The endocrine system produces chemical substances called hormones, and each of them regulates specific function in the body. The hormonal imbalances occurs in the body when the overproduction of certain hormones causes change in the function of some organs.
Estrogen and progesterone are the most important hormones in the female body and hormonal imbalances in women occur most commonly due to their imbalance.
The reasons for this imbalance can be divided into two main groups:
- Internal or physiological
It has to to with the changes in the reproductive cycle. In a normal menstrual cycle, the first 10-12 days only estrogen is produced. After that, the ovulation sends information to the female body to produce progesterone hormones equilibrium, then there are no symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
The role of progesterone is to support endometrial order to receive the fertilized ovum in the case of pregnancy. If fertilization occurs, the body ceases to produce two hormones and menstruation occurs.
However, sometimes ovulation does not occur (typically premenopausal), so then estrogen is not balanced by progesterone, which is only produced during ovulation, which means estrogen continues to be produced in the monthly cycle (one month period) and missed ovulation means no manufactured progesterone.
Beside those which are naturally produced in the body, there are also other sources of estrogen and they are considered as external factors that affect hormonal imbalance in women.
Today many women have hormonal imbalance (lack of progesterone), long before it reaches the period of menopause.
There are many reasons that contribute to this phenomenon:
- Xenoestrogens found in cleaners, soaps, sprays, herbicides, cosmetics.
- Passive lifestyle
- Hereditary factors
- Problems with the thyroid gland
- Improper diet (increased consumption of too much fatty and salty foods, processed foods, foods high in sugar, caffeine and refined sugar)
- Strict diets (low in fat)
- A typical Western diet high in meat and dairy products (which mostly contain hormones)
- Alcohol consumption
- The use of contraceptive pills
- Hormone therapy
- Missed ovulation (periods without ovulation)
- Pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals
- Environmental toxins and environmental pollution
If you suspect you have a hormone imbalance, do this simple test:
- I have PMS.
- I have a monthly weight fluctuation.
- I have swelling, bloating or water retention.
- I feel heavy and overfed.
- I have headaches.
- I have mood swings.
- I have painful, enlarged breasts.
- I am depressed.
- I feel unable to cope with everyday tasks.
- I have back pain, joint or muscle pain.
- I have premenstrual desire for food (especially the need for sugar or salt).
- I have irregular cycles, heavy bleeding or very light bleeding.
- I am infertile.
- I use birth control pills or other hormones.
- I have premenstrual migraines.
- I have breast lumps or cysts or fibrocystic breasts.
- I have a family history of breast cancer, ovarian, or cervical cancer.
- I perimenopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, fluid retention, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, muscle and joint pain, low libido, weight gain ).
- I have heat strokes.
- I feel upset.
- I have night sweats.
- I have insomnia.
- Often cold in hands and feet.
- I lost my will for having sex.
- I have dry skin, hair and / or vaginal dryness.
- I have a heartbeat.
- I have problems with memory or concentration.
- I have bloating or weight gain on the belly.
- I have facial
Collect the number of affirmatively answered questions and then check the result:
0 – 9 – There may be a mild hormone imbalance.
10 – 14 – There may be mild hormone imbalance.
15 or more – might have a serious hormonal imbalance. Visit your doctor.
Diagnosing hormone imbalances
If you suspect that you are dealing with hormonal imbalance, you should definitely consult an endocrinologist. The doctor will make some tests in which they examine progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, thyroid hormone, estrogen and others. All this is done by taking a blood or urine. Urine is taken when you need to determine the hormonal changes due to pregnancy or ovulation.
Never take any medications without supervision because it can lead to serious consequences.
Once the doctors determine a shortage of hormones, they prescribe therapy in order to establish balance.
Sometimes the hormonal imbalances get caused by tumor which needs to be removed with surgery.
Any women who has been diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance, not only should take medications, but it should also change the current lifestyle.
Regular test, avoidance of psychological stress and increased physical activity are recommended.
In the days before menstruation, women should be more active, to move more, drink more fluids, avoiding fat foods and foods rich in sugars.
Proper diet is all you need
In order to balance your hormones and to achieve happiness and prosperity, you need to be very persistent.
A healthy diet will help your body to regain its harmony.
First things first, you need to eliminate bad things like stress, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and you need to be more physically active.
Bad food is the most common reason for hormonal imbalance, because if you consume a lot of sugar, it will produce more insulin, estrogen and more testosterone. Any type of flour and sugar can lead to these imbalances.
Dairy products and gluten are often triggers for inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
Xenobiotics or chemicals from the environment, such as pesticides in food can act as a powerful hormone violator of our own hormones.
One of the biggest causes of hormonal imbalance are dairy products due to all the hormones found naturally in milk and those hormones and antibiotics added to the milk. Dairy products actually contain more then 60 hormones that can contribute to the imbalance.
Instead of consuming all these harmful food, you should replace them with organic foods and filtered water can also improve your health significantly.
In order to improve your hormonal imbalance, you need to follow the doctor’s instructions and the 10-day detox program which is specifically created according to your personal performance.