Why hormonal balance is so important
Our hormones are vital to the functionality of every body system.
- Although oestrogen often gets a bad rap, it, along with progesterone assist in protecting our nervous system and the effective functioning of our brain. In this regard, oestrogen and progesterone help with cognitive function and prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s in some research.
- Hormones are also responsible for the production and function of neurotransmitters, our happy hormones, such as well-known serotonin, melatonin and adrenaline, as well as other less known yet important neurotransmitters. This means they greatly dictate our emotions, moods and daily motivation.
- Others, including oestrogen yet again, are important in bone health. That is why women in menopausal years and thereafter, are susceptible to osteoporosis if their diet is not sufficient.
- Thyroid hormones regulate your metabolism which relies too on other hormones to regulate its optimal functioning.
- Oestrogen is cardioprotective in women, where it helps to regulate healthy cholesterol levels.
- Progesterone is involved with the immune system function and directs its appropriate responses.
As you can see, when hormones are appropriately balanced they can be of great benefit to the body. However, when the balance is thrown there can be substantial consequences.
What could cause hormones to become imbalanced?
- Adrenal dysfunction can suppress the function of the pituitary gland and deplete the precursors to our sex hormones contributing to fatigue, mood changes, low libido, PMS and more…
- Inappropriate blood sugar responses can be a cause of and result of imbalanced hormones.
- Gut function is paramount in hormonal balance. Serotonin (the happy hormone) is manufactured in the gut, which, if not effectively produced can alter our moods. Poor gut function can also contribute to increases in cortisol, further depleting the adrenal glands and altering blood sugar levels. Additionally, the sluggish detoxification of harmful hormones and much more may present.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances include:
Men & Women
- Headaches/ migraines
- Sugar/carb cravings
- Salt cravings
- Lower-back pain
- Burn-out/ chronic fatigue
- Panic attacks
- Poor concentration
- Weight gain/ weight loss
- Low libido
- painful breasts
- disrupted monthly cycle
- menopausal issues
- increased body/ facial hair
- brittle hair, skin, nails
- swollen eyes
- night sweats
- fluid retention
- pins and needles/numb hands and feet
- hot flushes
- vaginal dryness
- heavy periods
- Ovarian cysts
- Inability to gain muscle
- Poor sexual performance/difficulty gaining or maintaining erections
Nutritional imbalances play a large role in hormone production, function and regulation. It is therefore important to know which foods to eat for your specific hormonal complaint – CALL NOW