Hormone Imbalances

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Some experts think that hormone imbalances are often more to blame than anything else for the unpleasant symptoms that many women experience during menopause. To be sure our bodies rely on a wide range of prostaglandins and hormones to perform thousands of daily tasks. It stands to reason that if even only one of them was off balance, there would be a chain of adverse reactions in our body.

Dietary imbalances can be indirectly to blame for hormone imbalances. We often forget that our hormone balance is directly linked to the food that we eat. How else could it be? Every substance that our bodies make to run on is formulated from what we eat. If anything is missing from what we take in then our body cannot be expected to produce the correct substance, whatever it is.

Fat Intake and Hormone Imbalances

The area of our diet most often to blame for hormone imbalances is fats, and in particular, fatty acids. Every hormone or prostaglandin our body needs, depends on the right balance of fatty acids for production. Unfortunately, more and more our diets are deficient, as we are all eating artificial fats and oils that have been highly processed, instead of natural fats and oils that have been cold pressed.

Since 2000, studies of women taking hormone preparations, and particularly hormone replacement therapy, have been halted one after the other. This came as a shock to many women who were relying on HRT to correct their menopausal hormone imbalances. It was necessary because the medical profession quickly saw from the studies that assumptions about safety levels had been incorrect, and that in fact, HRT increases a woman's chance of breast cancer or dementia. So we now all need to look at natural alternatives to help stave off the effects of hormone imbalances that can come with menopause.


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