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8 Steps To Balancing Hormones Naturally To Relieve PMS, Depression and More

13 Nov

More and more women nowadays are suffering from a hormonal imbalance known as oestrogen dominance.  This means that the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone is incorrect, which can lead to a wide range of hormonal problems including:

  • PMS
  • Depression & post-natal depression
  • Breast cancer
  • Weight gain
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Menopausal problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Breast lumps
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibroids
  • Infertility

The good news is that it is possible to correct this imbalance naturally, and here is my 8-step programme to help you do just that:

  1. Avoid stress, sugar and stimulants – all of these raise your levels of cortisol, a hormone that competes with progesterone and therefore contributes to oestrogen dominance
  2. Limit intake of meat and dairy produce – these are sources of saturated fat that also contain oestrogen hormones.  When you do eat meat, ensure it is organic or at least free-range.
  3. Consume essential fatty acids – how your body manages its hormones is largely determined by prostaglandins, which are obtained from the essential fatty acids we consume.  The best dietary sources are seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax – take one heaped tablespoon of this mix each day) and oily fish (salmon, mackerel, herring).
  4. Supplement essential fatty acids – you will need to take an essential fatty acid supplement as well as eating seeds and fish.  This will help restore the correct hormone balance rapidly, as well as being needed for the immune, nervous and endocrine systems. 
  5. Increase vitamin B6, magnesium and zinc – there are many vitamins and minerals needed for proper hormone balancing, including these three.  It is not advised that you supplement individual vitamins and minerals unless under the supervision of a nutritionist, and so you should supplement a high-quality multivitamin and mineral product made from all-natural vitamins and plant-derived minerals.
  6. Check hormone levels – rather than guessing whether you may have a hormonal imbalance, visit your nutritionist or doctor and ask for a saliva test to identify any underlying problems.  These simple tests are at least as effective as blood tests and can allow you to overcome any imbalances naturally.
  7. Improve cell-to-cell communication – ask me how
  8. Supplement natural hormone balancers – these will correct the hormone imbalance by providing a string of plant-derived hormones.

Following this 8 step plan will allow you to identify and overcome any underlying hormone imbalances, relieving a wide range of health problems and physical symptoms.  If you would like more information about this subject, feel free to contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk

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Natural Treatment For Post Natal Depression (PND) Through Supplements

8 Nov

As a relatively new mum, I have become involved both professionally and socially with many more mums than I used to know, and I have been amazed by just how many of these clever, interesting women have been struck by post-natal depression (commonly known as PND) since giving birth.

For many, they reach a point where they realise they need help, and go straight to the doctor who generally either tells them their symptoms are not strong enough for him to take any action, or prescribes medication.  This medication typically numbs the senses, meaning the woman is relieved from the drastic lows she had been experiencing, but also robbing her of the highs; the good times she used to enjoy.

There is another option.  Post-natal depression can be treated naturally through diet, exercise and supplementation.

While there is undoubtedly a psychological aspect to post-natal depression as the new mum comes to terms with the huge demands and responsibility of having a baby, it is usually triggered by hormonal changes.  The good news is that these can be overcome naturally without resorting to medication.

While pregnant, your body transfers large amounts of zinc to your unborn baby.  Unless you have a generous supply of zinc (and most people don’t), this will leave you zinc deficient.  Common side-effects of zinc deficiency?  Depression, poor appetite, white marks on fingernails, stretch marks and poor immune system.

So, the first thing you need to do if you are presenting these symptoms after having a baby is to restore your zinc levels.  However, supplementing individual vitamins and minerals can be dangerous – so you will need to supplement a high-quality, natural multivitamin and mineral.  (Ask me for a recommendation.)

Next, you need to supplement Omega-3 fatty acids.  This is also a very common deficiency present with post-natal depression.  Increasing Omega-3 levels is a balancing act through diet and supplementation.  Oily fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel) should be eaten in limited amounts, due to the pollution fish is exposed to, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds should be added to your diet each day.  A pure Omega-3 fatty acid supplement should also be used.

These steps, together with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can combat post-natal depression without the need for medication.

For further information, or personalised advice, contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk