Hormonal imbalance causes a whole host of issues, but women are often left with no other choice but to deal with it.

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Even with the availability of treatment options like hormone replacement therapy, prescribed medications, and changes in lifestyle, there is still a huge percentage of the general population suffering from its consequences. Lack of sex drive, persistent weight gain, unexplained cravings, weird mood swings, and acne are just some of the most common symptoms. Having an increased awareness about its causes, will help you understand why hormonal imbalance happens in the first place. This knowledge is also a preliminary step in being able to find the relief that will work best to help you begin to re-balance your hormones.

Some of the contributing factors are:

Poor Diet
As they say, you are what you eat. If you choose to eat healthy, which may be a sacrifice for most people who are used to eating junk, you will have a better state of health. On the other hand, if you maintain a poor diet, you are a more likely candidate to a variety of health problems, which will include hormonal imbalance. As it has been recommended by experts, your diet should be rich in green and leafy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to keep your hormones at a favorable level. If you are experiencing hormonal imbalance, one of the reasons would be the lack of fiber intake from your daily diet. Make sure to eat fibrous foods to allow the body to eliminate excess hormones.

Environmental Factors
Pollution is another common cause of hormonal imbalance among women. There are different toxins that get mixed in the air, which will have a negative impact in hormone secretion. If you live in a bustling metropolis, there is a higher likelihood of suffering from hormonal imbalance. In addition, even at home, the different products that you are using can contain a wealth of pollutants that can affect your hormones negatively in ways more than one. Chemicals that are found in Styrofoam, cleaning agents, and even your car exhaust can lead into exposure to unnatural estrogens. Once they are absorbed by the body, they thrive in your receptor cells and may inhibit the production of progesterone.

Chronic Stress
If you feel stress because of work, raising a family, managing your business, or even because of small things, there is a higher tendency of suffering from a hormonal imbalance. Every time that you are caught in a stressful situation, pregnenolone, which is essential in the production of female hormones, is diverted from its normal pathway, causing a hormonal imbalance. In addition, if you are already in menopause, you might be also more stressed, which can be partly due to the changes in your life like trying to redefine yourself for your next chapter.

Medications
There is a reason why professional consultation is necessary before taking any medications – to make sure that they will not have an adverse effect on your body. Several studies in the past have shown how medicines can be a cause of hormonal imbalance. A perfect example of such would be in the case of birth control pills. Although they are commonly used by some to treat hormonal imbalance, there are instances where it works the other way around as it becomes the cause and not the solution. Taking pills can cause an increase in the level of progesterone. Hormonal imbalance is also common for people who have suddenly stopped from taking birth control pills after a prolonged use of such.

Aging
It is a given fact of life that you will age in numbers, whether you like it or not. As a consequence, you will also suffer from hormonal imbalance, which can lead into irritability, mood swings, and other common symptoms. DHEA, which is considered to be a precursor to estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol, is linked to an imbalance in hormones as a result of aging. More so, once you enter your menopausal stage, it is also most likely that hormonal activities will be disrupted, leading to the imbalanced levels of in your body.


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