Stress can cause PMS and menopause problems. The careful balance of our hormones is very sensitive to stress, toxins, too little sunlight, sleep deprivation, inflammation, and other common factors of modern-day life. Here are some signs that your hormones are imbalanced:
- Low libido
- Changes in weight
- Poor concentration.
The body doesn’t know any difference when it comes to different types of stress. It doesn’t matter if it’s physical, emotional, or mental—your body won’t treat one stressor differently from others. However, some stressors are more common and long-lasting than others. Here are a few examples of chronic stressors:
- Sleep deprivation
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Eating too much processed food and sugar
- Leaking gut
- Pain and inflammation
- Autoimmune disease
- Food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, etc.)
Whether you are battling road rage, crashing after scarfing down a donut, or rushing to work, your body does not know any different. It will naturally go into “flight or fight” mode. Chronic stress can trigger low progesterone, which is known as “pregnenolone steal.” This leads to PMS and a not-so-fun transition into menopause.
If your hormones are imbalanced, engaging in typical self-care activities such as bubble baths and reading won’t make a lasting difference. Taking the right supplements, eating the right foods, and exercising is your best course of action. If you are looking to balance your hormones and destress by taking a holistic approach, please contact our office today.