80% of American women experience hormonal imbalance.
I even felt like that was a shocking statistic! What’s even more shocking is that many women don’t even know it – they haven’t realized that whatever symptoms they are having are actually related to hormonal imbalance!
Signs of hormonal imbalance:
- insomnia, difficulty sleeping
- mood swings
- heavy periods
- irregular periods
- low libido
- chronic acne
- chronic fatigue
- fertility issues
As a woman who has personally suffered from hormonal imbalance, I can tell you it is NOT fun. The term “hot mess express” has become a cutesy phrase many women use today to laugh at their chaotic lives…but it’s really not funny, because these women (myself included) are actually suffering. Yet they are just slapping a “mantra” on it and moving along not making any changes.
Then at some point many of these women have experience burnout and unfortunately many will begin taking artificial hormones, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, etc. All of this is in an effort to feel better, when really what needs to happen is correcting the hormonal imbalance.
Now a quick caveat here: I am in no way shaming women for taking these medications, often they are useful and necessary. My hope though, is to give you some natural tools to help work on the hormonal imbalance that is the underlying cause so that eventually your body won’t need or will need less medications. Because these medications can have unwanted side effects that many women wish to avoid.
So what is causing this hormonal imbalance in the first place?
Two things mainly, toxins and stress. There is a lot to unpack here, so I’m going to focus on toxins. If you want to learn more I cover all of this in more depth in my Manage your Monthly Cycle Master Class, which you can watch for free.
How do toxins create hormonal imbalance?
The united states is frankly terrible at regulating the chemicals in our food and our products. There are thousands of toxic chemicals in our products in the USA that are band in Europe. The reason they are so harmful is that many of them are what is called an endocrine disruptor.
“Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects[…] ” (source)
Endocrine disruptive can…
- Mimic natural hormones causing overstimulation.
- Bind to the hormones receptor sites, blocking your natural hormones from working.
- Block how, or where, hormones and their receptors are made in the body, causing an effective hormone deficit.
None of this is good! And these are in EVERYTHING from makeup to hand soap, to hair products to plastic itself. They are everywhere. And they are wreaking havoc in their wake.
So what can we do about it?? Well, it might seem impossible, but simply eliminating the source and limiting the exposure to these toxins is a powerful step. When we remove these toxins from our environment and therefore our bodies, it allows our body to begin to function normally again.
Luckily there are many clean options to these toxic products, so women can make healthy swaps to improve their hormonal imbalance. And I know women personally who have seen miraculous improvement in their hormones just from ditching the toxic products they were using.
Best ways to eliminate toxins:
- get rid of tampons and pads and use diva cup or organic pads or organic tampons instead
- get rid of commercial cosmetics and personal care products
- eat a clean diet (grass fed meats, eggs, dairy, lots of leafy greens)
- use an organic mattress
- get rid of commercial household cleaners
- use a water filter like Berkey to eliminate the toxins in the water you drink
- keep plants in your home to filter the air
- use quality essential oils instead of air fresheners or plug ins
- use quality essential oils instead of perfumes
- switch plastic food storage for glass
I know that this list might seem intimidating. But I want to encourage you to make small changes one and time until you’ve completed the list. Start with the stuff that’s easiest for you – maybe swapping out your household cleaners, or getting a water filter.
If you’re really committed to seeing improvements in your hormones, I would encourage you to start with the tampons and pads. There are a lot of organic options now, and that will make a huge difference for you. Sadly tampons and pads are FULL of nasty stuff that is doing damage to your hormones and your body. I can tell you that when I made the switch to a Diva Cup years ago, I felt an incredible difference. I can’t recommend this single step highly enough.
We’re just scratching surface.
There is SO much more to unpack about hormonal imbalance. So much more I want to share with you to help you heal your hormones and take back your life. But it’s just too much for one blog post. So I’ve created a free Master Class called, “Manage your Monthly Cycle“, where I dive deep into this topic and give you practical solutions you can begin TODAY to have an impact on your hormone health. Click HERE to watch!