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In this video, Dr. Huntoon talks about the 4 Causes of All Health Concerns including Hormonal Imbalances.
If you currently suffer with hormonal imbalances and your doctor just wants to keep you on artificial hormones, which can create bigger health concerns in the future, have a consultation with Dr. Huntoon.
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Causes Of Hormonal Imbalance In Women
Several young women today, some in their thirties and some even younger, have started to experience the early onset of hormone imbalance symptoms and their associated disorders. This should not be happening and there are various reasons for this new “medical” condition.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women
Some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalances are depression, extreme fatigue and weariness, allergies, endometriosis, hair loss and probable facial hair growth, PMS, osteoporosis among others. Unfortunately, if the symptoms are ignored in the initial stages, then they can grow worse as time goes by.
The symptoms of hormone imbalance may be caused by a multitude of reasons, but the bottom line is that there is an incorrect relationship between progesterone and estrogen levels in the woman’s body.
These are the two hormones that must coexist peacefully in a perfect balance, and any variations and changes in this perfect balance will start to have a dramatic effect on the woman’s health, thereby causing the above mentioned symptoms.
What influences female hormones?
The amount of these hormones produced in a woman’s body can vary from one month to the next, because they are dependent on factors such as stress, nutrition or lack of it, too much exercise, being overweight, ovulation time or the use of birth control using artificial hormones.
Ovulation as a decisive factor in hormonal balance
Normal ovulation occurs every month from the beginning of puberty (age 9 to 15) through menopause when this stops. Menopause onset differs for women and may begin in as early as the late 30’s all the way through the early 50’s. The wide variation of time is a strong indicator of what has happened to women related to their hormone balance and the artificial regulation of it through birth control.
When there is no ovulation, the production of progesterone from the ovaries does not happen, and as a direct result, the healthy accepted levels of progesterone start to decline. Making sure your Adrenal Glands are strong and healthy allows for a smooth transition when moving into menopause. When your adrenal glands are depleted due to chronic stress, symptoms of menopause will begin to occur. These include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido.
Random causes for female hormonal imbalance
Contraceptive pill revolution
The 1960’s Pill was made out of synthetic estrogen, and although it was declared as safe by the FDA, the fact that several women died while taking it was not taken into account. In addition to several other symptoms, the Pill caused lower progesterone levels, causing hormone imbalance in these unfortunate women.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Using hormone replacement therapy or HRT means using a combination of synthetic progestin and estrogen, and the usage of these pills causes a hormonal imbalance in women. As with any medication, becoming aware of all the potential side-effects and complications is important. Discussing this fully with your medical doctor or pharmacist is prudent.
Lifestyle related factors
Stress, drastic diets, extreme workout or important changes in the everyday routine can become reasons for hormonal balance in women. You have to remember that your body needs time to adjust to any change you assume for yourself and it must do that on a hormonal level too.
External factors causing female hormone imbalance
Living in highly polluted areas
Consuming genetically modified food
Using cosmetics with high chemical content
Alcohol and smoking
Drugs and some over the counter medication administered incorrectly
Hormonal Imbalance Treatment
n many cases the hormonal imbalance treatment is a lot simpler than women think. There are several methods which are becoming popular simply because they do not involve taking artificial, unnatural hormones or medication based approach, so make sure you check them out if you are suffering from female hormonal imbalance. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor can help you develop a plan for restoring balance to your hormones when taking HRT or other synthetic solutions is not your choice. Be sure to discuss your options with your Medical Doctor or your Pharmacist to understand the potential for side-effects and or other complications before starting any medication that involves your hormones. Many times by beginning to take artificial hormones, proper regulation of your hormonal system is now lost and the medication becomes a permanent treatment. Restoring balance after artificial hormonal treatment becomes a more difficult road back to health.
Lifestyle changes as hormonal imbalance treatment
Diet changes and a different approach to everyday life can help with hormonal imbalance. Make sure you drink enough fluids, consume food that is organic or as natural as possible, and eliminate caffeine and alcohol from your life. Completely Refined And Processed (CRAP) food with all its artificial additives and ingredients is what will be sure to create a hormonal imbalance.
You may think that this hormonal imbalance treatment looks very similar to a detoxifying routine and you would not be wrong to think so. Still if you associate these lifestyle changes with restoring balance to your emotional world, keeping your eye on your goal and how your life will improve is important. Intake of oils rich in Omega 3 and 6 will help create the basis for developing hormones in a balanced way. Stress relief while supporting your adrenal glands through whole food supplementation will go a long way towards that end.
Studies have shown that women suffering from hormonal imbalance had very good results post vitamin B, C and D treatment especially when this treatment was associated with positive dietary changes and exercising. Working with your Holistic Chiropractor to develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to balancing your nutrition and hormone production will enable you to achieve this.
Hormonal Imbalances vary from person to person and there is no one size fits all. Unfortunately, evaluating the specific hormonal imbalance may be challenging. Your medical doctor should run a hormonal panel specific to your reproductive system, your adrenal system and your thyroid. It may include a pancreatic profile as well if you have weight management issues. Many Endocrinologists and/or Gynechologists do not choose to order whole panels if they figure they will just put you on artificial hormones anyway. It would be important for you to ask for the complete hormonal work-up to understand what your hormones are doing so appropriate medications can be prescribed. Quickly reaching for the "standard" hormone prescription without a proper work-up simply because you are in the age of these concerns, should be a red flag and you may choose to find a different practitioner who will listen and work with you to understand your problem.
Medicines Two Choices for You
Alternative treatment for Hormonal imbalance
Alternative medicine has an extended history in treating hormonal imbalance in women. Your Holistic Chiropractor uses a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to supporting all the underlying imbalances within your body in an effort to eliminate the cause of your hormonal issues and allow you to lead a balanced life. The use of phytoestrogen herbs along with whole food nutritional supplements and specific chiropractic treatments designed to enhance hormonal balance is warranted. The use of massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture and visualization can also help alleviating the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
You must keep in mind that the Holistic Chiropractic approach to hormonal imbalance is meant to restore the hormonal equilibrium inside the female body by working with the endocrine system, including the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. This is why this treatment must be supervised by a specialist who has experience in dealing with these complex health issues. Making sure you have your questions answered is prudent before starting any form of care related to your hormones. Using food-based products found in Whole Food Supplements is the basis for any program aimed at restoring balance to your hormonal system.
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