Root Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

Women everywhere are dealing with hormonal imbalances. Even with the availability of treatment options like hormone replacement therapy (which I’m personally not a fan off), prescribed medications, and even changes in lifestyle, there is still a huge percentage of the general population suffering from its consequences. 


Lack of sex drive, persistent weight gain, unexplainable cravings, weird mood swings, and breakdown of acne are just some of its most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances.


I think it’s helpful to become aware of some root causes of hormonal imbalances. 


Poor Diet 

As they say, you are what you eat. If you choose to eat healthy, studies show you will have a better state of health. On the other hand, if you maintain a poor diet, you are a more likely candidate to a variety of health problems, which will include hormonal imbalance. As it has been recommended by experts, your diet should be rich in green and leafy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to keep your hormones at a favorable level. And eating enough protein is extremely important too.


Environmental Factors

Pollution is another common cause of hormonal imbalance among women. There are different toxins that get mixed in the air, which will have a negative impact on hormone secretion. If you live in a bustling metropolis, there is a higher likelihood of suffering from hormonal imbalance. In addition, even at home, the different products that you are using can contain a wealth of pollutants that can affect your hormones negatively in ways more than one. Petrochemicals that are found in Styrofoam, cleaning agents, and even your car exhaust can lead to exposure to unnatural estrogens. Once they are absorbed by the body, they will thrive in your receptor cells and may inhibit the production of progesterone. 


Chronic Stress

If you feel stress because of work, raising a family, managing your business, or even with just the smallest of things, there is a higher tendency of suffering from a hormonal imbalance. Every time that you are caught in a stressful situation, pregnenolone, which is essential in the production of female hormones, is diverted from its normal pathway, and hence, causes a hormonal imbalance. 



There is a reason why professional consultation is necessary before taking any medications – to make sure that they will not have an adverse effect on your body. Several studies in the past have shown how medicines can be a cause of hormonal imbalance. A perfect example of such would be in the case of birth control pills. Although they are commonly used by some to treat hormonal imbalance, there are instances wherein it works the other way around as it becomes the cause and not the solution. Taking pills can cause an increase in the level of progesterone. Hormonal imbalance is also common for people who have suddenly stopped taking birth control pills after prolonged use of such. Consult with your doctor and ask him to run lab work to check these hormonal levels if you suspect a problem.


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