Are your hormones out of control and in need of a check up?
Wondering if hormone changes or fluctuations are causing issues with your mood, sleep and energy levels? The impact of imbalanced hormones on health, wellbeing and quality of life is often underestimated.
Your body gives you clues that hormones are out of balance:
- Painful, heavy or irregular periods
- Irritability and mood changes
- Poor memory
- Lack of motivation
- Craving sugar and chocolate
- Fluid retention
- Night sweats and hot flushes
The causes of hormonal imbalance
Poor liver detoxification can play a significant role. Liver dysfunction, often due to allergies, food intolerances or toxins, can result in a build-up of harmful oestrogen break-down products.
Environmental chemicals such as plastics and pesticides interfere with the endocrine system and affect hormonal balance. The endocrine system is made up of the glands that produce hormones in the body (you may have heard the term endocrine disruptor). For example, thyroid hormone production can be inhibited by pesticides.
Oestrogen dominance is associated with problems in the female reproductive system. Oestrogen dominance refers to high or relatively high (compared to progesterone) levels of oestrogen activity resulting in increased tissue activity and proliferation in oestrogen-sensitive tissues, such as the endometrium (lining of the uterus), ovaries and breasts.
Despite these common causes, there are ways to help you feel better. Let's look at hormone imbalance.
How hormone imbalance is harming your health
Good hormone function is vital to healthy living. This is because hormones play a key role in regulating and controlling the body’s complex, interconnected systems. As these cannot be effectively treated just by focusing on one key area, we use a holistic approach and treat the body as an integrated whole.
Common hormone problems I treat include:
- Menstrual problems
- Adrenal gland problems
- Thyroid gland problems
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
A holistic treatment protocol where as many relevant factors as possible are addressed may help. Integrative medicine combining nutritional assessment and guidance, exercise, stress management and nutritional herbs and supplements can often help balance hormone and mood changes.
If you think your hormones are out of balance, you don't have to suffer. Take the first step and book an appointment today.