It is extremely common these days for women of all ages to suffer from hormonal imbalance. More and more we see women ages 25-35 with pre-menopausal symptoms; while this is common it is not normal. Considering the toxicity of our environment, it isn’t hard to understand why young women are experiencing hot flashes, weight gain, infertility, heavy periods, painful periods, fatigue, and PMS.
Here are three possible causes of hormonal imbalance in women that may be contributing to your symptoms:
1. GMO’s—Genetically Modified Organism’s
- More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks. Male rats and mice fed GM soy had changed testicles, including altered young sperm cells in the mice. By the third generation, most hamsters fed GM soy were unable to reproduce.
- The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility.
- Resolution: Within weeks of following non-GMO diets, patients at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor (NHCAA) report improvements in digestion, energy, and overall vitality.
2. Environmental Toxins
- Chemicals and metals all share a reputation of mimicking or disrupting hormones; these findings have been tied to certain types of cancers and are known to cause harm to unborn fetuses.
- When a cell’s exterior gets ‘gummed up’ with toxins, it can no longer give and receive messages. As a result, women end up with premenopausal symptoms, infertility issues, and endocrine disruption.
- Resolution: At the NHCAA we identify the source of toxicity, educate the patient on how to reduce their exposure, and use supplementation to support the body so the toxin can be flushed from the system.
3. Refined Foods and Sugar
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance – some hormones become underactive and others become overactive. Sugar can ruin the sex life of both men and women by turning off the gene that controls the sex hormones.
- Sugar suppresses the immune system. The average American consumes between 300-500 grams of carbohydrates per day, all of which convert to sugar in the body. The average person’s immune system thrives between 75-100 grams of carbohydrates per day.
- Resolution: Diet is a huge part of helping patients regain their health. At the NHCAA we use nutritional supplementation to help support the immune system while educating the patient about how to eat healthier, more nutritious food.