Menopause, PMS, infertility, endometriosis – throughout the course of a woman’s life, it’s likely that she will encounter a health concern that exclusively affects women. The good news? Today, with the knowledge and guidance of natural health practitioners, women can take control and alleviate these conditions naturally and effectively.

For many, the treatments offered by traditional medicine do not always address the common cause of these issues – female hormonal imbalance. Not to be underestimated, a regime based on a healthful diet, regular exercise and the use of natural treatments can help you regain your energy, decrease pain and enjoy life to its fullest.

Let’s take a look at some of the underlying causes of women health issues and what you can do today to make a difference…

Understanding Estrogen Balance in Women

While no two women’s bodies are the exactly the same, there is undisputable link between women-exclusive health concerns and estrogen balance. An imbalance in the ratio of progesterone to estrogen, called “estrogen dominance,” is a common link in health issues including PMS, endometriosis, menopause and infertility.

Estrogen is produced in the ovaries, adrenals and fat cells of the body. Stress, a diet high in refined sugar and carbs, stimulant usage and excess body fat all can contribute to an increase in estrogen.

Different Women, Different Conditions Linked by Hormonal Imbalance

Take two very different women, both with serious health concerns at different stages of their lives.

Bridget is a 32-year-old woman whose art career has taken her all over the globe. Debilitating menstruation, pelvic pain and painful intercourse led her to seek medical help. The diagnosis was endometriosis, a mysterious condition that can lead to abdominal scarring and infertility. Hormone-blocking medications, all with their own set of issues, or surgery were among the treatments recommended by her doctor. Still, Bridget dreaded the thought of depending on medication or surgical intervention without exploring other options.

Susan is a 54-year-old woman who has always lived a socially active life – volunteering in her community, getting together with friends and maintaining a full-time job. Recently, menopausal symptoms – hot flashes, changes in mood and lack of energy – have had negative effects on Susan’s busy life. She hopes to alleviate these symptoms naturally – and fast.

Both Bridget and Susan are living with conditions that result from female hormonal imbalance. Excessive estrogen is causing endometrial tissue to form outside Bridget’s uterus. Susan’s progesterone levels have dipped significantly during menopause, creating a hormonal imbalance.

A Natural, Effective Plan for Better Health

Bridget and Susan – and anyone suffering from a health condition caused by female hormonal imbalance – can take control of their health naturally and effectively.

As mentioned above, stress on adrenal glands – caused by weight, emotional stress, poor diet, ingested chemicals and more – can trigger excess estrogen production.

A diet overhaul can help decrease adrenal stress and the symptoms of female hormonal imbalance. A low-glycemic diet of organic, unrefined foods – with plenty of lean protein, vegetables and fruits – will help balance estrogen production in the adrenals. Exercise is also a critical component of this action plan. Just 20 minutes a day, three times a week can help with weight management and elevate a woman’s mood.

Natural nutrition supplements and treatments are also recommended. Taking the best of what’s found in nature, these treatments work in harmony with a woman’s body for holistic health. Dr. Sheehan can develop a plan customized for your specific condition, concerns and lifestyle.

Dr. Keith Sheehan is a Chiropractor and Holistic Practitioner practicing at 1301 East King Street in beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sheehan has had 15 years experience helping his clients with a wide variety of physical and biochemical conditions, using an individually tailored wellness approach and natural therapies. His clients appreciate his caring and direct approach his helpful, knowledgeable staff. To schedule a nutritional or chiropractic assessment, or for more information, please contact Dr. Sheehan at (717) 392-6606.

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