Hormones are the chemical messengers in you body. They are secreted by the endocrine glands, and later carried in the blood stream. Each hormone has its own role, and they all work in a synergy to provide optimal function of the system.
Oversecretion of hormones disrupts the main function of all organs, leading to hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalance is more common in women, and it’s triggered by the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are important for women, and any imbalance is manifested through numerous symptoms and disorders.
Scientists say that the hormonal imbalance can be divided into 2 groups – internal or physiological.
The causes of psychological background always involve changes in the reproductive cycle. The secretion of estrogen and progesterone is controlled through a specific schedule and in accordance with menstrual cycle and ovulation. If this process is disturbed, hormones go crazy, and cause a chaos in the body.
In some cases the hormonal imbalance is caused by additional and external splash of estrogen, other than the hormone that’s naturally released in the body.
Statistics shows that many women struggle with hormonal imbalances long before they enter their menopause. This phenomenon is triggered by multiple factors, and we’ve covered some of them:
- Excessive exposure to xenoestrogens added to cleaning products, soaps, sprays, herbicides, and cosmetic products
- Passive lifestyle and poor physical activity
- Genetic predisposition
- Thyroid malfunction
- Unhealthy eating habits (eating too much fatty, salty or processed foods, and foods abundant in sugar, caffeine-packed products and refined sugar)
- Strict diet regimen (i.e. low-fat diet)
- Standard American Diet (eating too much food stuffed with hormones and dairy)
- -- Missed ovulation
- Excessive exposure to pesticides, herbicides and dangerous chemicals
- Living in polluted town areas and excessive exposure to environmental toxins
Common symptoms of hormonal imbalance
If you have any of the symptoms below, you have to consult your doctor as soon as possible. Do a simple test to determine whether you need your hormone levels checked:
- Constant weight fluctuations
- Swollen/Bloated abdomen and water retention
- Feeling of heaviness and overeating
- Frequent headaches
- Mood swings
- Sore, enlarged breasts
- Inability to perform everyday activities
- Sore muscles, joints, back
- Premenstrual cravings (sugar, salt)
- Irregular menstrual cycle, heavy menstrual bleeding, light bleeding
- Contraception and other hormone-based medication
- Premenstrual migraine
- Fybrocystic breasts, cysts and breast lumps
- Genetic predisposition to developing breast, ovarian and cervical cancer
- Perimenopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, headache, irregular cycle, heavy menstrual bleeding, water retention, tender breasts, vaginal dryness, sore joints and muscles, lack of libido, sudden weight gain)
- Heart attack
- Feeling upset about everything
- Night sweating
- Inability to sleep at night
- Cold hands/feet
- Low libido
- Dry skin and hair, vaginal dryness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Memory/Concentration issues
- Bloated stomach/ Weight gain in the abdomen
- Facial swelling
How to determine if you have a hormonal imbalance?
First, cross the signs that describe your current condition, then go through the following results:
0-9 symptoms – Mild hormonal imbalance
10-14 symptoms – Mild hormonal imbalance that requires regular checkups and observation of any strange changes
15 or more – Serious hormonal imbalance that requires immediate appointment with a health professional
Consult an endocrinologist and do hormonal tests to check up your thyroid hormone, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and other hormones. Most of these tests are based on urine or blood sample. Urine tests are used in cases of ovulation of pregnancy.
Consult your doctor before you take anything, including that cup of tea.
You have to change your lifestyle habits and even undergo a special surgery to put your hormones under control. Cancer patients have their tumors removed, and then receive a therapy.
Rest enough, and stay away from stress. Women are advised to drink fresh juices, water, and eliminate fatty foods and sugar before their menstrual cycle.
Limit your intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Be more active and avoid stress. Limit you intake of dairy and gluten, as these trigger inflammation and endocrine malfunction. Milk contains over 60 hormones known to cause hormonal imbalance. Let’s not forget about all the hormones and antibiotics that are regularly added to milk.
Limit your exposure to xenobiotics, chemicals, and environmental toxins. Go all-natural and eat organic foods. Filter your water and do a 10-day detox program.
Source: Natural Cures And Home Remedies