Hormones are chemical messengers that play critical roles in our bodies on a constant basis. While there are so many different hormones in our bodies, when it comes to speaking about hormonal imbalance, we’ll focus on a few major players like thyroid hormones, estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline, and insulin. Millions of people are affected by hormonal imbalances worldwide, many without even knowing it. These imbalances are often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed because they show up in very common conditions such as menstrual irregularities, infertility, anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue, weight gain or loss, low libido, digestive issues, and more.
While the causes may vary, hormonal imbalances are often traced back to poor gut health, systemic inflammation, high-stress levels, genetic predisposition, and environmental toxicity. If untreated, these imbalances can lead to increased risk for greater health issues. Fortunately, it is very easy to test for these imbalances if you know what you’re looking for. Likewise, once simple, yet impactful changes are made to the diet and lifestyle, we can begin to rebalance your hormones and eliminate unwanted symptoms.
One of the most important dietary recommendations I make when working with a client with hormonal imbalance is to avoid gluten. Gluten is a known hormone disruptor, meaning that because these grain products are sprayed with harmful pesticides, they interfere with your own hormones and can easily cause imbalance. Gluten also leads to gut permeability (more on this topic in another post) which inhibits thyroid function and puts additional stress on the adrenal glands (think stressed and anxious, but not sure why.)
There are a number of other important dietary modifications that are easy to implement and won’t deprive you of foods you love. Slow and steady changes lead to incredible progress and feeling SO good!