What is Hormonal Imbalance?

Hormones control a number of important bodily functions; from determining how you sleep to when you should ovulate to when you feel hungry, even to how you feel emotionally. Hormones can play a big role in your mental and emotional well-being, especially for women.

Whether the issue is working, being a mum or studying, hormonal imbalance doesn’t discriminate.

To break it down, a hormonal imbalance occurs when your body has too much or too little of a certain hormone. Even small changes to hormone levels can have a significant impact on you and cause all sorts of internal issues.

Hormone changes are quite common as your hormones naturally fluctuate in the body, however, if the hormones become too imbalanced then they can start to have some not so nice effects. 

What causes Hormonal Imbalance?

The most common causes of hormonal imbalance are probably already a part of your daily life and not something that you would have thought of:

  • The Oral Contraceptive Pill or “The Pill” – the pill can deplete the nutrients B6, B9 and B12 which are essential for metabolizing Oestrogen and maintaining your own hormonal balance.
  • Childbirth – While having children is undoubtedly an amazing experience for most mothers, it’s a major factor in hormonal imbalance. Post-partum hormones can remain imbalanced up to 4 – 5 years after childbirth, resulting in a myriad of issues that can affect your well-being – physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Diet – the types of food we eat can play a big part in hormonal imbalance as there can be synthetic or artificial Oestrogens in the food that we eat.
  • Prolonged periods of stress – Cortisol is the stress hormone and when you stay in a high stress situation for a long time, your body cannot regulate your hormones correctly. This can contribute to a hormone imbalance.

What are the signs of Hormonal Imbalance?

From an emotional & psychological perspective these can show up as:

  • Mood swings – happy one minute, severely angry the next, what a roller-coaster.
  • Irritability – no matter what, you’re frustrated and irritated at those around you and even yourself.
  • Feeling anxious or nervous – that feeling like your heart is in your mouth.
  • Sadness – the ball and chain dragging you down that you want to escape.
  • Emotional Outbursts – snapping for no reason or just simply losing it
  • Anger and Tension – feeling angry and tense for no valid reason other than just because.

From a Physical perspective you may notice changes in how your body feels

Breast tenderness for example.

  • Weight gain – changes in how much weigh you carry, even increased fat levels.
  • Retaining fluid – fluid retention is linked to Oestrogen.
  • Lack of libido – lost that loving feeling?
  • PMS – self-explanatory for most women.
  • Irregular periods – you never know when Aunt Flo is about to visit.
  • Migraines/Headaches – especially around that time of the month!

At this point you may be thinking “Well this sounds familiar.” 

Or you feel like this is a checklist of how you feel, so you may be wondering “Do I have a hormonal imbalance?” Well, if you are experiencing the above issues then the answer may be yes.

In today’s busy world hormonal imbalances are increasingly common and unfortunately the medical answer to the situation may be misdiagnosing an imbalance with depression or anxiety.

While a hormonal imbalance affects hundreds and thousands of women each and every day, you don’t have to suffer and just life with it. There are a number of ways to combat a hormonal imbalance – through changes in diet through to lifestyle changes and proven nutritional support is here for you with NuWoman 30 PLUS & NuWoman BALANCE