How many times have we heard other people tell us when they are in a bad mood “Oh, it’s my hormones”, or “It’s that time of the month” or “You must be having your period!”, etc. There are many changes that a girl goes through in her development towards becoming a woman. When we have a better understanding of how hormones interact with each other and with the environment, and how stress affects us we have the possibility of making informed decisions about how to bring balance into our minds and bodies. So many young girls begin having trouble with hormonal imbalances from a younger age nowadays that if they don’t address the situation soon it will continue presenting problems throughout their adult life impacting areas such as irregular and/or painful periods, fertility, pregnancy, lactation, post-partum depression, pre-menopause, menopause and post menopause. In order to address hormonal imbalances it’s important to know just what a hormone is and how it works in the body.
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that carry the information to specific targets in organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions. They act like a key that fits into a lock called receptors.
We know that there are more than 50 known hormones that act on different aspects of bodily functions and processes. Some of these include:
Development and growth, metabolism of food items, sexual function and reproductive, sleep, cognitive function and mood and maintenance of body temperature and thirst.
Causes of hormone imbalance
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in teenagers and young adults are becoming very common as we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals (xenoestrogens) that imitate the estrogen function in our body.
Medication such as birth control pills can also throw off your body’s chemistry.
Lifestyle can also be the cause: inconsistent sleep patterns, lack of exercise and a poor diet (which can include too much calorie intake) can all throw your hormones out of balance.
Stress can be responsible for disturbing the levels of your hormones as well.
The stress reaction cycle: Adrenal Imbalance
The adrenal glands are your main stress-adaptation gland. Some symptoms of imbalance may be: craving salty foods, insomnia, feeling exhausted, fatigue is not improved with sleep, lack of energy, no libido, little stressors make you feel anxious or angry
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone imbalance that can cause irregular periods, unwanted hair growth, and acne. Some of the most common signs include: irregular periods, extra hair on the face or other body parts, acne, weight gain and/or trouble losing weight, patches of dark skin, infertility or impaired fertility due to irregular periods or lack of ovulation
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. Some emotional and behavioral symptoms include: tension or anxiety, depressed mood, crying spells, mood swings and irritability or anger, appetite changes and food cravings, trouble falling asleep, social withdrawal and poor concentration
Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Some symptoms of imbalance in the thyroid are: anxiety, cold hands and feet, constipation, chronic fatigue, sudden change in personality, hair loss, hormonal imbalances, poor concentration, weight gain, insomnia, night sweats and hot flashes , weight loss despite increased appetite
Menopause Symptoms During the transition period of peri-menopause, reduced and fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone can produce a series of uncomfortable symptoms such as: anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, muscle and joint pain, sleeping problems, brain fog, memory problems, mood swings, dry skin, depression, migraine headaches, recurring urinary tract or vaginal infections, weight gain.
HOW HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE CAN HELP YOU
There are diverse options for treatment but oftentimes they have unwanted side effects that can lead to severe diseases like increased risk of cancer, weight gain, liver toxicity, etc.
Homeopathy has been around for more than 200 years and is very popular in Europe, Latin America and India. Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to promote balance and health. It is an individualized treatment taking Homeopathic medicine will bring you the benefit of not only balancing the levels of your hormones in a natural way without the risk of side effects. You will also benefit from an overall feeling of well-being, increased levels of energy and a boost in your immune system. The greatest benefit of homeopathic medicine is that it addresses the cause, the origin of the unbalance, not only addressing that issue but supporting you in a holistic manner, balancing other symptoms as well that you might have.
Hormonal imbalance can manifest in many different ways depending on the endocrine system that is imbalanced. Generally when one system is imbalanced the others will be impacted. With a homeopathic remedy exclusively chosen for your specific needs and symptoms you will start the process of balancing your hormones.
Sandra Benassini DCH, HMC
Diploma of Classical Homeopathy
Homeopathic Master Clinician
For a 15 minute free consultation contact:
Complement Healthcare p: 604 -925-2225 or
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