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“It’s just hormones.”
“Are you sure it’s not your hormones?”
“I think we should check your hormones.”
Sound familiar? Have you ever heard this from a doctor or practitioner? My guess is you have, or you know someone who has, because hormones are one of the most common scapegoats of a lot of chronic symptoms and health issues, especially in women.
The thing is it might not be “just hormones”. So how do you find the keys for balancing your hormones? First it’s important to understand what’s behind hormonal imbalances.
Hormones are chemical messengers, and they relay information around the body. It’s very easy for those levels to become disrupted. On top of that, women are susceptible to challenges like stress, lack of sleep, blood sugar instability, nutritional deficiencies, high intake of stimulants like caffeine and sugar, alcohol, environmental toxins, chronic inflammation, mood swings, and loss of libido -all of which can cause disruptions in the system including with hormones.
Hormones take the blame for so many health problems and uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, sleep trouble and insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability, digestive problems, weight gain, fatigue, headaches, thyroid problems, perimenopausal, postmenopausal, and premenstrual symptoms, hair loss, and brain fog. Women are told they’re having health issues because their hormones are “out of balance” or because of their menstrual cycles or menopause.
When hormones are being blamed for a health issue or symptom, it’s a sign you need to dig deeper. When a doctor tells you that hormones are the problem, you need to ask more questions.
“Why?” What’s causing my hormones to be out of balance?” These are the next questions to ask and investigate.
It’s most likely that the true root cause is being overlooked. Something else, some other factor(s), has impacted your system and is creating a hormonal imbalance. When you’re told that hormones are to blame for a health issue, there are several other possibilities of what really could be at the root. It’s important to at least be familiar with these possibilities to understand the keys to balancing your hormones, so here’s a brief overview before I share some keys for balancing hormones.
It can be the case that hormones go off balance. When they do, however, there’s still a reason why. Hormones don’t go out of balance just to go out of balance. Something is causing them to go out of balance. When this happens, it’s typically due to an underactive thyroid and/or overworked, adrenal glands which are brought on by too much stress. These issues can knock reproductive hormones out of balance. Managing your stress is a big key to balancing your hormones.
Radiation exposure can suppress the immune system and overheat the thyroid gland, leading to improper hormone levels and ultimately other symptoms and health issues. X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, cellphones, and plane travel bombard people with more radiation exposure than ever before with cellphones being practically attached to so many today. Unfortunately, fallout in the sky from nuclear disasters that occurred throughout history like Hiroshima have increased radiation exposure on the human population. This radiation still falls down from the sky today. As a result, radiation is one of the exposures that can lead to a shift in hormones.
Toxic load is very important to consider as these toxins can wreak havoc on the body and contribute to imbalances on their own. They also feed pathogens like EBV, which creates additional hormone problems and health issues.
DDT/ pesticide was used everywhere: on food, farms, crops, parks, yard, and gardens. This contributed to overloading the livers and central nervous systems of women, and has been passed down in utero, through generations, continuing to impact women today, and cause symptoms.
EBV is a pathogen in the herpes family with over 60 different strains (not all discovered by traditional research and science). These strains are categorized into 6 groups by severity. Depending on the viral strains and toxic loads present in the body, a wide range of different symptoms and issues can occur including hormone imbalance.
So the factors you really want to focus on to balance your hormones: pathogens, environmental toxins, radiation, stress, and ultimately your reproductive and immune systems. What are some keys to balancing your hormones that will also support sustainable health and wellness?
Include healing foods and herbs that support the reproductive system and strengthen the immune system
These healing foods are powerful keys for balancing your hormones. They help strengthen vital organs, reduce the frequency of symptoms like hot flashes and cramps, provide antioxidants and nutrients that calm inflammation, and keep reproductive hormones balanced. Try cucumber apple juice for an incredibly refreshing, delicious, hydrating, healing boost to balance your hormones (1 cucumber: 1 apple)
Supportive Healing Supplements
Try adding in any of these healing supplements:
Essential Oils for Hormones
Clary sage: helps balance estrogen levels, promotes long term health of the uterus, helps balance cortisol and promotes calm mood.
Geranium: naturally supports estrogen levels and a healthy mood
Bergamot: relaxes your mind and body, calms nerves, provides mental clarity.
Lavender: helps reduce symptoms like hot flashes, headaches, heart palpitations, and other symptoms associated with menopause; can help stabilize cortisol levels.
Ylang ylang: can calm and uplift the mind; relieve stress and tension; helps with anxiety.
Hormone support blend:
8 drops geranium
8 drops lavender
4 drops ylang ylang
4 drops bergamot
10 drops clary sage
Add to carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil)
Dong Quai is a super medicine. It’s been being used for 1000s of years as a medicinal herb and can help both the male and female reproductive systems. Dong Quai is considered the premier hormone regulator. It can raise estrogen levels in the body if they’re too low, and lower them when they’re too high.
Dong Quai is beneficial for sleep problems and insomnia, irritable moods, hyperthyroidism, migraines, nerve pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and many symptoms and conditions that are typically associated with hormones. It also helps prevent hot flashes and other symptoms related to menopause.
Dong Quai contains anti-aging properties, helps aid in detoxification, and is used as a natural infertility supplement. It aids with cramps and other PMS symptoms due to its anti-spasmodic properties. You can find Dong Quai as a cream, tincture, capsule, extract, or tea.
*Cautions should be used for those who have breast, uterine, or prostate cancer or women who are pregnant, consult with a physician.
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