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Hormone Detox: Why You Need One

Jenna Hilton
October 27, 2022

Hormonal levels fluctuate throughout our lives, causing brief changes in our mood, behavior, and physical well-being. However, dramatic and long-term fluctuations in hormone levels disrupt essential bodily functions, resulting in chronic, uncomfortable symptoms and medical issues.

Long-term hormonal imbalance usually requires medical attention, but patients with mild symptoms can often restore optimal levels with a hormone detox.

This article explains how to recognize the signs of a hormonal imbalance and how a hormone detox works.

Hormone detox

What Is a Hormone Detox?

A hormone detox is a treatment that eliminates excess hormones and toxins from our body. It supports the liver, kidneys, intestines, and lymphatic system’s natural processes to expel toxins and surplus hormones by following a restrictive diet, taking dietary supplements, and improving other lifestyle habits.

The Benefits of Hormone Detox

Benefits of hormone detox

A hormone detox can help with various health issues. The benefits include:

  • Improved metabolism. Excess estrogen and toxins in our system slow the metabolism, causing weight gain, constipation, fatigue, exhaustion, depression, and other symptoms. A hormone detox helps provide the necessary nutrients to support metabolic pathways and improve metabolic function.
  • Increased energy. A hormone detox excludes foods that cause inflammation and tiredness, helping patients feel rested and energized.
  • Better mood. Factors such as stress, lack of proper sleep, and unhealthy nutrition destabilize blood sugar and hormone levels, causing mood swings. During the detox, patients improve their lifestyle habits to decrease irritability, anxiety, and depression.
  • Improved brain function. Avoiding sugar, alcohol, and other foods and beverages that contribute to inflammation, dehydration, and toxin build-up enhances focus and memory.
  • Reduced weight. A hormone detox includes a restrictive diet that helps patients eliminate excess water and pounds while providing the necessary nutrients for cell detoxification and regeneration.

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  • Improved sleep. Lifestyle changes that come with a hormone detox reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, and improve the sleep cycle.
  • Glowing skin. A hormone detox assists in the elimination of toxins, helping to regulate sebum production, unclog pores, clear acne, and provide a healthy, smooth complexion.

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Signs You Need a Hormone Detox

Signs of a hormonal imbalance

If we pay attention to our bodies, we can recognize the signs of a potential hormonal imbalance. They include:  

  • Sugar cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Constipation
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lack of energy
  • Headaches
  • Sleep issues
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Redness
  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Acne
  • Thinning hair

Many of these symptoms can be a sign of some other health issue. If a hormone detox doesn’t improve your condition, consult your medical provider to perform lab tests and determine the cause of your medical concern.

How to Detox the Body and Balance Hormones?

People often disrupt their hormone levels with lifestyle choices, such as poor diet, insufficient sleep, a high-stress environment, etc. The following detox solutions can help balance hormones.

1. Nutrient-Rich Diet

A hormone detox involves eating foods low in inflammation-causing nutrients, such as sugars, and high in vitamins, minerals, and other elements needed for maintaining energy levels and vital functions.

To efficiently get rid of excess hormones and toxins, the liver requires the right nutrients. Detox diets include anti-inflammatory foods, such as:

  • Green leafy vegetables (e.g., kale, spinach, cabbage)
  • Fruits (e.g., berries, oranges)
  • Fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, mackerel)
  • Healthy fats (e.g., nuts and olive oil)

Avoid pro-inflammatory foods during the detox. These include:

  • Sweets
  • Refined carbohydrates (e.g., bread, pasta)
  • Fried foods (e.g., French fries)
  • Red and processed meat
  • Dairy
  • Soda and other sugary beverages

Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to aid in the detoxification process.


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2. Supplements

Supplements for hormone detox

Incorporating quality vitamin and mineral supplements in the detox plan can help speed up the results. Consult your medical provider for a recommendation on which supplements to take. Helpful supplements usually contain a combination of these nutrients:

  • Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Probiotics

Supplements can help regulate many bodily functions that affect hormone levels, including sleep and digestion.

3. No Alcohol

No alcohol is allowed during a hormone detox because it causes inflammation, dehydration, and damage to the liver.

4. Enough Sleep

Insufficient and irregular sleep disrupts cortisol and melatonin levels, which, in turn, may negatively impact other hormones (thyroid, estrogen, progesterone) and lead to health issues. At least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep at night helps regulate cortisol levels and improve the patient’s overall health.

5. Exercise

Exercise for hormone detox

Exercise helps alleviate many health issues, and hormonal imbalance is one of them. Regular physical activity burns off excess cortisol and eliminates toxins through sweat. Health experts advise getting at least 75 minutes of high-intensity training or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week.

During a hormone detox, patients should consult their medical provider on the frequency and type of exercise best suited to their health.


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Hormone Detox Side Effects

A hormone detox is a great way to alleviate the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, but patients who do it without the support of their healthcare provider face a greater risk of side effects. Each patient has different hormonal issues, requiring a personalized detoxification plan, especially regarding supplements.

Potential hormone detox side effects include:

  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Tiredness
  • Low blood sugar
  • Muscle aches
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Cravings
  • Breakouts

Conclusion

A hormone detox is a natural solution to health issues resulting from disrupted hormone production. It helps balance these essential chemical messengers, reset the metabolism, improve digestion, and optimize other issues that result from hormonal imbalance.

If a hormone detox doesn’t help, you may be suffering from inadequate hormone production, and hormone replacement therapy could be a more effective solution.

Contact our medical professionals at Vibrant Vitality Clinic to determine the cause of your hormonal imbalance and find the right treatment for your health concerns.

Jenna Hilton
Jenna Hilton has been a practicing PA since 2009, specializing in Family, Internal Medicine and Medical Aesthetics. She attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree and graduated magna cum laude. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University.

Jenna has been injecting neurotoxin and dermal filler since 2013. She received certification as a Master Injector in 2017 through Empire Medical in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on a Fellowship Program in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Her special interests include use of PLLA, Ablative/Non ablative skin resurfacing, PDO threads, hormone therapy and nutritional therapies to improve cellular regeneration and medically supervised weight loss.

Jenna Hilton believes in a multi-factorial approach, considering internal factors that accelerate aging and disease development. She always enjoys teaching. She co-founded Vibrant EDU courses at Vibrant Skin Bar and regularly performs one-on-one training with fellow injectors. She teaches Aesthetic and Advanced Injectable Courses at National Laser Institute. She has been named Preceptor of the Year and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Midwestern University. She was born in Iowa, and lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, AZ.

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