Root Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

Hormonal imbalance may be a curse, but women are often left with no other choice but

to deal with it. Even with the availability of treatment options like hormone replacement

therapy, prescribed medications, and even changes in lifestyle, there is still a huge

percentage of the general population suffering from its consequences. Lack of sex

drive, persistent weight gain, unexplainable cravings, weird mood swings, and

breakdown of acne are just some of its most common symptoms, which you will surely

wish not to experience. Amongst other things, one that will definitely help is to have an

increased awareness about its causes, which will make you understand why such has

to happen. This is also a preliminary step in being able to find the relief that will work

best in individual cases.

Poor Diet

As they say, you are what you eat. If you choose to eat healthy, which may be a

sacrifice for most people who are used to eating junk, you will have a better state of

health. On the other hand, if you maintain a poor diet, you are a more likely candidate to

a variety of health problems, which will include hormonal imbalance. As it has been

recommended by experts, your diet should be rich in green and leafy vegetables, fruits,

and whole grains to keep your hormones at a favorable level. If you are experiencing

hormonal imbalance, one of the reasons would be the lack of fiber intake from your daily

diet. Make sure to eat fibrous foods to allow the body to eliminate excess hormones.

Environmental Factors

Pollution is another common cause of hormonal imbalance among women. There are

different toxins that get mixed in the air, which will have a negative impact on hormone

secretion. If you live in a bustling metropolis, there is a higher likelihood of suffering

from hormonal imbalance. In addition, even at home, the different products that you are

using can contain a wealth of pollutants that can affect your hormones negatively in

ways more than one. Petrochemicals that are found in Styrofoam, cleaning agents, and

even your car exhaust can lead to exposure to unnatural estrogens. Once they are

absorbed by the body, they will thrive in your receptor cells and may inhibit the

production of progesterone.

Chronic Stress

If you feel stressed because of work, raising a family, managing your business, or even

with just the smallest of things, there is a higher tendency of suffering from a hormonal

imbalance. Every time that you are caught in a stressful situation, pregnenolone, which

is essential in the production of female hormones, is diverted from its normal pathway,

and hence, causing a hormonal imbalance. In addition, if you are already in your

menopausal stage, which is characterized by change in hormone activity, you might be

also more stressed, which can be partly due because of the thought that you are

already aging and that your children are already having their own lives.


There is a reason why professional consultation is necessary before taking any

medications – to make sure that they will not have an adverse effect on your body.

Several studies in the past have shown how medicines can be a cause of hormonal

imbalance. A perfect example of such would be in the case of birth control pills.

Although they are commonly used by some to treat hormonal imbalance, there are

instances wherein it works the other way around as it becomes the cause and not the

solution. Taking pills can cause an increase in the level of progesterone. Hormonal

imbalance is also common for people who have suddenly stopped from taking birth

control pills after a prolonged use of such.


It is a given fact of life that you will age in numbers, whether you like it or not. As a

consequence, you will also suffer from hormonal imbalance, which can lead to

irritability, mood swings, and other common symptoms. DHEA, which is considered to

be a precursor to estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol, is linked to an imbalance in

hormones as a result of aging. More so, once you enter your menopausal stage, it is

also most likely that hormonal activities will be disrupted, leading to imbalanced levels of

such in your body.

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