50 years ago hormonal imbalances were rare. Many factors have contributed to the epidemic we are experiencing today. However one of the main factors is our diet – which is heavily processed and not the way nature intended us to eat.

Unprocessed food is balanced. As long as you do not consume too much of any one food group the body automatically assimilates the food and utilises all the nutrients accordingly to maintain health. When food is processed, many of the internal buffer mechanisms are removed and the body finds it difficult to metabolise the additional colours, flavours, and preservatives. All these chemicals require detoxification, straining the liver and increasing the demand for essential nutrients needed in the regulation of hormones.

Processed food can cause spikes in blood sugar effecting the pancreas, the adrenal glands, suppression of normal thyroid activity,  and over stimulation or suppression of the nervous system. The body can deal with small amounts of processed foods, yet if it becomes a large portion of the diet for a prolonged period of time, there are dire health consequences. The epidemic of diabetes which is a dietary condition caused from excessive intake of refined sugars should be a warning to the dangers of an over processed diet. The constant stimulation of the glandular system for as little as 3 months leads to the beginnings of hormonal imbalance. If it continues chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer can develop.

Take a look at the average teenage girls diet – chips, lollies, chocolate, low fat foods, pre-packaged foods in combination with skipped meals and energy drinks leads to a recipe for hormonal imbalance. Ask any parent with a teenage daughter if they believe they have a hormonal imbalance? Teenage girls are a powerful demonstration of the effects of hormones on mental and emotional balance. Sweet young girls quickly change into argumentative, moody, irrational and angry teenagers once reproductive hormones begin to surge. These girls did not develop the condition overnight. From very early in life they have been exposed to excessive refined and processed foods, a toxic food chain and prolonged stress. These factors in combination with inherited susceptibility from the mothers existing glandular imbalance lead to a generation of young girls suffering a misunderstood condition where the only conventional treatment is synthetic contraceptives and antidepressants. A young girl suffering from hormonal imbalance is much more likely to be susceptible to emotionally based conditions such as bulimia and anorexia.

Many of these eating habits continue into adulthood. Alcohol and smoking often add fuel to the fire. Stress becomes an increasing factor and the end result is a society of women suffering from some degree of hormonal imbalance where diet and lifestyle has had a large role in developing.

The secret to correcting a hormonal imbalance lies in a healthy diet, exercise and managing stress levels effectively. Follow the Happy Hormones program to help you to find balance again.

About Jeff Butterworth:

Jeff Butterworth B.App. Sc, N.D is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience specialising in treating hormonal disorders. Jeff developed the Happy Hormones program after discovering a unique way of treating hormonal disorders - by focusing on endocrine balance rather than hormonal levels - which gives long-lasting and dramatic results.