What causes hormonal balances? Read this article to find out how your health, nutrition and hormones are interconnected.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalances?
To answer what causes hormonal imbalances in the first place, we need to ask, “What is a hormone?” Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers produced in the glands. These powerful chemicals travel around your bloodstream telling tissues and organs what to do. When you have hormonal imbalances, you have too little or too much of a certain hormone.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances Include:
- Hot Flashes
- Water Retention
- Tender Breasts
- Abdominal Pains
- Painful Menstruation Cycles
It is important to note that hormonal imbalances are a symptom that something in the body is going wrong. When many people go to the Doctor they find that they are suffering from hormonal imbalances and then take medications and creams for that specific hormone to try to replenish it. This however, is more of a band-aid treatment instead of a long term treatment, and does not get to the true cause of WHAT is causing that hormone to be depleted.
To truly correct a hormone imbalance you must handle what is causing the body to be imbalanced in the first place. This is where nutritional response testing can benefit you by discovering what organs in your body are a priority to treat, and what nutrition plan is best for your body.
Organs That Contribute to Hormonal Imbalances
•Thyroid: This gland stores and produces hormones that affect virtually every organ in our. It regulates our metabolic rate and is associated with changes in body weight and energy levels.
•Hypothalamus: A region of the brain that controls/affects body temperature (hot flashes), thirst, hunger, emotional activity, and ability to sleep.
•Pituitary: A master gland that produces many hormones that travel through the bloodstream and direct other glands to produce hormones. Vision changes, headaches, menstrual cycles, sexual dysfunction are symptoms of hormonal imbalances due to the pituitary dysfunction.
•Adrenals: Produce a variety of hormones that we specifically need during times of stress. Hormonal imbalances in the adrenals can absolutely have negative effects on the body. These glands are absolutely vital to well-being and can affect mood, sleeping patterns, sexual activity, heart rate, digestion, and more.
•Kidneys: Specialized organs that ensure that unwanted substances and excess water are removed from the bloodstream. They make up Vitamin D and other hormones that are important for bone health and immune system health.
Why do I have hormonal imbalances in the first place?
When any of the above organs are not working properly, this can cause an imbalance in hormones which can cause a variety of unwanted symptoms. But what can cause these organs to malfunction in the first place?
- Eating Sugar, or foods that convert to sugar quickly such as grains. Sugar can disrupt one of the most powerful organs in the human body which produces: Insulin, which is connected to all of the other hormones in your body, including estrogen and testosterone.
- Continued Exposure to Chemical Toxins found in plastics, daily cosmetics and beauty care products, cleaning chemicals, fragrances and aerosols, paints, GMO foods, and more can have a disastrous effect on the body and can get past the blood brain barrier (Body’s natural defense against toxins). – Hormones themselves are natural chemicals in the body, repeated exposure to synthetic man-made chemicals can create severe imbalances with our natural hormones which can throw the entire body out of whack and effect clarity, memory, and focus.
- Continued Exposure to Toxic Heavy Metals like Mercury, Tin, Lead, Chromium and more found in the water supply, prescription medications, cosmetics like underarm deodorant, Food Supply, air pollution and more. These toxic metals can interfere with the receptors in our brain, negatively affecting the way our body receives and send messages, thus disrupting hormone regulation.