Contrary to what we have been taught from the moment we were brought into this earth, by both society and by the medical establishment, our hormones and menstrual cycles are of vital importance when it comes to our total body health and wellbeing. Our hormones are our inner guidance system. Every aspect of our life impacts and influences our hormones including our genetics, nutrition, sleep, stress, inflammation, body products, and relationships, just to name a few. Similarly, the equilibrium of our hormones dictates just about everything we feel and experience on a day-to-day basis, from the shine of our hair to our metabolism to our mental focus. Simply put, if your hormones are out of whack, your health, and therefore life, will be negatively impacted.
Hormone-related conditions include:
- PMS - of which there are over 160 documented symptoms associated with, a few being:
- Hormonal acne
- Mood swings
- Breast tenderness
- Long periods
- Short periods
- Heavy periods
- Painful periods
- Hair loss
- Low libido
- Hot flashes
- Breast, endometrial, gynecologic cancer
- Thyroid malfunction
- Gut dysbiosis
- Cervical dysplasia
Unfortunately, over 80% of menstruators report experiencing hormone-related issues throughout their fertile years and 15% report experiencing PMS so brutal that it prevents them from completing their daily tasks. There truly is a silent epidemic of hormone imbalances within women across the world.
So, what is the answer to our menstrual concerns and complaints? Most of us are mistreated in the doctor's office, told that it is "all in our head" and are prescribed medications. Rather than address the root cause of our hormone imbalances, we are prescribed hormonal birth control which not only does not heal the root issue, but it quietly disrupts and wreaks havoc on vital systems within our body, causing both immediately and late symptoms. The serious, even deathly side effects of hormonal birth control are widely downplayed within the medical world. To learn more about the side effects of hormonal birth control, and how to safely come off of the pill, click here (link to that article).
The food we eat, aging, stress, genetics, chemical exposure and toxic burden all make up our exposome (inner and outer ecosystems) that affects our hormones. Additionally, most of us are running off of dangerously high levels of our survival hormones, such as cortisol, which blocks/steals from the production and conversion of essential hormones such as:
- The thyroid: aka queen of metabolism
- Progesterone: aka antibloating hormone
- Estrogen: aka "queen bee" when it comes to women's sex hormones
- Testosterone: aka "king" male sex hormone of which women too need ample amounts, especially during our ovulatory phase. However, most of us either have too little (low libido, high anxiety, poor muscle and bone strength) or too high (PCOS / PCOS symptoms).
Not to mention that hormonal issues result in accelerated aging. This occurs when the hormones that build muscle and bone decline more quickly than the hormones that break down tissue to provide energy.
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