The Good and Bad with Hormones
It seems as if there is virtually nothing in our body that exists without having a function. Hormones, for example, drive our personality and behavior and its role is to communicate between endocrine glands and target organs when needed by being released into the bloodstream. It ultimately controls a variety of things such as our sense of hunger, growth, metabolism, and fertility. While we need hormones, excess production is a common problem that can ultimately manifest outwardly. Cystic acne and PCOS are common issues related to hormonal imbalance which can later cause self-esteem issues.
Elevated hormone levels and imbalances are often related to:
- Poor Diet (particularly consuming foods with added hormones)
- Stress (Physical and Emotional)
- Excessive Negative Emotions
- Impaired Sleep Quality
- Hormone Therapy (such as contraceptives)
What Are Common Signs of Hormonal Imbalance?
When there is trouble going on internally, your body will often alert you in a number of ways to tell you something is not right. You may experience weight gain (mainly around the stomach), increased body or facial hair, brittle nails and thinning hair. Constipation, joint inflammation, headaches, migraines, night sweats, fatigue, carb craving, incontinence, and tingling are other symptoms. Women may notice tender breasts, PMS, and a heavier menstrual period. Men may have a loss in muscle mass, strength, and bone mass as well as a pale face and dry eyes. Psychological complications may also occur where individuals experience enhanced anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, depression, and concentration problems. Puberty is a vital time for boys and girls as it signifies the production of sex hormones. Although delayed puberty happens, a problem should be suspected in girls who do not grow and taller or develop a period or boys who do not gain muscle mass, enough body hair or depth in their voice.
Putting an End to Hormonal Imbalance
Having too much or too little of anything is never a good thing, and contrary to popular belief, it is possible to restore hormone balance if it is a problem for you without having to rely on pills from the doctor. Improving your food selection and reducing stress is an excellent way to start. For added hormonal support, try dong quai, maca, black cohosh, licorice root, vitex berry, and red clover. Consult with a Naturopath such as North Texas Wellness Center, to get your hormones back in check! They are in the North Dallas area. If you are not local, you can keep your hormones in balance on everyday by wearing Baltic Essentials Amber with Amethyst. The powerful oils released aid in drawing out what the body does not need through detoxification. The most active substance in amber is succinic acid that will also help improve immunity and balance your body's pH levels when it gets absorbed in the bloodstream. The Amethyst combined with Amber helps strengthen and maintain hormonal balance.