Female Hormone Balance – Moon Rise and Moon Balance

Aquasource Moon Rise Skin CreamIf you’ve ever had the opportunity to hear the London Symphony Orchestra or the Berlin Philharmonic at their best, you’ll have experienced something very beautiful.

Not so if you happen to catch the preliminary cacophony of an inexperienced orchestra during practice time, whose out of tune and out of time squeals and squawks, scratches and whistles resemble a brood of chickens at feeding time. With practice, they will learn and sound better of course.

But what if you consider that your body, and especially your hormones, resemble an orchestra?

We all know our bodies have various glands which make and release hormones – glands such as pituitary, thyroid and parathyroids, pancreas, pineal, thymus, adrenals, testis (males) and ovary (females). These all work under the direction of the hypothalamus in the brain, and the pituitary gland can be considered as the ‘conductor’ of the ensemble.

According to Wikipedia, in musical terms, “the primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”.

That’s no mean feat, when just one wrong note can cause unpleasant discord.

This is especially the case with women’s sex hormones, such as the oestrogens, progesterone and to a lesser degree testosterone, among other. Too much, too little, wrong ratio – all these will disturb the equilibrium of female health and wellbeing.

The body knows how to balance, but we have to give it what it needs, whilst also reducing some of our bad habits such as:

eating a high-sugar and refined carbohydrate diet,
excess alcohol,
too little sleeptime,
not exercising enough,
being chronically stressed
exposing ourselves to environmental toxins from home-cleaning fluids and sprays, toiletries and cosmetics, etc.

PCBs and BPA from plastics and other sources are also highly detrimental to hormone balance, for both men and women, and are known to be ‘endocrine disruptors’. They enter our bodies via cartons for milk, juice and water, plastic linings of tinned foods, baby bottles (!), microwave oven containers, and a wide variety of other plastic and polystyrene food packages. Pesticides are also major contributors to endocrine disruption, so buying organic is wise.

So complicated are women’s sex hormones, due to the monthly cycle which enables pregnancy to take place, and so often do we hear the phrase in the Doctor’s surgery “it’s just your hormonesaquasource moon balance dear – wait till you’re older and those symptoms will go away” that some people seem to believe that only women have hormones. Of course, that’s nonsense – but it is true that many women suffer unnecessarily due to excessive fluctuations or unbalanced ratios of one hormone over another.

Does that mean that women are destined to suffer throughout their reproductive life, and after? No, certainly not.

Many young girls and women never or rarely suffer from “Premenstrual Syndrome” (symptoms ranging from headaches and fatigue, abdominal bloating and cramps, weight gain and fluid retention, sugar and carbohydrate cravings, mood swings, and more). Others suffer enormously and unnecessarily every single month for years.

Among older women, perimenopause and menopause present problems for many, whilst others sail through easily. Older women from Japan and India, for example, suffer substantially less, and many not at all, which is due in part no doubt to diet, and in part to status of and attitude towards older women in those cultures.

It’s very important to realize that menopause is not an illness or a ‘health condition’ – it’s a normal milestone, a rite of passage, in a woman’s life. Premenstrual syndrome is also not a disease state, but simply a variety of symptoms caused by wrong diet, stress and imbalance. Any symptoms arising from either of these natural phases in a woman’s life can almost always be helped with changes in lifestyle. Apart from good diet, other therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy etc. can be extremely helpful. (In a small minority of cases around menopause bio-identical hormone replacement may be helpful or necessary if symptoms are still unmanageable even after all the lifestyle changes.)

Certain foods may be especially helpful in helping balance female hormones: flaxseeds, good fats and oils, cruciferous vegetables, and organic non-GMO whole soy foods such as tempeh, miso and edamame beans. Avoid soy isolates, as often found in cheap protein powders. Taking a few supplements such as omega 3 oils, and some concentrated and easily absorbed nutrients (such as Klamath Lake Algae or Green Energy) is a great idea.

AquaSource also have two wonderful products especially for women, called Moon Balance (capsules) and Moon Rise (naturally moisturising skin cream) to be used alongside the other lifestyle changes:

aquasource moon balance

AquaSource Moon Balance With Brazilian Ginseng, Vitamins and Botanicals contains:
Natural organic Acerola (providing Vitamin C (100% to 125% NRV*), Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian Ginseng), Dong Quai (Chinese Ginseng), Atriplex halimus (Atriplex/Saltbush), Lepidium meyenii (Maca), Red Algae (Aquamin F: Lithothamnium sp.), Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (Klamath Lake Algae), Flax seed (milled) providing Lignans, Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus), Natural Vitamin E ( 200%RDA), Mexican Yam (Dioscorea villosa, extract), Protease, Amylase, Lipase.

Aquasource Moon Rise Skin Cream

AquaSource Moon Rise Cream Ingredients: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa Leaf Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Passiflora Edulis Flower Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Rhizome/Root Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol
Directions: ½ teaspoon rubbed into soft skin areas such as neck, inner arms, breasts, buttocks and inner thighs twice daily.
Warning: Not to be used by pregnant women or nursing mothers. For External Use Only.