What it is a Hormonal Imbalance?
To understand what hormonal imbalance we should first get a clear idea of what hormones are. Hormones are little compounds which deliver messages to the cells in the whole body to activate different metabolic processes. These little messengers are produced by the endocrine glands including pituitary, thyroid, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys and ovaries or testicles.
A hormonal imbalance happens when not enough or too many hormones are secreted in the circulation. Often, when we think of hormones we automatically associate this with women, but men also can suffer from hormonal imbalances, especially e.g. oestrogen dominance.
Signs and symptoms that might be indicating that you have hormonal imbalance:
- Brain fog.
- Poor sleep.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Irregular and/or painful periods.
- Excessive hair growth in women.
- Variations in appetite and weight.
- Low libido and/or reproductive issues.
- High level of irritability & low resistance to stress.
Ignoring the above signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance can lead to infertility and other metabolic complications. Although both men and women are affected, statistics show that females face higher risks than men.
Serious health conditions resulting from hormonal imbalance:
- Thyroid disorders.
- Tumors (benign or malignant).
Let’s have a look at the causes of hormonal imbalances.
- Gut health issues.
- Poor eating habits.
- Use of contraceptive pills.
- Lack of building blocks and cofactors.
- Liver intoxication caused by alcohol, drugs and excessive toxins.
- Toxins derived from foods, plastic or cans, air pollution and pesticides.
There is no single trigger, cause or treatment for hormonal imbalance. One should better work with a health practitioner. This approach will help to address many triggers and mediators simultaneously.
Tests for hormonal imbalances
A good start would be to perform a test for hormones and cofactors. There are different tests available and one of the best available is Comprehensive Hormonal test, to find out more click here. If the budget is limited, then you can request blood tests from your GP click here to find out which tests can be requested free of charge from your doctor.
Natural treatments for hormonal imbalance
Even without taking a test you can improve your hormone imbalance. This would require carefully looking into the food that you eat, avoiding or even eliminating alcohol, having a good sleep and managing stress levels. All of these will improve hormonal balance and overall health. But if the systems persist then it worth investing in the help of a qualified practitioner like myself. To book a 15 minutes no obligation phone call, fill in the form online of the contact page.
Other natural treatments for hormonal imbalance
Exercise that leads to sweat. Sweating is an exceptional way to eliminate excessive hormones, especially those that damage health.
Other treatments for hormonal imbalance
Supplements. Herbs with adaptogenic properties can greatly help in balancing hormones. Just to name a few Ashwagandha, Ginseng and Rodiohla. Extracts I often use in my clinical practice when working with hormonal imbalance are:
Adrenal Natural Glanular by Allergy Research.
Female Complex by Viridian.
Omega 3 by Bare Biology.
To get your supplements with my practitioner discount go to Natural Dispensary and use discount code NDK10.
For a personalised health approach to address hormonal imbalance contact me and I will be delighted to help you to get back to balance and vibrant health.
Best wishes, Nadiya Naturopathic Nutritionist in Brighton, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells and London.