My Crazy Hormone Journey!
I am so happy to say that I finally have balanced hormones.
I have regular periods with minimal pain and they do not prevent me doing anything. I have consistent energy, my skin is good, my hair is thick, and I live a healthy life and you don’t know how grateful I am for this at 47. It was not always like this!
I had painful periods for as far back as I can remember. At 15 I was put on the pill to regulate my periods, this resulted in terrible mood swings and weight gain and it was the start of my crazy hormone journey that I would endure for over 20 years. This is my personal account of how I feel I have healed my body* and found some normality in my life.
I experienced extreme pain every month; I would take the maximum dose on Nurofen plus every month, simply to be able to carry on a normal life. I had cysts on my ovaries, continual bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, blocked & scarred fallopian tubes, suspected endometriosis, and infertility.
It felt like my period took over my whole life, the week before I would feel awful. I would have to cancel events and re arrange my life, often having time off work if fell on the first or second day. It was a tough as not every understood what I was going through, I felt so alone.
It´s Safe to say my relationship with my hormones has been epic!
But what angers me is that for most is that I was never aware that my symptoms could have been connected and all linked to my hormones. A major sign or hormone imbalance is digestive issues. I feel sad that it took the best part of 25 years for me to get the knowledge I needed to heal. My lifestyle was playing havoc with my hormones if I had made changes earlier things could have been very different.
How many of these do you have?
Loss of muscle mass
Wired and Tired
If you have more than two of these you could have hormonal imbalance!
What can cause hormonal imbalances?
At different stages of our lives we go through times of hormonal changes;
Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy & childbirth & postnatally, Peri-menopause, menopause, post menopause are some of the natural times we experience changes.
However other factors can affect our hormones too, some of these include;
Leaky gut syndrome
Nutrition & supplementation is key to healing;
So first things first, the sugar has to go, the processed food has to go, the alcohol has to go these are the worst offenders (sorry!). If you can eat organic then great, if you can´t afford organic, then maybe clean your fruit and vegetables with essential oils like lemon and doterra On guard, give them a soak in bicarbonate of soda to cleanse them (10 minutes normally enough and you will see what comes off its pretty yuk!)
It´s great to do a cleanse once or twice a year, a cleanse really helps us to rid the body of heavy metals, improve liver function, aid digestion and support overall wellbeing.
Nutrition is key to healing our bodies on every level and especially our hormones. I am not a nutritionist. However, I know that it´s key to eat a diet that with lots of lovely colours and get a good amount of healthy fats and protein with every meal and drink lots of water too!
Supplementation has changed my life and helped me heal. So many women suffer from nutrient deficiency. Admittedly, it´s a minefield knowing what to take. Before I started my daily supplement regime I was feeling so tired in the morning and having lots of slumps in my energy. I started taking the Doterra Lifelong Vitality Supplements along with the digestive enzymes and the probioitics. I noticed massive changes in my energy levels after one month of taking them.
Moving your body;
Moving your body is for keeping your hormones balanced. For me mornings are my favourite time to exercise. I find if I plan to do it later, I never do! I do a morning run, Wim hof breathing session and a swim daily. I also practise morning yoga and meditate daily. You can do whatever you enjoy if that´s going for a walk in the forest or a hike then that is great. Just find what you like and do a little every day, consistency is key. All exercise & movement helps us to reduce stress levels and balance our hormones.
Essential oils support;
Doterra essential oils have helped me so much in my healing journey. In particular, Clary sage and a very special blend called Clary Calm (the women´s monthly blend) this has helped me so much, it contains so many wonderful hormone balancing oils. Other powerful hormone balancing oils are Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Cederwood, Thyme, Bergamot and fennel.
Essential oils are metabolised quickly so it´s important to weave them into your daily self-care practise and use little and often, especially when you are using them to support your hormones. I recommend using oils on your feet as you wake in the morning, I love to use doterra balance. I take a couple of drops of Lemon internally in my water to help me cleanse. I mix essential oils into my body oils and I use rollers of essential oils throughout the day. I roller on my throat, my inner wrists on my neck to give me ongoing support (always have a roller in my bag) Essential oils are so powerful and when used in conjunction with other practises.
I am so happy to have discovered these practises of healing and I want to share with other women. I must stress these changes were gradual and took a few months to really work. We have to be patient and work consistently to really see changes they do not happen overnight.
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Much of the information taken in this blog is from Dr Mariza Snyder she has a podcast and a book called The Essential Oils Hormone Solution – I also recommend you listen to Mind Body Green podcast for nutrition tips.
If you would like to connect with me or start your oils journey with me please contact me or follow me on social media theyogasanctuaryibiza
*It´s always good to have medical tests and rule out anything more serious happening