Still feeling tired when you wake up in the morning? Do you wish your skin could be better or your various digestive issues like bloating would disappear and never come back?
When our hormones are imbalanced, these are the things that could suffer:
Cortisol (our stress hormone) is the number 1 hormone influencing how we feel… in a big way!
The other 6 hormones that could be causing these annoying health problems are:
1. Oestrogen: is the female hormone and will slowly decline as we get older. This one is responsible for lubricating our joints, so if you have joint issues this could be why.
Oestrogen is linked to fat distribution in women. You can sometimes tell if a woman has a lot of circulating oestrogen (not good) because they will carry a lot of weight around their middles. It’s common to have a build up of oestrogen though, especially if the liver is weak. Our western lifestyles, stress and distress can weaken our liver therefore it won’t process oestrogen effectively. Having a lot of fibre in our diet helps to ‘draw’ out excess oestrogen.
2. Progesterone: is released in the ovaries and can be converted into Cortisol. A low amount of Progesterone causes anxiety, night sweats, sleeplessness and irregular cycles.
3. Testosterone: although known as a male hormone, women have some too. It plays a role in a woman’s self confidence.
4. DHEA: used for mild depression in women over 40 years old. It improves well being, ageing, thinking, decreases symptoms in menopause and decreases the progression in Alzheimer’s.
5. Thyroid: this is the gland that keeps our metabolism balanced. It will give us more energy, warmth and weight management. If our thyroid is imbalanced, our energy, warmth and weight may be disturbed. Leaving an imbalanced thyroid to fix itself is a dangerous way to go. It’s crucial to address and can be life threatening if it gets away on us.
~ Have a thyroid test which should include component – Reverse T3 (which will give you a more accurate reading.)
6. Insulin: secreted by the Pancreas, this hormone moves glucose into our cells, thereby lowering glucose in our blood. Insulin increases when Cortisol increases, and too much Insulin can make us Insulin resistant which can be the start of big problems such as pre-diabetes. This is another reason why it’s crucial to keep our Cortisol under control.
So! It’s important to remember that every hormone is reliant on the other being balanced and if they become out of whack, this could be the reason for poor sleep, skin and digestive issues.
Remember the movie Charlie’s Angels?
Think of Oestrogen, Thyroid and Cortisol as your own Charlie’s Angels – the top 3 hormones for women!
There are several other hormones that these Charlie’s Angels ‘cross talk’ with. That’s why they’re so dominating!
In 99% of cases, the root cause of hormonal imbalance is when Cortisol is out of whack. This is especially true for women in their mid 30’s to mid 40’s with young children and a whole lot going on in their lives!
Mainstream medicine isn’t identifying and correcting the root cause of women’s suffering. And this is where the majority of the population are at!
Women feeling misunderstood and lost with their own hormonal imbalances.
The beauty is, everyone can benefit from hormone awareness, we don’t need a disease or diagnosis!
Hope this helps and be kind to yourself.
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