Small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on hormonal balanceI gave a talk on evidence-based ways to balance hormones last weekend and thought I’d share them with you in the coming weeks. Did you know…

  • More than 75% of women suffer with symptoms of PMS, perimenopause and menopause
  • Many women find their PMS symptoms worsen as they get older
  • Many women who experience bad PMS or whose PMS symptoms started early experience a worse perimenopause (yikes, double whammy!)

Fortunately, increasing numbers of health professionals understand that women shouldn’t have to just put up with these symptoms – and that hormones can be balanced, often using a natural approach.

The first step is to try small lifestyle changes – they can make a BIG difference! But if they don’t give you relief there are many really effective herbs, supplements and nutrients that can help. Unfortunately, even this might not be enough for some women; if that’s you, you might want to consider hormone replacement therapy (especially bioidentical hormones, but more on that in another newsletter).

What’s going on with these hormones anyway?
Basically, we’re very sensitive to changing hormone levels in our body. During perimenopause and menopause (and before a period) our hormone levels, especially estrogen and progesterone, fluctuate wildly.

Drops in estrogen also seem to affect production of mood-boosting brain chemicals (hello mood swings, depression, irritability etc).

Sugar, caffeine, refined carbohydrates and processed foods, dairy, alcohol, stress and lack of exercise are some of the main offenders when it comes to hormonal imbalances. We’re also surrounded by estrogen-like toxins and hormone disruptors from pesticides, plastics and pollution.

What can we do?
Cleaning up your diet, getting more exercise, managing stress and getting good sleep can all help!  Next week we’ll look at some evidence-based dietary changes that can help balance hormones.