Hormones is such a big topic.
We all have them and when our hormones are in balance life is great. When they are not, it can cause a variety of symptoms – pain, low libido, brain fog, anxiety and depression, poor temperature regulation, sleeplessness, decrease in energy, aches and pains in our body.
- Progesterone – known as your happy hormone. Progesterone should rise in the second half of your cycle, if you get pregnant it continues to rise. If you are not making enough progesterone you could have some spotting pre-period, have heavy periods, be moody, teary pre periods, have difficulty getting pregnant or holding the baby.
- Testosterone – both men and women have levels of testosterone, although men should have more of it. It gives us stamina, energy. If we don’t have enough of it we can have low energy, low libido, aches and pains in the body and a low mood. If women have too much of it, it can result in irregular periods, increased hair growth, acne, increased belly fat.
- Estrogen – important for our brains, gut, heart health, immune system, maintaining clear skin and muscles. Estrogen imbalances can cause weight gain, painful periods, hair loss fatigue, insomnia, vaginal dryness, breast pain, heavy periods and suppression of thyroid function.
What impacts the imbalance of our hormones:
- Gut health
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Poor thyroid function
- Poor toxin elimination
- Liver health
- Xenoestrogen (synthetic or natural compound that imitates estrogen)
The role the different hormones play:
How is hormonal health supported at Centered Health?
The most important factor is to figure out what is driving the hormonal imbalance and resulting symptoms. Is your thyroid not functioning well, therefore not regulating your hormones. Are you a poor detoxifier – all estrogens must be detoxified through the liver and bowel. This means your liver and bowel need to be healthy and supported.
Is the contraception you are on the right one for you? The oral contraceptive pill eliminates your own production of progesterone (your happy hormone) as well as altering the bacteria in your gut.
Is the stress you are under chronically activating your cortisol levels? When your cortisol is consistently high it impedes ovulation and ovarian steroid production.
Once we discover the underlying cause/causes, we can treat the nervous system to restore balance. We do this by treating the biochemical, emotional, mental and structural elements. We can find the blockage in your hormonal pathway and add in the key ingredient to restore healthy hormonal production.
No matter your age, sex or hormonal phase if you have any questions about your hormones and symptoms then please ask.
Dr Amber Lynch