What is Really Interfering with Women’s Hormones?

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Posted by: Dr. Mercola
November 21 2009

Daniel Kalish, D.C., explains why hormone imbalances are usually not an isolated problem. Most of the time, they are related to stress response. But a combination of lifestyle changes and balancing hormones can get your system working right.

Dr.  Mercola’s comments

Female Hormonal Imbalances are Often Tied to Lifestyle

Your lifestyle is a major player in many aspects of your health, and that includes keeping your hormones balanced.

Hormones are proteins or steroids that are secreted directly into your bloodstream, playing a role in many body functions such as:

  • Your body’s metabolism of minerals
  • Regulation of fluids
  • Reproduction
  • Sexual function
  • Responses to stress

The endocrine system, which includes glands such as the pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenal cortex and medulla, and ovaries, produce hormones in women.

If your hormones are in balance, you likely sleep well, have lots of energy and a strong sex drive, and your immune system and digestive system should be functioning smoothly.

However, it’s relatively easy to push your hormones off kilter, leading to an array of varied symptoms and hormone disorders including:

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.