Hormones are messengers that are crucial to your overall health. Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and insulin, for example, work together with your endocrine system to control your entire body. If one hormone is slightly imbalanced, it can actually cause major health issues.
Signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance are varied, but some of the most common are infertility, irregular periods, weight changes, depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, low libido, appetite changes, digestive problems and hair thinning or loss. The conventional treatments for hormonal imbalance more often than not include synthetic hormone replacement therapies (progestin, not progesterone), birth control pills, insulin injections, synthetic thyroid medications and other treatments with side effects that usually don’t remedy the problem. Depending on the imbalance, the symptoms can be within a very wide range. Estrogen that is too high can lead to endometriosis, seizures, migraines, heavy periods, and more, while something like thyroid imbalance can lead to brain fog, nodules and goiters, and weight issues. A list of very common hormonal imbalances and their symptoms are:
Adrenal fatigue: fatigue, muscle aches and pains, anxiety and depression, trouble sleeping, brain fog, reproductive problems
Diabetes: weight gain, nerve damage (neuropathy), higher risk for vision loss, fatigue, trouble breathing, dry mouth, skin problems
Estrogen dominance: changes in sleep patterns, seizures, anxiety, depression, changes in weight and appetite, higher perceived stress, slowed metabolism
Hyperthyroidism & Grave’s Disease: anxiety, thinning hair, weight loss, IBS, trouble sleeping, irregular heartbeats
Hypothyroidism: slowed metabolism, weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, digestive issues, irregular periods
Low estrogen: low sex drive, reproductive problems, menstrual irregularity, changes in mood
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): infertility, weight gain, higher risk for diabetes, acne, abnormal hair growth
Adaptogen herbs are a unique class of healing plants that promote hormone balance and protection the body from a wide variety of diseases, including those caused by excess stress. In addition to boosting immune function and combating stress, research shows that adapotogens like ashwagandha, rhodiola and holy basil — can naturally help reset your hormones and eliminate sugary. Those coupled with Natural Progesterone can be a great source of ‘boost’ ingredients to add to your remedies for reversing hormone imbalances.
Be sure to also focus on specific hormone-balancing foods like cruciferous veggies (well cooked is better while healing), good, healthy fats like cold pressed coconut oil, lard, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil, and high quality proteins such as grass fed beef, free range chicken, and wild caught fish. Balancing your diet and adding some of these hormone balancing supplements can be the perfect combination for your hormone recovery plan.