Are your hormones causing havoc and you’re desperate for a solution that isn’t HRT?
Your mood swings are making you feel like a crazy lady.
You wake up tired, even after a good night’s sleep, and you never feel fully rested.
You’ve gained weight, your clothes don’t fit and you just feel rubbish about yourself.
You keep being told that you’re fine and it’s a totally natural process, but you feel anything BUT fine.
Your cycle is all over the place and you just want to get everything working the way it’s meant to!
I know how you feel because I’ve been there. My life fell apart because of my hormones. I was tired all the time, snapping at the kids and my partner and my confidence was at an all time low. Changing my diet and learning how to manage my symptoms through using natural solutions changed my life. And it can yours too!
Today my mission is to help women, just like you to do the same; without giving up everything you enjoy like wine, chocolate and a night out with your mates (or is that just me?!). Because I believe that ,making long term changes to how you feel doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived of all the things you love.
There is alot of confusion around hormone testing, whether it is worth doing, what tests you should be requesting from your GP and what you need to be referred to privately via a qualified health practitioner.
In this blog post, I aim to shed some light for you.
Firstly, let’s clarify a few things. There are more than one different types of test:
The recommended range set by the NHS and that your GP will consider normal may differ from what your nutritionist or naturopath will consider. Often levels may be on the low side of the reference range and because we are all so different and we take a holistic approach rather than symptom management, it doesn’t mean that you are not getting the symptoms. I always ask my clients to ensure they get copies of their results rather than relying on a ‘normal’ from a GP’s receptionist. You are within your rights to be provided with a full copy.
Which Tests Should I Request?
If you are going to your GP for some testing then it is always best to be armed with the full list of ones you would like done to ensure you get a full panel (although be aware that just because you ask for them, you may not necessarily be given them). Here are the basic tests I like to ensure are done:
For specific hormone testing, you need to ensure these are taken:
These are usually all done via a blood test and therefore as I mentioned earlier, are only taking a view of the levels in your body at that particular time. As women, our hormones fluctuate throughout the month to ensure that we ovulate and menstruate at the right times in the month for optimal fertility so I prefer to use a saliva test that covers the full 28 day cycle. Our stress hormones also fluctuate over a 24 hour period so testing those throughout that will give a full picture of how and when they are being produced.
For this reason, I now incorporate hormone testing and an adrenal stress test into my Hormonal Transformation Program. It helps to give a full picture of how your hormones are working throughout your cycle. This testing should be done alongside a full symptom review so that the best possible recommendations can be made for you and your individual needs.
I hope that sheds some light on what can be a confusing subject.
If you would like to find out more about working with me and the steps you need to take to transform your hormones then apply here for your complimentary Heal Your Hormones Strategy Call.
Herbs have been used for centuries to help balance hormones and minimise symptoms of PMS and the perimenopause, but in the western world, the modern day medicine practices had taken over. With more women turning towards more natural practices to manage the symptoms of their hormones imbalances, the use of herbs has becomes more prevalent.
Here are my top 5 herbs to balance your hormones naturally.
Maca Root – Known for its hormone-balancing properties, maca has a positive effect on your sex hormones and helps to relieve symptoms in perimenopausal women including hot flushes, sleep issues, anxiety and depression. It works by providing our body with nutrients which are used by the endocrine system and help to alleviate fatigue, stress and mood issues. Maca powder can be added to smoothies or sprinkled over yoghurt or muesli and has so many benefits for women.
Chasteberry (Agnus Castus) – This herb has been used for many years to relieve symptoms of PMS as well as regulating your metabolism. It stimulates our FSH and LH which helps to increase our progesterone levels and regulate our menstrual cycle, ovulation and boost fertility. It can be taken as drops or tablets on a daily basis to help balance your sex hormones and get your cycle back on track.
Black Cohosh – Used to help treat menopausal and pre-menstrual symptoms. It has oestrogenic properties and aids hormone regulation, reducing hot flushes, mood swings, menstrual cramps and night sweats. It is considered to be a safe alternative to HRT for those of you wishing to take a more natural route to managing your menopausal symptoms.
Ashwagandha – Helps to reduce the stress hormones which can block endocrine function. It also stimulates blood flow in the reproductive organs boosting a low libido as well as easing menopausal symptoms such as anxiety and hot flushes. In ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is used to help the body deal with stress and support thyroid and adrenal imbalances. It has naturally calming effect which can be beneficial when you are struggling with mood issues related to hormone imbalances.
Wild Yam – A powerful oestrogenic herb, it also mimics progesterone and can help reduce heavy bleeding. This herb is great for your nervous system as it is grounding and calming and helps to reduce PMS and stress related to that. It reduces excess oestrogen by stimulating progesterone production and also helps with production of the hormone precursor DHEA. Reduces hot flushes, night sweats, mood changes and vaginal dryness. This can be found in a cream form as a bio-identical hormone replacement, and applied to your skin at certain times of your cycle can really help to increase your progesterone levels and manage the symptoms.
If you are interested in learning more about more natural approaches to balancing your hormones, then come along and join my Hormonal Health Support Group where I share daily tips, advice, videos, articles and recipes to help support you on your journey towards balanced hormones.
NOTE: As with all supplements, do make sure that these don’t interact with any medications you are taking by discussing with your doctor or health practitioner.
Are you struggling to focus and concentrate, have difficulty with your short term memory and feel confused and in a mental fog? You go upstairs and forget what for, you find things in the fridge that should be in the store cupboard and you lose your train of thought mid-conversation.
But what are the reasons this happens? It can signal hormonal imbalances such as thyroid or adrenal issues or the onset of the menopause. It can also be a sign of food intolerances, poor diet and not taking care of yourself. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of brain fog, the main causes and what you can do to reduce it.