Hormonal Imbalance: Part 1 Signs & Symptoms…

10 Signs & Symptoms your hormonal balance could be effecting your health & wellbeing…

Hormonal Imbalance, Hormonal Balance, Healthy Hormones

Ever heard these terms and wondered what they mean or how you’d know if the signs and symptoms your experiencing might be related to a hormonal imbalance? 

Hormones are chemical messengers that communicate with and send instructions to our cells and organs, controlling most of our bodily functions. These messages effect our physical, mental and emotional health, having an impact on:

✔ Sleep

✔ Energy

✔ Stress

✔ Weight & Muscle Mass

✔ Growth

✔ Hunger, Appetite & Satiety

✔ Mood

✔ Reproduction & Fertility

✔ Menstruation

✔ Libido

In other words, hormones have a hand in our day-to-day health and wellbeing.  When they are balanced, we ooze vitality and health, when they are out of whack, we experience signs and symptoms that tell us, our body is not functioning at it’s optimal best!

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance?

1. Sleep Issues

The quality and quantity of our sleep plays a huge role in all facets of our health. Suffering with insomnia, inability to get to sleep and/or stay asleep, waking in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep (especially around that 1.30 – 2.00am period), feeling excessively tired throughout the day, can all be signs of hormonal imbalance.

2. Lack of Energy & Fatigue

Do you feel like a zombie in the morning? Are you waking in the morning feeling like you haven’t slept all night, barely being able to make it through the day, feeling fatigued and lethargic, or feeling like your spark for life has dimmed or gone out. These may be COMMON but they are NOT NORMAL.

3. Irritability & Mood Changes

Everything irritating you? Just not feeling like yourself but can’t figure out why, things that normally wouldn’t matter now cause irritation and anger. Or feeling like your moods go through 4 seasons in one day!

4. Anxiety, Depression or an inability to cope with stress

Have you been diagnosed with anxiety or depression? Does this worsen just before your period? Are you more prone to anxiety & depression at certain times in your cycle?

Do you find that where you use to be able to cope with stress, you seem to now have built an intolerance to stress and coping with the demands of life have gotten harder?

5. Headaches, Brain Fog or Difficulty Concentrating

Changes in memory and concentration, feeling in a constant haze or fog, suffering headaches or migraines may be related to a hormonal imbalance.

6. Menstrual Irregularities, Absence, Pain, Heaviness, Tender Breasts, PMS & loss of libido

Every woman’s cycle is unique to her but suffering through monthly pain, heavy bleeding, spotting, clots, PMS, breast tenderness, loss of libido or even loss of the menstrual cycle is not a “right of passage” or “just a part of being a woman”, these signs & symptoms can signify a hormonal imbalance is present.

7. PCOS, Endometriosis and Infertility

Diagnosis of a hormonal condition often occurs after women have been experiencing many of the signs & symptoms noted. Sometimes this suffering has been going on for years.

Our fertility is heavily reliant on healthy balanced hormones, inability to conceive, especially when doctors can’t pinpoint an exact cause, could be the result of hormonal imbalance.

8. Acne

Surges and dips in hormones, along with hormonal changes throughout the cycle, can be linked to persistent acne. In teenagers this is often linked to nutrient deficiencies and poor diet choices made during their rapid growth period.

9. Digestive Symptoms:

Constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, digestive discomfort, cravings for sugar & salt, along with a number of other digestive symptoms can be a sign your hormones are out of balance.

10. Weight Gain

Especially around the abdomen can be a sign of hormonal imbalance and in particular Oestrogen Dominance. It may also signify that the liver is struggling with the demands for detoxification.

There may also be a degree of muscle mass loss, especially in men with hormonal imbalance.

NOTE: It’s important to remember we need to look at these symptoms in relation to the whole picture, not in isolation, as many health conditions display the same signs and symptoms.

What are the Main Factors That Can Impact a Healthy Hormonal Balance?

Junk food, sedentary lifestyles and stress are main contributing factors to hormonal imbalance

Diet

Due to significant changes in our diet since that of our ancestors, we are exposed to more chemicals in our foods, genetically modified foods, unhealthy saturated and processed fats, high levels of sugar & salt , along with a diminished level of minerals in our soils.

These changes have lead to an increase in obesity rates, food intolerances & gut issues, inflammation, blood glucose dysregulation, insulin resistance, diabetes and vitamin & mineral deficiencies. All of which impact the health and balance of our hormones.

If you are experiencing cravings for salt or sugar, struggling with reducing junk food or resisting the mass of “unhealthy” food options available, you are not alone. This is a common occurrence in modern day life and can be both a sign of and driver of hormonal imbalance.

Lifestyle

With the rise of technology our lives have become more sedentary, add this to the fact people are working longer hours, creating stress and disharmony in their lives.

The major lifestyle effects on hormonal imbalance are:

✔ Lack of Movement

✔ Increased Levels of Stress

✔ Reduced Quantity and Quality of Sleep

✔ Reduced Social Interaction and Connection (I mean face-to-face connection, not cyber-connection!)

Environment

We live in an environment where our bodies are continually bombarded with chemicals. We’re exposed via our food, in our beauty products, in our cleaning products, in our air, in our water and in the plastics that we are exposed to daily.

These chemicals are endocrine disrupting, meaning they have the ability to interrupt our delicate hormonal balance and create altered hormonal function.

Impaired Detoxification

To maintain hormonal balance it is important that our detoxification pathways are functioning at an optimal level, as excess hormones and hormonal metabolites (created via normal metabolic functions) need to be excreted from the body.

Further information on detoxification can be found on my blog here

Or if you would like to know more about my detoxification programs, please contact me for further information.

Poor Gut Function

Leaky gut is on the rise and can lead to poor digestion, food intolerances, impaired detoxification (as mentioned above), vitamin & mineral deficiencies and a number of digestive complaints.

Gut Health and Hormonal Health go hand-in-hand and research is continuing to show a major link between gut health, hormones, the brain and immune system.

Medications/Drugs

Birth Control Pills, Reflux Medication and even common pain medication, are some of the most prescribed medications. Combine this with an increased use of drugs, alcohol and other addictive substances, which all place a burden on both gut function and detoxification pathways and you have an increased risk to both balance and function of our hormones.

The Oral Contraceptive Pill in particular has a major effect on hormonal balance, as it work to “switch off” our normal natural hormone production and replace it with a synthetic hormones, which have the potential to lead to fertility and menstrual issues upon cessation.



Join Me next week for Part 2 of Hormonal Imbalance: Natural Ways to Restore Hormonal Harmony.


DISCLAIMER: This article is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to lead anyone away from a qualified health practitioner or medical care. We make absolutely no claims to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, it is advisable to speak to your qualified healthcare professional.

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What’s affecting your children’s behaviour?

Diet, Lifestyle and Environment can all have an impact on children’s behaviour. 

If your child displays behaviours such as:
 Hyperactivity
 Irritability
 Inattentiveness
 Difficulties with concentration & memory
 Fidgeting and restlessness
 Anxiety and/or depression
 Constantly disrupts others
 Compulsive behaviours
 Difficulties completing tasks
 Aggressive displays
 Defiant behaviour

The following information is for you!

The 5 Major players impacting children’s behaviour are:

* Diet

* Nutrient Deficiencies

* Sleep

* Nature Deficit

* Environmental factors

1) MAJOR DIETARY PLAYERS:

🍭Refined carbohydrates & added sugars
🍨Additives, preservatives, colours, flavour enhancers, artificial sweeteners
🍟 Trans fats found in highly processed and take-away foods
🌱Natural chemicals in foods like salicylates, amines & glutamates
🌾 Food intolerances
🥑 Not eating enough good quality fats
🍗 Not eating enough quality protein
🥦 Not eating enough vegetables (very few children get the recommended daily serves)
🍓 Not eating the recommended daily serves of fruit
🥙 Not eating regularly

2) NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES can have a real impact on behaviour. We all require vitamins and minerals in conjunction with protein, fat and carbohydrates to live – it’s what fuels our body,  what builds & nourishes our cells & tissues!

When children are deficient in nutrients, their body does not obtain the vital components needed for growth, repair and development, along with the vital nutrients for metabolic processes and chemical reactions within the body – leading to the symptoms displayed in children’s behavioural issues.

For example:

* Zinc deficiencies have been linked to poor memory & concentration, along with reduced sense of smell and taste.
* Omega 3 deficiencies have been linked to anxiety, inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity .
* Iron deficiencies have been linked to attention and mood imbalances, hyperactivity and impaired socialisation
* Magnesium deficiencies have been linked to cognitive delays, fatigue, headaches and anxiety

These are just a few of the deficiencies that may impact children’s behaviour. If children are not eating a varied healthy diet and obtaining their recommended daily servings of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vegetables & fruit, they are at risk of deficiencies.

3)  SLEEP!

A lack of sleep, whether it be due to late nights, early mornings, disrupted sleep, nightmares, dreams, anxiety, restlessness or another factor, can have detrimental effects on children’s behaviour.

😴 Inadequate sleep (too short or poor quality) can cause changes in mood and thinking, leading to:
 An inability to regulate moods, resulting in heightened reactions to seemingly minor events
 Greater tendency to dwell on negative thoughts, interactions or activities rather than on positive aspects of life
Greater deficits in attention and the ability to concentrate and remember
 Reduced ability to reason and problem solve
 A higher tendency towards anxious or withdrawn behaviours

Implementing positive sleep practices can create major changes in children’s behaviour. Sleep hygiene analysis and changes, often form part of my treatment plans with positive results.

4) NATURE DEFICIT 

Green -time instead of screen time!!!!  Outside play is so important to children’s behaviour and overall health! 

Lack of exposure to outside play and an increase in inside screen-time play, has been linked to:

 hyperactivity in children
 anti-social behaviour and reduced social interaction between children
 reductions in cognitive awareness
 reduced abilities to concentrate & reduced memory function
 reductions in fine and gross motor skills
 reductions in balance & co-ordination
 Increases in mental health conditions like anxiety, stress, depression and insomnia
 Increased weight gain & rises in type 2 diabetes
 Poor gut health and an increase in chronic health conditions

Just 30 minutes a day (1 hour is best) outside play can benefit children’s physical and mental wellbeing:

 Reducing hyperactivity, fidgeting and impulsivity
 Improving anxiety and depression
 Improving sleep
 Improving energy
 Improving social interaction
 Improving appetite, diet & nutrient absorption
 Improving co-ordination, self-awareness & observational skills
 Improving concentration and memory
Improving gut health & helping to reduce chronic health conditions

5) ENVIRONMENT 

So what should you be looking out for in your environment, that could be effecting your child?

🔸Plastics 
🔸Cleaning chemicals
🔸Body products (soaps, moisturisers, etc)
🔸Air polltants
🔸Gardening supplies ( they contain harmful chemicals liek glyphosate found in Round Up)
🔸Heavy metals (eg lead & mercury)
🔸Medications (over the counter and prescription – some medications can’t be avoided, it is important to be aware of side-effects associated with medications)
🔸Hand sanitisers and other sanitising products

Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs hundreds of chemicals daily, which may effect our children’s health and increase the risk of:

🔸Anxiety & depression
🔸Hormonal disruptions
🔸Compromised gut integrity, leading to leaky gut
🔸Poor nutrient deficiencies and absorption
🔸Poor cognitive development
🔸Behavioral and learning difficulties
🔸Impacts on neurological development
🔸Poor Growth and development

I hope this post has given you some insight into the different influences on children’s behaviour. Making changes is not an overnight process and can seem like a daunting process. All of the areas discussed, are assessed in my consultations and form part of my individualised treatment plans – we tackle these changes together, in a way that suits your family.

BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION TODAY AND GET YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH & BEHAVIOUR BACK ON TRACK !

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