The human body is a complex system. A lot of activities and changes happen every second in your body. If you were to feel and react to all of them, you would be a very miserable human being. One of most fascinating aspects of our bodies is the functioning of hormones.
I know women who would rather not discuss hormones. I am talking about women in reproductive ages who experience painful cramps and mood swings among other complications. There are also those who endure night sweats, weight gain, hot flushes and mood swings when in the premenopausal stage. In the first case, experts explain that these are symptoms of PMS or premenstrual syndrome. The painful symptoms results from imbalances in the levels of progesterone and oestrogen.
Now you understand why Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is popular with women. The fascination with HRT owes to the fact that you don’t want to experience pain when you can control or avoid it. It does not matter that this pain may be as a result of natural biological processes. If it can be controlled, then you will go to all lengths to do so. You must understand also that no woman wants to spend painful days away from work and the public.
A Natural Method?
It is important to understand that women often spend a lot of money buying various medicines to ease the pain occasioned by natural reactions of various hormones. This is not only applicable in PMS. Even women in menopause are forced to invest in HRT to make sure their levels of progesterone, oestrogen or testosterone are optimal.
However, HRT has proved to be not only expensive but also detrimental to many women. In essence, while it helps to effectively manage painful symptoms, these benefits cannot compensate for the repercussions. This is evident from recent studies involving HRT drugs. Consequently, you may be asking whether there are natural ways of balancing your hormones without causing you so much pain.
How About Bio-Identical Hormones?
These are hormones that are manufactured in labs and which have the same molecular structure as natural hormones secreted in your body. Bio-identical hormones are made from yams and soy extracts. Although they are gaining popularity there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are better than conventional HRT.
Natural Therapies For Hormone Replacement
If HRT works for you and you have no other method of dealing with painful PMS or menopausal symptoms, do not discard it. However, there is strong and tried evidence that an Ayurvedic approach can rebalance your hormones and reduce or eliminate your need for pharmaceutical therapies such as HRT.
According to this approach, instead of dealing with the symptoms only, you need to address the underlying causes of your PMS or menopausal pain. In fact, your pain presents an opportunity for you to deal with spiritual and life implications, even as you transition from one physiological stage to the other.
A Strategy For Balancing Your Hormones Naturally:
- Eating foods rich in indole-3-carbinol (I3C), particularly broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels and kohlrabi. Once these foods are metabolised they produce dindolylmethane (DIM), which helps to regulate oestrogen and also fights breast cancer.
- Eating foods with phytoestrogens such as flax and sunflower seeds, soy products, legumes and bean sprouts. Phytoestrogens are effective in balancing hormones in your body naturally.
- Making use of herbal medicine:, an Ayurvedic herb, for example, is very effective in dealing with the moods swings and irritability caused by PMS as well as the hot flashes of menopause. You can also use herbal therapies to overcome other psychological and physical symptoms of these stages. It is important, though, to consult and expert before adopting herbal therapies for your health complications.
- Managing your weight: When your body has healthy weight it will not overproduce oestrogen. This happens especially when surplus adipose tissue plays the role of an endocrine gland.
- Practice deep breathing: You can ease the effects of night sweats and hot flashes and enhance your general wellbeing by engaging in about 15 minutes of breathing from your belly. This method has been proved to work through clinical trials.
- Practice meditation: Train yourself to perform primordial sound mediation and other techniques that calm the mind as this will lessen stress hormones and make your body to work in a more efficient manner.
If HRT has not worked for you it is time to adopt natural therapies. This applies also to everybody else who feels that HRT is not safe in the long run. Check your diet, engage in physical activity, manage stress and consult your physician regularly as this will help to balance your hormones naturally and with little expense.
At a glance:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy has been used for many years to deal with hormonal imbalances in menopausal and PMS women for many years.
- The pains and inconveniences experienced by women during these crucial stages in their lives necessitate drastic measures.
- HRT is used to balance the levels of progesterone, oestrogen or testosterone in your body and thus bring relief to your body.
- However, HRT has been proved to cause more pain than the relief it brings to some women. You are better off with an alternative therapy if you experience more pain than reprieve.
- The search for a natural strategy to balance your hormones is informed by the harmful side effects of HRT and the belief that a natural approach would bear more effective results.
- Bio-identical hormones have been fronted as a solution because of the manner in which they are manufactured and how they affect natural body hormones, but their effectiveness is comparable to that of HRT.
- Ayurvedic approach is holistic and advocates for physical, spiritual and physiological wellbeing by addressing the causes of PMS and menstrual symptoms.
- It advocates for eating foods phytoestrogens and indole-3-carbinol which are known to balance hormones in your body.
- You can also manage PMS and menstrual symptoms easily by maintaining healthy body weight and practicing deep breathing.
- Herbal therapies and meditation are also proven strategies for balancing your body hormones, with the later helping to deal with stress.
Your Grace Guru