If you, or someone you know, is dealing with anxiety or depression, you are not alone.
According to Mental Health America, one in five adults deals with mood imbalances. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health issues, and both are increasing in numbers. Not only that, but women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men of the same age, with about one in four women experiencing symptoms at some point during her lifetime.
Feeling down from time to time is a natural and normal part of the human experience. But if you are experiencing feelings of anxiety and depression that don’t seem to go away, or that are happening for no apparent reason, you could have a hormone imbalance.
How hormones affect mental health
At BeBalanced, we believe the connection between your hormones, diet, and lifestyle choices directly affect your mood and mental health. Here is the hormone breakdown and how each one plays its part.
Estrogen boosts serotonin, which can help fight depression. Low estrogen levels, often found in menopause, can cause feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
Progesterone helps to balance estrogen, helps promote sleep and has a natural calming effect. This is due to its ability to increase GABA, the calming neurotransmitter, which helps you feel relaxed. Progesterone also normalizes libido and is a natural antidepressant. Abnormal levels of progesterone cause insomnia and contribute a variety of mood issues.
Cortisol can cause depression if levels rise too high or fall too far below average. High levels of cortisol can create anxiety, increased belly fat, insomnia, and sugar cravings. Low levels can be associated with inability to handle stress, extreme fatigue, low libido and mood instability.
Hormone balancing – a natural solution to help improve anxiety and depression
Society has been programmed to immediately ask their physicians about antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications without considering other options. Although it is a good idea to talk to your doctor if you are suffering from feelings of depression or anxiety, these life-long band-aids are not addressing the root cause of depression and other mood related issues. At BeBalanced, we work with your body to naturally balance all three major hormones that contribute to your mental health. Our holistic approach address mood imbalances though a combination of stress management, a whole foods diet, natural supplementation, and one-on-one support.