Imbalances in your hormones are triggered by bad food. If you eat sugar, you’ll produce more insulin, more estrogen, and more testosterone. Any type of flour and sugar can lead to these imbalances.  Dairy and gluten are often triggers for inflammation and hormonal imbalances. Xenobiotics or environmental chemicals like pesticides in our food can act like powerful hormone disruptors and trigger our own hormones to go out of balance. If you are interested to know how these toxins disrupt our hormones then read Our Stolen Future by Theo Colburn.

A naturopath may use homeopathic mixtures, herbs, preparations based on traditional Chinese medicine (which links thyroid problems to emotional distress), and acupuncture to remove blocks to your ''life force energy.'' Naturopaths are authorized to treat thyroid disease in some states, but in others, it's illegal. While they may help with the stress associated with thyroid disease, there are no good studies showing that these therapies are effective for treating thyroid disorders.
Balance blood sugar: Keeping blood sugar levels balanced is key to bring our hormones back to balance. Swapping high-glycemic foods like refined white flours for complex carbohydrates like whole grains, and including more fresh fruit instead of sugary treats will help to establish more stable blood sugar levels. Relying on long-burning sources of fuel like healthy fats, protein, and fiber and eating regularly throughout the day will also support balanced blood sugar levels.
When researchers looked at the fatty acid composition of the phospholipids in the T-cells (white blood cells), from both young and old donors, they found that a loss of saturated fatty acids in the lymphocytes was responsible for age-related declines in white blood cell function. They found that they could correct cellular deficiencies in palmitic acid and myristic acid by adding these saturated fatty acids.
Synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not a good idea, in my opinion. First off, it’s just putting a band-aid on the concern, and studies have confirmed that it can be dangerous to long-term health. If your hormones are imbalanced, you need to get to the root cause of that imbalance without just adding synthetic hormones to the mix. And that’s what bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is -- it’s the use of pharmaceutical hormones with molecules that are “exact” copies of human hormones. But, remember, any hormone you’re taking from a pharmaceutical company has to be made synthetically. They might say that synthetic hormones (HRT) are very similar to natural hormones. Synthetic hormones are not identical either in structure or activity to the hormones that are produced naturally within the body and they tend to fit less precisely on your hormone receptors. This is why there are so many ugly side effects to the therapy. Have you seen the recent news about all the testosterone replacement lawsuits due to heart problems? What about the warnings of menopausal synthetic hormone therapy and and its cancer risks? If you are on HRT, it’s imperative that your intestinal health is at the height of its game so you can eliminate toxins and prevent hormones from being reabsorbed in your gut. Again: probiotics and cleansing are a must. And that’s what synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is -- the use of synthetic hormones with molecules that are not bioidentical to one’s natural hormones.
A major component of balancing your hormones naturally is addressing any emotional imbalances that you are dealing with. You can do this by reducing stress levels, engaging in personal reflection and taking time for yourself. Practicing meditation or healing prayer can be extremely beneficial, and so can deep breathing exercises, spending time outdoors and exercising every day. Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies like acupuncture and massage can also help to improve hormonal balance, combat stress and improve blood flow.
"Women can be, and many are, greatly affected by hormone fluctuations. Sometimes it gets to the point of feeling totally overwhelmed - as if for a time they have lost control of their life," says Christiane Northrup, MD, author of The Wisdom of Menopause and Women's Bodies Women's Wisdom.Dieting, stress, anxiety, depression - even exercise -are all among the factors that can create a hormonal tailspin. So there are plenty of opportunities for things to go awry.

The hormones primarily responsible for menstruation include progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, LH, and FSH.  A woman typically goes through monthly fluctuations in these hormones from puberty (around age 11-13) until menopause (around age 42-52). Menopause means that a woman no longer has her period and is defined as an entire year without menstruating.
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Hi, I am suffering from hormonal imbalance and my periods are irregular. My doctor advice me two tablets one is a contraceptive(I’m 21 by the way) and he told me I should excersie. But the thing is I get so sad that I just want to cry out loud for hours, I feel so depressed and I get angry or irritated at people around me.Also my lower back hurts a lot everyday.I have acne, hair fall, migraine sometimes, stomach aches everyday, I have gained weight,I go through most of the symptoms listed above. I just don’t know what to do. And the worse thing is I feel as if none understand me or nobody cares what I’m going through. You think I have cysts? Or something bad is wrong with me? Is there a possibility?
Hi, Im 27 years old. Last 3 years I have problem with my period, I had a stressful work and life time period and my doctor always gave me contraceptive pills. It’s been 1 month i had not got menstrual period. Мy doctor again wants to give me contraceptive pills, but I do not think that’s the solution. Also im vegetarian. Any suggestions about what to do?
The digestive system has much more of an impact on hormones than many of us realize. Not only is the digestive tract the source of many vital neurotransmitters in the body, but an imbalance in the gut can translate to an imbalance in neurotransmitter and hormones. Serotonin, a necessary neurotransmitter for sleep/stress balance is more concentrated in the gut than even in the brain! 70% of the immune system is found in the gut and it is quite literally the motherboard of many functions in the body. Even thyroid health has been linked to gut health.
The thyroid gland produces two types of active hormones, T3 and T4. Significantly more T4 is made than T3, yet T3 has a much stronger effect. T3 is also produced by certain organs and tissues in the body. While these hormones are typically attached to a protein and inactive, the “free” active forms of T3 and T4 influence our metabolism. High or low activity of either of these hormones can indicate menstrual and ovulatory abnormalities.
It sounds like a hormonal, thyroid and adrenal issue. These systems are connected and effect each other. When the adrenals are depleted this can throw off hormone production and slow the thyroid, making it impossible to loose weight. It’s not all about calories in and calories out, it’s about the body doing what it thinks it needs to do to protect you. It may be very helpful for you to pick up a copy of my book, WomanCode. I talk about all of this in there! You should be able to get a copy at your library.
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Rest: Sleep is key for recovery and strengthens all efforts with your diet and reducing stress levels. Without enough sleep, cortisol and insulin are negatively impacted which will keep you in the loop of hormonal imbalance. Establish a good sleep routine. Go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day, and allow for 7 or more hours in bed each night.

Bioidentical hormones are naturally derived hormonal preparations that can directly support hormone levels. Progesterone cream can be used to directly support progesterone in both women and men, all the while offsetting the effects of excess estrogen and preventing a drain of progesterone due to the “progesterone steal.” As physicians trained in the art and science of bioidentical hormone replacement know, bioidentical estrogens (Bi-Est cream), from a compounding pharmacy, can be used to support estrogen-dependent physiological processes in postmenopausal women. Saliva testing also can determine baseline hormonal levels.
Lower levels of testosterone are associated with increased cardiovascular mortality; they are also associated with several conditions (insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes) that lead to cardiovascular disease.10 In the case of heart failure, which is, in reality, a multisystem disease, it is estimated that 26-37 percent of men with this condition are deficient in testosterone.11
Stress generated by the effects of thyroid hormone imbalance can lead to an escalating cycle of stress-illness-stress. Stressful life events may then be blamed for what are really thyroid-related symptoms, allowing these symptoms to linger and intensify. I recommend that everyone who has experienced a major stress, such as a difficult divorce or the death of a loved one, and has ongoing symptoms have his or her thyroid tested.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Testing  FSH is frequently used to determine the hormonal status of premenopausal women who may complain of hot flashes, mood changes, or other symptoms. The FSH test should not be used as an accurate measure of sex steroid hormone production or as an indication of reproductive status for most women, because the level of FSH fluctuates widely during the decade before menopause.
Iodine: First and Foremost. We’re not going to recap everything there is to know about iodine, I covered that in the last webinar, but… iodine, without a doubt, plays one of the biggest roles in maintaining balanced hormones. Your entire body needs iodine, but it’s used by three organs with heavy hormone activity--thyroid, breast tissue, and ovaries.
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Mercury has contaminated a massive portion of the seafood supply, and new warnings have just been administered concerning the dangers of seafood for pregnant women as well as its effects on fetal brain development. Mercury also binds to hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation. Believe it or not, this hormone interference damages the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, an aspect that can lead to diabetes. That’s just the hormonal issues. The other issues with mercury, even the mercury contained in vaccines and flu shots, goes far, FAR deeper. Mercury may influence:
Hi my name is Lorraine i am seeing a naturopath for weight loss because i am finding extremely difficult to loss weight. I have done a saliva test and it came back that my oestrogen levels are at 55 and my progesterone is low testosterone is low cortisol goes the opposite way it increases at night. Im taking o clear calcium d glucarate but it not decreasing.
In this pose, lymphatic circulation in the lower body is maximized. As the “garbage disposal” of the body, the lymphatic system collects and carries lymphatic fluid so the toxins in this fluid can be eliminated from the body. Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and relies on our movements and gravity to circulate lymph fluid.
Estradiol is the most potent form of estrogen and the one that produces the most effect. It is produced by the ovaries, but also can be converted from other hormones in the adrenal glands and the placenta. Estradiol has been implicated in several of the medical issues women can face. Endometriosis, fibroids, and possibly endometrial cancer can be made worse by high levels of estradiol.
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Before we get into hormonal imbalance, it’s important to talk about what hormones actually are. According to Dr. Patricia Lo, an OB-GYN at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California, hormones are chemical messengers produced by glands in the endocrine system to help coordinate and dictate different body system functions. They also can regulate a whole host of functions, such as metabolism, appetite, sleep, reproductive cycles, sexual function, mood and stress, she tells SheKnows.
A sluggish metabolism is another common culprit when it comes to weight loss struggles. Stress and high cortisol can slow down your thyroid, but other causes of low thyroid and slow metabolism include endocrine disruptors found in the environment, Vitamin D deficiency and gluten sensitivity. Symptoms of low thyroid include weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, and depression. In fact, 15-20% of people with depression are low in thyroid hormone.1 I suggest that you work with a clinician if your thyroid numbers are off. Over the years, scientists have narrowed the optimal range for TSH to 0.3-2.5 mIU/L, and some experts believe that people who have a normal thyroid are more likely 0.1-1.5.2
It is hypothesized that as stress levels elevate and the demand for cortisol increases, this may have a depleting effect on the body’s progesterone stores and thereby creates further hormone imbalance in the form of depressed progesterone levels. This is known as the “progesterone steal”, wherein the body steals progesterone in order to make cortisol. Continual demands for cortisol, in turn, draw upon progesterone, setting one up for hormonal imbalance as progesterone is used up to manufacture stress-related hormones.
Hormones are produced in a complex process, but depend on beneficial fats and cholesterol, so lack of these important dietary factors can cause hormone problems simply because the body doesn’t have the building blocks to make them. Toxins containing chemicals that mimic these building blocks or that mimic the hormones themselves are also problematic because the body can attempt to create hormones using the wrong building blocks. Mutant estrogen anyone?
Testosterone improves neuron survival in brain regions vulnerable to neurodegenerative disease. This may explain the association of low testosterone levels in men with neurodegenerative diseases (Hogervorst et al 2004, Ready et al 2004). Studies demonstrate testosterone loss occurred 5 to 10 years prior to Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. This suggests low testosterone is an important risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (Moffat et al 2004; Rosario et al 2004). In a clinical study of 36 men recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, intramuscular testosterone treatment with 200mg every two weeks for up to one year was associated with improvement in both overall cognitive ability as well as critical visual-spatial function (Tan and Pu 2003).
It is also important to remember that blood levels of both free and total testosterone vary widely among individuals, making it difficult to establish a general baseline on which to prescribe a standardized treatment protocol. However, levels are quite consistent within individuals, and thus it is important that men have multiple tests over time to determine trends and individual thresholds for treatment.
High belly fat reflects high levels of visceral fat, which is the fat that accumulates around your organs. It is very pro-inflammatory and dangerous for your overall health. (4) The vast majority of your cortisol receptors are located around your mid-section. If your belly fat is high, your cortisol stress levels will be out of balance and leading you down the path to weight gain, poor health and lack of vitality. Cortisol is the “yang” to insulin’s “yin,” responsible for increasing blood sugar levels by breaking down your muscle mass. If you have a cortisol problem, it can create an insulin problem.
Recently, there has been a big increase in inflammation and associated illnesses in the U.S. Much of this is due to an over-abundance of Omega-6 fatty acids (poultry, eggs, cereal, whole grain bread, hemp oil, vegetable oils, nuts) and not enough Omega-3 (mackerel, salmon, cod liver oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, tuna, sardines, anchovies, egg yolk, walnuts).
You might never know this from conventional medicine, which seems to subscribe to the idea that women are destined to suffer throughout their reproductive life. Women suffer from mood and behavior swings resulting from the three P’s: Puberty, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and peri-menopause (the years leading up to and just after their final period), or the three M’s:  menstrual cramps, menopause and mental anxiety!
Obesity leads to the reduction of SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) a protein that binds estrogen levels and keeps them out of circulation. When these levels go down, estrogen levels go up, become active, and thus stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. Over one hundred studies have investigated the links between obesity and breast cancer. Taken as a whole, their findings strongly indicate that overweight or obese women have a 30 to 50% great risk of postmenopausal breast cancer than leaner women. It is known that women who continuously gain weight throughout life have a higher risk of breast cancer.