Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body.
Common Signs Of Hormonal Imbalance:
- Chronic fatigue
- Mood swings
- Sleep issues
- Low libido
- Sudden weight gain or weight loss
- Changes in appetite
- Hair loss or thinning
- Digestive problems
- Irregular periods, vaginal dryness, and painful PMS.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?
Everyone will experience natural periods of hormonal imbalance or fluctuations at particular points in their life. Typically, it is caused by your diet, stress, medications, genes, and exposure to toxins in the environment.
Common Causes Of Hormonal Imbalance:
Inflammation: An unhealthy diet and being overweight are the two primary contributors to inflammation1. Studies show that diets high in omega-3 fats can help reduce chronic inflammation2,3.
Gut Issues: Studies show that your gut can influence your hormone regulation4. Lack of beneficial bacteria or digestive problems can increase inflammation which can impact your overall health.
Stress: Lack of sleep and chronic stress are a recipe for a looming hormonal imbalance. Studies show that stress is a precipitating factor for hormonal imbalance5. Your body responds to stress with changes in secretion of different hormones. This upsets the delicate balance in which the hormones naturally operate and results in unstable conditions.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Help Balance Hormones
Omega-3 fatty acids are synthesized from polyunsaturated fats and are used in the formation of hormone-like substances known as eicosanoids. Signaling molecules such as these regulate important bodily functions including cell growth, blood pressure, immune activity, inflammation, and platelet production.
Omega-3s are essential nutrients that are not produced or synthesized by the body. So how do you make sure you are getting enough omega-3?
- Increase your intake of foods rich in omega-3 like wild-caught salmon and flax seeds.
- Take a good-quality omega-3 supplement sourced from wild-caught fish.
- Lower your intake of omega-6 fats from canola, soybean, peanut, corn, and sunflower oil
- Minimize processed foods like simple carbs and sugar.
We recommend taking NATURELO’s Omega-3 fish oil supplement daily made from sustainable, wild-caught Alaska Pollock. We have even added some natural lemon flavor for a great aftertaste!
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2. Update on the Impact of Omega 3 Fatty Acids on Inflammation, Insulin Resistance and Sarcopenia: A Review, 2018 Jan 11
3. Dietary n-6 and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: from biochemistry to clinical implications in cardiovascular prevention, 2009 Mar 15;77(6):937-46. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2008.10.020. Epub 2008 Oct 28
4. Minireview: Gut microbiota: the neglected endocrine organ, 2014 Aug;28(8):1221-38. doi: 10.1210/me.2014-1108. Epub 2014 Jun 3
5. Stress and hormones, 2011 Jan-Mar; 15(1): 18–22