Female hormones play a complex role on how women live their lives. In most cases, it is a challenge most especially from puberty, through pregnancy, until menopause. All the symptoms that women experience, even the mood swings and bloating, are caused by hormones. It can be frustrating and scary for girls and women.
Every month, ladies can experience several symptoms related to any of these conditions:
Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS
This includes tenderness of breasts, headaches, mood swings, bloating, changes in appetite. This condition is linked to low progesterone levels, worsened by stress.
Endometriosis and Fibroids
This condition is where women experience heavy and painful periods, bloating, and in some cases, gain in weight.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS
When testosterone is higher than normal, and progesterone is low, it may lead to PCOS. Symptoms include increase in facial hair, sweets cravings, weight gain, difficulty conceiving, and most commonly, irregular periods.
As women reach their menopause, they usually suffer from hot flushes, night sweats, and even anxiety. This is the stage in their lives where they stop getting menstrual periods.
How to Start Balancing Your Hormones
Apart from changes in hormone levels, many other factors contribute to these conditions, especially their severity. Some factors include gut imbalance, obesity, stress. The level of exposure to toxins, such as plastics, tin cans, and heavy metals, in the environment also affect hormones. In order to better manage these conditions, the hormones need to be balanced. And in order to do so, one must:
- Eat organic foods. Meats and fresh produce that have been exposed to hormones in feeds and pesticides can cause an imbalance in one’s hormones.
- Avoid plastics as much as possible. Chemicals found in plastics are linked to hormone disruption. Go for glassware for food storage, cooking, reheating, and also for beverages.
- Try breathing exercises in order to reduce stress and anxiety. Try the 555 method. Breathe in in a count of five, hold your breath for a count of five, and breathe out slowly while counting from 1 to 5. Do this for three minutes, and do it twice everyday.
Get Nutrition Help
Important herbs and nutrients to help with these conditions:
- Magnesium. Relieves mood symptoms, menstrual pains, hot flushes, and other symptoms.
- Whole Soy. High in phytoesterogen, it helps to metabolises oestrogen production, and helps alleviate pain during periods and breast tenderness.
- Rehmannia and zizyphus. This has been used throughout medical history to ease and shorten the duration of hot flushes during menopause.
- Chaste tree, or vitex. This is traditionally used to regulate menstrual cycle and reduce mood swings during PMS.
- Liquorice and peony. Normalises testosterone, reduces excess facial hair and weight gain, and promotes fertility in women suffering from PCOS.
Being a woman doesn’t mean you have to suffer due to your periods and menopause. Consult with a practitioner now for a personalised plan for healthy hormones.