Did you know that you can develop a hormonal imbalance right from the womb? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? How is that fair? Fair or not, it’s scientifically proven that we start producing hormones from the end of the second trimester in the womb. If the mother has daily stresses that her own system can’t cope with, her body starts taking hormones like progesterone from the unborn baby to cope with stress. It’s a survival mechanism. The mother is not to be blamed, she’s not doing this consciously.
If you are pregnant or know anyone who is, tell them about it, so they can learn to better control their stress, so their bodies don’t deplete the unborn child’s progesterone, which leads to a hormonal imbalance right from the get go for the baby.
What is a hormonal imbalance?
Hormones mothership is considered to be the endocrine system which produces them, coordinates their functions and levels, maintains or discards them. It’s a complex system comprised of pituitary gland, hypothalamus, thyroid, adrenals, gonads, pancreas, and pineal gland. The hormones are biochemical messengers who carry information from cell to cell.
Some of their functions include:
– Maintaining metabolic processes, such as managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation
– Help keep your blood pressure and blood volume normal
– Controlling your “fight or flight” response to stress
– Maintaining pregnancy
– Initiating and controlling sexual maturation during childhood and puberty
– Producing sex steroids such as estrogen and testosterone
– Convert vitamin D into an active hormone that helps increase available calcium
These hormones exist in a delicate and closely regulated balance.
Hormone imbalances can wreak havoc on your health.
What causes hormonal imbalance?
Hormonal imbalanced is cause by a variety of factors, but the most important ones are:
— stress – which causes adrenal fatigue – which is mostly believed to be at the root of all hormonal imbalances. Here we’re talking about dietary stress (bad diet -sugars, preservatives and lifeless in-nutritious food), emotional stress, and environmental stress.
— estrogen dominance – when progesterone and/or testosterone is not in balance with estrogen levels
Keep the estrogen levels in balance with the progesterone or testosterone (in males) levels.
How to treat hormonal imbalance without drugs – Most Important 5 Steps
- Keep animal fats very low in your diet – Increase Omega-3 intake (small fish, wild salmon, krill oil, flax seeds, walnuts) which sensitize cells to hormones -this is very important!
- Reduce the sugar and refined sugar (white bread, pasta, rice) – sugar depletes the body of important nutrients like Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, B vitamins, vitamin C that are the building blocks of hormones. Also, sugar and refined sugar stresses the body and increases the risk of thyroid imbalance, calcium balance, sex hormone imbalance and excessive level of cortisol (stress hormone).
- Organic fruits and vegetables – the pesticides in commercial ones have xenoestrogen – mimicking estrogen and destroying tissue. This leads to estrogen dominance very fast.
- No commercial meat and dairy – only pasture raised. Hormone fed animals pass on these hormones to us.
2. Emotional stress – it has to be addressed and lowered fast. Emotional stress leads to adrenal fatigue which disrupts the entire hormonal balance and pushes the accelerator on the aging process very quickly. Meditation, prayer, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Hatha Yoga are just a few choices. Try a number of them and see which ones work best for you in certain circumstances and use them.
3. Environmental stress – xenoestrogens. Reducing exposure to chemicals in our environment that mimic estrogen can be very beneficial. They can be found in plastics, pesticides, and paint. Using glass food containers, metal reusable or glass water bottles, and other alternatives instead of plastics will greatly reduce exposure. Try not to use plastic wrap for your food.
4. Make sure you have all the building blocks of hormones – Omega-3, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Biotin (lots in almonds), Magnesium (Almonds, cashews, brazil nuts- all raw and soaked overnight), Zinc (oysters,ginger, brazil nuts, almonds), Selenium (oyster, herring, mushrooms, cabbage), Calcium (Swiss cheese, almonds, parsley, prunes, pumpkin seeds, cooked dried beans) and Vitamin D.
5.Break the habit of having coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar and cigarettes. Those are big stressors on your body. They produce adrenaline in the body which quickly increases the risk for adrenal fatigue and therefore hormonal imbalance and quickens the aging process.
- Sleep and Relaxation – to get over adrenal fatigue or prevent it.
- Stay away from fructose – it was proven to mess with the hormones directly: with insulin which helps cells obtain the nutrition they need from blood sugar, leptin which signals the brain when we are full and can stop eating, and ghrelin which stimulates appetite. So by consuming fructose (soda, salad dressing, ice-cream, sweets in general, even cough syrup — always check labels) you don’t only produce a hormonal imbalance but you can became obese quite quickly.
- Exercise – it will keep the emotional stress at bay.
- Detox – try to get rid of all the crap that’s already in your system that causes hormonal imbalance. High fiber diet, sauna, lots of water, massages, enema/colonic, etc.
- NO Animal fats, fried food, potato chips and roasted nuts – all these bad oils will clog your liver which has a very important role in the hormonal system.
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