A few weeks back I asked my social media following what they wanted to know about hormones. Here are some of their questions with my answers.
How do you know if you have a hormone imbalance?
Many women do not know they have a hormone imbalance because they have never felt any different. The following list of symptoms should not be a part of your daily life. If they are, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. Symptoms include, but are not limited too, low energy, low libido, unexplained weight gain, hair loss, acne, painful periods, irregular periods, poor sleep and severe PMS.
I’ve been off the birth control pill for over a year, could it still be affecting me?
YES! When your body is given synthetic hormones, over a long period of time, it may begin to slow down its own hormone secreting process. This can be very damaging to your body as many people are not hormone tested before being given the BCP and it’s a shot in the dark as to what hormones you may already have too much or too little of. When you go off the pill it can take up to a full year before your body regulates, even longer if you are not putting your health first.
Will balancing my hormones help with PCOS?
Yes, balancing your hormones will help with PCOS. The exact cause of PCOS is not known, PCOS is considered a hormone imbalance. It is not a cause, rather it is a symptom. Many people can control/reverse their PCOS with lifestyle and diet changes.
Which foods do you think do the most damage to our hormones?
Its almost easier to list the foods that don’t cause damage to our hormonal health. Processed foods are a huge problem in our society and contain many ingredients that the body doesn’t recognize and in turn can cause disruption in the body. A big problem is soy products, soy contains phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen in the body. Soy should be avoided as much as possible. We also have to consider the hormones in our meat and dairy products. Many famers give their cows extra hormones to increase the milk production or growth. Buying your meat from a farmer you trust, even if it costs a little extra, will be worth it long term.
What are the side effects of Estrogen Dominance?
One of the most severe side effects is breast cancer. With 1/8 women being diagnosed, this should be one of our greatest concerns. Some other side affects of estrogen dominance are weight gain, fibroids, endometriosis, irregular periods and fatigue.
Thank you for submitting your questions! I did not share all of them but these 5 covered a majority of the ones I received. If you have a topic you would like me to write about you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
If you are interested in learning more about your hormonal health, and how you can achieve hormone balance, check out my program The Hormone Workshop. The Hormone Workshop starts September 10th and is a 45-day all online program just for women!
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