Through the course of a normal life, you will almost always experience some kind of stress. And unless you are a Buddhist Zen monk, that stress will physically affect your body because of your levels of the hormone ‘cortisol’ changes. That's one of the most common hormonal imbalances.
The cortisol hormone is often accused of being the bad guy, but it actually has many important functions in your body. Cortisol levels should always be balanced.
The most common hormonal imbalance is cortisol imbalance - either high levels of cortisol or too low levels.
At the beginning of a phase of stress, your production of cortisol increases. That's what we experience as acute stress (increased energy, turmoil, faster breathing, high heart rate, maybe sleep discomfort).
And when the body cannot cope with the pressure, production drops dramatically - one gets burned out. As cortisol levels affect other hormones in the body, imbalances in cortisol production often cause many other hormonal imbalances.
Do you experience that too?
I often see clients and students who do not realise that their problems are caused by hormonal imbalances. Most often caused by stress and the environment that we surround ourselves with.
That's why I have made a little overview for you here about the most common hormonal imbalances. Most are easy to fix again.
When your hormone levels are in balance - that is to say neither too high nor too low - you feel great, have great energy, sleep well, your skin rays and you keep your optimal weight easily.
THE MOST COMMON HORMONAL IMBALANCES ARE:
HIGH CORTISOL LEVELS
High cortisol levels make you feel tired, but still "on". You push yourself to have more energy and keep yourself running on stimulants like coffee.
LOW CORTISOL LEVELS
Low cortisol levels are the consequence of constantly elevated cortisol levels over an extended period of time. You feel burned out, tired - like a car trying to drive without gasoline.
Your adrenals have exhausted their resources. In addition to being energy-deprived, low cortisol levels are often seen in cases of chronic disease, allergies, and respiratory diseases because a sufficient cortisol production is vital for the optimal functioning of the immune system. Bizarre enough, you can easily have too low cortisol production and too high levels as well, as the level changes during the day.
LOW PREGNENOLONE LEVELS
Low pregnenolone level often causes memory problems. Do you know the feeling of going into a room and forgetting why you went in there? Or have trouble remembering the right words? Low levels of pregnenolone are associated with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), anxiety, mild depression, dysthymia (chronic myalgia / mild depression) and social phobia.
LOW PROGESTERONE LEVELS
Low progesterone levels are a frequent cause of PMS (premenstrual menstrual syndrome - e.g. pain and mood swings in the days before menstruation), PCO (polycystic ovary syndrome), nightly hot flushes, sleep discomfort, and irregular periods.
Low progesterone levels often occur because of stress, as cortisol is formed from the same pre-hormones as progesterone.
Progesterone levels are also affected by the xenooestrogens (the hormone that disrupts the substances that act as oestrogen in the body). Many women are strongly affected by oestrogen from the environment (in birth control pills, plastic, drinking water, etc.), which may lead to a lack of ovulation and thus reduced progesterone production.
HIGH LEVEL OF OESTROGENS
High levels of oestrogens often cause sore breasts, fluid accumulation, abnormal smear tests, weight gain around the hips and bum, cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, severe and/or painful menstrual periods, mood swings, and an irresistible urge to cry while watching the TV, migraine, rosacea or breast cancer.
LOW LEVEL OF OESTROGENS
Low levels of oestrogens make your sex drive and change your mood negatively - you feel kind of sad. Your mucous membrane become dry and fragile, which can cause pain during intercourse, your body becomes stiff and you feel old - both mentally and in your soul.
HIGH ANDROGEN LEVELS (e.g. testosterone)
High androgen levels are one of the most common causes of infertility, heavy hair on the chin, and elsewhere, as well as acne.
LOW LEVELS OF METABOLIC HORMONES
Low levels of metabolic hormones can cause symptoms such as decreased mental clarity, fatigue, weight gain, weight loss, constipation, decreased reflexes, elevated cholesterol, etc..
A hormonal imbalance is never caused by one thing alone because the hormones have such a delicate system - therefore, there are often more combinations of imbalances:
Dysregulated cortisol combined with low levels of metabolic hormones, dysregulated cortisol combined with dysregulated sex hormones (oestrogen/progesterone), low progesterone combined with high levels of androgens, etc.
As you can see, A LOT OF people have hormonal imbalances.
Most of us just think it's normal to take a painkiller when we are going to have a menstrual period. And cry while watching TV shows and shout at our boyfriend and children (aren't they just more annoying at that time of the month?)
And the first thing to do when creating a balanced hormone system again is to look at the cortisol levels and your stress tolerance.
Want to know how to balance your hormones?
Try my Mini Hormone Diet, as soon as it's available to you!
The Mini Hormone Diet is designed to help you through all the necessary steps to understand the underlying causes of the unpleasant symptoms that hormonal chaos is causing for you and how to fix them.
Many women just take most of the imbalances for granted and they think that they just have to put up with them.
That's why I’m so excited about sharing all my best advice to obtain hormonal balance with you during 3 weeks in my online Mini Hormone Diet.
Our hormones and their mutual balance means a lot to your mood, your energy levels, your weight, for your well-being and your health.
Right now I'm working on translating the Mini Hormone Diet to English as it is originally in Danish. It is based on functional medicine and evidence.
The Mini Hormone Diet is a short version of my Danish online Hormone Diet, which has helped more then 3000 women get rid of hormonal imbalances like:
- Mood swings
- Painful menstrual periods
- Hot flushed and other menopause related problems
- Problems with weight loss
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