Yesterday, we hosted an IG Live with health coach Nicole Jardim to discuss holistic health and how it can be used to treat hormonal imbalance, specifically how it relates to PMS and PMDD. If you missed watching it live, don’t worry because the interview is saved on our feed! Check it out for an enlightening discussion on the importance of hormone education, how hormonal birth control can influence hormonal imbalance, tips to relieve PMS symptoms, and more!
Here are our key takeaways from the discussion:
The Importance of Hormone Testing
In order to reduce hormonal imbalances, you need to know how your body works and what it needs from you! Hormone testing can be a greatly beneficial tool that allows you to understand which specific hormones are unbalanced and helps you personalize your treatment plan. Nicole and Hormone University are proponents of the DUTCH test, which provides an advanced and in-depth analysis of hormone levels.
Benefits of a holistic approach
There are many external and internal factors that influence hormonal imbalance, and using a holistic approach encourages you to lead a healthier lifestyle. For example, cervical fluid changes, temperature changes, gut health, thyroid levels, and stress levels are all important factors that can impact your overall health. According to Nicole, using a holistic approach opened her eyes to the many different aspects of hormonal health.
Tips for your journey with hormone balance
Nicole recommended working on changing one aspect of health at once instead of making dramatic lifestyle changes. Focus on stress management for a time being, and once you feel comfortable, try changing your diet as well! Make a plan to achieve a healthier lifestyle, but don’t expect it to happen overnight; give it the time and patience it needs and you will be happier along the journey as well.
The difference between PMS and PMDD
The main difference between PMS and PMDD lies in the severity of the symptoms. In the words of Nicole, if “you feel like you’re stuck in a mini-depression every cycle”, you might be experiencing PMDD. If your symptoms are preventing you from living your daily life, it may be wise to consult a doctor.
Effects of Hormonal Birth Control
While the pill can be helpful for some, it can have adverse effects in the long term. By suppressing ovulation, hormonal birth control can mess with your body’s natural hormones not just when you’re taking the pill, but when you come off of it as well. Ovulation is important not just for hormonal health, but according to Nicole, it impacts heart health, brain health, skin health and more. Check out our previous post to learn more about side effects of hormonal birth control!
We hope you enjoyed this discussion as much as we did. Thank you to Nicole Jardim for joining us and sharing her insights!