Hormonal imbalances are an ever-increasing problem in today's society. I'd like to address some of the causes of hormonal imbalances, the symptoms that arise as a result and how to balance them out naturally. But first, lets take a look at what a hormone is.
A hormone is a chemical messenger in the blood, or a duct in the body, that exerts some kind of physiological effect elsewhere in the body.
Lets look at some examples of hormones in the human body and some of their functions:
-thyroid stimulating hormone is released from the pituitary gland to regulate the production of T3 and T4 in the thyroid gland.
-Triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are thyroid hormones responsible for metabolic processes in the body and they regulate proper functionality of other glands and organs in the body.
- Insulin is a hormone that regulates proper blood glucose levels.
- Estrogens and testosterone are responsible for the production of male and female secondary sex characteristics as well as reproductive health.
- Renin, angiotensin and aldosterone help regulate blood pressure.
- Thymosin in the thymus gland helps maturate T cells for immune system optimization.
This is a look at some of the hormones in the body and a couple of their basic functions.
The problem is that some of these hormones can sub-optimally function at various times due to a number of underlying factors. Lets explore some of the more common causes of hormonal imbalances.
- Uncontrolled and unhealthily managed stress.
- Cosmetics that contain phthalates and parabens.
- Inflammatory foods can burden the body and affect the synthesis of hormones.
- Poor sleep quality.
- Phytoestrogens (gmo soy)
- Polychlorinated biphenols
- Pesticides and herbicides (glyphosate)
- Bisphenol A
^ High sugar foods promote inflammation in the body. This inflammation can create hormonal disruptions throughout the body.
All of these can contribute in some capacity to hormonal imbalances. The list does not end here, this is simply an introduction to a few of the more common causes.
So when the above-mentioned causes come into play, what kind of effect do they then have on the body? What are the symptoms that manifest with hormonal imbalances?
A mention of some of the top symptoms include:
- Fertility issues
- Brain fog
- High or low blood pressure
- Immune system challenges and being prone to frequent infections
- Heavy or irregular periods
- Digestive issues like constipation and diarrhea
- Skin issues like acne
- Weight gain
^ Insomnia, a result of hormonal imbalance, typically elevated cortisol
Hormonal imbalances can lead to a slew of health issues that can plague quality of life.
Fortunately, there is a solution to reverse these issues by balancing out hormones naturally.
I have developed a hormonal optimization program that takes a number of things into account to maximize hormonal balance in the body.
I work with patients through telehealth and we take a look at diet and modify that if needed, consider the most specific and direct supplements to target specific glands to bolster functionality, consider lifestyle factors and also order appropriate lab work to get an objective picture of the hormonal levels internally. I like DiagnosTechs because they have a terrific hormonal panel that maps out estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone to give a clear picture as to where hormones are at in the body. This is a saliva test which is preferred to blood tests due to the unbound hormone assessment. This provides a better indicator and more accurate assessment of the hormonal levels.
For those that can resonate with the above-mentioned symptoms, I'd encourage you to head to the forms section at drseamus.com and fill out the application. You can email this application form to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to schedule a complimentary phone consult with you to discuss the application. We will then figure out the best method for balancing out hormones in your body to eradicate the symptoms mentioned above.