This post answers a question regarding imbalances in women’s hormones. The question “Can you advise me of a way to balance out hormones (in women) with homeopathic medicine?” is one that has an impact on the lives of many women. There are additional links to resources to learn more about imbalances in women’s hormones below.
I am trying to conceive and only have a period every 3-4 months. We conceived our first naturally after no period for 3 months- so I have faith I will conceive again. I have had routine blood work and an ultrasound, which were clear. I know that I am having a hormone imbalance due to symptoms I am having. My question is: is there anything natural I can take to help regulate my hormones?
By the way- I am about 15 pounds overweight and have committed to diet and exercise because I know that helps. I am just exploring my options.
Thanks for your input!
When you look at the health and well-being of a woman their hormone levels have a much greater impact than most people realize. Hormones can destroy a woman’s health even if all other things, i.e. diet, exercise etc., are at maximum levels. Conversely when hormone levels are optimized then other things can have a better impact in terms of improving a woman’s health.
So Exactly What Are These Hormones?
To answer the question hormones are simply the messenger used by the body to deliver necessary messages. Hormones are chemicals. The bloodstream is the highway used by hormones to travel around the body. Hormones impact many functions including:
The growth and development of the body
The metabolism or how your body processes energy from the foods you eat
How the body reacts and functions sexually
The reproductive functions of the body
Hormones are produced in the endocrine glands. There are several major endocrine glands in the human body. They are:
The Pituitary Gland – The pituitary gland is located inside the center of your skull and rests behind the bridge of your nose. The pituitary gland is about the same size as a pea. The pituitary gland works to link the nervous and endocrine systems. The pituitary gland releases hormones which impact growth, metabolism, sexual development, and the ability to reproduce.
The Pineal Gland – The pineal gland is a small gland that is shaped like a pine cone which is located between your cerebral hemispheres and is attached to the third ventricle. The pineal gland connects your nervous as well as the endocrine systems. The pineal gland impacts the secretion of melatonin which causes sleepiness, the regulation of the functions of the endocrine system, conversion of signals from the nervous system to signals for the endocrine system and sexual development.
The Thymus Gland – The thymus gland is a lymphoid gland that is pyramid-shaped. The thymus gland is located immediately under the breastbone at the same level as the heart. The thymus gland is most important prior to puberty after which it begins to shrink. The thymus is important in the development of the immune system.
The functions of the thymus that have so far been observed relate chiefly to the newborn. Removal of the organ in the adult has little effect, but when the thymus is removed in the newborn, T cells in the blood and lymphoid tissue are depleted, and failure of the immune system causes a gradual, fatal wasting disease. The animal whose thymus has been removed at birth is less able to reject foreign-tissue grafts or to make antibodies to certain antigens. Moreover, certain parts of the white pulp of the spleen and lymph nodes are much reduced in size. These results demonstrate that the T cells produced in the thymus and transported to the lymphoid tissues are crucial elements in the development of immunity.
The Thyroid Gland – The thyroid gland resides in the front of the neck. It is below your larynx or voice box and is a 2 inch gland that is made up of 2 lobes on either side of the windpipe. The thyroid uses iodine to produce hormones and regulates these functions:
Keeping calcium in balance
Helps the tissues of the body to produce proteins
Regulates the amount of oxygen used by the cells.
The Adrenal Glands – The adrenal gland is actually a small pair of organs. One adrenal gland is located on the top of each of your kidneys. To illustrate now important these glands are if they are removed a person would not live long without medication. The adrenal glands produce cortisol which can regulate things like weight gain in the waist area, sleep, feelings of fatigue, elevated blood sugar, irregular menstrual cycles, feeling of thirst, high blood pressure and ability to fight infections. Stress can lead to overactive adrenal glands which can cause them to become to fatigued to operate properly.
The Pancreas – The pancreas is a gland that is oblong and flattened in shape. The location of the pancreas is deep inside the abdomen between the stomach and your spine. The pancreas plays a key part in digestion and maintaining proper levels of sugar in the blood
The Ovaries – Your ovaries are glands that are a part of your reproductive system. You have two of them and they are about 4 cm long and sit on either side of your womb against the wall of your pelvis. The ovaries are held in their location by ligaments which attach them to your womb. The ovaries produce eggs and oestrogen and progesterone which are reproductive hormones.
So what can you do to boast the production of hormones by your body? Here is a list of the simplest things that you can do on your own.
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #1: Avoid High Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fats
Avoid fats such as:
Any chemically altered fats.
Eat fats like:
Olive oil avoid heating it
Animal fats such as tallow and lard
High Omega-3 fish.
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #2. Limit Your Caffeine
Reduce your coffee consumption instead drink herbal tea. Add a tbsp of coconut oil to your coffee for added benefit
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #3. Stay Away From Toxins
Cook using glass or other non-coated cookware. No non-stick or teflon pans. Don’t store or heat food in plastics. Eat organic foods that have not been processed or treated with pesticides.
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #4. Get Plenty Of SLEEP
Sleep allows your body to regenerate and to help keep hormone levels at their optimum levels.
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #5. Use Supplements In A Wise Manner
While you should get all the vitamins you need from food, getting the proper amount of sun, exercise and keeping your stress levels low this is probably not the case. This is where supplements can help. Here are some supplements that can help in the area of keeping hormone levels balanced.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #6. Use Light Exercise
Take advantage of exercises that will help you relax like walking or maybe swimming. Stay away from extended runs, cardio, and exercise videos when you are initially out of balance.
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #7. Lifting Heavy Weights
This is different from extended cardio which can be bad for you. Using short bursts of heavy weight lifting can help. Using things like kettle bells, deadlifts, squats, lunges will trigger an avalanche hormone which can be beneficial. Your target should be just a few sets, between five to seven, using a weight that is a challenge. Make sure and use proper form to avoid injury.
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #8. Add Coconut Oil To Your Diet
Coconut Oil can have a very positive impact on your hormone levels. As little as one quarter cup per day can do the job.
The Top 9 Things You Can Do To Avoid Imbalances In Your Hormone Levels #9. Repair Your Leptin
Leptin is what is known as a master hormone. This will help you be in balance in other areas.