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HORMONAL HEALTH

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Hormone imbalance occurs when there's a disruption in the levels of hormones circulating in the body. These chemical messengers play crucial roles in mood, growth, reproduction, and metabolism. Normally, the endocrine system regulates hormone release to maintain balance, but various factors can disrupt this equilibrium, leading to either excess or insufficient hormone production.  By learning about these fluctuations, individuals can make informed decisions and take proactive steps to support their well-being and hormonal harmony.

 

Hormonal conditions successfully addressed:

Premenstrual Syndrome  (PMS)

Uterine fibroids

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Peri-menopause/Menopause

Endometriosis/Adenomyosis

Thyroiditis

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS MAY INDICATE A HORMONAL IMBALANCE

  • Irregular menstrual cycles: Changes in the length, timing, or flow of periods can signal hormonal fluctuations.

  • Mood swings: Feeling unusually irritable, anxious, or depressed without a clear cause may indicate hormonal imbalance.

  • Weight changes: Sudden weight gain or difficulty losing weight despite efforts to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine can be linked to hormonal issues.

  • Fatigue: Persistent tiredness or low energy levels, even after getting adequate rest, might be a sign of hormonal imbalance.

  • Changes in libido: A decrease or increase in sexual desire that isn't related to relationship issues or other factors could be due to hormonal changes.

  • Skin problems: Acne, oily skin, or dryness can sometimes be linked to hormonal imbalances.

  • Hair loss or unusual hair growth: Experiencing thinning hair on the scalp or unexpected hair growth on the face or body may indicate hormonal issues.

  • Hot flashes or night sweats: Sudden feelings of intense heat, often accompanied by sweating, can be associated with hormonal changes, particularly during menopause.

  • Digestive issues: Hormonal imbalances can sometimes affect digestion, leading to symptoms like bloating, constipation, or diarrhea.

  • Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing poor-quality sleep may be linked to hormonal fluctuations.

HOW HERBAL MEDICINE CAN HELP

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Research suggests that ashwagandha may help balance cortisol levels, thereby potentially improving stress-related hormone imbalances.

  • Maca (Lepidium meyenii): Studies indicate that maca may support hormone balance by influencing the endocrine system, particularly in women experiencing menopausal symptoms.

  • Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus): Chasteberry has been shown in studies to help regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), likely through its effects on dopamine and prolactin levels.

  • Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea): Rhodiola has demonstrated adaptogenic properties, potentially aiding in hormone balance by modulating the stress response and reducing cortisol levels.

  • Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa): Research suggests that black cohosh may help alleviate menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, by influencing estrogen levels.

  • Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum): Holy basil contains compounds with adaptogenic properties that may help balance cortisol levels and reduce stress-related hormone imbalances.

HOW NUTRITION THERAPY CAN HELP

Incorporating these ingredients into your diet can contribute to hormonal health. However, individual dietary needs may vary, so consulting with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

  •     Flaxseeds: Rich in lignans and omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds help balance estrogen levels and reduce symptoms of hormonal imbalances.

  •     Cruciferous Vegetables (e.g., broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts): These vegetables contain compounds like indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, which support estrogen metabolism and hormonal balance.

  •     Turmeric: Curcumin, found in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties and may help regulate hormone levels by reducing inflammation.

  •     Seaweed (e.g., nori, kombu): Seaweed is rich in iodine, supporting thyroid function and hormonal balance.

  •     Legumes (e.g., lentils, chickpeas, beans): Legumes provide fiber and plant-based protein, stabilizing blood sugar levels and supporting hormonal balance, especially for individuals with insulin resistance.

  •     Pumpkin Seeds: High in zinc, pumpkin seeds support hormone regulation, including testosterone and estrogen levels, and may alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalances.

  • Alfalfa sprouts: These sprouts contain isoflavones, among other nutrients, and can be added to salads, sandwiches, or smoothies.

WORK WITH ME

Private consultations offer personalized and holistic approaches to health and wellness. During these sessions, clients benefit from individualized care tailored to their specific needs.

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“I had several appointments with Sofia related to menopause symptoms, and I've experienced improvements in my overall health. In her consultations, I felt informed and confident to make the changes I needed to achieve my goals. The iridology assessment was very insightful, especially the emotional part. Highly recommended.”

Lisa Keating, DUBLIN

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