Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life
- What is hormonal balancing?
- What is hormonal imbalance?
- What are the major hormones that commonly get out of balance?
- Hormonal Imbalance #1: Insulin Imbalance
- Hormonal Imbalance #2: Adrenal Hormone Imbalance
- Hormonal Imbalance #3: Thyroid Hormone Imbalance
- Hormonal Imbalance #4: Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency
- Hormonal Imbalance #5: Sex Hormone Imbalance
- Are you high risk of developing hormonal imbalance?
- Why is persistent hormonal imbalance dangerous?
- How can our hormonal balancing program help you?
“I don’t feel right.” “There’s something wrong inside me.” “I feel totally out of balance.”
Have you ever felt this way? This is a common complaint among 8 out of 10 Australian women suffering from HORMONAL IMBALANCE. Sometimes, hormonal imbalance symptoms are difficult to recognise because you can’t find a perfect description of your experience, so you simply describe it as “something weird or not right” happening inside your body.
The worst thing is that when you are constantly living your life totally out of equilibrium, you have a tendency to ignore significant hormonal imbalance symptoms. You might be confused if your manifestations are health problems, or if your mind is conditioned to think that an imbalance of hormones is a normal experience among women. The fact is you can FEEL BETTER if your hormones are in balance. Beyond Good Health offers a Natural Hormonal Balancing Program to help you achieve harmony with your natural biological rhythm and alleviate the disturbing symptoms of different hormonal problems.
Hormonal balancing is a natural method of rebalancing your hormones that are affected by biological, environmental and lifestyle factors. It improves your wellbeing and helps you attain optimal health and psychological and emotional balance. Most women search for hormonal balancing assistance, particularly if they are in their menopausal period. However, even teenagers and men are susceptible to hormonal imbalance, which makes hormonal balancing beneficial to various age groups and genders.
Let us discuss what hormonal imbalance is, and show you how hormonal balancing can help you.
Hormonal imbalanceis either the overproduction or underproduction of chemical messengers in the body called hormones.Hormones regulate metabolism (the conversion of food nutrients into energy and the body’s consumption of such energy), growth, immune system function, mood, hunger and satiety, sexual drive and reproduction. These chemical messengers are produced by certain cells or glands in the body and function by affecting how the organs work.
Therefore, hormonal imbalance affects the primary functions of the body. Moreover, this is manifested by different symptoms depending on which hormone is affected.
What Regulates the Balancing?
The hypothalamus, the regulatory centre of the brain, is the junction point between the highest level of organisation, which is the brain and the gland system. Many of the neuro-transmitters (brain chemicals) that drive the nervous system and the hormones, which drive the gland system that acts on the body, are the same chemicals. Hormones are released into the bloodstream and act on their target glands while neurology responds to the nerves.
The Autonomic Nervous System ( = automatic/subconscious nervous system = ANS) carries out similar functions to much of the gland system but acts much faster. Many of the signals to and from the ANS occurs through the hypothalamus making it an integrative centre for both systems.
Who Can Help You Restore Hormonal Balance?
Our doctors will gather detailed health history, identify high-risk lifestyle factors, assess hormonal health status and check symptoms aren’t relating to serious diseases, create an in-depth overview of influences on the whole system from a medical perspective. Plan the integrative approach.
Our Naturopaths will plan and manage detoxification and nutrition therapies to prepare the body to restore a vital, healthy state. They will carefully select “superfoods” for your body type and specific herbs to balance your hormonal system. If needed, they may also use biopuncture to inject saline solutions to remove the buildup of toxins and bring in new blood supply to the area.
Our Kinesiologists will detect stress in the hormone system and balance it in an integrative manner with other body systems. By accessing neuro-muscular controls from the brain kinesiologists can change the muscle tone in the pelvic floor, glands and organs to relieve pain and accelerate the body’s natural healing. Using brain integration techniques, they will find the root causes of imbalances and establish emotional well-being while reducing brain fog. They do this using acupressure points to balance meridians, (the energy lines in the body), other energetic systems of the body.
Let us discuss what hormonal imbalance is, and show you how hormonal balancing can help you.
Here are the major hormones that usually get out of balance and the possible health problems you may encounter:
The pancreas produces the hormone insulin. Insulin helps the cells in the body to absorb glucose (sugar). The cells will then convert glucose into energy that the body uses for various activities, such as muscle movement, digestion, brain processing and several organ functions.
If you have an insulin imbalance, it means you are producing too much insulin or less than what your body requires. This could be because your sugar level regulation by the brain (hypothalamus function) has been set by a fight/flight response. You will likely suffer from low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) if you have excessive production of insulin. On the other hand, high blood sugar level (hyperglycemia), a common sign of diabetes, will occur if your body lacks insulin.
How can you know if your insulin is not in balance? Observe your food and fluid intake pattern. You will likely crave sweet foods and even feel hungry most of the time if you have an insulin imbalance. This will make you gain weight and store more fat in your belly! You will also frequently feel thirsty requiring you to drink more than your usual fluid intake. Consequently, you will have to use the toilet more often, and mostly at inconvenient times, like during sleeping hours.
Why could you have this imbalance? Many factors can influence this imbalance but one of the unseen factors is simply stress. Imagine you have an emotional stress load and this makes you seek comfort food e.g. chocolate, ice cream and sweet things… This then imbalances your blood sugar levels. If the stress is unresolved this comfort eating may go on unnoticed impacting your insulin production. Pinpointing subconscious factors can stop the need for comfort eating.
Moreover, insulin imbalance makes you irritable, nervous and confused. It also makes you feel weak and tired, particularly in the late afternoon. Other manifestations of insulin imbalance are lack of motor coordination, dizziness, headache, blurring of vision, abdominal pain, fainting and tingling sensation in the extremities.
The adrenal glands produce the hormones cortisol, corticosterone, aldosterone, androgen hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Cortisol (Hydrocortisone). Cortisol regulates the body’s use of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats- the primary food nutrients used as energy sources by the body. This hormone together with corticosterone suppresses the body’s inflammatory response, which directly affects immune function.
Aldosterone.This hormone helps in regulating the body’s sodium and potassium levels as well as controlling the blood pressure and blood volume.
Androgen hormones. These hormones are used in producing male and female sex hormones.
Epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline). These hormones help the body to cope with stress by regulating the “fight or flight” response.Hence, they are also called stress hormones.
Adrenal hormone imbalance happens when your adrenal glands are compromised, such as when you have adrenal fatigue. The primary symptoms that you will experience are evening or morning fatigue and body aches. Likewise, you will usually have difficulty sleeping and trouble coping with stress, considering that the adrenal glands produce your stress hormones.
Try to observe as well whether your allergies have worsened. Healthy adrenal glands help in regulating the inflammatory process, which inhibits the body from easily responding to allergens. If your adrenals are in trouble, then you should expect that you will be highly sensitive to many types of allergens, and you will experience allergic symptoms. Asthma attacks can frequently occur as well if you have such a respiratory disorder.
Moreover, adrenal hormone imbalance increases your risk of having recurrent infections. Remember, your hormone cortisol and corticosterone play an essential role in your body’s immune response system.
Adrenal problems affects your muscles as well. If you are persistently feel weakness or pain in your lower back, knees, legs or feet, your adrenal hormones might be out of balance. Mostly, you will complain that your feet, legs or calves are tired and painful. So, watch out for these symptoms Dizziness and headache related to a sudden drop of blood pressure when you change position (i.e. sitting to standing or lying) is another health problem caused by adrenal hormone imbalance. Ironically, when your blood pressure is checked, it will most likely be elevated, higher than the normal range. This blood pressure disorder will not be corrected by antihypertensive or diuretic medications, but by attending to the adrenal problem instead.
Adrenal disorder can make your blood sugar drop as well. So, expect that your craving for sweet foods will be heightened. Aside from sugar, you will also crave for salty foods. This happens when your adrenal glands produce lesser aldosterone. Your kidneys will excrete more salt through your urine. Moreover, since salt attracts water, you will frequently urinate, up to 20 times per day, which can make you dehydrated. Other symptoms of adrenal hormone imbalance are indigestion, poor memory, irritability and weight gain.
The thyroid gland produces hormones, known as thyroid hormones, which control metabolism, body temperature, growth and development. These hormones influence every cellular activity in the body. Hence, symptoms of imbalances often vary and affect multiple body systems. Thyroid hormone imbalance usually affects 1 out of 5 women. However, the majority of these women don’t even know they have this health problem as the symptoms are sometimes difficult to recognise.
Moreover, symptoms of thyroid imbalances are so similar to depression. If you have thyroid imbalance, you will feel burnt out or fatigued. You become forgetful, moody and even socially withdrawn. You will have low energy levels and lack interest in previously pleasurable activities such as your hobbies. You will have stubborn weight gain or weight loss. Likewise, you will have difficulty sleeping. These manifestations are similar to those of having depression. Now, let me ask you. Have you been taking antidepressant medication for several months already, yet you feel like your mood problem has not improved? Do you always feel tired or fatigued? Do you quickly gain or lose weight? Are you troubled by menstrual problems? Do you feel cold often? Do you quickly forget details? Does your heart beat rapidly or slowly? Do you have sleeping problems? Are your nails and hair brittle? Are you mostly constipated? Is your neck enlarged or swelling? If the majority of your answers are YES, you probably have thyroid hormone imbalance. Addressing your thyroid problem is a must, as the symptoms may not merely be indicative of depression.
The pituitary gland produces growth hormones (GH), the hormones that control a child’s height. Moreover, it keeps our muscles healthy, maintains the size and overall health of our organs, tissues and bones, regulates the balance between the amount of bad and good cholesterol in our blood, and plays an essential role in the deposit and distribution of fat in our body. Therefore, we need sufficient amounts of growth hormones throughout our lifetime. However, our levels of growth hormones decline as we age. In fact, some people have extremely low levels of growth hormones because of a condition known as Growth Hormone Deficiency.
Low levels of GH will increase your fat deposits, particularly around your belly. You will likely experience symptoms of anxiety and depression as well, including fatigue, weight gain, poor concentration and memory, and low energy levels. You will also notice that you are highly sensitive to environmental temperature changes. Since growth hormones affect your muscles and bones, check yourself for poor muscle tone and decreased bone and muscle mass as well.
Women have two primary sex hormones: oestrogen and progesterone, which are produced by the ovaries. These hormones regulate the development of female sexual characteristics, the reproductive process and menstrual cycle. You will experience breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, irregular or heavy menstrual flow, hot flashes, palpitations, fatigue, vaginal dryness, night sweat, headache and sleeping problems if you have any sex hormone imbalance.
Women who are in their menopausal period are mostly affected by these imbalances of sex hormones. However, research has shown that more teenagers and young women regularly complain of problems caused by hormones. Men can also experience hormonal imbalance, causing many of the same problems experienced by women. As a man ages, testosterone levels fall and oestrogen levels tend to rise. Studies have shown that the average 54 year old man has oestrogen levels higher than those of the average 59 year old woman!Hormonal imbalance in men can lead to urinary problems, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and prostate problems, as well as many of the problems listed earlier, such as bone loss, inability to concentrate, poor memory, irritability and sleep problems. Hormone imbalance is also one of the main causes of prostate conditions, including prostate cancer
Overall, your hormonal imbalance symptoms differ according to the hormone which is insufficient or excessively secreted by the body. You are now aware of the various signs and symptoms of some imbalances in your hormones. Another significant matter is your vulnerability to developing any of the discussed hormonal imbalances.
Hormone levels may fluctuate, and that is a normal occurrence. Hence, our bodies are designed to cope
with these fluctuations without distress. However, there are times when several factors cause severe hormonal changes resulting in overwhelming symptoms of hormonal imbalance. These predisposing factors include the following:
- excess or too little body fat
- chronic stress
- lack of sleep
- exposure to toxins (which are all around us, in the air, our water, our foods, even our homes)
- nutritional deficiencies
- prescription medications
- prolonged illnesses
- excessive intake of alcohol or sugar
Now ask yourself- “Do I have any of the above mentioned predisposing factors?” If your answer is YES, it may indicate that you are at high risk for developing or suffering from hormonal imbalance. Knowing that you have a high risk of hormonal imbalance, especially if you are already manifesting its signs and symptoms, is quite alarming already. However, the bad news doesn’t end there. Hormonal problems are more terrifying than you thought, as a persistent imbalance in your hormones can lead to the development of more severe conditions, which will be discussed next.
People with hormonal imbalances have high risk of developing debilitating diseases such polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), diabetes, heart diseases, nervous and immune disorders, osteoporosis, infertility, depression, skin problems, eye disorders and even premature ageing.
According to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011-2012), more than 900,000 Australians or 4.6% of the total population have diabetes. The disease can affect children as young as 2 years old, though it is more prevalent in adults and elderly. Diabetes is a chronic condition of insulin imbalance. Osteoporosis also affects the Australian community. Over 700,000 Australians, or 3.3% of the total population, reported that they were suffering from this disease. Osteoporosis is a bone disorder in which your bones becomes fragile or less dense, increasing your risk for bone fracture.
Moreover, around 6.2% of Australians suffer from depression and other mood disorders as of 2007. Cases are higher in individuals who are 16 to 44 years old while half of the affected population are between 55 to 85 years old.
Another health problem that may result from hormonal imbalance is infertility. One out of three women 35 years old and above have fertility problems, while 1 out of 25 men have low sperm counts or totally sterile. There are many factors that causes infertility, and hormonal imbalance is one of them. However, the most common health problem related to hormonal imbalance that affects women is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). According to the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association of Australia Inc., between 5 to 10%, or 1 in every 5 Australian women, has PCOS. Last but not the least is heart disease, which includes ischaemic heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, cerebrovascular diseases and vascular diseases. This affects over one million Australians, or 5% of the total population based on the 2011-2012 data of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, heredity, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet are the identified as predisposing and precipitating factors for heart disease and are also considered contributing factors for hormonal imbalance.
Imbalance of hormones poses several threats to your health. Listen to your body; it is shouting for help! Don’t you think it is time to indulge yourself with hormonal balancing?
Beyond Good Health Hormonal Balancing Program is a customised program. First, we assess your hormonal health. The assessment includes testing your hormonal levels such as oestrogen, DHEA, testosterone (even women need it!), progesterone, cortisol and other hormones crucial to your health. Along with your hormonal levels, we take a profile of your signs and symptoms. Then, we trace the root cause of your problem, whether it is nutritional deficiency, stressful lifestyle, toxic overload, or other imbalances such as:
- Imbalances of the adrenal hormones
- Imbalances of the thyroid hormones
- Insulin imbalance
- Adult growth hormone deficiency
- Sex hormones imbalance
Everyone’s condition is unique so you will receive an individualised hormonal balancing program that caters to your personal needs based on your hormonal profile.
Beyond Good Health’s Hormone Balancing Program:
- Is designed to fit YOUR individual hormonal and health needs
- Includes detoxification and nutrition therapies to prepare the body to restore a healthy state and support holistic wellness
- Sources root emotional stress causes that created these imbalances
- Uses Kinesiology to map neurological influences on gland regulation and balances your specific stresses back to optimal
- Is totally natural, safe, and builds overall health, as well as hormonal health
Our hormonal balancing program will help:
- Identify the root cause of your hormonal imbalance
- Rebalance your hormones naturally
- Alleviate debilitating symptoms of hormonal imbalance
- Manage your toxic load
- Improve your nutritional habits and address your nutritional deficiencies
- Enhance your coping mechanisms against stress
- Promote emotional and psychological stability
- Lower your risk of developing severe health conditions related to hormonal problems
- Improve your overall health and allow you to achieve your maximum potential
We sincerely hope that this information will help you achieve a better success rate with your health problems and concerns. If you are concerned about your health state, seek professional help. Needing additional help or a second opinion doesn’t mean you’re weak. As a first and most important step, we recommend you book a 60-minute appointment and have your overall health status checked by our expert health practitioners. For ALL new clients, we also offer for a limited time a BONUS 30-minute Body Scan. This is what you get:
- We take a detailed health history
- Discuss your current health symptoms
- Identify your high risk health behaviour and environment
- Outline a personalized step by step plan for your health journey
- BONUS: A full 3D body scan of all body-systems