If you understand the following concept, it could change your life if you suffer from hormone-related symptoms, such as PMS, PMDD, PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, menopause, perimenopause, depression, acne, anxiety and mood swings...
The conventional approach to treating hormonal imbalances is to try to correct the hormone levels with the use of hormones, either synthetic, bio-identical, or natural.
"It's counterproductive to treat a hormonal imbalance with hormones."
Hormones are the by-product that causes the symptoms, yet hormones are NOT the problem. Hormones are just messengers.
Think of them as soldiers guided by generals. It's the generals that are the problem, not the soldiers. To cure hormonal imbalances, don't add more soldiers to the fight. Try and get the generals to talk to each other!
The generals are your glandular system, with the chief commander being the pineal gland, followed by the pituitary gland. But don't underestimate the impact of the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas and ovaries.
When the glands are imbalanced and not communicating properly, then hormonal imbalances arise. 'Correct the glandular imbalance and win the war.'
"The primary cause of hormonal imbalance is endocrine dysfunction."
The endocrine system is the master control centre for hormone levels and fluctuations. Your symptoms may be caused by fluctuating hormones, yet the true cause of the imbalance is the endocrine system.
The endocrine imbalance is creating the symptoms you're experiencing. It's that simple - so don't use hormones to fix the problem. It will only make matters worse in the long run.
The endocrine system is a complex combination of glands, hormones and receptor sites. The glands directly involved in hormonal regulation, are the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid and ovaries.
The adrenals, pancreas, and pineal have an indirect impact through a complicated negative feedback network.
Because the body is constantly striving for balance, the excessively prolonged elevation of one gland can cause the prolonged depression of another gland. The prolonged depression of another gland may then create the elevation of another gland unrelated to the original situation.
An example of this can be seen through hormone wheel above and the complex interaction of glands and their hormones.
Diet and lifestyle play such a huge role in maintaining endocrine balance. Every gland is interconnected in some way. So if you have blood sugar issues or thyroid problems, then your hormones will be negatively affected in some manner. If you have regular sugar cravings then this will influence the thyroid function and eventually the pituitary.
If you are constantly stressed, this affects the pancreas, thyroid and adrenal function. All roads eventually lead to hormonal imbalance.
"But don't get fooled into taking hormones to correct the imbalance. This is a bandaid effect at best and only contributes to the imbalance. "
Look for natural solutions that correct the total endocrine imbalance, such as Happy Hormones, in combination with lifestyle changes for a lasting solution. Herbal medicines signal to the endocrine system to balance itself rather than providing artificial external hormones.
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