Are your hormones out of balance?

Hormone balance affects many women. When your hormones are not balanced, you may have symptoms of PMS, perimenopause,  menopausal, PCOS, fertility and miscarriage issues.   Most women do not even know their hormones are out of balance. Hormone balance is not something you think about or even notice. The signs are subtle. There are over 150 symptoms physical, emotional, and mental signs your hormones may be out balanced. 

When I entered puberty, I had cramps, headaches, raging mood swings, food cravings plus more.  I thought all those symptoms were normal. Why did I think it was normal? It seemed normal because all my friends had some of the same symptoms. Over 90% of women experience some signs. A common nickname was “my friend or “that time of the month”. If you suffered and have signs of symptoms, then most likely your hormones are out of balance.

However, it is not normal. It is called PMS: Premenstrual Syndrome and later peri-menopause. There are over 150 symptoms for hormone balance that are different each decade as you age from puberty to post-menopause. Hormone imbalance changes each year and decade as you age.  I hope to raise your awareness between hormone imbalance and health happy hormones.  

Signs for hormones imbalance

The tops signs for hormones out of balance for perimenopause ages can begin as early as 10–15 years before your “friend” stops completely stops about 35 +: mood swings, weight gain, belly fat, night sweats, sex drive, mental fog, loss of energy, irritability, anxiety, hot flashes, food cravings, depression, anxiety, and sleep issues irregular periods, heavy bleeding, headaches, dry eyes

The top signs for hormones out of balance for PMS: ages 12 – 35: acne, fatigue, breast tenderness, sex drive, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, bloating (due to fluid retention), weight gain, sleep issues, and food cravings.

What is the cause of hormone imbalance?  Estrogen dominance

What estrogen dominance means that the RATIO of estrogen to progesterone is not balanced. What throws the balance off is an excess of estrogen, caused by environmental, dietary and lifestyle factors. A women’s cycle has 3 phases: Estrogen, fertility, and progesterone. The progesterone levels gradually fall during the course of a regular menstrual cycle. Some women this drop may cause symptoms of PMS.

During pre-menopause it’s common for estrogen levels to decrease slowly while progesterone levels plummet — a natural result of fewer ovulations, fewer burst follicles, and less progesterone. 

The role of progesterone and estrogen levels in women How do you balance your hormones naturally?

Progesterone is the building block for many other major hormones. Cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen are all made from progesterone in a process that begins with cholesterol. How do you treat your symptoms?  Food, lifestyle choices are the first step. An old saying is “you are what eat”.

Visceral fat also produces estradiol. Women with high testosterone levels or/and This occurs when testosterone is converted to estradiol.
Inhibiting this process can break the cycle of estrogen production and relieve symptoms of estrogen dominance.

How do you balance your hormones naturally?

Your first way is through food and diet. You have many choices of diets. When you start to be interested in changing your food habits, think of it as a lifestyle change. Eating small portions and balanced about fats and vegetables do make a difference in your hormones. Sugar is a killer for hormones and your body. When you choose a diet, make sure it fits your body. The second way is exercise.  30 minutes of walking a day can help keep you in shape and is great for your metabolism, There are many herbal choices recognized for hormone balance. Chaste tree berry is recognized by the German FDA. Chinese medicine use Dong Quai and American cultures use Wild Yam or Black Cohosh.  Bio-identical progesterone has been used since the 1950s. It was first used by Dr. Dalton in England to provide that Postpartum depression is real and can be helped with natural progesterone. Today, natural progesterone (not synthetic) is used by fertility doctors to help with menopause,  prevent miscarriage and encourage healthy fertilization.