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There is a huge number of hormone/endocrine challenges in the United States today.  Hormone imbalances have several causes and can impact the entire body; however, they specifically impact the reproductive organs, thyroid, liver and brain.  These issues are causing trouble in the health of both men and women, young and old.  The implications are wide spread and are becoming more devastating by the day.

The endocrine system includes the glands in the body that produce hormones for regulating growth and development, mood, reproduction and many other functions.  Hormones are chemical messengers, each with a unique job to do in the body.

Below is a list of glands along with some of its functions. This is not an exhaustive list but it gives an idea about the significant role of the endocrine system.

Endocrine gland:

Main role in the body:

Some of the  hormones secreted:

Hypothalamus

Connects the endocrine system to the nervous system.  Tells the pituitary gland when to start and stop hormone secretions.

Corticotrophin-releasing hormone, dopamine, growth hormone

Pituitary

Often referred to as the “Master Gland” because it makes hormones that control other endocrine glands.

Anterior lobe-regulates thyroid, adrenals and reproductive glands

Posterior lobe-regulates water balance in the body

Growth hormone, prolactin, endorphins, oxytocin, antidiuretic hormone

Pineal

Controls sleep cycles

Melatonin

Thyroid

Controls the metabolism and oxygen supply to the entire body

T3 and T4

Parathyroid

Energetically control the thyroid and plays an important part in bone metabolism by regulating calcium levels

Parathyroid hormone

Thymus

Controls the immune system…creates T cells (to fight pathogens)

Thymosin

Adrenals

Broken into 2 parts:

  1. The outer part/adrenal cortex- regulates salt and water balance, stress response, metabolism, immune system and sexual function
  2. The inner part/adrenal medulla- controls fight or flight responses to stress

Adrenaline, cortisol

Pancreas

Controls digestion, energy stores

Insulin and glucagon

Ovaries

Sexual development/function

Estrogen and progesterone

Testes

Sexual development/function

Testosterone

Common hormone challenges include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Infertility
  • PMS issues
  • Sexual issues (decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, painful intercourse etc)
  • Acne
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Hair thinning/falling out
  • Excess body weight
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Brain fog

There can be so many things that cause hormone imbalances.

Common causes of hormone imbalances:

  • Processed foods (rich in xeno-estrogens)
  • Animal products
  • Soy
  • GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor digestion
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Electro-magnetic fields (cell phones, computers, TV, etc.)
  • Congestion in the liver and gallbladder
  • Other: Interference fields from past scars/trauma, immune stress, etc.

Balancing the hormones is not an easy task. 

Here are some general actions that you can take to re-balance your hormones.  (For some people, this is sufficient.  In many cases, if you have had longer-term hormone challenges, you may need to seek specific help.)

  • Eat an organic, whole food, plant-based diet
  • Avoid soy, corn and canola (which is easy to do when eating whole foods)
  • Eat lots of organic, dark leafy greens to combat nutritional deficiencies
  • Support digestion by eating your biggest meal at lunch, eating reasonable portions, and fasting daily for at least 12 hours (example: from 7pm to 7am)
  • Get deep, restful sleep each night, ideally from 10pm to 6am. (This is when your hormones reset)
  • Avoid electronics at least 2 hours before bed (and throughout the night)
  • Avoid fried foods, refined flour, sugar and oil
  • Reduce stress.  Long-term stress sabotages every organ and gland in the body.
  • Supplement yourself.  There are also some supplements that can help.  I am always a bit reluctant to mention supplements because of the profound lack of understanding in how they work.  There is a HUGE difference in quality.  You need to use supplements from pure sources that are cell resonate (that is, they carry the same frequency as health tissues).  You also need to use them as SUPPLEMENTS. (They are not magic bullets and do not take the place of drinking water, quality sleep, eating good nutrition, etc.)  PLEASE don’t make the mistake of taking a supplement but never getting adequate rest and then thinking the supplement “didn’t work.”  All that said, here are a few supplements that can be helpful either directly or indirectly, depending on your root cause:

If you have consistently done these things and are still not feeling balanced, or if you just suspect you have a uniquely difficult case, don’t continue suffering— Get help!  I would LOVE to help you!  Call Cassie at New Hope Health to schedule your consultation: 269-204-6525

Nothing said or implied in this post is intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease.  It does not take the place of a health care practitioner.  It is for educational purposes only.
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