Are your Hormones the Cause of your Health Issues?
Have you been experiencing nagging symptoms that affect your quality of life? Chances are that hormonal imbalance may be the culprit.
If you thought that the only hormones we have are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, well, you’ve underestimated this group of mighty messengers!
Our hormones work in a very dynamic yet delicate manner to keep us healthy, balanced and vital. However, our modern diet, lifestyle and habits can disrupt our body’s natural ability to control and balance our well-being.
So, when we start to exhibit symptoms that just won’t go away, such as long-term anxiety or stress, brain fog, poor sleep, weight management issues, mood swings or low sex drive, investigating which hormones are out of balance is key to getting to the root of the problem.
How do we go about fixing it? We first need to understand where the imbalances are! At the Hormone Rebalance Centre, our patients commonly go through advanced hormone testing and comprehensive assessment of symptoms and medical history to piece together where the metabolic disruptions are and hence what the best treatment options are for each person.
There is no one way to correct hormonal imbalances and in fact, the best results come from taking a multi-factorial approach. It’s important not to overlook the simple yet monumental factors that got you to these imbalances in the first place and in fact tackle those first. Here are some of the factors we recommend you explore:
- Correcting nutritional deficiencies: magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C are an example of some of the important co-factors in the body’s production, utilization and excretion of hormones. A healthy diet lays a good foundation, but additional vitamin and mineral support that is specific to your body’s needs will help fill in the gaps and yield faster and better result
- Stress management and adequate sleep: our bodies have a natural rhythm, whereby cortisol, our stress hormone, should be highest during the day, providing you with good energy and resiliency, yet lower at night so that you can sleep well. Improper fluctuations in cortisol will lead to sleep disturbance and low daytime energy. There are general factors such as exercise, good sleep routine, meditation and other stress management practices that simply cannot be overstated and should be part of any hormonal rebalancing efforts.
- Natural “re-setters”: there are many great botanical and nutritional formulations that can help your body’s system reset. For example, adaptogenic herbs such as ashwaganda, ginseng and rhodiola, to name a few, are well known for their balancing properties and ability to help the body “adapt” to stress whether cortisol is too high or too low. Vitex (chasteberry) is another great herb that acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands to help reset the reproductive system, normalize periods and reduce PMS symptoms. Choosing the right herb or formulation at the right dose can make a world of a difference in your symptoms.
- Bio-identical hormones: when you’ve made good strides in building your personal health regime, hormone therapy could prove to be a treatment that provides great relief and balance in symptoms tied to hormonal changes. There is no need to fear the use of hormones; proper application (based on testing that shows you are actually deficient along with being symptomatic) can actually reduce many health risks as well as improve your energy, moods, weight fluctuations, sleep and sense of vitality. After all, a deficiency in hormone production can be just as bothersome and risky as excess production – it’s all about balance!
One of the best ways to learn more about which treatments options are best for you and your physiology is to ask us about the specialized testing we offer at the clinic and book an appointment to review your specific symptoms and discuss what options there are to help you get back to feeling your best!
If you’re experiencing symptoms that you just can’t beat, don’t delay taking action. You should not go another day not feeling your best. Our door is always open and your road to optimal health is just a phone call away.