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Hormonal balance is essential for good health and immunity. Hormones have a profound effect on your everyday health and well-being. But what are hormones? Hormones are body's chemical messengers released by a cell or glands of the endocrine system. Their role is very important in the efficiency of our immune system and other vital bodily functions. Hormone imbalance is an expression indicating that something is wrong with a gland. Hormonal imbalance can be seen in both, men and women.
The causes of hormonal imbalance differ between women and men.. Hormonal imbalances are more common among women, and are more likely to occur in women over the age of 40. There are various causes of hormone imbalance, but at the base of the problem is something called Estrogen Dominance. Estrogen Dominance means there are too much estrogen and not enough progesterone present in the body. Ageing naturally results in hormonal imbalance among men, as menopause does among women.
Although the symptoms of hormone imbalance can be troubling at any age, the good news is that they can often be treated effectively in a healthy and natural way. A woman suffering from hormonal imbalance would probably be surprised by how quickly her symptoms improve by following the right advice.
Though it used to be in vogue to prescribe hormone replacement therapy to treat this fundamental imbalance, persistent links to breast and ovarian cancer, along with heart disease and blood clots, have caused most healthcare professionals to rethink this drastic option. Many agree that the most effective approach is to combine a few changes in lifestyle with alternative treatment options.
This page will provide women with information to decide which treatment can help them better fight the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Three approaches for treating Hormonal Imbalance
Three levels of approaches can be considered for treating hormonal imbalance. These are categorized as: (1) Lifestyle Changes, (2) Alternative Medicine It is recommended to begin with the least risky option, lifestyle changes, before progressing up to the next stage of treatment.
1. Lifestyle Changes for Hormonal Imbalance
This primary level of treatment involves the least amount of risk, though conversely it requires the highest amount of self discipline. Many times some simple changes in lifestyle can reap huge benefits in fighting symptoms caused by hormonal imbalance, and achieving a higher overall level of health. Fundamentally, techniques for stress reduction, such as yoga or meditation, combined with regular exercise and an improved diet, can do a woman great service. Diet in particular is key.
Simple Lifestyle Changes
* Avoid caffeine/alcohol
* Sleep 7-8 hours per night
* Intake vitamins B,C,D,E
* Practice breathing exercises
* Eat a balanced diet
* Exercise regularly
* Stay hydrated
Increasing the intake of foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids will help maintain a good hormonal balance. The omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Omega-6 fatty acids can be found in eggs, nuts and poultry.
Making lifestyle changes is easier said than done, especially if one is accustomed to a certain routine. In addition, while these changes will help alleviate many symptoms, they do not address the problem directly at the hormonal source and so further treatment may be necessary. Alternative medicine has proven to be excellent for treating hormonal imbalance in a safe and natural way.
2. Alternative Medicine
Alternative approaches involve little to no risk and can be an extremely effective way to treat all types of hormonal imbalance. This level of approach can involve several different therapies. Herbal remedies are the most prominent, though in addition women may turn to such techniques as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, aromatherapy, or hypnosis. All of these can be valid and effective options, though most women find that herbal remedies are the easiest alternative treatment to follow, as the others require a greater time and monetary commitment. In addition, herbal remedies are the only viable option to treat the hormonal imbalance directly at its source.