Hormones work together like an ensemble in an orchestra. If each essential part works properly, the result will be a beautiful and harmonious symphony. If a single part plays out of tune, the whole melody will be out of balance.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. Each of them has its own responsibility for fulfilling specific functions. Hormones are secreted from the endocrine glands in the body. They travel in your bloodstream to organs and tissues. As they are very powerful, too much or too little of a certain hormone can cause big changes in your whole body.
Your hormones are responsible for maintaining body temperature and thirst, growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and drive, reproduction, cognitive function and mood.
Your body needs certain building blocks, made up of good fats and cholesterol, for the production of hormones. A lack of these important dietary factors can trigger hormonal imbalances. It is because your body doesn’t have enough of the right components to produce them.
Many of us are unaware that our diet can highly impact the effectiveness of our hormones. Some foods or chemicals even damage or mimic our hormones causing us to be lacking or to be dominant in certain hormones which causes imbalance. Furthermore, our increasing exposure to stress, worsening nutrition, lack of proper sleep and physical exercise result in declining levels of well functioning hormones in our bodies. Except of lifestyle factors there are other causes which can throw off our body’s natural chemistry like menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycle or the contraceptive pill.
During the past years hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has become a highly debated topic. Hormone deficiency is usually treated with synthetics and is highly effective in relieving some of the mentioned symptoms. But a major study in 2002 by the Women’s Health Initiative proved that the risks of HRT exceed the benefits for certain groups of women. Consequently, women are increasingly looking for natural alternatives.
What can you do to boost your body’s ability to create and balance your hormones? For starter, you need to manage and reduce your body’s production of stress hormones. You can do this by learning to with stress in a healthy, natural and balanced way.
Avoid toxin exposure. Most toxin exposure came from household chemicals or plastics. Hence, replace it with organic products whenever possible.
Improve your daily sleep rhythm. Your body recovers most when you sleep before 11pm. As for exercises, you need to avoid extended cardio exercise. Focus on short bursts of heavy lifting (kettlebells).
You may be a coffee lover but to address hormonal imbalance, you need to decrease your coffee consumption. Replace it with beneficial herbal teas
Avoid High omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, like vegetable or peanut oil, and margarine
Choose fats like coconut or olive oil, and real butter.
Seek professional help. At Balance Health we have experts in this field who can walk you through the different effective natural holistic treatment methods to address hormonal imbalance.
Functional medicine is about getting to the root cause of a disease or dysfunction, by identifying the triggers, imbalances, pathogenic influences and toxicities. It combines the consultative expertise together with the appropriate diagnostic procedures, like laboratory tests, to help the patient regain balance, wellness and vitality. Diet, detoxication and supplementation are the key tools to correct any imbalance.
How does a consultation at Balance Health look like?
The treatment with our functional medicine practitioner and holistic nutritionist Miles Price is built up in three evaluation steps:
1. Conducting a thorough health, family history, lifestyle and diet evaluation
2. Evaluating blood tests and laboratory results
3. Prescribing specific dietary modifications, with supplemental detoxification support if needed
The benefits of this holistic approach combined with clinical support result in more energy, vitality, and elimination of symptoms.
Homeopathy dates back about 200 years ago when it was first invented in Germany. It is a system of traditional medicine which addresses the whole person: the physical, the mental and the emotional. It treats each patient individually with highly diluted natural substances with the aim of triggering the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Homeopathy not only restores the balance of your prevailing health condition, but also heals the underlying mental or emotional toll you might be suffering from.
A double-blinded, placebo-controlled study from the University of Glasgow, Europe’s largest medical school, showed that over 80 percent of the 24 asthma patients improved significantly after they were given homeopathic remedies.
How does a homeopathy consultation at Balance Health look like?
The first treatment with our homeopath Martin Mailaender is built up as follows:
1. First consultation: In-depth interview about medical report, symptoms, personality, and lifestyle factors (1-2 hours)
2. Analysis: evaluating body, mind and emotions
3. Medical application: prescribing customized remedies (within the first consultation or the day after)
4. Follow-up Consultation: observing the health condition and healing process (5-7 days later)
In terms of the holistic approach of TCM the interplay between kidney, spleen and liver are highly influencing the proper functioning of the endocrine system. When however the extremely sensitive balance between Yin and Yang gets distracted, e.g. because of a stressful lifestyle, unhealthy nutrition or toxics, the flow of energy becomes easily stagnant which in turn can cause hormonal imbalances.
Chinese herbs and Acupuncture have proven to be highly effective in dealing with hormonal disorders. It helps in reducing the key stress hormones and in reducing menopausal complaints. Acupuncture leverages specific points, such as muscle points or meridians closely linked to the human organs, to detox your body and restore your energy flow. Chinese herbal tea can also help to sooth your liver and strengthen your kidney reproductive system. Depending on your health condition and needs the complementary conjunction of herbal medicine and acupuncture can effectively restore your hormonal balance.
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