Once we understand how hormones function and how certain foods can help regulate them, we can get them to work to our advantage. Most hormonal disorders such as endometriosis, pre-menstrual stress and polycystic ovarian syndrome result from an oestrogen dominance. Even Brest cancer has links with it. It is there fore, useful to know how to maintain our hormonal levels through an optimal diet and lifestyle.
- Take stock of your lifestyle to find out whether poor eating habits, lack of exercise, lack of sleep or stress may be affecting your hormone balance. Make a list of things you can change that will have a positive impact on your health. Pick one thing from the list and write down the steps you would need to take to make that change. Take that first step! Positive change happens one step at a time. And by the way, you don’t need to have a perfect lifestyle to take the rest of the steps to hormone balance!
Track your symptoms. Print this Hormone Imbalance Symptoms Chart to help track symptoms.
Take the Hormone Balance Test, which adds up groups of symptoms. Your results will help you find out which hormones might be out of balance and give suggestions for how to bring them back into balance.
If steps 1 and 2 don’t point to specific hormone imbalances, get a blood spot hormone level test, which will measure your hormones. It’s an easy, accurate test that involves a simple finger stick and a few drops of blood, which you do at home. Then you drop the sample into a prepaid envelope and mail it to the lab. Your results are compared against “normals,” and written suggestions are given for balancing hormones.
If you’re still not clear about how and why—or even if—your hormones are out of balance, find a health care professional to work with. Read about How to Find a Bioidentical Hormone Doctor.
If you only need progesterone cream, you can purchase it online, at your local health food store, or with a doctor’s prescription from your local compounding pharmacy. If you’re new to bioidentical hormones, read the article Natural Progesterone – An Overview or read the book Hormone Balance Made Simple. If you’d like an in-depth education about how your hormones work, read What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause.
If you need estrogen or testosterone, Find a Doctor Who Uses Bioidentical Hormones and ask for a prescription.
- If your adrenals need support (e.g. low cortisol), read the chapter on the adrenals that’s in all of Dr. John Lee and my What Your Doctor May Not Tell You… books and read some of the articles listed on the Fatigue and the Adrenals page.
Continue to keep track of your symptoms. If they persist, read Hormone Balance Made Simple, which has a series of helpful symptoms/causes lists.
If you’re taking hormones, adjust dosages and timing as needed. For example, if you’re using an estrogen cream and find that you feel bloated and have breast soreness, try reducing the dose of estrogen. If you have vaginal dryness or hot flashes, try increasing the dose a bit.
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