Hormonal Imbalance
Alopecia + Auto-Immune,  Living

My Favorite Methods to Tackle Hormonal Imbalance at Any Age.

My favorite way to balance my hormones is to have everyone get away from me. Aside from that no-fail technique, there are a lot of different naturally based methods you can use to approach hormonal imbalance. Food, supplements, or alternative care can all aid you in feeling normal, peaceful, and less sweaty again.

Balancing Your Hormones Can Take Some Time.

If your hormones are out of whack, chances are it has been a gradual process that could have started anywhere. At some point in your life, if you are a woman, your hormones will become unbalanced. This is a natural part of life, aging, and maturing. Men are also not safe when it comes to hormonal imbalances, it can come for us all. Where it becomes an issue is when the body is not able to rebalance them naturally.

There are many culprits to hormonal imbalance some natural some less than natural. Either way, when your hormones start going crazy you can feel it.

Mainstream Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance.

Mood swings.

Oh yes, irritability, anger, rage, depression, sobbing, pity, weariness, and anxiety are all symptoms your hormones might need some balancing.

Sweats.

If you are having hot flashes or night sweats this is another sign something is amiss internally. If you notice your sweat is leaving yellow stains (and it’s not your deodorant) your body is working overtime to try and balance those hormones. You also may have some toxins building up in your system and your glands aren’t able to flush them properly.

Hot flashes are mostly known during (and sometimes after) menopause as your body starts to attempt to adjust to its new life stage during this process. Night sweats can be connected to your hormones or your glands, which release and regulate said hormones.

Acne.

This is probably the easiest way to tell someone’s hormones are out of balance. Teenagers and adults who are suffering from acne on their face, neck, or back are usually experiencing a hormonal imbalance.

There is an incredible technique called face mapping that traditional Chinese Medicine has gifted us with. Based on the location of your acne and pimples it can tell you what area of your body needs attention. I utilize this technique frequently if my skin tries to go rogue.

Sex Drive Plummets.

Well, that’s no fun. If your hormones are out of balance, your sex drive is affected. Symptoms can include a decreased libido as well as changes in your natural moisture down there. If all the coconut oil in the world isn’t helping your lubrication, look to your hormones ladies.

PAINFUL or Irregular Periods.

This is the one symptom everyone panics at. Irregular periods can mean a number of things so do your due diligence in attempting to decipher which thing it is.  Everyone will have somewhat of an irregular period at some point in their lives. I’ll be honest I do not track my period, I never have. I am pretty intuned with my body (except that time I induced my own Alopecia Areata) that I can tell you to the time of day when my period will come.

Let me blow your mind folks: Having pain during your period is NOT normal. The only time a woman should experience pain in her nether regions is during childbirth. If you’re having period cramps, you need to balance your hormones. This is straight from the mouth of my Chinese Herbalist Acupuncturist Doctor to you.

Women have become so used to feeling like death, that pain has become a rite of passage for us. Wrong, if you’re having extremely painful periods, please recognize your body is giving you a message.

 

What are the Causes of Hormonal Imbalance?

The simplest answer… life. There is a variety of reasons natural and unnatural. The how is important to refrain from or remove hormone-disrupting behaviors completely but for most of us, we can just make better body-centric choices going forward.

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  • Puberty
  • Childbirth
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • More childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Beauty products with toxic or harmful ingredients (includes some perfumes)
  • Extreme ongoing inflammation in the body (Hello Auto-Immune Dis-ease community!!)
  • Over-exposure to harmful plastic and chemicals (go BPA free friends)
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Illness or Dis-ease

Half of these are avoidable while the others are just part of life. Hormones are like the God Particle of women. We must be gentle and careful with them otherwise a wrong move and they could blow up the entire world.

There are a number of ways to naturally balance your hormones. I have partaken in each and every one on the list below and have had success in my overall hormonal health and feeling like a balanced peaceful being again.

Eat Hormone Balancing Foods.

Eating the right foods can help you get control of out of whack hormones. Consistency is key if your hormones have really rallied against your sanity though so make sure you are eating these on a daily basis.

Bone broth and probiotics

Having a diet rich in gut rebuilding foods will bring health back to your gut. Your gut is responsible for a major portion of your overall (and hormonal health).  A healthy gut will ultimately support in sending the correct message to the parts of you that are responsible for regulating and release your hormones.

Sweet potatoes

Aside from being on my daily consumable list, sweet potatoes are known to relieve symptoms of menopause and other hormonal imbalances. Sweet potatoes contain high levels of Vitamin B which produce progesterone.

Avocado and other Omega 3’s fatty acids

Healthy fats have a major place at our dinner tables. They help your hormones rebalance, rebuild your gut and, bonus, are great for brain health. Not all Omegas are equal so you will want to focus on Omega 3’s found in avocado, wild-caught fish, chia and flax seeds, grass-fed butter, coconut oil as opposed to Omega 6’s. Omega 6’s are found in chicken, corn oil, peanuts and soy and can cause inflammation if consumed without moderation.

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*Your hormones actual need healthy fats and cholesterol to produce hormones and keep them healthy.

Water

 

Water is your life bloods’ blood. Making sure you are drinking enough H2O will flush toxins, promote overall cell health, and prevent dehydration of your tissues. Dehydration keeps your stress hormones on the alert which is the last thing we want if we are balancing those hormones.

Take Hormone Balancing Supplement and Herbs.

I used the below supplements and herbs to jumpstart my hormone wellness and have seen success and results on every single one of these. You can also take them together if needed. As always though, consult a Doctor to make sure this is a good option for you.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

See above! If you aren’t eating avocados and fish, go and get yourself a high-quality supplement.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai, also known as female ginseng, scientifically called Angelica Sinensis (it’s a sign!), is a Chinese herb frequently used in Chinese medicine to balance hormone levels and ease the overall menstrual experience.

Not only does it improve mood, lower blood pressure, and improve sex drive, but can be used to treat both menstrual and menopausal symptoms!

*You can purchase this online, at most vitamins stores, and at the vitamin aisle at Whole Foods.

Vitex

I take this regularly to help balance my moods and hormones before PMS strikes. Vitex Chaste Berry is a natural herb that promotes progesterone and ovulation to relieve those painful cramps.

PMS chaste tree

This was recommended a few years ago by my Reiki practitioner’s Homeopathic Dr. and it is worth its weight in gold.

 

 

My Favorite Holistic Care Methods for Balancing Hormones.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient technique meant to restore balance to your body. Widely known as an energy medicine it works with your bodies current energetic state to provide a little more care to out of balance organs or energetic meridians. By evaluating the bodies symptoms and state your acupuncturist will place small painless needles on your body to rebalance your qi, which is your vital force or life energy.

Both my horse and I get acupuncture. I have seen and felt the incredible benefits, one of which are balancing hormones. Throw in a red infrared light and we are golden!

Homeopathy

If you don’t know by now, I was raised on Homeopathy. It gave me an incredible foundation and wealth of knowledge when relating to ailments, the body, and how a holistic perspective of health is not a trend but rather a principle.

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There are a number of Homeopathic remedies you can use when treating hormonal imbalances.

  • Sepia
    • Used to balance hormones relating to PMS and Menopause. May have an aversion to family members. Has the feeling that her insides are falling out in her uterus or vagina. Vaginal irritation, dryness. May be chilly and exhausted. Hot flashes and overall moodiness. *This is me all around, and my go-to Homeopathic remedy for my special time.
  • Pulsatilla
    • Prefers companionship and support, wants company. Aversion to warm rooms and heat. May suffer insomnia.  Vaginal discharges common with a decrease in libido. Painful periods with shifting moods and extreme weepiness. Hot flushes tough to predict, toggling between very hot or cold and clammy. Good for menstrual cycle, perimenopause, or menopause.

 

Yoga

Yoga is great for helping to balance your hormones. Aside from its other super healing powers, yoga can stimulate or calm certain glands to assist in rebalancing those tricky hormones.

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Balancing your hormones takes time. (I really should rename this blog “takes time” because, with any healing strategy or method, time is what you will need.)

By tending to your hormones you can increase your overall wellbeing and make sure your body is staying balanced for optimal health. Find a good hormone balancing method and stay consistent until you feel the zen again.

 

 

 

 

 

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