Rebecca Smith A.S.K C.M.H. C.Hyp P.N.L.P
Systematic Kinesiologist, Hypnotherapist, Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
7, Barclays Bank Chambers, High Street, Newport, Shropshire. TF10 7AU
Phone: 01952 813348 Mobile: 07976 819938 Web: www.newportcomplementaryhealthclinic.co.uk
Female Hormones Part 4
This is the last in the Female Hormone series, having covered symptoms from PMS and menopause, to painful periods and fibroids. My intention was to inform women of the common causes of these symptoms and give them hope that with the appropriate help, relief can be experienced.
This part will include a summary of basic lifestyle changes that all females would do well to follow to help keep their hormones balanced.
Failure to conceive after 12 months of regular intercourse without contraception will often result in an infertility diagnosis. There can be many causes including Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome, endometriosis or fibroids (as discussed in the last Nova). Annovulation, (failure to conceive) can be caused by oestrogen dominance.
Weight loss is indicated if necessary, achieved by balancing blood sugar. I would almost certainly recommend balancing liver function and using nutritional supplements to improve oestrogen breakdown and increase production of progesterone.
Post Natal Depression
Defined by “severe depression in a woman after she has given birth”. Symptoms can include negative feelings towards the baby, decreased appetite, loss of energy, feeling worthless, guilt, sleeping problems and in severe cases, thoughts of death or suicide. Both low oestrogen and progesterone are usually present here and medication may be necessary initially if symptoms are severe.
Serotonin production in the brain, regulates numerous bodily functions, particularly those of the brain and nervous system. As there are serotonin receptors in the gut, I would always take into account, the function of a clients digestive system.
Loss of a pregnancy before the fetus is viable can be deeply traumatic for some women. Similar support is often indicated as “infertility”, including attention to stress and recommendation of exercise. Often, both female hormones of oestrogen and progesterone are low and other endocrine imbalances can increase miscarriage risk. These include those of the thyroid or adrenal glands and it is important to establish if these are a problem so they can be addressed.
Main Factors to Consider When Balancing Female Hormones
- Eat a blood sugar balancing diet – include varied fruit and vegetables, whole grains, phyto-oestrogens (lentils, soya beans, flaxseeds etc.), oily fish, nuts and seeds. Eat little and often, always eating a protein with a carbohydrate.
- Avoid sugar in all forms, reduce caffeine / alcohol.
- Increase water consumption.
- Avoid xeno-oestrogens (oestrogen like chemicals); found in plastics, pesticides, chemicals and hormone “injected foods” i.e. chicken breasts.
- Increase exercise.
- Maintain a balanced weight.
- Reduce stress and improve sleep. Use hypnotherapy to help.
- Look after your liver and bowels. If not working efficiently, will impact on hormonal imbalance.
- Use “Female Essence”, a pre-mixed Bach Flower combination aiming to bring emotional support, concerning all things female.
All symptom pictures mentioned throughout this whole series can be checked for at the clinic using Systematic Kinesiology. I regularly check female clients for oestrogen balance, thyroid function, adrenal stress and exhaustion, liver detoxification processes, food intolerances, bowel and digestive disorders. Appropriate advice is given with regard to diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplements.
Above all, there is hope. Being female does not mean that you have to suffer. Seek some professional advice today.
The information contained in this article is intended for information purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a medical practitioner, nor is it intended to offer the reader advice on the condition or the symptoms mentioned. Always seek the advice of a medical practitioner before embarking on any new health regime.
Rebecca Smith Systematic Kinesiologist,