HAPPY, HUMMING HORMONES ARE THE DRIVER OF HEALTH!
Hormones are our bodies chemical messengers; they control our emotions, energy, menstrual cycle and SO MUCH MORE. We have around 50 different hormones in total, but for the purpose of this blog post we are going to focus on just a few – the Female Sex Hormones!
Here’s a (very brief!) summary:
There are three types of Oestrogens (E1, E2 & E3) – are you picturing bananas in pajamas too?!
E2 or “Estradiol” is the most significant of the three, and fluctuates throughout our Menstrual cycle
Progesterone is one of the other hormones. It is responsible for building the uterus lining in preparation for a baby – it’s in our nature to reproduce. So long as our body is physically able, it will always be prepping us ladies for just that! Progesterone levels are consistent throughout the first 14 days of the cycle.
Back to E2, it peaks around the 14th day, releasing the egg (aka Ovulation).
Following ovulation, progesterone then peaks, before they both taper off leading into a woman’s Period.
We’ve also got small amounts (in comparison to men) of Testosterone floating around!
It is when ratios between these hormones are imbalanced, that women develop what we call "Hormone Imbalances". Here are just two examples of imbalances and common symptoms.
Example 1: Elevated Oestrogen – (AKA Oestrogen Dominance)
Breast swelling and tenderness
Depression and anxiety
Heavy, painful and irregular periods
Weight gain and water retention
Example 2: Elevated Androgen's / Testosterone (typical in PCOS)
Irregular or absent periods (amenorrhea)
Acne /oily skin
Mood swings and anxiety
Joint and muscle pain
There are a lot of combinations of imbalances, that’s why it is so important to do a Full Hormone Profile which I’ve now included in my “Happy Hormones Package” – otherwise you are playing a guessing game when it comes to re-balancing.
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In saying all that, there are definitely things you can do right now to ideally prevent Hormone Imbalances, otherwise, support your bodies hormone production.
EAT A WHOLEFOODS DIET! But here’s a few key suggestions:
Eat food high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids; increase oily fish, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seed oil, extra virgin olive etc. These foods support the production of sex hormones and play an essential part in their biochemical pathways.
Remove saturated fats from your diet; including margarine, deep fried foods, vegetable oils, canola oil etc.
Opt for foods rich in nutrients and antioxidants; berries, kale and green vegetables from the brassica family. The nutrients in these foods are vital co-factors for liver detoxification pathways, needed for the removal of excess hormones.
Up your water intake to around 2Litres per day. Again, we need to support those detox pathways!
Remove inflammatory foods from your diet; common culprits are refined sugars, saturated fats (mentioned above), cow’s milk and gluten. That doesn’t mean everyone should eliminate them completely, but consider how your body responds to these foods – do you experience bloating, brain fog and low energy following them?
Consider the toxic load on your body:
Exposure to endocrine disrupting toxins can have detrimental affects on your bodies hormone production.
Your skin is basically a sponge! Be mindful of what products you put on it, are they natural and organic?
Is the food you’re eating free of chemicals and artificial hormones?
Go BPA free!:
BPA is also a known endocrine disruptor. Start storing your food in glass containers, opt for BPA free water bottles and reduce your use of plastic wherever possible.
These changes can benefit your overall health and hormone production – I’d encourage everyone to incorporate these adjustments into their day-to-day! Please do keep in mind though, to target the re-balancing of specific hormones, personalized supplementation, dietary inclusion and exclusions is necessary! For more information, check out my Happy Hormones Service Package and contact me now.
**This information is not designed to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any condition and is for information purposes only. Please discuss with your health care professional before making any changes to your current lifestyle**