Are you dealing with what you suspect may be a ‘hormone imbalance’? Things like, PMS, acne, mood swings, irregular periods, intense cramps, and/or fertility struggles? Are you curious how to support balance to your hormones naturally without the use of medication or hormonal birth control? Well do I’ve got some news for you! Not only is it absolutely 100% possible to achieve hormone balance naturally, but when doing so, you’ll likely experience many improvements in other areas of your health & wellbeing as well. I say this because hormones are intimately interconnected between all body systems.
For some perspective, let me ask you this… Do you also experience digestive disturbances like bloating, indigestion, constipation, etc? How about energy lows, fatigue & brain fog? Even though these issues don’t necessarily seem related to hormone imbalances on the surface level… Deep down, they are all very connected. Please allow me to explain.
Hormones are chemical messengers that the body uses to communicate between cells. Responsible for maintaining & facilitating this internal communication is the Endocrine System. This system is made up of 10 or more organs & glands responsible for receiving & secreting hormonal messages. For context, let’s compare the Endocrine System to a great symphony orchestra. It all starts off with the Hypothalamus gland within the brain, which we can think of as the conductor to our orchestra. Its job is to understand the music & convey it through signaling certain cues to each musician. Each endocrine gland in the body is like a musician in the orchestra playing a certain instrument (or a specific hormone for comparison). When each musician is playing in tune with the others, together they create a beautiful, harmonic melody. However, if even one instrument is out of tune, or a musician goes off key from the others, it can degrade the quality of the entire performance.
Similarly, within the endocrine system, each organ/gland has a specific role to play & hormone to communicate. When their function is diminished or the hormones go out of balance, the result can send a ripple effect of dysfunction to the entire system. The major endocrine glands consist of the Hypothalamus, Pineal & Pituitary glands in the brain, as well as the Thyroid, Parathyroid, Thymus, Pancreas, Adrenals, Ovaries & Testes. So as you can imagine, if dysfunction happens to any of these endocrine organs, it can lead to complications further down the line. For a realistic example, blood sugar imbalances (ie. Hypoglycemia - low blood sugar or prediabetes) can impair the function of the pancreas (an endocrine organ that plays a role in both blood sugar balance as well as digestive function), this can send complications further down the line, interfering with communication in other areas of the body, like within the ovaries, which as a result, could potentially interfere with your menstrual health & reproductive function.
Now that we can see how interconnected the endocrine system truly is, it’s easy to accept the idea that in order to balance hormones, we need to take a look at the big picture. If you truly want to balance your hormones, you have to consider approaching it from the foundation up. What I mean by this is, consider areas of your health & wellbeing that fuel & support the entire endocrine system, not just one particular area of it.
For some examples & specific recommendations on how to support hormone balance naturally, here are 6 key tips:
There you have it, 6 tips for supporting hormone balance from a natural, holistic approach! Please keep in mind that these steps are covering just the basics. These are a few, simple ways you can support the entire endocrine system from the foundation up. However, keep in mind that more often than not, healing takes time, especially when it involves the entire hormonal symphony we talked about earlier. Fixing serious hormones imbalances can be complicated & might require you to work with a hormone expert/professional to uncover triggers & support the root of your imbalance. If you are in the market for finding a professional to help you dive deep into your hormonal situation, you can consider scheduling a free discovery call with me to see if we’re a good match to work together on your situation.
Supporting hormone balance naturally IS 100% possible. As long as you have the right information at hand & you’re able to provide your body with the tools it needs to keep the entire hormonal orchestra in harmony, you’re well on your way to naturally balancing your hormones & experiencing a truly symptom-free life.
Ashe Milkovic, NTP is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Functional Hormone Specialist focusing in the field of women's reproductive health.