Hormonal imbalances are the result of oestrogen dominance, where the normal ratio between eostrogen and progesterone is out of balance. This is often caused by oestrogen not being broken down properly by the liver in a process known as methylation. There are several key ingredients that the liver requires to break down excess oestrogen. These are Vitamin B6, Folic Acid (B9) and B12.
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance
There are several known causes of Oestrogne/Hormonal imbalance:
- Oral Contraceptive Pill – The pill depletes the nutrients B6, B9 and B12 which are essential for metabolizing oestrogen and maintaining hormonal balance
- Childbirth – A major factor in hormonal imbalance is childbirth. Most women that have children suffer from erratic mood swings, depression and emotional outbursts for 4-5 years after birth. This is due to hormones not being correctly regulated by the body after birth.
- Synthetic or artificial oestrogens in foods we eat
- Prolonged periods of stress
- Erratic menstural cycles
- Long term hormonal imbalances
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
- Mood Swings
- Emotional Outbursts
- Breast tenderness
- Increased body fat
- Fluid retention
- Reduced libido
- Pre-Menstural symptoms
- Menstural irregularities
- Anger and Tension
Source: BodyLogicMD: Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms in Women https://www.bodylogicmd.com/for-women/symptoms-of-hormonal-imbalance
Here is a great article by M2Woman Magazine about Hormonal Imbalance and how it is often miss-diagnosed as depression.