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Many women are told there is no cure for hormonal conditions. However, this is a little misleading as it’s more accurate to say there are no cures within the realm of medications and conventional medicine. 

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The Root Causes of Hormone Issues:

Hormonal imbalance is a result of having too much or too little of any one hormone in the bloodstream. When one hormone is out of balance, it can create a domino effect by altering the production of other hormones. This is why there might be a variety of causes, a variety of symptoms and why conventional medicine is so ineffective at dealing with hormone issues.

So what causes them in the first place? Hormone Imbalances can occur via a number of factors but primarily through the food we eat, stress, not enough sleep, toxins in the products we use. Here are some of the key areas to be aware of:

Dysregulated blood sugar levels:

Research has shown a strong link between insulin resistance or blood sugar dysregulation and hormone imbalances in women. Insulin resistance is one of the main physiological imbalances in most, if not all PCOS, as noted by experts at the Cleveland Clinic*. It is thought that 70% of women with PCOS are insulin resistant. Continuously dysregulated blood sugar disturbs the delicate chemical shifts in a woman’s body. If you eat a lot of refined sugars or processed foods, which are so common in the modern-day diet, you will likely be experiencing big spikes and crashes in your blood sugar. This can feel like intense cravings, mood swings, and sluggish energy throughout the day, particularly first thing in the morning and after you eat a meal. 

One of the best things you can do for a hormone imbalance is remove processed food and get on a more whole food plant-based diet.

Inflammation:
Inflammation is a naturally occurring process in the body to fight foreign invaders and protect and heal itself. You’ll witness inflammation every time you cut your skin as antibodies neutralize any potential bacteria, or when you bruise yourself and the blood rushes to heal damaged cells and tissue. 

The issues come in when you consume additives, preservatives, unnatural flavorings, man-made compounds, and toxins in processed foods. This catalyzes the same inflammatory reaction in the body, as the immune system identifies them as an unnatural alien threat. When the body is living in a chronic state of inflammation, it is always under stress and cannot function optimally. Chronic inflammation has been linked to just about every chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, mental health challenges and also hormonal imbalances such as PCOS. If you feel heavy in your body on a subtle level or fatigued this could be due to inflammation.

Again, one of the very best things you can do to reduce inflammation is to move to a diet free from processed foods and adopt a more whole food plant-based diet.

Stress:

Similar to the inflammatory response, stress hormones are designed to help you. In times of danger, stress hormones increase our awareness and reflexes. They circulate blood to our extremities so we can run faster and escape.

Yet, when stress hormones are released chronically on a day-to-day basis from events like relationships or professional challenges, they can create anxiety and disrupt the rest of the body. In some cases, cortisol levels lower estrogen levels and in others, estrogen dominance can increase cortisol. Stress does not have to be presented in the form of lifestyle challenges. It can also exist in generalized overstimulation. In today’s world of loud noises, traffic jams, social media scrolling, global news, and advertising, our nervous systems are continuously activated. If you over-exercise, don’t get enough sleep, drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol, spend a lot of time on electronic devices, your body may struggle to maintain hormonal balance. When the body is in a continual state of fight-or-flight, it will restrict or shut down other non-essential functions, affecting the reproductive, menstrual, and digestive systems.

Liver health:

The liver is a filter for the blood. When it gets overrun with caffeine, alcohol, sugars, and toxins it cannot effectively process and eliminate excessive reproductive hormones. Most of the household, skincare, cosmetics, and toiletries we use every day contain toxins that must be processed out by the liver. Some of these products, as well as plastic items (for example Tupperware and drinks bottles), contain xeno-oestrogen which mimic natural estrogen and interfere with the healthy production and use of this hormone. Although it is virtually impossible to avoid all toxins, having an already overloaded liver through dietary and lifestyle choices can create or exacerbate hormonal imbalance.

Gut health:

A group of bacteria in the microbiome (the good and bad bacteria that live in the digestive tract) known as the estrobolome play the role of metabolizing and eliminating estrogen from the body. If there is an overpopulation of bad bacteria in the gut due to excessive antibiotic or NSAIDs use, poor diet, chronic stress or toxin use, hormonal disruption can occur. Poor gut health can also increase inflammation, dysregulated blood sugar, and hinder the absorption of nutrients.

In the event of constipation, hormones that are being carried out of the body via elimination also have time to be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream, adding to estrogen dominance. Gut dysbiosis can often be characterized by felt experiences such as bloating, gas, heartburn, acne, brain fog, fatigue, metabolic challenges, and elimination issues but can contribute to wider hormonal imbalances.

How We Treat Hormone Issues:

1. Advanced Testing

Every woman’s body is unique. Your doctor will use advanced testing like hormone, nutrient, and gut biome testing to give us better insight into your unique hormonal makeup.

2. Doctor-Approved Protocol + Medications

Based on your test results, one of our doctors will help create a comprehensive recovery protocol, including a diet plan, lifestyle adjustments, and more.

3. Ongoing Support & Adjustments

Your medical team holds your hand as you implement and optimize your protocol.  You’ll be given everything you need to support you, including medications (if necessary) and bi-weekly health coach support.

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