Hormone Imbalances – What Can You Do
A hormonal imbalance occurs when there is either too much or not enough production of a hormone. Imbalances are common during puberty, pregnancy, and menstruation. Other hormone imbalances, however, have become more common in recent years. Common causes of these imbalances include:
- Hypo- or hyper-thyroidism
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Eating disorders
- Injury or trauma
In addition to these common causes, endocrine disruptors can also cause hormone imbalances. These disruptors which mimic hormones in the body are commonly found in foods, prescription drugs, pesticides, plastics, and soil.
Hormone balance is synonymous with balancing yin and yang in the body. A hormone level that is lower than normal can be thought of as a yin deficiency, while a balance that is higher than normal is a yang deficiency. Thus, balancing yin and yang energy in the body is the key to balancing our hormones.
So how do we balance yin and yang?
When it comes to your lifestyle, there are several things you can do to help restore this delicate balance. Being connected with nature is important, so try to get outside and take a walk or do another outdoor activity. Meditation can also help with balancing hormones.
Exercise is also critical for balancing yin and yang. While it’s beneficial to exercise every day, make sure you don’t overdo it. Practices such as qigong and yoga incorporate meditation and breathing, so you can get your daily exercise and meditation in one session. Getting enough sleep is important to keeping your hormone levels in check as well.
Of course, we can’t forget about diet when it comes to balancing the forces of yin and yang. You can support hormone regulation by eating specific foods and avoiding foods that contain endocrine disruptors and other ingredients that are damaging to hormone production. Additionally, incorporate the following foods in your diet:
- Healthy fats (avocados, cheese, wild-caught salmon)
- High-fiber foods (beans, nuts, cruciferous vegetables)
- Probiotics (fermented yogurt, kimchi)
- Protein (eggs, chicken, fish)
- Green tea
Lastly, many people are turning to hormone replacement therapy to balance their hormones—especially women going through menopause and men with low testosterone. This therapy can effectively help you balance your hormone levels, but you should also be aware that these methods come with certain side effects. If you are bothered by hormone imbalance and can’t find relief from natural methods, you may want to consult your doctor about this type of treatment.
With the Zyto Elite we can do a quick scan specifically on the Hormone/Endocrine system to see if there are any Hormones out of balance and then we will scan products specifically for the hormonal system, different exercises or diet changes that will balance those hormones and get you feeling better!