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A woman’s delicate hormonal balance is in jeopardy with the advent of world industrialization and the modern environment. Synthetic pesticides applied to crops and live stock, xenoestrogens in petrochemicals used in plastics, organic solvents used in perfumes are but a few hormonal disruptors. Prolonged emotional and physical stress suppresses the production of progesterone which tilts the estrogen-progesteone balance in favor of estrogen. Elimination difficulty, poor liver and thyroid health, lack of appropriate nutrient and roller coaster blood sugar levels can all result in hormone imbalances.
Who it affects?
Statistics reveal that almost 80% of women suffer from some some kind of hormonal imbalance resulting in a slew of physical and mental health challenges. More than 50% of women are overweight and have a much higher incidence of menopausal symptom associated with an excess of estrogen. Endometriosis and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) are on the rise in young women causing increased rates of infertility.
Progesterone deficiency / estrogen dominance is the most common hormonal imbalance among women of all ages. Frequent symptoms include PMS, insomnia, early miscarriage, infertility, unexplained weight gain, and anxiety. Progesterone is needed to keep effects of estrogen in check. Without sufficient progesterone, estrogen wreaks havoc. The list continues with cystic and painful breasts, endometriosis and fibroids along with feeling irritated and anxious.
Women in non-industrialized cultures who’s diets are based on whole foods, are not exposed to external environmental hormonal disruptors experience few to no PMS symptoms or hormonal imbalances.
Reducing psychological stress, eating a whole food diet with proper exercise, adequate sleep, avoiding xenoestrogens and addressing any hidden stressors such as gut infections or gluten intolerance leads to improved hormonal balance.