What is hormonal imbalance?
A hormone imbalance means your body has too much or too little of one or more of your hormones. This might cause symptoms all the time, or just at certain times of your monthly cycle.
Hormones are in a constant state of change which is normal. The hormonal imbalance that occurs naturally during midlife can cause wide spread symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Hormone balance is important for a healthy mind and body.
Hormone fluctuations and surges normally begin several years prior to menopause. This stage that begins in your 40’s is called perimenopause. You may notice changes to your menstural cycle and your periods. For many women perimenopause starts at a stressful time of their lives, when they are juggling all the demands of modern life.
Do you have any of these problems?
There are many signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance. Each woman may have different issues depending on factors such as nutritional deficiencies, genetics, gut health, stress and lifestyle.
- breast tenderness
- high cholesterol
- cold hands and feet
- cramps, digestive issues, constipation
- fluid retention
- low libido, vaginal dryness
- sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalance
- pms symptoms
- heavy periods
- hot flushes
- facial hair, hair loss
- fatigue, brain fog, insomnia
- headaches, migraines
- weight gain, especially mid-section
The 8 pillars of healthy hormonal balance
To balance hormones you need to look at more than just hormones. Diet and lifestyle changes can help improve symptoms, some women may need HRT in addition. Toxins and poor food choices can contribute to even more hormone imbalance.
A healthy diet provides our body with nourishment. It complements a healthy lifestyle to promote balance in the body and prevent disease.
Things that help to balance hormones
- Balanced meals that include lots of plant-based fibre
- Meals with protein and healthy fats
- Limiting ultra-processed food
- A regular eating pattern
- Reducing stress
- Prioritising sleep
Unhealthy habits such as bingeing or dieting, synthetic hormones, xeoestrogens in products and chronic stress can all speed hormone decline and ageing.
Focusing on personalised support for nutrition and lifestyle changes can help you achieve more balance and reduce perimenopause symptoms.
In nutrition there is no such thing as perfection, the perfect diet doesn’t actually exist. It’s about eating a diet full of high quality nutrition and finding what feels good for your own unique body.
Focus on the eight health points below to support your hormones and promote better hormone balance.
- Healthy liver and proper detoxification
- Blood sugar balance
- Healthy adrenal glands
- Stress management and emotional health
- Reduction of xenoestrogens and toxins
- Gut health