The Endocrine (hormone) system is one the main communication systems in the body. Only a tiny amount of any given hormone has profound effects on the body. So it stands to reason that when any part of this intricate, interconnected system is out of balance, it can wreak havoc on the entire body.
Impact of Hormone Imbalance
Hormones that are commonly found out of balance are:
- Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone - Pregnancy, Menstruation and Menopause are affected.
- Melatonin - Sleep will be disrupted
- T3 & T4 - The Thyroid hormones, causing fatigue and stubborn weight issues.
- DHEA - An Adrenal hormone which regulates sexual function. Libido will be impacted.
- Cortisol - Another Adrenal hormone, cortisol regulates energy production.
Hormone imbalance is a general term that can refer to upset levels of any variety of your body’s natural regulatory substances.
Hormones that are commonly imbalanced include:
Estrogen, which regulates secondary sexual characteristics.
Testosterone, which regulates secondary sexual characteristics.
Melatonin, which regulates sleep.
Ghrelin, which regulates hunger.
Thyroid, which regulates calorie burn.
Aldosterone, which regulates salt levels
Cortisol, which regulates energy.
Progesterone, which regulates pregnancy and menstruation.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which regulates sexual function and can be converted by your body to other hormones.
- Weight Gain
- Hot Flashes/Night Sweats
- Low Sex Drive
- Menstrual Issues (Breast tenderness, Cramping, Mood Swings, etc.)
- Joint Pain
To find the underlying cause of the hormone imbalance, as much information as possible needs to be gathered. Specific testing is utilized, including Saliva and Blood tests
A Daily Record of Food Intake is required, along with a detailed Health Questionnaire.
Once the cause is determined, a plan of action is established to help your body re-establish normal hormonal balance and rhythm. By utilizing professional grade, all-organic vitamins, minerals and herbals, your body can regain vitality naturally. Without drugs and replacement hormones. Without side-effects.
Hormone imbalance is a complex medical issue. As such, a variety of options are available to treat or help.
Treatments for imbalanced hormones can include:
Changes in lifestyle, such as increased exercise, healthier diet, better sleep and reduced stress.
Vitamins & supplements, such as vitamin D, calcium, dandelion, melatonin, zinc and black cohosh.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), including Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), hormone pills, pellets and combination therapy.
Before beginning any treatment program, a thorough Health Assessment is obtained along with any history of injuries and surgeries. Blood and saliva tests are also essential in determining the underlying cause so that a proper treatment protocol can be established. Then a combination of nutritional and herbal remedies are utilized, along with specific dietary and lifestyle changes to insure the body has what it needs to rebalance and revitalize.