You may have seen our recent blog and case study publication on nutrients for thyroid health. But what if you have an autoimmune thyroid condition? The most common cause of thyroid dysfunction, whether it be hypothyroid or hyperthyroid, is autoimmune in nature.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which a woman’s levels of sex hormones are out of balance. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts on the ovaries.
PCOS is thought to affect up to 10% of women of childbearing age and if you have two of the following three features you may be diagnosed:
- Irregular or absent periods – which means your ovaries don’t regularly release eggs or ovulate
- Excess androgens – high levels of “male hormones” in your body, which may cause physical signs such as acne or excess facial or body hair
- Polycystic ovaries detected on an ultrasound
Balancing your hormones naturally
Nutrition plays an important role in balancing your hormones naturally. When our hormones are out of balance, this can lead to problems such as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular, painful or heavy periods, difficulties getting pregnant and a myriad of menopausal symptoms. At every stage in your life, supporting your hormonal balance through simple dietary and lifestyle changes could help to reduce the effects of hormonal changes.
Zinc is an extremely important mineral in our diet. It is a component of one of the most abundant antioxidant compounds in the body (copper-zinc oxide dismutase) and is a co-factor in over 400 reactions in the body, including many steps involved in metabolism. It is essential for the production of sperm and for the development of mature eggs and uterine health in female fertility. Zinc is critical for the production of thyroid hormones and thus regulation of our hormones in general and prevention of miscarriage.
Did you know that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) affects approximately 70 to 90% of women? That’s almost all of us! PMS describes any symptoms that occur after ovulation and disappear almost as soon as the period arrives. A further 10% of women with PMS may experience a very severe form called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).