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Hormonal Imbalance

man and woman sitting together smilingMood swings. Low libido. Irregular periods. Sudden weight gain. If you experience any of these your hormones may be out of balance. When there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream hormonal imbalance occurs.

Many things can create hormonal imbalances, which can affect women and men. Gut issues, dietary decisions, stress and lack of sleep all can wreak havoc on our hormones. All of these things can affect hormones that come from the endocrine system.

Numerous glands throughout the body make hormones. These include the thyroid, ovary and testes glands, which all produce hormones that can become imbalanced.

What Are Some Symptoms?

If you have a hormonal imbalance, you may experience any of the following:

  • Stress
  • PMS symptoms
  • Anger
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Missed periods
  • Focus or concentration difficulties

Common Thyroid Issues

Many women have thyroid issues. If their thyroid hormones are out of balance that can create estrogen and progesterone imbalances. Menstruation changes and the potential for pregnancy can be affected. Women often can experience severe PMS symptoms as well such as headaches, fatigue and abdominal bloating.

Endocrine Disruptors & Estrogen Mimickers

From the air that we breathe to the products we use on our bodies, we are exposed to many endocrine disruptors daily. These all can create major problems. Such disruptors include pesticides and herbicides, which act like estrogen so they’re called estrogen mimickers. Referred to as xenoestrogens, they bind to estrogen receptor sites tightly and prevent the body’s innate estrogen from doing its job.

Other things that can be estrogen mimickers are soaps, perfume, shampoo and lotions. All of these products contain chemicals that can disrupt our hormones. Laundry detergent and house cleaners are other examples of products that contain chemicals.

Fortunately, there is a wide array of natural self-care and cleaning products to choose from so you don’t have to go the chemical route.

In-House Hormone Testing

Hormone testing for women and men is available at Taste Life Nutrition. Nikki will look at estrogen, testosterone and progesterone (for men and women), all of which can be out of balance. The testing also allows us to look at detoxification to find out if you’re eliminating hormones properly.

Through the testing, she also can look at some epigenetic markers that can have an impact on our neurotransmitters and adrenal hormones. The results give us important insight into what’s happening with your hormones and health.

The Role of Nutrition & Supplements

If you follow the Standard American Diet, it’s important to make dietary changes to help improve your health and balance your hormones. In particular, we’ll emphasize a diet rich in nutrient-dense vegetables, a small amount of fruit and healthy meat such as grass-fed beef. We’ll recommend you stay away from gluten, dairy and inflammatory fats including oils such as canola. You also want to steer clear of any “foods” that contain trans fat.

We also can recommend different supplements to help balance hormones.

Book an Appointment

If you’re concerned that you may have a hormonal imbalance we want to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Nikki!
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