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A Functional Medicine Approach To Mood Swings

Holistic Health

In Part 1 of my series on mood, I covered the difference between mood swings and mood disorders as well as how hormones influence our mood. Today’s article will dive deeper into these concepts and specifically explore challenges women face with hormonal changes throughout the lifecycle. 

Then, we’ll dive into some natural approaches for supporting mood. I’ll cover some broad strokes to get you started and then you can personalize your plan to address individual root causes with your functional medicine provider. 

Let’s jump in!   

Breastfeeding, Pregnancy, Menstrual Cycle And Mood

Changes in hormones during times of transition or stress impact our moods in many ways, both positive and negative. Let’s explore some of the common hormonal mood swings that I see in my patients at various times throughout life. 

Mood swings prior to menstruation might be mild or more pronounced as in the case of PMS or PMDD, and might be an indication that estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. 

During the postpartum period, hormonal levels drop quickly and woman may experience the “baby blues” or in more extreme cases postpartum mood disorders including postpartum depression and anxiety that affect an estimated 10-15% of moms. Mood swings or disorders may be exacerbated by sleep deprivation

Functional medicine dives deeper than simply treating or suppressing a symptom and we aim to address the root cause. Often, hormonal imbalances play a role in mood swings and symptoms at different times in a woman’s life. 

Supplements To Balance Hormones And HRT

I can’t stress how important it is to understand your unique hormone profile before throwing a bunch of supplements (or medications) at the symptoms. At The Fork Functional Medicine, we use standard testing, advanced hormone testing and a thorough intake and medical evaluation to understand root causes. Then, we address accordingly, often with natural remedies or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Testing, instead of guessing, is key. 

Supportive herbal medicine and supplements to balance hormones may include:

In addition to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and supplements, here are some additional hormonal mood swings natural remedies:

As you can see, a functional approach to mood symptoms and mood swings is comprehensive. We build the foundation with solid nutrition and lifestyle habits and then address each individual’s hormonal health and biochemistry with personalized recommendations, nutrients and herbs. Ready to improve your mood? Give our office a call today! 


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The Fork Functional Medicine
200 9th Ave S.
Franklin, TN 37064

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