Statistics reveal that almost 80% of women suffer from some kind of hormonal imbalance resulting in a slew of physical and mental health challenges.
But what comes to mind when we think of hormones?
Menopause? Pregnancy? ‘That’ time of the month?
The truth is, our hormones contribute continually to numerous functions in the body, including heart rate, body temperature, blood quality, respiration, and bone health. It is simply too difficult to separate a hormones from overall physical health.
But hormones do more than just keep our bodies fully functional. They are our internal GPS. They help us tap into our very best self-confident, centered, radiating good health, in alignment with our authentic being.
There is no secret to tapping into this inner goddess. All we need to do is sync up our hormonal blueprint and let it guide the way.
When our hormones are out of whack, everything is affected. Symptoms range from acne, dandruff, headaches, cramps, exhaustion, digestive problems, irregular or painful periods, weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, low libido, inexplicable food cravings to mood swings and irritability and depression.
And most importantly, we lose touch with our natural wisdom, intuition and sense of self.
So what causes hormonal imbalances?
1. Internal imbalance.
Problems with elimination, poor liver and thyroid health, lack of appropriate nutrients and roller coaster blood sugar levels all can result in hormonal imbalances. Digestive health tops the list followed closely by erratic blood sugar levels. When we understand our body’s requirements, we can meet them and maintain hormonal balance.
2. External toxicity.
Hormones in meat and dairy, pesticides in food, chemicals in cosmetic products, toxic household cleaning products, disinfectants, dry cleaning fluids, BPAs and PCBs, lead in paints and other dirt in our air and water affect our hormonal health significantly. It’s always a good idea to use safe, chemical-free household cleaning and cosmetic products. Herbs like cilantro and parsley are great for getting rid of heavy metals and other toxins in the body.
Stress triggers a specific set of hormones that wreck havoc on our body’s delicate infrastructure. In even a mildly stressful situation, the brain will tap into our progesterone reserve to counteract the building anxiety. Most stress today is caused by non-life threatening situations and yet we constantly fall victim to this enormous hormone disruptor.
4. Rejecting our femininity.
A majority of women learn early in life to hate their bodies and period. As a result, the gap between who we are and who we think need to be widens. The truth is our cycle offers a perfectly systematic blueprint that can guide you towards a healthy, productive, creative lifestyle. Isn’t it time to friend, heal, nurture and celebrate every aspect of our femininity?
What would be possible for us and the planet if we lived a life of vitality, freedom and happiness?
How do you feel about your hormones?
Which of these four is contributing to an imbalance in your body and mind right now?
Bonus! What is oil pulling and does it work?
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Assistant Ed: Zenna James/Ed: Bryonie Wise
Photo: Celeste Evans Johnston