Here we are with the big question of “is hormonal imbalance normal”? The answer, no. You trusted me to share my hormone imbalance quiz and how I healed my hormones naturally! Now, we’re back with a more in-depth topic.
Common and normal are two very different words and I want you to understand the difference – if nothing else – by the end of this post. Just because friends, aunts, mentors, athletes, moms and cousins have the symptoms we are about to discuss doesn’t mean they are normal. Common, yes. Normal, no.
Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
- clotty period
- brain fog
- extreme fatigue
- heavy period
- dark period
- long period
- food cravings
- tender breasts
- Anovulatory periods (period without ovulation)
- Amenorrhea (irregular period)
- Wonky hormone levels
- Wonky thyroid levels
- Heat flashes
- Hair loss
- Cold extremities
- Low body temperature
- Low pulse rate
- Lacking libido (low sex drive)
- Disrupted sleep
Why Do So Many Women Have These Symptoms?
It can be easy to see why so many woman ask the big question of “is hormonal imbalance normal?”. Basically every women you run into has experienced or is currently experiencing these symptoms. Some have been diagnosed with a condition like PCOS, Endometriosis or Infertility which is basically your doctor saying “hmm, I don’t know what’s going on here but let’s give all these symptoms a fancy name.”.
The reason so many women are walking bullet points of symptoms is because we don’t understand the basic biology and physiology of our female bodies. It’s a shame. Most women don’t know how to track a cycle. They don’t know which days of the month they can get pregnant. Women no longer understand the importance of a period and would rather “get rid of it”.
Once we get back to the basic, relearn our God given intuition and start nourishing our bodies.. amazing things will happen. These symptoms lists will get shorter and shorter and we will have our health back in our hands rather than putting it in the hands of a medical professional that doesn’t even know how many “holes” there are in our nipples for nursing (there’s a story behind this!).
Driving Forces Behind These Hormone Imbalances
First and foremost, as I mentioned above, the stranger we have become to our body is the #1 reason we can’t get to the root cause of all these symptoms. I will dive further into our basic needs as women in a later post. In addition to that foundational piece, here are some driving forces behind the mysterious hormonal imbalance cascade:
- unbalanced ratios of carbs, protein, fat
- over consumption of concentrated PUFAs
- no idea where our hormones actually lie (not getting them tested)
- no idea where our mineral levels lie (not getting them tested)
- listening to “health gurus” on Instagram
- lack of sleep
- poor quality sleep
- high stress lifestyle
- household toxins
- poor quality water
- environmental toxins
- high EMF environment
- lack of proper exercise
- sluggish metabolism
- birth control
- & many many more
Amazingly, we have control over so many of the bullets on this list! How encouraging is that? There seems to be so little we have control over these days but you can go through this list above and make paramount changes for your hormones. COME ON BABE!
What You Can Do Now
The first thing I want you to do is know that I hear you. I trust you and know you know your body. You know something is off and that’s enough for me. I don’t have a magic pill or prescription drug that’s going to “quiet” the symptoms. I do – though – have ears and experience to help you get through and out of it! Praise God for a network of people who get us.
Next, I want you to start with these simple steps. These are the foundational steps for my private nutrition practice clients and myself. If a client isn’t willing to make these changes, I will not take them on as a 1:1 client. That’s how important they are for the health of our hormones.
Start Eating Enough
- Believe it or not, your liver is at the crux of all these issues. It’s an incredible organ that is incredibly misunderstood. If we give it the nutrients it needs, it will take good care of us and our hormones.
- Carbs are your livers’ preferred source of fuel, not fat (sorry keto people). If you’re afraid of carbs, the time to quit that is now.
- Constant under-eating = your body tossed into fight or flight mode (high stress, conservation, weight gain, hormone imbalance, etc).
- Balanced meals with a focus on protein and carbs are the goal! Fat will make it in, trust me!
Get actually Clean Water
- Water is the basis of all life which I’m sure you are well aware of. We need it to get stuff moving and flowing and to stay well hydrated.
- The water we drink today is N A S T Y. Just nasty. Fluoride, chlorine bleach, radium, flushed pharmaceuticals, animal waste, CBPs and heavy metals.
- Get yourself a high quality water filter that actually works. Sorry, no fridge filters or Brita/Pur. They don’t do the job. I recommend this one or this (code SIMPLHOLISTIC) one.
Lift Some Weights
- Weight lifting is the most pro-metabolic workout you can do. It’s pro muscle and pro hormone!
- Start with body weight (squats, pushups, lunges) and then you can get into the free weights and other equipment. You don’t have to be fancy!
- Remember – though – working out is an earned right! Only workout if you’re eating enough.. not the other way around.
Limit EMF Exposure
- From my thousands of hours of research on this topic, I’ve learned EMF exposure directly correlates to these imbalances. It’s time to learn about EMF and limit your exposure to them. Read more here.
- My Wild Women’s Hormone Ebook covers this topic in great detail in specific to your lady hormones.
Watch the Morning Sunrise
- This is another fantastic and free way to balance your hormones, reset your circadian rhythm and get the good juices flowing again. Morning sun in your eyes has a long list of benefits.
- Melatonin production, circadian reset, sleep support and more.
- Take a deep dive, just like with EMF, in my ebook.
So, Is Hormonal Imbalance Normal?
The next time a friend asks you “is hormonal imbalance normal?” you can confidently say NO and point them in the right direction (this post!). What are some crazy hormone symptoms you’ve experienced?