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How can Hormonal Imbalance Present & How can Nutrition & A Nutritional Therapy Help?

Updated: Jan 25

Hormones are chemical messengers sending instructions and regulating body functions such as metabolism, growth, repair, sexual function and mood.

We all have hormonal fluctuations throughout the week, month, and years as part of a normal hormonal cycle, however when these messages get dysregulated, hormonal imbalances can occur, resulting in a wide spectrum of unwanted symptoms, such as:

  • Irregular periods

  • Absent periods

  • Painful periods

  • Heavy periods and flooding

  • PMS

  • Breast pain,

  • PCOS

  • Endometriosis

  • Fibroids

  • Mood Swings

  • Weight gain

  • Perimenopause and menopause

  • Night Sweats

  • Anxiety

  • Libido changes

  • Skin changes and acne

  • Thyroid changes such as underactive/overactive or Hashimoto Thyroiditis

  • UTI & Thrush

Hormonal imbalance can be a very common complaint at many times of a women's life from teenage years through to childbearing ages, peri-menopause and post menopause.

Did you know that diet and lifestyle factors can greatly influence our hormones.

Working with my clients my aim to understand their whole picture, from hormonal symptoms through to other symptoms their body maybe displaying such as digestive, nervous system or sleep habits for example. Understanding the imbalance and how this came about alongside other factors that are driving this is often key to managing and balancing hormones. I write an individual plan for each client so no plan is ever the same, in the same way no person is ever the same. We may cover areas such as:

  • Eating a balanced diet which is specific to their bodies needs and ensure hormonal production and communication is supported alongside repair and maintenance.

  • Aim for a healthy weight as weight can be directly associated with hormonal imbalance, leading to insulin sensitivity and reproductive health issues.

  • Supporting detoxification, elimination and our gut & liver health is often essential for hormonal health.

  • Working with phytoestrogens in out foods to support hormonal health as these can have a strong therapeutic effect when used correctly.

  • Looking at the gut and microbiome to support hormonal regulation and health.

  • Looking at hormonal drivers which may be unbalancing and interfering with our own hormonal levels and can exasperate hormonal conditions such as xenooestrogens.

  • Addressing stress and anxiety as these can have a big impact on hormonal health as well as being a symptom often associated with hormonal imbalance as well as addressing sleep and rest.

Here are six common signs that may indicate your hormones are out of balance:

  1. Irregular or abnormal menstrual cycles and changes in length, timing, or intensity of your menstrual cycles can indicate hormonal imbalances.

  2. Mood swings and emotional instability. Hormonal fluctuations can affect your mood and emotional well-being.

  3. Weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Hormonal imbalances, particularly involving insulin, thyroid, and cortisol hormones, can impact your metabolism and lead to weight gain or difficulty losing weight, even with proper diet and exercise.

  4. Fatigue and low energy levels.

  5. Changes in skin health such as acne breakouts, dry or oily skin, increased facial hair growth (in women), or other skin issues like eczema or rosacea.

  6. Sleep disturbances. Our hormones play a crucial role in regulating your sleep-wake cycle.

I am a nutritional therapist offering one to one nutritional therapy consultations both online or in clinic. Specialist areas include female hormonal health, menopause, migraines, digestive health & food sensitivities.

A nutritional therapist offers a comprehensive and personalised approach to hormonal symptoms. By addressing nutritional needs, hormonal balance, and lifestyle factors, a nutritional therapist guides women through this transformative phase with empowerment and vitality. If you're navigating the challenges of hormonal imbalance, consider partnering with a nutritional therapist to optimise your well-being and embrace an educated and empowered way forward.

Book a free discovery call to chat further. Lets optimise your health and help you feel your best!

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