by Judith G. Cobb, MH, CI, NCP
The lengthy list of possible causes includes, but is not limited to:
1. Nutritional imbalances that can either be from a) poor diet, or b) metabolic problems that increase or decrease the need for certain nutrients;
2. Endocrine or organic imbalances/inefficiencies of the ovaries, thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, adrenals, liver, or digestion;
3. Stress and past emotional traumas, which can impact every hormonal issue;
4. Over-exercising or under-exercising; and/or
5. Irregular sleep habits.
This is why it is sometimes difficult to resolve those pesky PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps, mood swings, fluid retention, PCOS, hot flashes, menopausal issues, and especially infertility.
Of course the first, and sometimes easiest, thing to do is to correct the diet. In broad terms, that means removing every non-nutritive ‘food’ from the diet. We all agree that this list includes refined sugar, white flour, and all refined carbs. It also includes things that have been ‘grandfathered’ in as ‘normal’ parts of the diet – things like coffee, wine and other alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and low-fat foods.
The next step is to enhance the nutrition. This means boosting vegetables, including leafy greens, making sure there is enough protein, and (the scariest one of all for most women) increasing healthy fat intake.
Last, but not least, we need to manage stress and ensure enough good quality sleep and exercise.
Add a few appropriate supplements as warranted by an iris assessment and the remaining symptoms, and we can almost always create a better, healthier hormone balance, which eliminates pesky symptoms and improves functioning.
I alluded to infertility being a little more difficult to work out, and indeed it often is. Additional insight can often be gained by assessing medical tests, evaluating a few months of basal body temperature charts, and tracking cervical mucus. Judiciously chosen supplements may be needed to enhance hormone balance, with the hope of improving fertility. (Remember, about one-third of couple infertility is because of issues with the woman, one-third is issues with the man, and in one-third of cases both partners have contributing factors, so it is often necessary to work with the male partner as well.)
Keeping all of this in mind, iridology cannot diagnose the precise cause of infertility. It often sheds light on one or some of the contributing factors. For instance, we may see a genetic indicator in the thyroid reaction field along with an inherited orange coloring in the iris, which suggests the predisposition to pancreas imbalance. If the thyroid and sugar metabolism are both out of line, there is an increased risk of insulin resistance and PCOS.
The root causes of female hormone imbalances may be simple or complex. Holistic approaches, including iridology, may help to define the causes and the solutions.
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