Maybe you suspect that a hormone imbalance is the underlying cause of your messy menstrual cycles, uncontrollable PMS mood swings, unexplained infertility, or unpleasant menopausal symptoms – but you feel utterly confused about what is really going on with your hormones.
You desperately want to know…
- What is out of balance?
- What has caused the imbalance in the first place?
- And what can you do to restore harmony in your body and menstrual cycles, naturally?
If this describes how you feel about your hormones, you’re not alone. Many women in our Cycle Harmony community ask me similar questions – questions I asked myself during my own healing journey.
Three Primary Causes of Hormone Imbalance
In this post, I’ll share with you a summary of my findings on the three primary causes of hormone imbalance.
Even though many things can potentially stress the delicate hormonal system, I believe the following three factors have the most profound and long-lasting effects on a woman’s reproductive health:
1. Unresolved Inner Conflicts
Based on my own personal transformation, I truly believe that inner harmony lies at the core of the healing process.
Many physical and emotional sufferings we experience stem from a disconnection between…
Who we really are:
Our values, passions and purpose in life; and
How we live our lives:
How we treat our body, mind and emotions, how we use our time and energy, how we relate to others, what we do for a living, how we manage our money, and how we contribute to the society.
Wherever and whenever there is a misalignment between who we are (or want to be) and how we conduct our lives, an inner conflict is created.
This internal conflict can manifest in our body as anxiety, tension, headache, physical disease, PMS or other menstrual disharmonies.
It may also show up outwardly as problems in our relationships, work and finances.
2. Environmental Influences
Today there’s an increasing imbalance in our eco-systems.
- The air we breathe has become polluted.
- Our water sources (rivers, lakes and oceans) are contaminated.
- Various animal species are facing extinction.
- And many of the foods we eat are genetically engineered and packed with antibiotics and animal growth hormones.
Even though the specific long-term health consequences still need to be studied and researched thoroughly in order to be conclusive, there is ample evidence that suggests a connection between environmental pollutants and the risks of cancer, autoimmunity, infertility, and other health challenges we now face.
One of these connections is between xenoestrogens and the epidemic of hormone imbalance and menstrual disharmonies seen among women, especially in the more advanced, industrialized countries.
Xenoestrogens are foreign estrogens – various chemical compounds present in livestock, manufactured items, or agrochemical/industrial wastes.
When entering into the human body, they imitate natural estrogens and disrupt the normal functions of the hormonal systems.
Check out my post on the top 10 xenoestrogens to avoid.
3. An Imbalanced Health Constitution
Health constitution is defined as the general physical and mental health of an individual.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I often mention that optimal health represents a state of yin and yang balance.
People with a balanced yin and yang tend to enjoy good energy, stable mood, and smooth menstrual cycles. They hardly get sick and are generally blessed with good health into old age.
Due to our genetic makeup, we may or may not be endowed with the “perfect” yin and yang balance (a strong, healthy and balanced constitution) when we were born.
And with the influences of lifestyle and environmental factors, yin and yang can be further out of balance at various phases of our life cycles.
Based on Chinese medicine, there are four primary types of imbalances that underline various disharmonies and dysfunctions in a woman’s reproductive health. Find out which menstrual health type best describes you.
There is no shortcut in hormone balancing. When you experience signs of imbalance, you need to accurately identify the causes, and make the necessary changes to correct the errors in your thinking and behaviors.
You’ll also need to cultivate more constructive mental and emotional habits and realign your life and relationships with who you are (and want to become).
So, begin your journey now. With each small step you take, you’ll move one step closer to your ideal – to health, peace and harmony.
Chasteberry (proven to help treat low progesterone and regulate menstrual cycles in more than 60 years of clinical research, including 5 randomized trials)
Vitamin B6 (one of the best vitamins to boost progesterone)
Progesterone Cream (bio-identical hormonal support)
Reduce Estrogen Dominance
Liver Cleanse Detox and Repair Formula (support liver functions)
Dim Plus (improve estrogen metabolism)
Support Adrenal and Thyroid Functions
Adrenal Health Daily Support (promote overall hormone balance)
Thyroid Support Complex (support energy and metabolism)
Once Daily Organic Whole Food Vitamin Supplement (provide essential nutrients for health and hormone balance)
Liquid Iron (support healthy blood)
The Hormone Cure, by Dr. Sara Gottfried
Cooking for Hormone Balance, by Magdalena Wszelaki