Hormone Balance : Hormones make your world more colorful

Our bodies are so complex and hormones affect so many different functions, having a huge impact on our overall sense of wellbeing. Hormonal imbalance can occur at any age and can show up as anxiety and depression, lack of concentration, PMS, period problems, skin issues, lack of libido, infertility, hot flashes, insomnia etc. 

Balancing hormones naturally needs a multi-pronged, holistic approach with the understanding that each person is bio-individual and has specific needs. It is so important to consider the person’s lifestyle, age, diet, health history, and physical and emotional stress load. Several organs need to be functioning well in order for the cascade of hormone events to occur including optimization of gut health, liver health, blood sugar, and adrenal health.

Very often, dietary changes with gut support and detoxification make a huge difference. If someone requires deeper hormonal support, testing and targeted supplementation may be needed. Adrenal testing (cortisol/DHEA) and sex hormone testing (estrogen/progesterone/DHEA/testosterone/FSH/LH) are important for assessing the health of a woman’s hormones. 

Signs of hormone imbalance:

  • Fatigue
  • Energy fluctuations
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unexplainable weight gain
  • PMS & painful periods
  • Low libido & Infertility
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Anxiety & feeling overly stressed
  • Mood swings
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Chronic immune challenges

 

What you can do about it:

  • Eat a low carb, high protein diet
  • Include healthy fats at every meal
  • Consume less caffeine & alcohol
  • Test & remove food sensitivities
  • Heal your gut
  • Detoxify
  • Support your liver pathways
  • Support your mitochondria
  • Lower stress in your life
  • Practice meditation
  • Test & support your hormones

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Shannon South, FNTP

Shannon South, FNTP

Shannon South is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in fertility and hormones. She gave birth to her one and only child at age 43, after a long struggle with infertility. She and her beautiful family live in Brooklyn, NY.