Hormones are a foundational health topic—a huge one—and they are not in a category by themselves. They dictate our overall health and well being. We do not function on any level without hormones and we can’t function well unless they are balanced.
When I say the word “hormones,” what images or thoughts/feelings pop into your head? Does the word carry a positive or negative connotation? Sadly, for most women (and men!) the word is a nasty one. We talk about hormones when we know that they are imbalanced and are creating symptoms like: mood swings, carb cravings, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, weight gain, Metabolic syndrome, hair loss, night sweats, bloating, aches and pains, PMS, depression, infertility, and the list goes on…..
We’ve come to believe that this is a normal part of life. Sadly, it’s become the norm, but we were NOT created to live that way. OUR BODIES WERE NOT CREATED TO REACH A CERTAIN POINT, ONLY TO BREAK DOWN AND CAUSE US MISERY! In fact, hormones are supposed to help us function beautifully…keeping us YOUNG, ENERGETIC, healthy, strong, fit, trim, balanced and happy. So what the heck is going on??
Let me first give a definition of the hormone, or endocrine system. The endocrine system chemically controls the functions of cells, tissues, and organs through the secretion of hormones. Hormones are signaling molecules that communicate between organs and tissues for activities, such as digestion, metabolism, respiration, tissue function, sensory perception, sleep, excretion, lactation, stress, growth and development, movement, reproduction, and mood.
There are many things that are categorized as endocrine DISRUPTORS: things that disrupt the production and function of our entire hormonal system (AKA: hormonal bombs). Almost everything we come into contact with on this planet can potentially create hormonal imbalance in our bodies. JUST KNOWING AND ACCEPTING THAT STATEMENT CAN LEAD TO HEALTH REVIVAL—BECAUSE IT’S HUGE. If we can look at the world around us NOT with fear, but with awareness of what is out there, we can begin to safeguard our bodies.
We do live in a very, very toxic world… environmentally, emotionally, politically, socially…..never before has our world been so advanced, yet, so unwell. So while we may be unaware OF ALL THAT CAN INTERFERE WITH THE BALANCE OF OUR HORMONES, damage is still being done. Examples of endocrine disruptors are:
-VOC’S off gassing
-the very air we breathe: inside or outside
-food sensitivities or allergies
-toxic people or conversations
-stress at home and work
Each of these (and more) add to our toxic burden. We are overwhelmed. WE MAY OR MAY NOT EVEN KNOW IT. This “overwhelm” in our bodies causes a cascade of hormones to be inappropriately released or withheld, putting us into a state of great imbalance also known as: hormonal hell.
So, while we can’t avoid all the things that cause and create hormonal imbalance in our bodies, we do have control over WHAT? The foods we eat… whole, natural foods eaten close to the way nature produced them is the cornerstone to healing. Let’s dive into those foods next week: Eating well for Hormonal Balance.
See you soon…