Female Hormones

Millions of women are affected by hormone changes throughout their lives, however after 40 these fluctuations can cause very serious symptoms. They can include:

  • Fatigue & Exhaustion
  • Weight Gain (concentration tending towards and abdomen)
  • Increased Stress (or decreased stress resilience)
  • Mood Swings/ Depression
  • Brain Fog (Reduction in focus, concentration and memory)
  • Hot flashes, Night sweats, or PMS
  • Reduced
    Sex Drive

A large proportion of these symptoms are hormone imbalances that can easily be addressed naturally through simple diet and lifestyle changes.

What are Hormones?

Hormones are often considered to be about Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pregnancy and menopause. Many, including some doctors, are unaware of the extent to which hormones control us.

There are over 100 identified hormones in the body and each one has a job to do. They essentially act as a communication system dictating how we feel, think, eat, move, metabolize, digest, sleep and function.

The endocrine system – how hormones work

Hormones are made in the endocrine glands and travel around in our blood. Some hormones are general and act on nearly every cell, like the those produced by the thyroid gland, others have very specific roles like aldosterone, which acts on the kidney to retain water.

Amchara Endocrine System

A selection of what they do on a daily basis:

  • Amchara Check Box Icon control your heartbeat, breathing and blood pressure
  • Amchara Check Box Icon allow you to sleep at night and wake in the morning
  • Amchara Check Box Icon control your hunger, metabolism and growth
  • Amchara Check Box Icon determine your masculine and feminine traits, and reproductive function
  • Amchara Check Box Icon build bone, repair skin and muscle
  • Amchara Check Box Icon regulate fat stores
  • Amchara Check Box Icon control your energy levels, mood and stress resilience
  • Amchara Check Box Icon regulate brain activity - thinking, memory, focus, mood
  • Amchara Check Box Icon control blood sugar levels and stimulate your immune system
  • Amchara Check Box Icon lessen pain and make you happy

The Four Main Hormones

Out of the 100 or so hormones there are four major hormones that strongly affect how we look, feel, think and behave.

  • Cortisol

    your stress

  • Insulin

    your blood
    sugar regulator

  • Thyroid

    your metabolism

  • Oestrogen

    your main
    sex hormone

Common causes of hormone imbalance


In your 20’s and 30’s, hormone balance is generally optimal as the body is in full reproductive mode. However as ovarian function declines from 35 onwards, hormones can start to fluctuate, resulting in common symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, brain fog, memory loss, PMS, hot flushes, anxiety and more…


Refined carbohydrates (sugary foods) can upset blood sugar balance and promote insulin resistance leading to fat storage and increased risk of diabetes.

Trans-fats (processed foods) can promote inflammation and oxidative stress, which can increase cortisol and suppress thyroid and sex hormones.


Stress stimulates the release of cortisol, which in excess can inhibit thyroid function (metabolism, energy, weight loss) and suppress progesterone which can have an impact on your sleep and long-term stress resilience.


Toxins and chemicals in our air, food, water and household products can interfere with hormone function. These chemicals are called Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and have been shown to disrupt our own hormones by mimicking oestrogen and damaging mitochondria.


Balanced exercise. Sitting, and/or minimal exercise, is linked to hormone imbalance; however too much exercise also increases cortisol.

How are hormone problems conventionally dealt with?

Many women who visit their GP are offered anti-depressants, HRT or some form of hormonal birth control (if still cycling). Although these medications have their place, they do come with potential side effects, and risks that are often not explained. There are many natural alternatives that are effective and safe.

Solving Hormone Imbalance

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