HORMONES help us to balance our entire system!
They are essentially the chemical messengers that are secreted in to the blood by our endocrine glands that form part of our hormonal system. They control different aspects of our body’s functions such as growth, development, reproduction, metabolism, stress and energy. Hormones are released to help us to maintain homeostasis (balance and equilibrium) at the cellular level. Take for example, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, body temperature, pH levels, which can all increase or decrease, depending on what the body’s is undergoing at the time, and the hormones released have a key role to play in maintaining homeostasis with all these functions.
There are times however, when the release of hormones is going to significantly change, and that’s normal, natural and expected. This could be for example, at puberty, during and post pregnancy/childbirth as well as during the perimenopausal/menopausal stage. Add to the mix, challenging life events, medication, aggressive treatments or perhaps a continuously stressful period of time or a traumatic and your delicate hormonal balance could experience a further onslaught. Whatever the cause, the changes may often go unnoticed at the beginning as you continue with your daily lives for a period of time. However, a situation may arise when the symptoms become difficult to ignore, as the way you’re feeling starts to interfere with your daily activities and the way you’re feeling on the inside. And if these symptoms continue unaddressed or unnoticed, they may then lead to a diagnosis of a chronic health condition.
Hormonal imbalances can cause you to feel as if your life is turning upside down. There’s the excruciating pain for one. Then there are the things you can’t do because you don’t have the energy or confidence. It can leave you exhausted and feeling low, shredding your confidence and self-esteem. And it may even be affecting your chances of having children.
The impact of hormone imbalances can be debilitating not just physically but emotionally and psychologically too. Depending on where the impact of the imbalance occurs most, specific health conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, to name a few, are diagnosed.
However, it’s far more complex than this, as there can be many contributory factors as well as an overlap of symptoms between health conditions, and therefore taking a more holistic view by considering the totality of your symptoms often give a better chance of bringing you back to balance on many levels. This would often include taking in to account your symptoms, your past history, your hereditary aspects as well as the mental and emotional aspects you’re experiencing currently.
With traditional treatments you’re usually given some form of medication and perhaps some hormone treatment, along with information on lifestyle changes. While this can help, I know for many it can feel as though this does nothing more than manage your symptoms and help you cope. But the underlying problem is still there.
I know what it’s like to fear that this is the best it will ever get because I’ve been there …
… and I also know that it doesn’t have to be this way.
After I had my second child, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. At first my GP thought I was simply working too hard. He told me to slow down, but I knew there was a lot more to my health problems than simply working too hard. I felt misunderstood and desperately needed help.
My GP prescribed thyroxine, which I took, yet I still felt exhausted and weak, along with suffering a whole host of other debilitating symptoms. I struggled on, but felt more and more that I needed to take my health and wellbeing into my own hands. I’d always been a health-conscious person, and the thought of being on prescription medicine for the rest of my life just didn’t feel right to me.
This spurred me on to find out more for myself. I wanted to be in control of my health and believed there was more that could be done to help me regain my fitness and energy. I became determined to do whatever it took.
So I embarked on a course of holistic treatments, including homeopathy, nutrition and supplements, as well making lifestyle adjustments such as meditation and exercise.
I’ve always been a ‘giver’. I had thought I was looking after myself as well as my loved ones, but the truth was, I wasn’t doing enough for myself, and eventually I realised this.
Over the years I’ve learnt to be kind to myself and to trust myself. I realised that if I didn’t make these changes and practise them regularly, no one else would do it for me!
In time, not only did these approaches help me to turn around my health and wellbeing – I’m pleased to say that I stopped taking thyroxine many years ago now – they also led me to the work I do today.
I’m now on a mission to help other women who are in a similar position
who are fed up with their symptoms, frustrated with the help they are – or are not – getting, and seeking healthier natural alternatives to address the root cause of their hormone-related problems.
When I hear people say there’s no cure, I want to say to them, there has to be! Granted, in some situations there may not be, but in most I believe there is.
Today I love sharing my knowledge, experience and expertise with more and more women to help them achieve their health and life goals.
Is This You?
Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with PCOS, endometriosis or an under/overactive thyroid or some other condition relating to one of the endocrine glands, and you know what’s going on. But if you’re unsure whether your symptoms mean you have an underlying problem, then a helpful first step is to explore how you’re feeling a little further.
Take a look at these statements and see if you recognise yourself in any of the descriptions.
Hormone Balance Initial Assessment
Menstrual cramps cause me to take time off work or school.
My menstrual cramps are so debilitating that I can’t function at all during those times.
The cramps start about a week before my period is due.
The cramps last throughout the whole of my period.
Menstrual cramps wake me up at night.
My periods are excessively heavy each month.
My periods last for more than 2 weeks each time.
I feel sensitive, tearful and emotional, and dizzy the week before I start my period.
Sometimes the most ridiculous comments or situations cause me to break down in tears.
My breasts feel heavy and swollen, and I feel bloated the week before I start my period.
I have fewer than 8 periods per year.
I suffer from pain during or after sexual intercourse.
I’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than a year now.
Exercise makes my pain worse.
My bowel movements are not as regular as they used to be.
Opening my bowels is painful.
When I’m hungry I feel dizzy, can’t concentrate and feel light-headed.
I crave sweet food; it makes me feel better when I’m hungry.
I crave salty food; it makes me feel better when I’m hungry.
I find it hard to remember things from the past.
I find it hard to maintain my energy levels throughout the day.
As the day goes on, I feel more and more exhausted.
As soon as I sit down to relax, I feel I could go to sleep.
My face and hands look puffy and feel swollen.
My hands and feet tend to be cold.
Exercise makes me feel worse.
My hands and feet tend to be cold.
The hair on my head is thinning.
I have excessive body hair, more than my siblings or friends.
As I’m getting older, I feel I can no longer tolerate foods that I used to eat easily.
No matter how much I exercise or eat sensibly, I can’t lose weight.
I feel weighed down emotionally and physically.
I find it hard to make time to focus on my health issues.
I’m always rushing around.
I have no energy to get on with all my day-to-day chores and activities.
I hate looking at myself in the mirror.
I feel my bones are getting weaker and weaker.
I wake up feeling unrefreshed.
My muscles and joints ache and feel heavy when I wake up or when I move from a still position.
I’ve been taking strong painkillers but they’re not effective anymore.
I’ve been taking the birth control pill or metformin for my symptoms but it hasn’t helped.
There’s so much I want to do on a day-to-day basis but my health is letting me down.
My mind is racing with thoughts and ideas and my body can’t keep up.
I feel frustrated because no one seems to understand what I’m going through.
I want to improve the quality of my life but I don’t know where to start.
Wherever you are along your health journey, irrespective of whether you’re starting to experience some of these niggling symptoms or whether you have received a diagnosis, I would love to have a chat with you to see if I can help you.
Please be mindful that these questions have been designed to assist you in identifying whether you need to seek further help for your health needs and should be used for educational and informational purposes only. In no way should this information be used as a substitute for medical advice given by your GP or specialist.
How Can I HELP YOU?
If you would like to discuss your symptoms further, I’d love to speak with you.
I offer an initial assessment where we can talk about what’s going on for you and look at possible natural treatment options.
You then have the option of a course of homeopathic treatment or going through my Healthy Hormone Balancing Programme – Root Cause Healing Your Thyroid, PCOS and Endometriosis.
I truly believe we have the power to heal our bodies provided we receive the right support.
Each moment of our lives is precious!
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