Lack of energy?
Difficulty loosing or gaining weight?
And wondering why, despite all your best efforts, you feel like you just can’t get your health on track?
Well I am hear to tell you there may be more going on that you realise.
Could it be a hormone imbalance?
More than likely… Because the biggest impact to our hormone health is…
Yep, you guessed it: STRESS!
So let’s take a quick look at the major hormone imbalances causes and symptoms. Note: I am not here to diagnose, but to support you with your hormone health, with simple, sustainable lifestyle changes.
HIGH CORTISOL (Stress hormone)
- Chronic mental, emotional, or physical stress
- Over-exercising, extreme dieting, and eating disorders
- Food allergies or sensitivities such as wheat and other gluten-containing products, dairy, corn, soy, and sugar
- Feeling “tired yet wired”
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Oligomenorrhea (infrequent periods)
- Amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation)
- Decreased fertility
- Inability to concentrate, or constantly feeling distracted
- Anxiety or nervousness
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- High cortisol, which lowers progesterone output and blocks progesterone receptors
- Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Xenoestrogens, like BPA and phthalates, which mimic estrogen in the body
- Being overweight or obese
- Heavy bleeding
- Breast tenderness or cysts
- PMS or PMDD
- Menstrual migraines
- Moodiness and frequent meltdowns
- Depression or weepiness
- Mid-cycle pain
- Brain fog
EXCESS ANDROGENS (sex hormones):
- High insulin levels, which cause the ovaries to produce more testosterone
- Using hormonal birth control with synthetic progestins
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
- Excess body fat can cause excess estrogen, which can affect the production and use of androgens in women
- High cortisol from chronic stress
- Unstable blood sugar, known as hypo- or hyperglycemia
- Infrequent ovulation
- Menstrual cycles longer than 35 days
- Ovarian cysts
- Mid-cycle pain
- Acne or oily skin
- Hair growth on the face
- Hair loss on the head
- Inadequate production of thyroid hormone due to excess or insufficient cortisol production
- Endocrine disrupting chemicals known as xenoestrogens
- Nutrient deficiencies like selenium, iodine, vitamin D, and certain amino acids
- Poor conversion of T4 to the active T3 hormone
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Dry skin and hair
- Hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Cold hands and feet
- Sensitivity to cold
- Unexplained, rapid weight gain or stubborn fat that is hard to lose
- Heavy periods
- Low sex drive
- Infertility or miscarriage
So what can we do? Start by reducing your stress, yes easier said than done Tara! We may not be able to reduce it, but we can start to change how we view it.
Here are my top 3 tips:
– Write a love list and do something off it every single day
– Plan your days and weeks ahead of time and don’t over schedule (chasing the clock is the biggest stress in our modern day society)
– Get support. Reach out to your support crew (health professionals, partner, friends, myself). Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to book in a consultation, where we can talk about what’s happening for you.
Could ONE conversation change your life!?
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