Women Suffer From Hormone Loss More Than You Think

When women reach the menopause years, certain are not produced. The reproductive system runs on estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. The hormones that control these are luteinizing hormone or LH and follicle stimulating hormone or FSH. When the follicles stop producing eggs, then LH and FSH will rise and estradiol and estrone levels will decrease. Female patients suffer from more than just reproductive hormonal imbalances.

What Do Hormones Regulate?

Hormones affect patient’s:

  • Heart rate
  • Metabolism
  • Sleep quality and cycles
  • Stress levels
  • Mood
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Bodily development and growth
  • Body temperature

Any hormonal imbalance may results in symptoms that may be misdiagnosed by prescribers.

What Symptoms?

Some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are:

  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Sleep loss
  • Sweating too much
  • Cold or heat sensitivity
  • Blood pressure too high or too low
  • Changes in bone density
  • Blood sugar too high or too low
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression, irritability, or anxiety
  • Headaches when you don't usually have them
  • Extreme thirst
  • Having to use the bathroom more than usual
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Blurry vision

Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

Some of the causes of hormonal imbalances are:

  • Hormone-laden meats and some vegetables
  • Diets low in or having non-existent necessary nutrients
  • Stress
  • Toxicity in things like air pollution, the air quality in a home or office, cleaning fluids, makeup, among others
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia (fluctuations in blood sugar)
  • Over- or under-active thyroid
  • Some cancers
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Steroid abuse or overuse

How Can Women Overcome These Hormonal Imbalances?

Not enough studies have been done to determine that natural supplements like black cohosh for hot flashes or ginseng for mood swings are a viable remedy. However, they've been used for thousands of years, which speak to their veracity.

Lifestyle changes have more effect on women's hormonal imbalance issues such as:

  • Maintaining a reasonable weight
  • Dispense with prepackaged, prepared foods
  • Eat organic foods when affordable
  • Ditch carbohydrates like potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread
  • Exercise regularly, even if it's just walking to the end of the block and back
  • Use mindfulness, meditation, or yoga to control or eliminate stress
  • Get enough good quality sleep
  • Stop using commercially made cleaning products. Lemon, vinegar, and baking soda will clean anything
  • Store foods in glass instead of plastic