Can you remember back to your teen years or perhaps there are teenagers present where you live now? If you can relate to either of these scenarios, you are aware of the effects of hormonal imbalance on the body. It is incredible that the increase in hormones that occurs in puberty results in changing body parts, voices and emotions. The decrease in hormones in our forties and fifties also impacts our bodies with sleep disruption, weight gain, hot flashes and memory loss.
Women have experienced menopause for years, so why is this natural transition being treated as an illness? Why are symptoms magnified? Lastly, what can we do to naturally restore hormonal balance?
Medicating hormonal imbalance treats symptoms and does not allow for the discovery of the root cause of the imbalance. Pharmaceutical pimps promise relief of unpleasant symptoms through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), but not without harmful side effects.
Stress and poor diet exacerbate menopausal symptoms. Excess cortisol created when we are under physical, emotional or mental stress further contributes to hormonal imbalance. Insulin resistance sets the stage for diseases such as inflammatory disorders, diabetes and high blood pressure. I know that for myself that I can no longer digest sugar the way that I used to.
So what can be done to navigate this hormonal roller coaster in order to help our bodies return to balance? Dr. Natasha Turner, ND tackles the question in her book, “The Hormone Diet”. However, the book isn’t so much another diet as much as it is a lifestyle transformation.
Dr. Turner recommends a 3-step plan to help you find your way back to balance:
- Decrease inflammation through a two-week detoxification diet
- Replenish your body and rebuild digestive health
- Restore strength.
A detailed questionnaire provided in the book, allows you to create a profile that details your specific hormonal imbalances. By methodically, restoring balance to each area, you replenish your body and restore strength.
I have to throw out the manual that came with my body and write a new one that addresses the changes in hormones. Thanks Dr. Turner for the helping hand.