The problem of hormonal imbalance is often oversimplified
in many conventional doctors' offices. This lack of support leaves women with one-size-fits-all
solutions that don't get to the root of their symptoms or offer lasting results.
Our bodies are already equipped with the natural potential to maintain hormonal
balance for life. They just need to receive the right support so they can carry
out this task on an ongoing basis — and we can help you do this.
More is not always better — estrogen and menopause
In the view of conventional
medicine, hormonal imbalance is caused by a lack of something and if you
just add more of whatever that is, then balance will be restored. Yet, this approach
often doesn't promote long-lasting health. In alternative medicine, the view is
that something caused the hormonal imbalance, and if you can identify and resolve
the underlying cause, balance can be restored long-term.
Let's look at estrogen and menopause as an example. Conventional medicine says menopause
symptoms are caused by reduced estrogen, so if you just add estrogen, things will
be fine, right? Not exactly. We know that women's estrogen levels are already high
in this country compared to undeveloped countries where menopause symptoms are less
prominent, so more estrogen can't be the answer.
Estrogen in context
It's more likely the ratio between estrogen, progesterone and testosterone at the
root of menopause symptoms. And the latest science points to variations in estrogen
metabolites as having an important role as well — a problem that can't be corrected
by adding estrogen. We're also learning how genes that drive our endocrine systems
are turned on and off by dietary factors and emotional experience. In fact, our
hormonal system is connected to, and influenced by, how we live our lives.
Your overall health depends on a balanced hormone system
Our hormones are the messengers in our bodies. They are part of a vast communication
network known as the endocrine system that directs how we sleep, breathe, metabolize
food, and much more. Major organs make hormones, cells make hormones, and each talks
to the other. Meanwhile your body has to metabolize all these hormones, producing
hormonal by-products which have their own effects as well. Needless to say this
is an incredibly complex system. And simply adding more of one hormone or another
typically doesn't solve root imbalances.
If you think of your endocrine system like an orchestra, adding more estrogen or
progesterone is like adding more trumpets or making them louder without considering
the rest of the musicians or the overall piece. Does this increased noise make better
music? No. What helps create the music is the conductor, which is your body. Once
you supply consistent support to your whole body, each hormone has clear directions
and the resources to perform its function of keeping you healthy and strong.
Reaching hormonal balance naturally
The science behind hormonal imbalance is pretty well advanced. We know that imbalance
is caused by poor nutrition,
stress, toxins and lifestyle factors like lack of sleep and/or exercise.
It may seem more complicated to find the link between each of these factors and
your hormones, but remember — the body is a web of interconnected organs and cells
that sends messages via hormones. The support we offer our endocrine system will
communicate overall health and wellness to every system of your body.
Here are the four pillars of hormonal balance:
- Good nutrition. This includes eating whole, fresh fruits and vegetables,
high-quality protein and healthy fats, and limiting
sugar and refined grains. Your foundation for good nutrition isn't complete
without a medical-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement that can fill in any nutritional
gaps. We offer one that women say improves their energy, mental clarity, and even
their hair, nails and skin.
- Stress reduction. You've heard this concept all over, but how do
you really do it? Stress reduction for many women often means changing their outlook
on life, creating more unstructured time for themselves, and slowing down overall.
As you work on this ongoing process, phytotherapeutic herbs can help by supporting
your body. We've formulated exclusive herbal combinations for menopause symptoms,
stress imbalances, PMS, and thyroid support.
- Limit toxins. The quantity of chemical compounds in our environment
has increased exponentially. Many of the most pervasive chemicals cause estrogen-like
effects when they enter the blood stream which can cause or exaggerate hormonal
imbalance. Limiting your exposure to plastics and chemicals can make a huge difference.
We recommend storing food in glass containers, avoiding Teflon and other non-stick
cookware, limiting pre-packaged foods, and buying natural products when possible.
- Lifestyle adjustments. Our busy lifestyles keep us from getting
enough of two basic human needs: sleep and exercise. We need to sleep and we need
to move our bodies. However, our modern habit of staying up late to work long hours,
only to get up early and start all over deprives us of restorative sleep. Poor sleep
can disrupt the hormone melatonin, and ultimately our stress hormones, adrenaline
and cortisol. Regular exercise helps regulate the hormone insulin and, especially
when performed outdoors, the stress hormone cortisol.
The benefits of hormonal balance
The good news is when you provide the support your body needs, you will be symptom-free;
you'll look younger than your age; you'll have lots of energy and resilience; you'll
naturally find your healthiest weight; you'll sleep better and have more interest
in sex and creativity. Isn't that worth a try?