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Are You Suffering From Hormonal Imbalance? 

Dr Disha Sridhar

I am a Gynaecologist Obstetrician ( MD, DNB OBGYN )with an emphasis on INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.

hormonal imbalance

Dear ladies, kindly pay attention

I know that you want to lead your best life but somehow you have gotten off balance. I know how that happens. You have been working too hard to keep a pace between work and home. You have been playing many roles at one go – life, relationships, career, motherhood, and things are pulling you in so many directions and you just don’t look and feel like you should.

Hormonal Imbalance Treatment
You can fix your issues more naturally without drugs.  Often, western medicines prove ineffective when it comes to hormonal imbalance. Most doctors prescribe pills, shots & creams that only treat surface symptoms and not the root cause of your suffering which is rather lame and highly ineffective.

In recent years, we have a silent and growing epidemic of hormone imbalances amongst women. Why is it a serious problem and why you should not ignore it? Because, If it is not treated early, it can also lead to serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancers. Not only the symptoms of hormone imbalance make your life miserable, there is a scientific proof that they also  increase your chances of developing a big disease later on in life, like full-blown diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, and even cancers.

The BioCycle study (NIH 2009) showed that untreated, hormonal imbalances increase significantly a woman’s  risk to diseases of inflammation – heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature aging.

That’s why I created Truhealing because I was myself in a similar situation a couple of years back. After trying to heal my PCOS with pills and drugs, I was diagnosed with autoimmune Thyroid disease which is supposed to be incurable according to the conventional medicine. But there was something in me that I did not break down. Through extensive study and research, continual self-experimentation and experience working in women’s health, I recovered from this mysterious illness . Now I am on this mission to help ladies who are struggling with hormone imbalances. If I can prevent one lady also from going through the misery I have gone through,my purpose in life is accomplished! Of course, I want to help more than one woman .

What is Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are chemical messengers made by glands like the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, and reproductive organs. These hormones regulate important bodily processes including metabolism, growth, mood, immunity, and reproduction. A hormonal imbalance occurs when there is a disruption in the normal hormone levels in the body. This can happen if hormone production, release, or functioning is disturbed. An imbalance means hormone levels are too high or too low. The disruption in normal hormone levels is what leads to the hormonal imbalance.

This imbalance can occur for various reasons, including:

  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions can affect hormone production and regulation. For example, diabetes affects insulin production, which is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
  • Aging: Hormone levels naturally change as a person ages. For instance, women go through menopause, which is characterized by a decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels. Men also experience a decline in testosterone as they age.
  • Stress: Chronic stress can impact the adrenal glands and disrupt the balance of stress hormones like cortisol.
  • Diet and Lifestyle: Poor diet, lack of exercise, and unhealthy lifestyle choices can affect hormone levels. For example, excessive consumption of sugar can lead to insulin resistance and disrupt blood sugar regulation.
  • Medications: Some medications can affect hormone levels. For instance, certain birth control pills contain hormones that can influence the menstrual cycle.
  • Genetics: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to hormone-related conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid disorders.

What are the Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

  • Changes in menstrual cycle - Irregular periods, heavy or painful periods, missed periods etc can indicate hormonal imbalance in women.
  • Mood changes - Depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings can signal hormone issues like thyroid, estrogen or testosterone imbalance.
  • Changes in sex drive - Increased or reduced libido can be a symptom of low testosterone or estrogen levels.
  • Fatigue - Tiredness, low energy and exhaustion can indicate low thyroid, low estrogen or low testosterone.
  • Sleep disturbances - Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep could indicate cortisol or melatonin imbalance.
  • Weight changes - Unexpected weight gain or inability to lose weight may indicate thyroid, cortisol or insulin imbalance.
  • Hair loss or increased facial/body hair - Can be a sign of low thyroid, low estrogen or high testosterone.
  • Hot flashes - Sudden feelings of warmth spreading through body indicates hormonal changes or imbalance.
  • Night sweats - Episodes of excessive sweating at night are linked to hormonal imbalance.
  • Skin issues - Acne, dry skin, thin skin can signal hormonal imbalances.
  • Digestive problems - Changes in appetite, bloating, constipation etc may indicate hormone imbalance.
  • Brain fog - Inability to focus, lack of mental clarity may be caused by hormone disruptions.
  • Swings in blood sugar levels - May be a symptom of imbalanced insulin or diabetes risk.

Click here to know more about symptoms of hormone imbalance in females.

What causes hormone imbalance?

The environment is not very friendly to women’s hormones these days and there are a number of factors affecting this balance.

Medications (especially birth control), soy, rancid fats and oils, lack of healthy fats, hormones in meat and dairy products, pesticides, pollution and plastics are some of the main ones.

I will address one of the top factors here – Birth Control pill.

For many unfortunate reasons, we are choosing synthetic chemical agents that alter the natural cycles of the body. Birth control is being used for acne, “hormone balancing,” or simply “convenience” of not having a menstrual cycle. This is traumatic on many levels to the woman and society as a whole. This is contrary to God’s design of women.

Birth control is one of the biggest reasons for infertility today. Even after stopping birth control, the dangerous negative effects of synthetic estrogens are long-lasting such as infertility, increased risk of cancer and stroke, decreased bone density, high blood pressure, yeast overgrowth, and infections.

What promotes hormonal balance?

As we work to eliminate all or most of the above factors, let’s also focus on healing the body to promote health.

1. Focus on your eating habits:

Hormonal Imbalance Eating Habits
  • Quality fruits and vegetables are best. Avoid SOY.
  • Eat good quality fats: What does an avocado look like? An ovary. It takes 9 months from blossom to a mature fruit. Avocados and olives are great food for good ovary health. And citrus fruit is great for breast health.
  • Limit consumption of sugar, caffeine, processed foods.
  • IC-3 from cruciferous vegetables. Supplement or eat cruciferous vegetables, especially steamed! Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, etc.
  • Increase fiber intake. We don’t want constipation.
  • Citrus peels from lemons and limes remove excess estrogen.
  • Eat OATS. Oatmeal will remove bad estrogen.

2. Exercise and Sunshine!

Exercise for Hormonal Imbalance

  • Exercise gets you grounded and connected to the earth which re-balances your hormones.  Exercises also stimulate the production of many hormones.
  • Sunshine on your skin and sun in your eyes is what starts the cycle of hormone production in the human body.  Sunlight should govern waking up and going to sleep.  Sunlight is needed to produce Vitamin D and also melatonin so you can get a good night’s rest. Without melatonin production, it can be difficult to sleep for many.
  • Fertility is also governed by moonlight.

3. Reduce Stress

Chronic stress raises cortisol which disrupts hormone balance. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing. Get enough sleep and take time for self-care.

4. Decrease Synthetic Estrogen Levels

  • Avoid chemical contaminants, birth control, synthetic hormones, hormone filled meat and dairy, plastics, pesticides, etc.

5. Increase methyl donor groups

  • Methylation is required to pull good hormones into the system. Bad hormones are missing vital methyl groups such as- MSM (sulfur), TMG, B-6, B-9, B-12, Glutathione, Melatonin.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables are a good source of glutathione which is the mother of all antioxidants.
  • Take a good B-vitamin complex.

6. Increase Progesterone Levels with herbs and foods

Progesterone level for Hormonal Imbalance
  • Coconut
  •  Avocado
  • Turmeric
  • Berries like amla support the endocrine system and boost progesterone production

7. Limit Alcohol Intake

Consuming alcohol regularly, even in moderation, can disrupt hormone balance. Alcohol impacts liver function, which plays a role in metabolizing and regulating hormones. Reducing alcohol intake allows your liver to function optimally and helps restore hormonal equilibrium.

8. Optimize Vitamin & Mineral Intake

Nutrient deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals can affect the function of endocrine glands responsible for hormone production. Taking supplements like vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins can provide needed nutrients to support your endocrine system and improve hormone regulation.

9. Improve Gut Health

Your gastrointestinal system hosts trillions of gut bacteria that have complex effects on the endocrine system and influence hormone levels. Optimizing your gut microbiome by taking probiotics and eating fermented foods helps digest hormones and promotes a balance of gut bacteria that positively interact with your hormones.

10. Avoid Endocrine Disruptors

Limiting exposure to toxins and chemicals like BPA from plastics, pesticides, parabens in beauty products, phthalates in plastics, etc. can minimize interference with your endocrine system. This prevents disruptions that lead to imbalanced hormone levels.

11. Get Adequate Sleep

Lack of quality sleep interferes with circadian rhythms and physiological restoration needed for proper hormonal balance. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night minimum to allow your endocrine glands to restore hormone production and release.

12. Seek Professional Care

Consulting doctors who specialize in endocrinology and hormone health can provide personalized care, testing, and treatments tailored to your specific hormonal imbalance. This may include prescription medications, bioidentical hormones, or other therapies to restore optimal hormone levels.

Life is all about choices we make. May this year we choose nature. May this year we choose rejuvenation and healing. To a healthier and hormonally balanced you!

We at Truhealing believe in addressing the root cause of your acne and or menstrual issue without masking the symptoms with synthetic hormones. Wishing you health and happiness.

Originally published July 13, 2019 by Dr Disha Sridhar

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