Hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and insulin are created by endocrine glands and work as chemical messengers throughout your body to accomplish a wide range of important physical and chemical functions – from turning on/off hunger cues to running your reproductive systems, and even influencing emotional states and mood.
Understanding The Endocrine System
So when just one of these glands is “out of tune”, creating imbalances, it can lead to widespread health issues ranging from chronic fatigue to increased risks for other imbalances like low metabolism and reduced libido.
So when clients present with hormonal imbalances, most traditionally-trained clinicians typically focus on a diagnosis along with a drug protocol to treat the symptoms – for example synthetic hormone replacement therapies such as thyroid medications.
Unfortunately, this drug-first approach often times “misses the boat”:
- Taking prescription drugs often times just masks the symptoms but does nothing to remedy the underlying root cause creating the imbalance in the first place — which can be poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, gut issues, or stealth infections.
- Using prescriptions to mask symptoms is dangerous as it allows the disorder to progress without the client knowing — and in many cases can create additional “downstream” imbalances in other areas of the body.
- Many medications have serious side effects — such as stroke, osteoporosis, anxiety, reproductive problems, cancer and more.
Balancing hormones naturally is not only effective but can frequently have additional benefits such as increased energy, weight loss, improved sleep, and healthier skin.
That’s why at South Bay Wellness, we’re focusing on identifying the root cause of your hormonal imbalances so we can craft a personalized plan that addresses the issues for good.
Signs & Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances
- Painful or irregular periods or PMS
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss and change in appetite
- Depression, anxiety or brain fog
- Fatigue or low energy
- Insomnia or lack of deep sleep
- Low libido
- Digestive issues, skin issues, or vision issues
- Hair loss and thinning hair
- Estrogen Dominance: disrupted sleep patterns, weight and appetite fluctuations, increased stress and anxiety, and slowed metabolism.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): infertility, weight gain, acne, abnormal hair growth.
- Low Estrogen: decreased libido, reproductive issues, loss of menstrual regularity, mood changes.
- Hypothyroidism: slowed metabolism and fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, irritability, digestive problems, irregular menstrual cycles.
- Low Testosterone: erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, weight gain, fatigue and mood issues.
- Grave’s Disease: anxiety, hair loss, weight loss, IBS or digestive issues, irregular sleep and heartbeats.
- Diabetes: weight gain, neuropathy, vision loss, fatigue, trouble breathing, dry mouth, skin issues.
- Overworked Adrenals: muscle aches, fatigue, anxiety and depression, trouble sleeping, brain fog, reproductive challenges.
Potential Causes of Hormonal Imbalances
Hormonal imbalances are created by a combination of lifestyle factors — such as diet, exercise, environment, genetics, stress, and exposure to xenotoxins from plastics, makeup, cleaning supplies and even residual pesticides in food. Some of the major causes of hormonal imbalances include:
- Food allergies & gut flora imbalances: New scientific research shows that the flora in your gut (microbiome) plays a crucial role in hormone regulation and regulating inflammation that is at the root of so many chronic illnesses. If you have IBS, SIBO, leaky gut syndrome or a lack of good gut bacteria residing in your intestines, you’re more susceptible to hormonal imbalances.
- Weight gain or obesity
- High levels of inflammation caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle along with chronic stress.
- Genetic predisposition
- High levels of toxin exposure including exposure to pesticides, harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, cigarette smoke (even second-hand), excessive alcohol and other harmful chemicals or compounds like lead and formaldehyde.
- High amounts of stress and regular release of stress hormones like cortisol, paired with a lack of rest and deep sleep.
The earlier hormonal imbalances are recognized, the sooner you can start addressing them naturally – feel free to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to see what the best next steps are for you.