid, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis2. This occurs when your immune system attacks the cells in your thyroid, either causing your thyroid to secrete more hormones or destroying and damaging thyroid cells so that they do not secrete hormones. Your thyroid hormones regulate your body’s metabolism, and an under-or-over active thyroid can affect your weight, sleep, anxiety levels, mood, libido, etc.
Balancing Your Hormones Naturally
The good news is, natural remedies can help balance your hormones! Doing fifteen minutes of deep belly breathing 2x/day has been shown in several clinical trials to decrease hot flashes and night sweats in women2. Cutting out inflammatory foods that stress your hormones like sugar, alcohol, dairy and soy3. Addressing lifestyle including physical activity and stress management as well as gaining support from practitioners and loved ones is an excellent start. These mind-body techniques not only help with hormonal balancing, but they also bring about a balance that creates a greater sense of wellbeing!
Beyond symptom management, it is so important to find and address the underlying problem that is causing your hormones to be out of whack…in other words, GET TO THE ROOT CAUSE! Sometimes your adrenals and thyroid require more support to get those hormones back in balance and regulated…that’s where we come in!
At Purely Simple Organic Living, we help you get to the root cause of your body’s imbalances instead of just masking your symptoms! After all, your body didn’t just wake up one day and say “I think I’m going to stop making thyroid hormones today!” Remember, the endocrine system is reactive to both internal and external triggers…so things like you environment, stress levels, diet, activeness, medicines, etc. can all have a cumulative effect on your bodies inability to regulate hormones!
We offer a comprehensive, homeopathic hormonal balancing protocol using for our clients that can help you get your hormones back in balance so that you can reclaim your health! By using EVOX voice mapping, we can also help you work through the emotional component of these imbalances–helping you release stored stress and trauma in the body that is often a major contributing factor.
We also offer THC free CBD oil to combat symptoms of anxiety and depression. Our infrared, amethyst crystal-infused biomat and oxygen bar at our location are also great tools to help balance hormones naturally, while also relieving symptoms of pain, inflammation, headaches, nausea, etc.
Come see how Purely Simple Organic Living can help you regulate your hormones, we offer FREE 30 minute discovery calls to those wondering how we can support them on their health journey! We are now proud to offer Zoom consultations for our human and four legged furry friend clients, NATIONWIDE!
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