Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

I get a lot of questions about hormone problems, and there is good reason for that! We live in a world of high stress and poor diet which are big contributors to hormone imbalance.

1. The birth control pill – The pill contains progestins and progestogens, which are man-made, synthetic hormones, and they cause low progesterone levels.  These hormones are highly toxic to the body, and besides messing up our natural hormones, they can also cause miscarriages, migraines, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and depression.

2. Hormone Replacement Therapy – Hormone therapy is used to ease the symptoms of menopause – but, once again, it contains synthetic progestins which causes confusion with our natural hormones, and they react with symptoms worse than menopause!  The side effects of taking this therapy can include: osteoporosis, blood clots, high blood pressure, vaginal bleeding, rash and acne, and weight gain. If you suffer from menopause, there are herbs and natural products to take instead!

3. Toxins – Unless you live somewhere besides earth, you come into contact with toxins on a daily basis!  Though they cannot all be avoided, there are some that can!  Let me list a few things that most of us come into contact with on a regular basis:

  • Cleaning Products – you can make your own with safe ingredients, or buy “green” products that  don’t use the harsh, caustic chemicals.
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning products – once again, make your own like I do, or buy a “green” alternative. 
  • Pesticides – research things you can use instead.
  • Plastics – buy glass whenever possible, and never heat with plastic or use hot foods in them.
  • Paints
  • Varnishes
  • Cosmetics – many cosmetics contain petrochemicals. I highly recommend only using cosmetics that don’t contain harsh chemicals like Beeyoutiful Skin.

Petrochemicals found in many of the things listed above contain high levels of xeno-estrogens, which mimics the estrogen in your body.  They fill up the estrogen receptors so that the good estrogen can’t get through.  This throws our hormones off balance!

4. Non-Organic Meats and Produce – Meat you buy that is non-organic are fed estrogen steroids to fatten them up and bring in more money for the company.  This causes our estrogen levels to be higher than they should be.  Non-organic produce is grown using pesticides, which contains dioxin.

5. Stress – When we are under a lot of stress, our adrenal glands produce cortisol. If cortisol is too high, it blocks estrogen from getting into cells. Wouldn’t we all like to have less stress in our lives? :) Do your best to handle situations without piling stress on top!  It’s impossible to avoid stress completely in this imperfect world, but work on worrying less and trusting God more. If you find yourself having a stressful day, try one of these herbs or herbal mixes mentioned in this post here.

Like I said, it’s impossible to avoid all the negative things in our lives.  We can, however, reduce the amount of toxins we encounter, choose healthier foods, and learn to manage stress. Start somewhere and make healthy lifestyle changes one at a time. If you do all that you can, your hormones will most likely work in harmony.

After discussing hormonal imbalance these past two days, do you think you may have an imbalance?  Synthetic hormones are not the answer!  In the near future I will be discussing symptoms and remedies for hormone imbalance.

What Are the Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance?

There needs to be balance in most all things – including our hormones.  Many women suffer daily with symptoms from hormonal imbalance.  I went on a journey last year to balance my hormones naturally, and it worked!  Follow me in the next few days as I share what I did from home to balance myself using inexpensive herbs.
First, let’s discuss the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.  How do you know if your hormones are out of whack? See if you suffer from any of these things:
*Sudden shift in moods – do you know someone or maybe know that you yourself is moody?  Now, we all have different mood swings and those “bad days”, but I’m talking about a person that you never know what mood they’ll be in when you see them the next time.  Maybe you try to gauge their mood when you first see them to find out if they’ll smile or bite your head off! :)  This person doesn’t want to be this way, but they can’t seem to control it!  You can bet your dollar that they have imbalanced hormones!
*Bouts of depression or panic attacks
*Irrational fear or anxiety
*Uncontrollable weight changes
*Migraines and memory loss
*Thyroid problems
*Allergies or asthma
*Problems with your cycles
*Acne
*Facial hair
*Etc., Etc., Etc. :)
Let’s take a test to see if your body produces too much estrogen or testosterone:

Symptoms of estrogen levels being too high:
*PMS
*Heavy periods
*Painful, lumpy breasts
*Puffiness and bloating
*Rapid weight gain
*Headaches linked to cycles
*Mood swings
*Foggy thinking
*Anxiety
*Depression
*Weepiness
*Insomnia
*Infertility
If you have 6 or more of the symptoms listed above, your estrogen is probably too high.

Symptoms of testosterone levels being too high:
*Irregular periods
*Ovarian cysts
*Mid-cycle pain
*Acne
*Excessive hair on face and arms
*Thinning hair on head
*Hypoglycemia
*Apple shaped body
*Excess weight around abdomen
*Infertility
*A large neck of over 16″ circumference 
If you have 4 or more of these symptoms above, that means your testosterone levels are probably too high.
What causes these hormones to go out of balance?  Join me tomorrow for~
“Causes of Hormonal Imbalance”.

This is linked to:
Women Living Well

Raw Oatmeal No-Bakes

 My girls and I enjoy making these healthy oatmeal cookies that require no baking and even no cooking on the stove – it’s all completely raw!  

Recipe:

2 cups Old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Raw (or regular) honey
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients and form into balls.  We always test a little to see if a spoonful more of peanut butter or honey needs added.  We like to refrigerate them and eat them cold too.

You can also add flax seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, wheat germ, raisins, etc.  Adjust the amount of other ingredients as needed.  

Enjoy! :)

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