There is a very common theme written in women’s wellness and health articles these days, talking about hormone imbalance. The majority of the women I work with on what they believe are menopause symptoms are generally hormonal imbalances that have been either misdiagnosed or untreated and now they are being categorized as menopause symptoms.
Menopause actually has very few symptoms…
Yes you read that correctly, menopause should really be quite an easy transition, however the sad truth is that many women are suffering unnecessarily, so it’s time to get a clearer message out there and educate ourselves so our daughters and grand-daughters don’t go through the same. Menopause symptoms will seem more intense dependent on the level of hormone imbalance that has been brewing over your life time. It gets categorized as menopause because of the time it tends to reach it’s peak (45 onwards) and sometimes it gets labeled as ‘signs of aging’ which is just ridiculous when our bodies are perfectly designed to heal itself given the right ingredients and environment to do so naturally.
Let me explain in more detail…
Introducing the endocrine system in all it’s glory. This is the name given to the system that runs all the working mechanics of the body for example, mood patterns, reproduction, fight or flight, thermostatic control, regeneration (hair, skin& nails), weight gain or loss, sexual function, sleep patterns, tissue growth and that’s just to name the basics. Let’s say it’s pretty important for a healthy human being to have a fully functioning endocrine system. The system works collaboratively, with each gland involved playing a vital part in the function and production of hormones to each other and to the rest of the human body. For example the adrenal glands play a vital role in sexual hormones, thyroid function, insulin regulation and muscle growth just to name a few.
This is going to mean that if it’s over worked without the proper nutritional care to heal and repair itself on a daily basis then it won’t be working within the system as it should be. Just like a worker on a production line who doesn’t get to take breaks and never gets to go on holidays to rejuvenate, they will eventually let the whole production crew down. Other workers will start to suffer as an outcome.
The imbalance occurs for many reasons but here is one of the most common. When the first signs of imbalance occurs it is usually a symptom that can we either self medicate or a medication is prescribed by the local GP so instead of the balance being restored through the root cause being found and the correct nutritional support being taken, the body has been suppressed in that area and the imbalance continues which puts more stress on the rest of the endocrine system.
Let’s take a malfunctioning thyroid as an example.
You are going to the GP for symptoms like extreme exhaustion, weight gain, brittle nails or hair or just generally feeling awful. You get sent for the standard blood test and it comes back saying that your thyroid is not working as well as it should so you get a prescription of thyroid medication. This medication shuts down your thyroid and takes over in the production of (synthetic) TSH the hormone that is meant to be produced by your thyroid. The only problem is this is not a real hormone and your body is not silly, it knows an imposter when it sees it and will not use this fake hormone for any of the other normal uses for TSH that make up the endocrine system. Sometimes it will make you feel a little better sometimes a lot better, however it will most definitely be causing an imbalance somewhere else in the system and it will appear as a different symptom somewhere else in the body later on. Perhaps poor sleep patterns and irrational mood swings caused by the adrenals due to the thyroid not doing it’s bit in the production line.
Which, if we follow the above practice, we will toddle off to the local GP and get a new prescription for something else to shut down another vital part of the endocrine system and continue the horrific story of this growing epidemic of hormonal imbalance.
The body is an incredibly advanced scientific organism with a dynamic ability to heal itself. The natural tendency for the body to FIND it’s own balance is the very reason why it sends us so many symptomatic signals when it’s OUT of balance. It’s a warning sign that something needs attention and the only way for the body to rejuvenate itself and repair it’s own working tissue and process is by feeding it the right nutrients and keeping it free from toxicity. A nutritionally starved over worked body is not going to have the capacity to restore balance. This is the time when chronic disease or conditions will begin to set in.
The Menopause Connection to Hormonal Imbalance
So what does all this have to do with menopause?
Let’s look at this from a slightly different perspective. Imagine that you have experienced hormone imbalance for the most part of your productive life (unbeknown to you of course). Perhaps it started as a teenager or a young woman who suffers from painful or unusual PMS symptoms and a contraceptive pill is prescribed, it gave you side effects that you just put up with because you preferred the result of the PMS symptoms being eased, this can be the start of hormone disruption. Of course just child birth in itself is a hormonal roller-coaster ride so if the body doesn’t get a chance to reset itself naturally due to a number of reasons too long to go into here, then generally a woman’s body will very rarely see the true pleasure of hormonal balance throughout this phase of her life.
So over a life time the body has done it’s best through a variety of ways to continually finding its way back to balance. It’s very rare for most women to find that level of balance without some kind of health or wellness intervention, particularly in the western world with our diet being the way it is, so by the time we hit our mid 40’s the body is in a good need of a reconditioning and an overhaul.
Here is where the level of menopause madness really kicks in.
So if you are quite out of balance then it’s safe to say menopause is going to be quite dramatic & painful for you. The idea of switching off the cycle should be relatively simple for the body to just go from reproducing to shutting up shop. Generally women who live out side of the modern world just go from one phase to the next without so much as a cough or a sniff. The problem is that if there is so much toxicity and so much of the endocrine system that has not been taken care of throughout the lead up to menopause then the body will find it very difficult to transit through this cycle without wanting to have a good clean out and a RESET.
Yes the food you eat will have a dramatic effect on your levels of toxicity and endocrine function and that starts from as long ago as when you started eating food, so we are not just talking about the last few years.
Yes the strength of your own bodies detoxification pathways will be the difference between why one woman suffers more than the other.
Yes the way you handle stress will have a huge impact on how healthy your endocrine system is working to find balance.
Yes if you have suffered varying levels of trauma it will have taken it’s toll on your endocrine system regardless of your current weight.
Yes if you have had organs removed at some stage it will definitely have disrupted the system.
Yes if you have been suffering through life for some time on various kinds of medications for whatever reason, you will have a hormonal imbalance that is longing to be reset.
The Good News
There is always a way to find balance again. Your body will never give up on you, everyone’s level of balance is different and unique to there bodies own story but it’s always possible. There is no quick fix but it’s always possible. Yes of course there is a point of no return when chronic conditions have been triggered in some cases but even these conditions can be reversed and symptoms managed better.
This topic is a hot one and I would love to share with you the client stories and other ways we can address this problem.
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