There’s no doubt about it – hormone imbalances are a difficult thing for any person to deal with. Both men and women can experience hormone problems – it’s not gender specific. However, women are usually more sensitive to hormone fluctuations due to the way their cycle works. In a perfect world, your hormones would work in-sync, each having their own balanced levels.
But this isn’t always the case.
On day 1 of your menstrual cycle, female hormones are at their lowest. As your cycle progresses, levels rise until Ovulation. At this point, levels will fluctuate and ultimately decline as menstruation nears.
Problems will occur when these sensitive hormones don’t fluctuate as they should.
Symptoms of Hormone Problems and Why It Happens
When your hormones are out of whack, a whole host of problems can start happening like:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Constant Pain
There are also more serious concerns such as increased risk of cancer, autoimmune problems, and more. At our holistic healing clinic, we see a lot of issues that can be traced back to hormone issues.
First, it’s important to understand that your hormones are produced in various organs. This includes your thyroid, adrenal gland, ovaries, and pituitary gland, just to name a few. Your organs use specific nutrients to produce these hormones. Lack of nutrition or organ problems is two possible causes of an imbalance. Other possible causes include:
- Genetic/methylation problems
- Environmental toxins
- Poor diet
Taking a Natural Approach
Unfortunately, modern hormone treatments are a shot in the dark. For example, if your PMS is due to excessive estrogen, is it really wise to take estrogen-increasing birth control pills?
The answer is clearly no, yet most doctors prescribe them anyway.
Your first step in treatment should include hormone testing and a complete evaluation by a health and wellness center that specializes in bio-identical hormone therapy. Other supplements that may help include Vitamin C, Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry), and dietary changes.
Consider working with a doctor who is willing to help you find and treat the cause of your problems – not just the symptoms.