Hormones play a role in essentially every process in our body. For optimal health, proper hormone balance is crucial. When your hormones are in balance, you feel good, look good, and have abundant sustainable energy. When your hormones are out of balance, you may experience a wide range of symptoms that can affect mood and energy, and may also lead to more serious conditions.
Hormone health does not depend on using toxic doses of synthetic drugs to suppress symptoms. Like any aspect of health, hormone health is linked directly to having essential 100% nutrition, exercise, stress control, and detoxification to produce and metabolize hormones properly. Given the proper environment, the body is able to manufacture its own balanced hormones.
Changing a toxic, unbalanced lifestyle into a cleansing, healthy lifestyle can start creating hormonal health and balance. As we go back in women’s history — before the 1960s — we did not have to deal on a daily basis with a toxic environment. In 1996, researchers identified at least 51 synthetic chemicals that disrupt the hormonal balance system. These toxins increase the risk of breast cancer and cause thyroid, pituitary and gonadal dysfunction, as well as developmental defects in cellular reproduction. These human-made hormones mimic natural hormones; however they are not bio-identical to natural-made hormones. The body can break down and excrete natural plant (precursors) compounds, and use them to balance hormonal health. Synthetic hormones are toxic and do not eliminate from the body.
Hormone drugs are consumed in animal food. Meat (beef, poultry, pork) that has been injected with growth hormones, milk or milk products in which the cows have been given growth hormone, or any other animal food source may contain hormones which alter the body’s hormone balance.
There is an alarming example of what is happening to our culture by the addition of synthetic hormones in our food supply. Unfortunately, there is now a trend of 7 and 8 year old girls beginning their menstrual cycle in the third and fourth grades, rather than at the ages of 12-14, as has historically been the case.
Symptoms of Improper Hormone Balance
Pre-teen / Teen
• Menstrual cramping / bloating
• Mood swings
• Heavy blood flow
Childbearing 20s and 30s
• Weight gain (Excess body fat is a risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, breast cancer and stroke. Weight gain in the 30’s and 40’s is very common in both men and women. Changes in hormone levels during the aging process aid in the distribution and storage of body fat in or near your midsection.)
• Postpartum depression
• Tender breasts
Perimenopause — Transitional period when hormone levels decrease. Menstrual cycle is erratic. Could last up to ten years.
• Loss of sex drive
• Hair loss
• Mood swings
• Weight gain
• Night sweats
• Sleep deprivation
• Bone loss
• Hot flashes
Menopause — Permanent cessation of menstruation. One year without menstrual cycle.
• Hot flashes
• Heart disease
Post menopause_ — symptoms gradually decline