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Is it Your Hormones?

Is it your Hormones?

I hear stories from women every day complaining that “it’s their hormones.”

Let’s start with …. You are NOT alone.

Graphic illustration of menstrual symptoms
Illustrator Gemma Correll

But, what does this really mean? The complaints vary from fatigue, brain fog, no energy, no sex drive, can’t lose weight …. Women say “I just don’t feel good.”

This upcoming Tuesday, March 1, at 1 pm, I’ll be hosting a shared medical appointment to discuss what it means to have Healthy Hormones … and how to get there.

I’ll highlight a few things here:

You have more hormones than just estrogen and progesterone. 🙂

In traditional medicine, the lab range for “normal levels” of estrogen and progesterone is so broad, that if you are having periods at all, the labs are very likely to be “normal.” Hormones also fluctuate during the day and from day to day.

Your thyroid produces a whole slew of hormones. Those are easy labs to check.

So, “getting your hormones checked” is not just as easy as ordering an estrogen and progesterone level.

What causes hormone imbalance? This is the hard conversation and full of unpopular opinions …. Well, maybe not true unpopular opinions, but it’s the stuff no one wants to talk about or do.

  • Stress can cause imbalance hormones leading to more cramps, fatigue, irregular periods, and infertility.
  • Lack of sleep contributes to fatigue, mood changes, weight gain, difficulty losing weight.
  • Smoking, alcohol and caffeine all affect your hormones.
  • There are environmental toxins that surround us that can cause an imbalance in your hormones. This is why people talk about plastic storage and water bottles, GMO’s, pesticides, ingredients in your beauty products and cosmetics (like sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, phthalates, fluoride, etc).

If it was ONE thing we knew that caused hormone imbalance, we could avoid it. By government standards, these ingredients / chemicals are considered “safe.” But …. There is a cumulative effect, and that tipping point we don’t know. That tipping point is different for everyone.

That’s really how any of us gets to this place of hormones being out of whack, right? It’s cumulative of all these things … sleep, stress, diet, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and all the environmental toxins we are exposed to.

The good news? Even without labs or prescriptions or supplements, there are a lot of changes YOU can make today to do things that WILL HELP balance your hormones.

Where to start?

  • Quit smoking
  • Drink more water
  • Prioritize sleep
  • Watch your alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Start reading ingredient labels on food and beauty products
  • Learn about mindfulness

Interested to know more? Need some motivation? Accountability? Make an appointment to be part of the SMA, Tuesday, March 1.

(P.S. This will be a recurrent SMA) 🙂

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