Balance your Hormones to Balance your Life
Posted on September 4, 2019 at 3:54 pm
Hormonal imbalances affect a number of people, both men and women, and sometimes the impact of this on daily life is underestimated. The effects of hormone imbalances may be seen through diabetes, thyroid disorders, menstrual irregularities, infertility, adrenal fatigue, low testosterone, poly-cystic ovarian disease (PCOS) etc. The list of symptoms is endless and some of them can include feeling low, irritable, anxious, tired, sleep problems, weight changes, low sex drive, inability to focus, and hair loss. These things can have a huge impact on the quality of life and have negative effects on productivity, relationships and self-esteem.
As a society, we need to improve on recognising and supporting each other with these issues. As a Psychiatrist and Functional Medicine Practitioner, I come across a number of patients who need help with addressing their hormones at some point in their journey towards healing.
Some causes for hormonal imbalances:
- Emotional issues
- Food intolerances
- Nutritional insufficiency
- Inflammation and/or infection
- Genetic vulnerability
- Medications such as contraceptives, hormone replacements etc.
- The first step is to recognise that you need help and you are not alone.
- Simple consistent practices can have huge benefit such as cleaning your diet. Short term dietary plans may be helpful such as elimination diet, detox diet and support of nutritionist to kick start this is well worth the investment.
- Daily exercise– a combination of aerobic and conditioning exercise
- Meditation is beneficial for addressing the cortisol levels, which then has a positive impact on other hormones.
- Addressing nutritional insufficiencies through Evening primrose oil, Vit D, Magnesium, nascent Iodine etc. as per individual needs.
- Some adaptogen herbs such as Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Holy basil (Tulsi) are beneficial.
- Sleeping well and reducing fatigue/exhaustion.
- Take time out to look after yourself and avoid stress.
- In some cases, additional hormonal medications such as thyroid medications may be needed.