Most of us are living life completely out of balance.
But so many symptoms we come to accept as “normal” are just signs of imbalance–and the type of imbalance that affects almost everyone in our society is hormonal imbalance.
Let me ask you:
- Do your mood and energy swing up and down, making your life crazy?
- Do you crave sugar or salt?
- Are you overweight and putting on more and more belly fat?
- If you are a woman, do you have premenstrual syndrome or painful or heavy periods?
- Are you depressed?
- Do you sleep poorly?
- Are you less interested in sex?
- Do you have thinning hair, dry skin, and feel sluggish in the mornings?
- Do you feel tired but wired?
- Do you have to drink coffee every morning just to wake up and a few glasses of wine every night just to calm down?
If so, you are not alone. In fact, this is how most people feel, because we are living out of harmony with our natural biological rhythms–and our hormones are all over the place. The hormones that cause the most mental misery are your stress hormones, your thyroid hormone, your sex hormones, and your major blood-sugar control hormone, insulin.
I want to teach you about three very common major hormonal imbalances.
Hormonal Imbalance #1: Insulin Imbalance
If you crave sugar or bread, feel weak and irritable at 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon, skip breakfast or eat a big muffin or bagel for breakfast, or have extra belly fat, you likely have serious blood sugar and insulin problems, which can cause depression, dementia, and panic disorder.
Did you know more money is spent at gas stations on junk food than on gas! We spend more money on processed and junk food than on new cars, new computers and higher education–combined!
That’s why 100 million North Americans suffer from insulin resistance, or “pre-diabetes.” This condition is a problem by itself and causes “pre-dementia,” also known as mild cognitive impairment. In fact, some scientists are now calling Alzheimer’s disease “type-3 diabetes”!
We are now seeing type-2 diabetes in children. Could this mean they will get Alzheimer’s as early as their 30’s and 40’s?
And what about sugar and depression? Researchers found that people with symptoms of depression were 42 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those without depressive symptoms. They also found that the more serious the symptoms, the higher the risk of diabetes.
Hormonal Imbalance #2: Thyroid Imbalance
Insulin isn’t the only hormone that can get out of balance. There’s another hormone imbalance that affects one in five women and one in 10 men – most of whom don’t even know they have it.
I’m talking about thyroid hormones.
- Are you cold all the time?
- Do you have dry skin, thinning hair, weak fingernails, a puffy face, swelling of your hands and feet, constipation, or trouble getting out of bed in the morning?
- Do you seem to forget things easily?
If so, you might have a low-functioning thyroid.
Your thyroid hormone is critical for making new brain cells (neurogenesis), particularly in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for mood and memory.(2)
Here are some tips to help you along the way:
- Get properly tested.
- Get enough thyroid-supportive nutrients, selenium, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fats.
- Avoid gluten.
- Hormonal Imbalance #3: Sex Hormone Imbalances
Did you know:
- “Seventy-five percent of women were found to have a mutant gene that threatens their relationships, work, and well-being.”
- “More than half of aging men will lose their sexual function, their testosterone levels will drop, and their estrogen levels will rise, making men more like women.”
These are the beliefs that we all unconsciously accept.
Women are defective, flawed, and broken–and destined to suffer throughout their reproductive lives from mood and behavior swings that are the result of the three P’s: Puberty, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and perimenopause. This is the “genetic flaw” that supposedly threatens them.
As they age, men–if you believe all the television commercials–supposedly need the “little blue pill” just to be men again.
- Is this a “normal” part of being a woman or a man?
- Is it the product of some defective, mutant gene?
- Why do sex hormone levels drop up to 90 percent during the aging process?
- Are we destined to suffer from impaired mood, muscle loss, poor sleep, memory difficulties, and sexual problems?
Of course not!
This suffering related to your reproductive life cycle is unnecessary. It is not bad luck, but bad habits, such as drinking and smoking, eating a high-sugar and refined-carbohydrate diet, being exposed to environmental toxins, and being chronically stressed.
To think that 75 percent of women have a design flaw that gives them PMS and requires medical treatment is just absurd. To think that we all have to dwindle, shrivel, and lose our emotional, physical, and sexual vitality is a burdensome, self-fulfilling prophecy.
PMS, menopausal symptoms, and andropause are all signs of imbalances in your sex hormones. They are not the result of mutant genes that destroy our sexual vitality as we age.
Instead, they are treatable symptoms of underlying imbalance in one of the core systems in your body. Get your sex hormones back in balance, and these problems usually disappear.
Male Hormonal Problems
If you are a man older than age 50, you might be getting flabby and feeling less interested in sex.
Do you see the hair on your legs and chest disappearing?
Are you getting “man boobs”?
If so, you might be low in testosterone, which makes you depressed, unmotivated, and mentally dull.
Female Hormonal Problems
If you have headaches, breast tenderness, fluid retention, mood swings, and irritability in the days or weeks before your menstrual period, you might have too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. This can make you feel crazy.
We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsened PMS and all hormonal imbalances including menopause and andropause.
It is also true that dairy consumption can worsen hormonal imbalances because of all the hormones in milk. Even organic milk can come from pregnant cows, jacking up hormones levels.
Here’s what to do:
- Eat a diet of whole foods that are low in sugar and refined carbs, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Supplement with vitamin B6, magnesium, evening primrose oil, and fish oil.
- Get regular exercise.
Balancing your hormones is a process–if you need help, contact me!