Are your hormones out of balance?
We are faced with so many things that can disrupt our hormones and impact how we feel. Environmental pollution, estrogens in beauty products, chemicals in food and synthetic hormone contraceptives are just some examples. Add stress into the mix and its no wonder that we all struggle at some point with hormonal imbalance.
Here are a few symptoms that could indicate your hormones are out of balance:
No matter how many hours sleep, you feel lethargic, sluggish and generally exhausted. Persistent high stress levels result in high cortisol levels (stress hormone), which have a knock on affect on your adrenal function. The adrenal glands become overworked, leaving you feeling fatigued. Tiredness could be a sign that your thyroid levels are low. Poor sleep can also be an indication that your hormones are out of balance.
2. Mood swings/Feeling down
If you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster or suffer with severe PMS, a number of hormones could be causing the problem. If you are stressed, meaning high cortisol levels, these will lower the mood stabilizing serotonin (often known as the happy hormone) and dopamine. However symptoms could also be resulting from out of balance testosterone or estrogen levels.
3. Weight gain
If you find you are gaining weight despite healthy eating and exercise or cannot lose weight – this could be a sign of two things. It could be that your thyroid levels are low; the thyroid regulates your metabolism. It could also be a side effect from synthetic hormone contraceptives.
4. Irregular cycle
If you have an irregular cycle, suffer with extreme pain or heavy bleeding – these are the most obvious signs that your hormones are out of balance.
How can you help yourself?
Reduce stress levels – if you are unsure of how to reduce stress levels, put some stress management techniques in place. One of the simplest ways to do this is
breathing exercises – take a look at a previous blog to show you how.
Eat well – I don’t just mean eating fruit and vegetables, try to eat organic food where possible. Non-organic meat contains growth hormones and potentially antibiotics, all of which impact on our system.
Sleep and naps – try to ensure you get a good nights sleep. Try meditating before you go to bed to ensure a peaceful sleep. If you are a beginner try the Headspace App. It will get easier the more you do it!
Exercise is good for stress reduction and gets the happy hormones flowing!
Avoid caffeine, which can raise stress hormone levels.
Homeopathy can help to balance hormones, remedy selection is dependent on causes and symptoms. A detailed consultation would be needed. If you would like to explore how I can help balance your hormones please get in touch!
Until next time
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