Balance Your Hormones Naturally
Are you frequently exhausted and irritable? Do you have trouble multi-tasking or remembering things and feel like your brain is in a fog? What about difficulty sleeping, low libido, painful cycle, or trouble losing weight? These are just some of the symptoms of hormone imbalance, which is becoming more and more prevalent and problematic.
Why do we have more hormone issues than our parents or grandparents?
A recent study detected 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies. Of those 287 chemicals, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. So we are starting out more toxic than past generations.
Most of this can be attributed to changes in our environment and lifestyle choices. Think about it. The industrialization of our food supply made food more readily available, but it also made it nutritionally inferior meaning it's difficult for us to get adequate vitamins and minerals from just eating well - and many of us aren't eating well to begin with. Our food just isn't as nutritious as it once was. On top of that. Our world is becoming more and more toxic. From pesticides and synthetic hormones used in our food system to ingredients in our cosmetics and personal care products, our bodies are being inundated with toxins, the bulk of which are known hormone disruptors.
Why is this significant?
From birth to death, almost every cell in our body is impacted in some way by hormones. It effects growth and development, metabolism, homeostasis, sexual function and reproduction, skin and bone health, mood and cardiovascular health. Today, hormone disruption is starting very young and setting the stage for what we experience later. The average age for puberty used to be early to mid-teens. Today, we have children reaching sexual maturity as young as 8 or 9. This is the heavy influence of synthetic hormones.
Synthetic hormones, otherwise known as zeno estrogens, are any estrogen not produced naturally by our body. This is the type of estrogen causing most of the problems and there is a lot of misinformation surrounding it. Zeno estrogens are found in cosmetics, dairy products, plastics, processed foods, and pesticides. They interact with our body and send false messages interfering with normal hormone activity. This is a major health concern for us as a society and it is one of the main reasons we are seeing early puberty, hormone imbalances, and a significant increase in thyroid disorders and Hoshimotos.
What can we do to stop the hormone disruption and find balance naturally?
More than anything else, hormonal balance is about lifestyle choices. Good nutrition, good sleep habits and stress management are critical and can't be left out of the discussion. The first and most important thing you can do is work to reduce the number of synthetic toxins you are taking into your body. Specifically, you should:
Choose organic and non-GMO whenever possible and as often as possible.
Eat a diet rich in produce and dark leafy greens.
Drink plenty of filtered water.
Know what's going on your body and in your body. Research your soaps, lotions and cosmetics. The EWG has a great database that will rate most of your products and help you find safer alternatives.
Make sleep a priority. Get 7-8 hours a night whenever possible.
I know what you're thinking. Easier said than done. You don't have to overhaul your entire lifestyle overnight. Start making conscious choices and working toward your health goals daily.
I recommend 4 daily products for support.
1. The LLV Pack (high quality vitamin supplement) - The impact of good nutrition on hormones is critical. Vitamins and minerals change the way we metabolize estrogen to produce more of the good kind and less of the bad. Everything in the body is driven by nutrition. Without the right fortification, our body can't deal with any of the issues we've discussed. We can't ignore nutrition. When our nutrition is good everything else we do becomes stronger and more effective. The Life Long Vitality Pack is a great support resource for fortifying our bodies with the nutrition foundation they need. It includes:
Alpha CRS - The ingredients in Alpha CRS+ have been show to support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan, mitochondrial energy production and to support healthy cellular inflammatory response. The primary benefits include supporting healthy cell proliferation and lifespan by reducing oxidative stress to DNA and other critical cell structures; supporting healthy inflammatory response to oxidative stress in cells; supporting cellular energy by supporting healthy mitochondria and by supplying metabolic factors of energy production; supporting healthy cellular immune function, mental clarity and brain function.
xEO Mega - The lipids and essential oils in xEO Mega are presented in a nanosomal lipid assimilation system that supports nutrient absorption in the intestinal tract. Primary benefits include promoting cardiovascular health by reducing oxidative stress and mediating healthy cellular response to inflammatory markers; supporting healthy joint function and comfort; providing important modulating nutrients for healthy immune function; protecting against lipid oxidation and supporting healthy function of the brain; promoting healthy skin; delivering 1,000 mg of pure, concentrated molecularly-filtered fish oil with 340 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA per daily serving. Microplex vMZ is encapsulated using vegetable capsules, does not contain wheat or dairy products and does not include any animal products or synthetic ingredients.
Microplex VMz - An all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are often deficient in our modern diets. While it is abundantly clear that diets in the United States and in many developed countries include adequate and even an overabundance of calories (the incidence of obesity continues to rise at an alarming rate around the globe), a growing body of evidence shows that even as we eat more, we are obtaining less of the essential nutrients vital for optimal health. Primary benefits include providing 22 essential vitamins and minerals to support normal growth, function and maintenance of cells; fighting free radicals with the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; supporting healthy metabolism and cellular energy; supporting bone health with calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D; supporting healthy immune function; supporting healthy digestion; providing systemic benefits of vitality and wellness associated with optima intake of essential nutrients; the dōTERRA Tummy Tamer digestive blend of Peppermint, Ginger and Caraway to calm the stomach for those who may have experienced stomach upset with other vitamin and mineral products.
2. Frankincense - is known to promote cellular health and immunity and can be consumed daily for these internal benefits. It also promotes a healthy inflammatory response and acts as an overall tonic to the body's systems, helping them function optimally. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.
3. Lemon essential oil - The top selling dōTERRA essential oil, has a high limonene content making it a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals.Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits, can soothe an irritated throat, Due to its high limonene, and supports healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been show to improve mood and cognitive ability.
4. Phytoestrogen - Beginning as a young adult, almost every function of a woman's body is controlled by hormones. A balance of normal hormone levels will influence a woman's good health emotional well-being from her early teens to her transition through menopause. dōTERRA's Women Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is a blend of standardized plant phytoestrogens that support hormone balance gently and naturally. It also includes concentrated flax seed lignans to help manage the potentially harmful by-products of estrogen metabolism.
To manage monthly symptoms and discomfort, consider Clary Calm. This monthly essential is a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that have been traditionally used to balance hormones and manage symptoms of PMS and the transitional phases of menopause. Clary Calm is a topical blend that provides temporary respite from cramps, nausea, hot flashes, and the emotional swings which are sometimes associated with regular hormone cycles in women.
Balancing hormones and managing harmful metabolites isn't just about feeling better. It can also help support healthy bones, heart, breast tissue and other body structures and functions as you age and reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with PMS and the transition through menopause. Again, the key ingredients here are eating a healthy diet rich in phytoestrogens and other essential nutrients, exercising, managing weight and getting adequate sleep.
If you are struggling to balance your hormones I can help. Let's chat. Email me to schedule a free wellness consult and learn how you can get a month's worth of the Life Long Vitality pack FREE.