Any woman who’s been through puberty will probably agree on one thing.
Sometimes, our hormonal changes don’t uh… Come easy.
If your cycle is regular, Estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, becomes armed and ready starting in your 20’s.
However, Estrogen is not the only hormone that throws a body off balance. According to Women’s Health Mag, Testosterone, Serotonin, Melatonin, Leptin, and Progesterone are a few named amongst the several endocrine hormones released into the blood stream.
While the ever-adapting shift of body molecules takes some getting used to, there are external factors that both strengthen and weaken the production of hormones.
Naturopathy, a small but growing, licensed practice of holistic body healing, regulates the body’s hormonal cycle through a use of natural therapies.
Dr. Serena Goldstein, has embarked on many adventures in her life, such as tasting poison in the Amazon and making a splash in Class 4 Whitewater Rafting, but she claims her daily practice has been just as interesting.
She says that “educating her patients,” has been the best part about teaching her healing philosophy.
Educating them about our philosophy, going into herbs and nutrition, navigating therapy- what seems so basic to me is eye opening to them. My other favorite is when someone says ‘Oh no one ever told me this before.’
Many times throughout Serena’s practice, she has seen overworked entrepreneurs express the same ailments.
“It’s really easy for entrepreneurs to get burnt out,” Serena shares, “They are investing a lot of money and time into their business- Why not health? Entrepreneurs are their business. When you’re investing in your health, you are investing in your business. When you hit a burn out, naturopathy helps you understand why and how to get out of it.”
“Stress is usually the top cause of hormonal imbalances,” She reflects on the commonality of her patients, “They don’t feel good because they’re gaining weight, can’t sleep, aren’t exercising… And that leads to depression, fatigue, breakouts. Then this leads to more health concerns, that cause them to put their life and business on hold. I hope I get to them before they’re at that place. I have people coming in with a lot of supplements like vitamins, people try and treat themselves, and they don’t know what’s going on.”
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance
Everyday office life can attribute to the disruption of hormones. Aside from the most obvious one, the stresses of work, beauty products such as makeup, and drinks such as alcohol and coffee, will distort creation of blood sugar and cortisol, also known as the steroid hormone.
When your using coffee to wake up, there’s usually something else going on. Cortisol is our stress hormone- Fight or flight. It’s when our body says we need to run from a bear. When this happens, our bodies are not focused on digestion and reproduction. If we’re constantly stressed and pumping out cortisol, it’s going to take away from making our sex hormones.
Signs and symptoms like, increased acne, weight gain, infertility, low energy, mood swings, painful periods, tender breasts before your period, abnormal hair growth, low libido, and thyroid problems could indicate that something is going on with your hormones.
Patients in their late 20s to their early 30s, that’s around the time that the imbalances really start. Usually I see a case of a woman who’s hormones have been off since she was a teenager and was given birth control to placate symptoms. Now, 10-15 years later, these symptoms are re-emerging, because the birth control is no longer working. Women in their early 30s and 40’s don’t know if it’s stress or early menopause.
Combating Hormonal Imbalance
“Go see a professional,” are Serena’s automatic words of advice, “Instead of wasting 100s of dollars on supplements and tests, go see a doctor and talk to them about what’s happening. If they don’t address the issue now, there will be problems as a woman ages.”
Listen to your body. If you feel bloated after eating a certain food, that’s your body’s way of being really, really nice to you and letting you know ‘Hey- I actually don’t like that at all.’
Benefits of Naturopathy for Hormonal Imbalance
“Naturopathy gets to the root cause. We figure out that hormonal imbalances look into blood sugar, mental, emotional aspects of healing,” shares Serena, “There’s really no other form of medicine that can go through all these symptoms. Birth control is just a cover up. There’s so many factors that go into what’s happening in the body.”
For example, when the thyroid spits out thyroids hormones, its inactive and gets converted to the active form in the liver. The liver is the main organ that detoxes your body. It makes hormones, blood sugar, bile, cholesterol.
When asked for her number one advice to combat these concerns, Serena answers with an honest giggle, “Drink a lot of water. Eat your vegetables. Laugh. Be genuine, and be yourself at the end of the day. Everyones going to judge you, so just be you. Nothing is going to go right with the world regardless.”