It is all a question of balance.
That applies to all things in our live and even our hormones.
We have many factors that can interfere with our hormonal state.
We now live in a sea of hormones. They are added to our foods to make food bigger and grow faster, we take them as medications and we wrap our foods in them and then we urinate them into our waterways.
We have diseases and conditions that had never previously been such an issue. The rise in breast cancers, polycystic ovaries, infertility, protrate cancer, thyroid disorders, diabetes and stress. These problems do not just affect women, sperm production has dropped by 50% and the incidence of testes not descending in young males is now at an all time high, being three times higher than it was 30 years ago.
Quite simply, the homonal system is a network of glands and organs that coordinate the functioning of our body, via the bloodstream. Some work on the cells contained in the organ where they were created and some get directed to other parts of the body.
Hormones are primarily protein, oil or steroid based and they have specific lock and key action, meaning that they only work in certain targeted areas. This leads to further scope of imbalance, as either the locks or the keys of these cells can dysfunction.
We have a master gland called the pituitary gland, this overseas the activity of the majority of the entire hormonal system. Impulses and messages come in from the body through our nervous system and it sends messages to the pituitary gland via the hypothalamus. This connection between the pituitary and hypothalamus is called the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Axis (HPA) and it is worth considering that if we have imbalances in our hormonal system, then there could be an underlying pituitary dysfunction or the HPA communication system.
Hormones are very potent in their action and the actual amount we have in our body is tiny compared other parts of pur body
Factors that negatively affect the functioning of our hormones are
- Pesticides in foods
- Medication such as steriods
- Synthetic hormones – Contraception and HRT
- Plastic in bottles, kettles babies bottles
- Hormones added to farmed foods such as beef, pork, chicken and fish
- Hormones are added to certain fruits and veg
- Plastics and glues in building materials
- Cosmetics and body care products
- Paints and detergents
- Spermicide foams and lubricating oils
- We drink them in our water
- We breathe them in the atmosphere from exhaust fumes
Diets that negatively affect our hormone balance are
- A high fat diet
- A high dairy diet
- A low fibre diet
Many women are given synthetic hormones, even at a young age to regulate periods, reduce acne or later for contraception. These will have later life repercussions.
Synthetic hormones linger for much longer in the body than natural ones. They can therefore build up in residue amounts. They like to store them selves in fat cells and this encourages the already hormone producing fat cells to produce more.
They rob the body of vital nutrients, commonly zinc and magnesium. They will increase weight gain, reduce bone density, create migraines and blood clots.
They also can mimic other hormones and confuse the body to act and react in a way it does not naturally. They also do not target the specific target cells they are created to do, insead they can go eslewhere and this sets off another chain reaction.
On the other hand natural hormones can easily be assimilated and elimiated by the body.
There are many solutions. We always have solutions.
From a dietary perspective:
Choose to eat beans, lentils
Eat non-farmed fish, eggs and diary
Eat only healthy fats and oils
Eat more raw fruits and veg
Drink more healthier water options, ie.not water in plastic bottles.
And try herbs!
There is a herbal solution to any ailment and condition.
Herbs align naturally to the body and they work fantatsically to balance, replenish and restore any hormonal conditions.
See a complementary health wellbeing advisor who is knowledge in underlying factors and the tools, foods and herbs that can help. Such as myself. There is no need to hand out tablets or costly and expensive treatments. Our bodies know what to do and it is a case of supporting it in that journey.
Be prepared to give this time. If you have been taking steroids or contraceptive pills for a long time, it will take time to realign and rebalance the system.
The quicker you reduce your exposure to our sea of hormones the better, as we all know prevention is better than cure.