Nutrition and Hormonal Health

Nutrition and Hormonal Health

Food is undeniably the most important “drug” we put into our bodies. A drug is simply a substance that can alter a bodily function. Certainly we take for granted the way what we eat effects our hormones. Most women have no idea that the balance of the menstrual cycle is very delicate . The most common cause of a female “hormone imbalance” is poor nutrition. Most women are familiar with anorexia-associated menstrual abnormalities. If a woman, young or old, is extremely low in body fat her body will assume a famine has occurred and lessen her fertility. This will result in very low levels of estrogen and can encourage loss of bone density as well as missed periods.collamask review

While familiar, this is actually a rare problem for most women in developed countries. A loss of regular menstruation and ovulation from over-eating is far more common. Obesity itself can result in production of excess estrogen in the fatty tissue. Excess estrogen interferes with the normal ebb and flow from the ovaries, interrupting healthy ovulation. This excess estrogen, albeit weak, also increases the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers such as uterine and breast cancer. This type of metabolic influence can also be seen in the normal-weight woman who eats a very carbohydrate-dominant diet.bustural cream price

I often ask my patient who is complaining about her hormones, “What did you have for breakfast?” More often than not the answer is, “Nothing. I didn''t have time.” While this seems innocent enough, my patients frequently admit that they skip breakfast and “grab” something on the run later. This “something” will almost certainly be carbohydrate-based as most of us do not “grab” protein. A diet very high in carbs sends the wrong message to your body, insulin surges ( especially if breakfast has been skipped) and this sends a signal to store fat and interfere with ovulation. If ovulation is delayed, the menstrual bleed may be delayed or not even occur until the uterine lining is so thickened it begins it shed irregularly.erogan compoziție

This is one of the most common causes of irregular uterine bleeding, but its significance is the relevance to hormonal balance. After puberty and before menopause, ovulation is what dictates hormonal balance.maxisize đánh giá

It makes sense that nature would try and protect a woman from the stress of a pregnancy if her body is unhealthy. Maximizing health is the best way to achieve regular ovulation and the hormonal balance brought by it. High-circulating insulin levels wreak havoc with hormonal balance. The introduction of highly processed “white” food substances and sugary beverages to modern society is strongly affecting our youth.varicobooster effetti collaterali

Many teenagers suffer from irregular and heavy periods, mid-gut weight gain, acne and fatigue from hormonal imbalance brought about by a sugar-dominant diet. Some of my patients are addicted to what I call the “high-energy, low-energy” cycle of sugar excess. Because we baby boomers are also known as the “Pepsi Generation” trying to change a patient''s soda habit can be tough. Often I find patients will substitute high-sugar sports drinks, which have just as much sugar as regular soda. I recommend getting off the sweet drink habit and switching to bottled water. I think Splenda is an acceptable sugar substitute that can help break the sugar addiction.perle bleue

What About the Menopausal or Perimenopausal Patient?

Perimenopause is a time of decline for the ovary. It may start as early as age 33 or 35, but most patients notice the changes more dramatically in their 40s. Again, good nutrition is a key element of maintaining ovulation and extending the function of the ovaries. As a woman ages, her follicles (or eggs) age with her and poor nutrition can hasten the process. High-circulating cholesterol and triglycerides can result in poor blood flow to the ovaries and age them prematurely.

High insulin levels (even modestly high) suppress the release of the follicle and not only upset hormone balance, but may result in painful ovarian cysts. Many adult onset diabetics (Type-II) suffer from menstrual abnormalities because of insulin resistance. I recommend the South Beach Diet for patients who need to lower their intake of sugar to regulate their hormones.

What About Other Hormones?

Certainly female hormones are not the only ones prone to imbalance from poor nutrition. Thyroid disease can result from diets low in iodine. Because iodine is added to most commercially available salt in this country, iodine deficiency is felt to be rare. However, many experts feel that chloride and bromide excess (another fallout of progress) may displace iodide in the thyroid and make this gland less healthy. Adrenal hormones and many chemicals that regulate mood are dependent on vitamins in order to be produced in adequate quantities. I recommend strongly that my patients take a multivitamin every day.

Many of my patients ask me to check their hormones for imbalances. While I often comply, I point out that female hormones vary dramatically during a menstrual cycle as well as over a woman''s lifespan. The normal values are so broad that most of the time the results are pretty close to normal. I try to gently suggest, “Ask not what your hormones are doing for you , but what are you doing for your hormones?” After all, we really are what we eat.

Dr. Rebecca Booth completed medical school at the University of Louisville and did her residency training in Louisville as an OB/GYN. She has been a partner in private practice with Women First of Louisville for 17 years and now practices gynecology only. Dr. Booth has been voted one of Louisville ''s top OB/GYNs.