Nowadays is hard to find a person who does not have any kind of imbalance, some signs and symptoms have been normalized within the society and are not identified as harming as they really are accepted and people live with them. Regarding hormones, how could you know if you have a hormonal imbalance?
It is hard for family doctors to really find hormonal imbalances in blood tests, because every woman is different, standard parameters are very wide and the checkups are often very superficial (LH, FSH, maybe estradiol and progesterone), when the body secretes and circulates some 50 different hormones.
Ayurveda addresses the endocrine system as a system of functions and gives it the right importance, because they help control every function in the body. We are exposed daily to an excess of estrogen (you might want to read: How does plastic affects the hormones) and the physiological effect of estrogen is to promote growth, it is very easy to have hormonal imbalance.
List of side effects from hormonal imbalance
3. Hair loss
4. Physical and /or mental Fatigue
5. Excessive facial or body hair
6. Sudden nausea and vomiting
8. Emotional disorientation
9. Poor libido
10. Low mood / depressive tendencies
11. Disturbed digestion
12. Sugar cravings
13. Excess sweat
14. Dark spots of the skin, especially on the face
15. Disturbed Sleep
For women also:
16. Breast tenderness or enlargement
17. Enlargement of benign tumors ( Ovarian cysts, Uterine polyps, etc)
18. Enlargement of fibroid of the uterus
19. Weight gain (Fluid / mass retention)
20. Menstrual problems:
21. Menopausal issues:
For men the ones above plus the ones below related to the male reproductive system:
- Enlargement of tumors, of the prostate and of breast fatty tissue.
- Lower testosterone level
- Lower sperm counts
Birth control pills:
Often women think that their imbalance is gone after taking the pill. The truth is that they do not correct hormonal imbalance, they only pacify the signs and symptoms, blocking their functioning. Ayurveda states that without addressing the causative factors, and facing the root of the problem, no imbalance will fully disappear for good. Assuring hormonal balance is crucial to your holistic health lifestyle. Do you agree?
Do you have any of the above symptoms? It is time to listen to our body and the signs, healthy endocrine system function keeps us in balance and far away from severe diseases like cancer. Proper digestion and nutrition plays a big role regulating the hormones along with the right lifestyle choices. Holistic and natural approaches work the best.
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