Hormones are chemical messengers which help control a wide range of functions in the body, including growth, metabolism, mood and sexual function.

Our hormone levels should naturally be well controlled by the body, but sometimes external factors such as diet and lifestyle, and even the environment in which we live can throw these carefully regulated systems out of balance. 

Unfortunately, imbalances in sex hormones are not uncommon and these can be associated with a wide range of unwanted symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression, anxiety, mood swings
  • Brain fog, poor memory
  • Hirsutism (excessive hair growth in women)
  • Acne
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Heavy, painful or irregular periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Low libido
  • Hot flushes, night sweats

If you identify with any of the above, consider making some changes:

Changes in diet

  • Eat a low GL (glycaemic load) diet: low in sugars and refined carbohydrates
  • Eat high quality protein every day (from wholefood animal and/or plant sources)
  • Eat your greens (including cruciferous veg), onions and garlic
  • Ensure you are eating plenty of fibre (and opening your bowels daily)
  • Don’t overcook meat and if budget allows, switch to organic meat and dairy
  • Avoid fats found in processed foods
  • Reduce or avoid stimulants such as cigarettes, caffeine and alcohol

Changes in lifestyle

  • Focus on managing stress
  • Take regular exercise

Reduce environmental toxins

  • Don’t put plastics in the microwave
  • Choose BPA free
  • Use greaseproof paper instead of cling film
  • Switch to more natural brands of household cleaners and personal care products

Try and maintain a healthy weight

If you are continuing to struggle with any of these symptoms you may benefit from more personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice.