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Female Hormonal Imbalance

So How Do I Know If My Hormones Are Unbalanced?

Some Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Weight Gain Fatigue Depression Food Addictions
Food Dependency Overeating Chocolate Cravings Carbohydrate Cravings
Low Sex Drive Cry Easily PMS Mood Swings
Hot Flashes Night Sweats Insomnia Irritability
Bloating Gas Irrational Thoughts Anxiety
Hair Loss Poor Bladder Control Osteoporosis Breast Cancer
Heart Disease Infertility Irregular Cycles  

How Did This Happen?

There are 3 main body system involved.

  • Hormonal System (Adrenal, Sex Hormones)
  • GI System (Gastrointestinal)
  • Detoxification System


Hormonal System

The first break down comes with the stress hormone system, or cortisol rhythm.  Adrenal hormones (cortisol and DHEA) typically underlie proper female hormone production and are the leading cause of female hormone symptoms such as PMS and menopausal symptoms.

As the adrenal, or stress hormones continue to slowly lose proper function, this negatively affects the digestive system.

GI System

Unstable blood sugar, over-consumption of carbohydrates and sweets, poor digestive function and food sensitivities all contribute to female hormone problems. Chronic, undetected infections, particularly in the intestinal tract, weaken immune function, and are a leading cause of adrenal hormone and therefore female hormone problems.

Dextoxification System

Finally, a dysfunctional hormonal and digestive system puts tremendous stress on the detoxification system (liver, kidneys, lymphatic tissue, lungs, and skin).  Women who have taken birth control or hormone replacement therapy have placed an extra burden on the liver detoxification pathways as the body tries to eliminate the hormones from an external source. Many women who react poorly to birth control or HRT or even natural hormone programs have liver detoxification issues.

These breakdowns typically are not a medical issue, meaning that this is not the allopathic (or medical) approach to hormonal health.  I am concerned with these subtle, underlying problems that not only slowly contribute to typical symptoms (fatigue, weight gain, hormone changes, constipation, etc.) but even to chronic diseases like arthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS, and cancer.

So How Do We Fix Me?!

It is important for me to review the main three body systems that lose proper function and figure out how to correct them, not just recommending “natural products” which may help.  A simple example I give commonly to my patients is that if we find an old clunker car in a field, putting gas in it alone will not necessarily make it run! We need to get under the hood and figure out the specific parts that need to be replaced.

Your hormones can lose proper function over time which can give numerous symptoms (from headaches and fatigue, to loss of sex drive and infertility).  The answer is not to just give more hormones, or “treat” the specific symptoms.  That would be like waiting in a long line to see your favorite musical artist and just cutting to the front.  There are steps to take to get to the front of the line and just like with hormones, there are middle steps that need to be addressed as well.

In my office, in order to observe the main triggers of female hormone dysfunction and symptoms, it is important for me to use the necessary testing methods which involves: hormone analysis, gastrointestinal status, and detoxification capabilities. This crucial information helps us in developing a plan that unique and specific to you and your body.


Take Action!

Dr. Zac Watkins has had success in correcting hormonal imbalances. Contact our clinic today!