I saved the best for the last … this is our final episode on The (TTC)Trying To Conceive Series , dealing with one of the leading cause of female infertility -Hormonal Imbalance . The woman’s inability to ovulate and regulate hormone levels cause a production of too much or too less of one particular hormone. This hormonal imbalance is manifested by symptoms that are easily detected allowing for treatment to begin as soon as possible.
These symptoms include:
- irregular menstrual cycles,
- excessive bleeding or very little bleeding
- abdominal and pelvic cramps,
- absence of menstrual period for stretches of time
- excessive weight gain / loss.
How hormonal imbalance affects your ability to conceive ..
Ovulatory disorders like an-ovulation causes the over production of androgens. These androgens are termed as “male hormones”, overproduction of these, particularly testosterone, result in a lesser production of estrogen -the hormone that marks and signals the ovulation process. In this case your body does not ovulate and this eliminated any chance of conception .
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) condition is marked by multiple growths of cysts in the ovaries, resulting in a hormonal imbalance and menstruation back flows. Less production of estrogen and progesterone necessary for ovulation results in lower egg quality and failure of eggs to mature. These failed to mature eggs become cysts and line the outer and inner ovaries. In this case your body hasn’t released a good quality egg for conception .
Menopause in women often starts at the age of 40, if it comes earlier; it becomes a sure sign of infertility. Ovulating process goes well into the forties. Premature Ovarian Failure accounts for about only 1% of female infertility. Apart from slowing down and cessation of ovulation process, menopause brings about a variety of bodily changes in women. Often, menopause is signaled by extreme mood swings, sleepiness, irregular menstruation and hot flashes.
Abnormal Cervical Mucus is a condition wherein the mucus lining the cervix and the uterus is not quite as it should be; the change in mucus consistency throughout the ovulation process is engineered mainly to aid in sperm journey and egg fertilization. Alteration in mucus consistency, with which the normal is thin and watery, becomes an obstruction for the sperm to reach the egg to ensure conception. With the low production of estrogen, the mucus becomes thick for sperm to pass or swim through. Specific reproductive glands are responsible for the secretion of proper mucus to line the cervix, and repeated infections and presence of sexually transmitted diseases are the common culprits of abnormal cervical mucus production.
Foods for hormonal imbalance;
My love for incorporating healthy foods in my diet began after being prescribed medication to try balance my hormones with no success, i decided to go the natural route. Thats how i discovered the power of super-foods with the help of my Homeopathy practitioner.
Below are some of the best foods to include as part of your regular diet to help balance your hormones.
- Garlic is by far one of the world’s healthiest foods! In addition to being antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, garlic (and to a lesser extent onions, chives, scallions, shallots, etc) contain ultra-high concentrations of the compound allicin which improve the body’s ability to metabolize iron, an important part of balancing hormones.
- Himalayan Pink Salt is a wonderful alternative to the copious amounts of table salt consumed by the average person at meal times. While you’ll still want to use iodized sodium chloride (your body needs iodine, too!) consider adding this amazing natural salt with its 84 different trace minerals to your hormone-healthy diet
- Cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil provides the body with lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride which improves not only hormone production, but also overall cholesterol levels, skin health, and much more!
- Walnuts and Almonds are packed with antioxidants and protein which improve the body’s ability to balance hormone production. As an added bonus, munching on these foods between meals will cut down on cravings for packaged snacks full of hormone-damaging simple sugars and polyunsaturated fats.
- Spirulina –This blue-green algae comes from lakes and ponds and contains large amounts of calcium magnesium and potassium. These essential hormone-balancing nutrients will reduce cramps, mood problems, breast tenderness and overall inflammation. , Spirulina attacks hormonal imbalance at a major root cause.
- Bee pollen is used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a fix for hormonal imbalance, they’re a complete food, providing protein and nutrients like Vitamin B and Folic acid, which are important for balancing hormones by way of balancing blood sugar, weight and mood. Be sure to get your pollen from a trusted source.
- Maca is an excellent superfood for hormonal imbalances . It’s extremely high in calcium, potassium, iron, fiber and protein. Maca balances hormones by regulating the hormone-stimulation hypothalamus and pituitary glands in the brain.
- Goji berries stand out as containing large amounts of vitamin C, iron, and antioxidants. The berries are widely used in Chinese medicine to treat hormonal imbalance.
- Chia & Flax seeds are high in important minerals including calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, zinc and iron. These all help to keep hormones balanced. Flax seeds have the edge when it comes to hormone health. They contain compounds called LIGNANS, which have been shown to help regulate oestrogen levels. read more on chia seeds http://wp.me/p879sZ-3c
- Apple Cider Vineger -Drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal can help your body to more efficiently convert proteins in your food into amino acids. These building blocks are used for many processes including the synthesis of hormones .
Super -foods are the secret weapon to a healthier you !