PMS, Hormones and Osteoporosis
To PMS or Not to PMS
FOOD plays a key role in the balance of hormones for both male and female. The quality of the food we eat relates to the quality of the hormones the body will make in the right quantities. But this is only part of the puzzle when trying to balance hormones for a healthy, happy, fertile life.
Oestrogen and Progesterone are the two major female hormones that have the power to make us feel beautiful, powerful and sexy or they can turn our world upside down and leave us feeling powerless, confused, frumpy, fat, unmotivated, angry and even crazy. Unfortunately, many women have their lives governed by hormonal disturbances – some minor, others affecting their whole life.
In a normal female cycle, oestrogen is high in the first half of the female cycle while progesterone levels increase in the second half. Oestrogen dominance is a term coined by Dr John Lee in his first book on natural progesterone. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive oestrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low oestrogen levels can have oestrogen dominance symptoms if she doesn't have any progesterone.
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Following is a list of some symptoms that occur as a result of hormonal imbalances:
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Hot flushes, menses, mood swings, irregular and painful menstrual cycle, loss of mental focus, depression, sore breasts, fluid retention, loss of libido, fibroidcystic breasts (breast lumps), cyclic migraines, loss of skin tone, vaginal dryness, infertility, weight gain and resistant obesity, insulin resistance, low blood sugar, carbohydrate cravings (sweets, cakes, chocolate, pastries, bread, cereals), emotional outbursts (crying, anger, frustration), loss of bone density, PMS, PMT, endometriosis, oestrogen dominance and polycystic ovaries.
Men are also affected by their hormones, probably not as dramatically as females but, nonetheless, there are important disruptions that need to be addressed. The major male hormone is testosterone. A young male embryo exposed to too many endocrine (hormone/oestrogen) disruptors may experience:
Undescended testicles at birthLearning difficulties and attention deficit as a childLow sperm count at pubertyImpotence as they ageTesticular cancer in middle ageProstate Cancer in old age.
The key to balanced hormones is knowledge about the whole spectrum of parameters, both physical and chemical, from conception and throughout life. Without it, we run around blindly believing that it is the luck of the draw that decides whether we are healthy or sick, if we get cancer or not, or if we are depressed or happy. It is not the luck of the draw; it is knowledge and taking responsibility by acting on that knowledge that will take the luck out of it all and give you power over your health destiny.
While I can’t give you all the details I’d like to on hormones (that would be a very big book), I can give you enough information to whet your appetite to learn more or just do the things I talk about. I have given you references at the end of this report if you want to learn more, the books and websites are packed with information.
When you do the right thing for your body by balancing the wonderful communicative hormones, there is a feeling of euphoria and wellbeing that you may not have felt before.
So many things are affected. By balancing the hormones you can:
Normalise menstrual cycles, eliminate painful menstrual cramps, prevent hot flushes and night sweats, restore libido, eliminate mood swings and panic attacks, improve quality and texture of skin (Nature’s very own face lift), stimulate osteoblast bone-building activity, protect against fibrocystic breasts, help prevent breast, endometrial and other forms of cancer, boost the immune system, resolve endometriosis, restore fertility, minimise or eliminate morning sickness and post-partum depression, eliminate fluid retention, help use fat for energy, eliminate cyclic migraines, restore normal vascular tone, improve mental focus and concentration, normalise blood clotting, restore oxygen levels, normalise blood sugar levels, normalise thyroid function, minimise hair loss minimise the aging process
So you can see that putting the effort into balancing hormones has a plethora of benefits.
We need to look at the following in order to make a significant change in our hormones. Whether you are an adolescent, a couple wanting to have children, or going through menopause (female) or andropause (male), these factors must be addressed:
- Water purity
- Nervous system function
- Hormone level balances
- Environmental Toxins