Hormones perform a very delicate dance and its very easy for them to become unbalanced. There are over 100 of these pesky dancers in your body and they control your weight, metabolism, sleep, mood, brain function, your monthly cycle to name just a few of their functions.
They have the capacity to send you on an emotional and physical roller coaster!
There are four main hormones that I focus on to help restore balance:
Cortisol, Thyroid, Oestrogen and Insulin.
Some signs that your hormones may be out of balance
Cortisol is your stress hormone.
Some symptoms associated with variable cortisol levels include; low mood, feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, anxiety, cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, low immune system, PMS and infertility.
Thyroid is your metabolism regulator.
Common symptoms linked to low thyroid levels are; weight gain, exhausted, mood swings, anxiety, low sex drive, feeling cold, and bloating.
Symptoms linked to high levels of thyroid hormone are; weight loss, bulging eyes, family history, anxiety, panic attacks, racing heart and palpitations.
Oestrogen and Progesterone are your sex hormones.
Symptoms may occur when levels are too high or low; tired, forgetful, PMS, joint pain, poor sleep, hot flushes, night sweats, irritable, anxious.
Insulin helps regulate your blood sugar levels, but is also your fat storing hormone.
Symptoms associated with this hormone are; High waist to hip ration, early hours insomnia, PMS, headaches, dizziness, irritability, afternoon fatigue, cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.
How I can Help
Many symptoms linked to hormonal imbalance often overlap, therefore a thorough initial health consultation is required, where we will discuss in detail, current symptoms, diet and lifestyle.
Together we devise a simple easy nutrition and lifestyle plan that can be adapted into your life without too much inconvenience. Hormone Testing is also available to achieve a better understanding of which hormones are fluctuating the most.
Women from the age of 35 can start to experience Peri-menopause - some ladies cruise through with no problems yet a majority will suffer with symptoms such as hot flushes, low libido, brain fog, mood swings, sleep problems, night sweats, weight gain and fatigue.
Preparing your body for the menopause with a hormone friendly diet and specific lifestyle changes now, may help ease the transition.