During overproduction of certain hormones a change in the functions of individual organs occurs, meaning your body have a hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalances in women which is followed by specific symptoms generally occurs due to an imbalance of two key hormones: estrogen and progesterone which are also the most important hormones in the female body.
The reasons for this imbalance can be divided into two main groups:
- Internal or physiological and
Regarding changes in the reproductive cycle. During a normal menstrual cycle, the first 10-12 days the body produces only estrogen. Then the ovulation ‘send’ information to the female body to produce progesterone and a hormones equilibrium occurs, then there are no symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Progesterone supports endometrial estrogen to be able to receive the fertilized ovum in the case of pregnancy. If fertilization doesn’t occurs, the body stops to produce the two hormones and menstruation occurs.
But sometimes ovulation may not occur (premenopausal typical case), and then, estrogen produced in the month is not balanced by progesterone, which can be produced only during ovulation, ie estrogen continues to be produced in the monthly cycle (one month period) and missed ovulation means that no progesterone is produced.
External factors that affect hormonal imbalance in women may be other sources of estrogen, besides those which are naturally produced in the body.
Today many women have hormonal imbalance (lack of progesterone), long before it reaches the period of menopause.
In everyday life we are surrounded by estrogen. There are many reasons that contribute to this phenomenon:
- xenoestrogens found in cleaners, soaps, sprays, herbicides, cosmetics.
- passive way of life
- hereditary factors
- weight problems
- problems with the thyroid gland or adrenal glands
- improper diet (increased consumption of too much fatty and salty foods, processed foods, foods high in sugar, caffeine and refined sugar)
- strict diets (low in fat)
- typical diet, high in meat and dairy products (which mostly contain hormones)
- alcohol consumption
- use of contraceptive tablets
- hormonal therapy
- missed ovulation (periods without ovulation)
- pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals
- environmental toxins and environmental pollution
Symptoms and reasons
If you suspect you have a hormone imbalance, take this simple test, mark how many of these things apply to you:
- monthly weight fluctuation
- swelling, bloating or water retention
- feeling over weighted
- mood swings
- painful, enlarged breasts
- unable to cope with everyday tasks
- back pain, joint or muscle pain
- premenstrual desire for food (especially the need for sugar or salt)
- irregular cycles, heavy bleeding or very light bleeding
- using birth control pills or other hormones
- premenstrual migraines
- breast lumps, cysts or fibrocystic breasts
- family history of breast cancer, ovarian, or cervical cancer
- premenopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, fluid retention, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, muscle and joint pain, low libido, weight gain)
- having heat stroke
- feeling upset
- sweating at night
- cold hands and feet
- lost of libido
- dry skin, hair and/or vaginal dryness
- problems with memory or concentration
- bloating or weight gain around the stomach
- facial hair
- hair loss
Gather the number of affirmatively answered questions and then check the result:
From 0 to 9 – There may be a mild hormone imbalance.
From 10 to 14 – There may be moderate hormone imbalance.
15 or more – You may have a serious hormonal imbalance.
Every woman needs to change the current lifestyle or to take steps to improve their health. Increased physical activity is recommended, regular rest and avoidance of psychological stress.
In the days before menstruation, you should be more active, to move more, drink more fluids, avoiding fatty foods and foods high in sugars.
When the hormonal imbalance is caused by tumor, surgery is needed to remove it.
A proper diet and healthy lifestyle is the right solution!
The first step involves removing the bad things: sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress and lack of physical activity.
Dairy products and gluten are often the main cause for inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
Xenobiotics or chemicals from the environment, such as pesticides in food can act as a powerful hormone violator of our own hormones.
Once you remove those foods that harm your health, you should replace them with healthy and beneficial.