Is your schedule packed with holiday gatherings? Do evenings with family, friends, and coworkers dominate your December? Have you made a list (and checked it twice) to make sure that these events fall anywhere other than the week of your period? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! Find out what you need for awesome health every day of the year.
Over 14% of menstruating women admit to missing work or family events due to PMS and period discomfort. If you’re planning your days around those dreaded two weeks, you’re missing out on half of your life! Give yourself the gift of better health this holiday season.
In the bustle of holiday shopping and year-end deals, it can be easy to overlook our greatest investment: our health. If you deal with any of the symptoms below, it’s time to rethink your plan:
- Fluctuating weight
- Low back pain
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Stiff, swollen joints
- Mood swings
- Low sex drive
- Mental fog
Each of these is a symptom of hormonal imbalance, and over 80% of women complain of undergoing this each and every month! While most just accept these conditions or rely on ibuprofen and prescription pain medication to dull their symptoms, there is a better way! You can balance your hormones, and eliminate these symptoms from your life forever.
Hormones in Balance
Our bodies are composed of an intricate system of cells. Hormones control the function of these cells so that when our bodies are ready for rest, the right hormones are secreted to help us wind down, relax, and drift off to sleep. They keep us from getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and stimulate our hunger in the morning.
When hormones are in balance, we eat the right things, are naturally rested and energetic, and are generally clear-headed. Sadly, our lifestyles contribute to an imbalance on a daily basis, from the foods we eat to the products we use and the air we breathe. Hormonal imbalance can be caused by any of the following:
- Hormonal contraception (birth control pills)
- Hormone replacement therapy
- BPAs in plastics
- Non-organic meat, eggs, and dairy
- Environmental toxins (mold, pollution, etc.)
While some of these causes are under our control, many occur naturally in our environments. We are not destined to live out of balance, however!
An Imperfect Cycle
When hormones become imbalanced, it causes a cascade of symptoms. For many women, this manifests as severe cramping, moodiness, and bloating 7-10 days before their periods, as well as painful and heavy periods. Digestive disturbances are common, as are cravings. Mental fog, fatigue, and exhaustion can make it hard to support the body nutritionally, which further shifts the balance. By the time the week of their periods comes to an end, most of my patients feel like they’ve been on a terrible rollercoaster, and spend the next two weeks recovering. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like awesome health to me.
Conventional medicine dictates that in order to balance hormones, we must flood the body with more hormones. This goes against functional medicine and our body’s natural healing methods. It’s like setting your house on fire because it’s a little too warm. Instead of seeking the cause of the problem and treating it from this source, most doctors will try to use the pharmaceutical solution despite the links between these products and cancers, infertility, and more severe symptoms.
The Functional Medicine Difference
Functional medicine practitioners like myself have an entirely different view of healing. We believe in restoring the body’s natural function, and that bringing everything back into balance will restore your awesome health. We use advanced diagnostic testing to determine deficiencies and imbalances in your body instead of sending you home with a few different medications that may or may not help. You are unique, and so is your body. With functional medicine, you will be treated as an individual.
With your unique test results, I will help you bring your health back into balance by addressing your diet, lifestyle, and other factors that are contributing to your symptoms. I will recommend the right supplements to address any deficiencies. Unlike conventional medical practitioners, my goal is to solve your deepest health concerns, not keep you on a leash until I authorize your next prescription. I want you to live the fullest life possible, and I will be an advocate for your best health!
My goal is to help you enjoy each season of your life. In a month filled with holidays for many people, I make it my priority give you the gift of better health. I offer a free consultation so that we can discuss your health goals together, and end the year strong. If you’d like to have the best December ever, contact me today!
Rich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in resolving gut, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and fat issues. He uses a holistic approach and functional lab work to identify root causes such as hormone imbalances or gut pathogens that could be impacting your health.