A review on the book by Ange Bryne The Power of Hormones
Many people don’t realise just how much hormones affect the way we feel and how our bodies function. Hormones control so many functions! You’re probably heard of cortisol, the stress hormone. Hormones also control how quickly we burn calories, our libido, acne, hair loss, weight, moods, and much more.
A hormone imbalance can lead to symptoms that feel like depression (or is depression), iron or other deficiency, exhaustion, and poor health.
We need the right balance to function properly.
A loose analogy would be putting the wrong type of oil and gas into your vehicle. It might run, but poorly, so you might not realize what the problem is. Many people have heard that a thyroid imbalance can cause weight gain and other problems, so let’s go over two other imbalances that you may not be aware of.
We have two adrenal glands. The adrenal cortex releases hormones that are necessary for us to live. The adrenal medulla releases hormones that aren’t essential, but they’re still important and affect our health.
Following are symptoms for both an insufficiency and excess of hormone.
If you find you have five or more of the symptoms on either list, it’s possible that your adrenal glands are not functioning as they should.
Adrenal Hormone Insufficiency
- Exhausted no matter how much sleep you get
- Burn Out
- You use stimulants to stay awake
- You feel negative most of the time
- You feel irrational
- You have bouts of crying over things you wouldn’t normally cry over
- You feel emotionally fragile
- Low blood pressure
- You feel dizzy if you stand up from lying down
- Frequent infections or illness
- Low blood sugar
- Crave salty foods
- Diarrhea, constipation or alternate between both
- Insomnia and have trouble staying asleep
- Awake in the early hours of the morning
Adrenal Hormone Excess
- Struggle to get to sleep even though you’re tired
- Crave sugar particularly after a meal
- Carry extra weight around your midsection/abdominal
- Feel bloated
- Eczema, thin skin or other skin conditions
- Feel like your heart is racing
- High blood pressure
- Shakiness between meals
- Pink or purple stretch marks on your belly or back
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Often anxious
- Irritability or just don’t feel like yourself
- Have trouble falling pregnant
- Crave carbohydrates
As you can see, hormones can completely change how you feel!
Sex Hormone Imbalance
“Sex” hormone might not be what you first think about.
The side effects of this kind of imbalance include acne persisting long after puberty, mood swings, facial hair and a swollen tummy!
The symptoms are more physical and visual with this imbalance, and they affect your fertility.
Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance are:
- Abdominal bloating<>
- Swollen and/or tender breasts
- Low libido
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Mood swings
- Fibrocystic breasts (lumpy breasts)
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Cold hands or feet
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Anxiety or irritability
- Difficulty falling pregnant
If you find that you’re experiencing a number of these symptoms, it’s time to look closer.
Luckily, there are natural ways to control and manage your hormones so you feel healthy again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF The Power Of Hormones
Ange Bryne is no stranger to hormone problems.
She endured polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Some years later, when she encountered fertility problems, she learned she had stage III endometriosis.
When she did finally get pregnant, she had a couple of small hemorrhages during the first trimester and an extremely painful ovarian cyst rupture later in the pregnancy.
She developed pre-eclampsia at 34 weeks and went into pre-term labor at 35 weeks.
After her third child was born, she lost weight rapidly, but then she stopped sleeping well and didn’t feel right.
She had postpartum thyroiditis, and she was in a hyperthyroid state.
She developed a huge growth on the side of her neck and was constantly tired.
1 in 3 women suffer from a hormone imbalance at some point in their lives.
These imbalances cause infertility, lack of libido, mood swings, hair loss, acne, insomnia, weight gain or loss, digestive problems, joint pain, and depression.
Ange Byrne finally turned to natural methods to heal herself.
She shares her journey in her book:
Covered material includes:
- The thyroid gland and problems with its imbalances
- Adrenal Chaos
- Sex hormones
- Obstacles to wellness
- How to take care of your glands and hormones
- Balanced lifestyle
- The pancreas-diabetes connection
- The Leptin solution
- Darkness hormone
- Tips for positivity
Food can act as medicine, and diet can correct many diseases and conditions, including hormone imbalances.
The Power of Hormones teaches readers what to look for and how to improve their health naturally.
Byrne aimed to save others from years of suffering so they can enjoy an active and healthy life again.
For someone with minimal knowledge about hormones, reading “The Power of Hormones” feels like going through an excellent summary of hundreds of books on the topic. You could sit in a library for days trying to digest the info by yourself, or you can take an hour or two to read Angela’s book. It’s an easy read, with plenty of lists and tables to refer to, focusing exactly on what you need to know. It’s an easy decision, and if you’ve been living with hormone imbalances, one that might just change your life!
Particularly poignant for me, was the chapter addressing our adrenal glands. Having experienced almost all the symptoms of adrenal hormone insufficiency and having long struggled with not being able to identify why I was so often feeling burnt out, irrational, faint and dizzy, it was a relief to read that there is an explanation, and with an explanation, a course of treatment.
Ultimately, Angela instils in you the confidence to know that you can bring your body back into balance and health by harnessing the power of hormones.
I suffer from a hormonal disorder known as PCOS and I am interested in understanding how to help reduce the symptoms and manage my condition better. I am also a nutritionist and this book will help me gain more information with regards to hormonal disorders and their treatment.
I would say that this book should be read by everyone whether or not they suffer from any hormonal disorder. I believe that everyone should be aware of the basics of the hormonal processes in our body and what can go wrong. There are high chances that at least once in everyone’s life some sort of hormonal disturbance occurs and with this book everyone can grasp the basics of hormones and look for treatments should any problems arise.
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