Lesson 2: The Root Cause of Hormone Imbalance Pt. 1

The root cause of hormone imbalance pt. 1

Poor Diet

Western diets high in unhealthy fats and simple carbohydrates (i.e., sugar) and low in all the healthy, essential nutrients are certainly an issue for hormone health. Unhealthy food is quite taxing on the liver, which is the main organ responsible for the detoxification of estrogen. If we burden the liver with other unhealthy, processed foods, it must expend a lot of energy to detoxify all these unwanted compounds from the body. This takes a lot of work and can often exhaust the liver, making it eventually inefficient in performing its other functions, such as removing excess estrogen.

Sleep Problems

Sleep is essential for hormone health:

  • Sleep stabilizes the HPA Axis
  • Sleep balances cortisol
  • Sleep improves insulin sensitivity
  • Sleep regulates the release of progesterone, estrogen, and luteinizing hormone

How many hours do you sleep per night? Is your sleep uninterrupted? Shoot for at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.  If you have trouble sleeping consider natural sleep aids such as melatonin, magnesium and valerian root.

Stress

 If you’re under chronic stress, the adrenal glands will shift their focus toward producing more cortisol to deal with this stress. The high demand for cortisol is taking away the “resources” to create the feel-good hormone progesterone. Find ways to destress and relax; this can be different for each person. Take a bath, go for a relaxing walk, meditate, read a book, or practice yoga. Practice anything that helps you get rid of stress and make time for it daily or at least weekly.

Weight

Excess estrogen is stored in adipose (fat) cells. The more fat cells there are, the more room there is for estrogen to be built up and stored. Thus, weight management also plays an important role in treating hormone imbalance. Maintaining a healthy weight helps the liver become more efficient at removing excess estrogen from the body, increases insulin sensitivity, improves mood (which helps with the mood swings associated with estrogen dominance), and reduces the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body.