Hormone changes don’t happen overnight. The perimenopause transition can last more than 10 years although the average age to reach the menopause is 51. While aging is associated with hormone related symptoms, there are some chronic hormone driven conditions that can occur at any age (PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids).
Common Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
- Hot flashes
- Stubborn weight gain especially around the waistline
- Mood swings
- Brain Fog
And many more…
While there are many different hormones, these are four main hormones women like to focus on to address imbalances in our body:
- Cortisol: stress hormone
- Insulin: fat storing hormone
- Thyroid: metabolism hormone
- Estrogen:sex hormone
These hormones work together in a complex system and are affected by other hormones out of balance. Chronic stress, for example, can slow down our thyroid function, raise blood sugar, store fat, and suppress sex hormones.
If hormone imbalances are not addressed, this can lead to more serious chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, dementia, osteoporosis, and cancer.
Rebalance Hormones through Proactive Adjustments
We can address hormone imbalances through proactive lifestyle changes. A key to achieving hormone balance and optimal health is focusing on nutrient-dense whole foods. See the health benefits of the top ten food groups and easy recipes you can try here. If you suspect a food allergy or intolerance, consult your doctor or dietitian before making adjustments to your diet and lifestyle.
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