Are Your Hormones Imbalanced?
If you are struggling with symptoms such as;
- Decreased Libido
- Thinning Hair or Excess, Thick, Coarse Hair
- Low Energy
- Brain Fog
- Painful Periods
- Water Retention
- Irregular Cycles
…it may be a sign that your hormones are imbalanced.
Hormones are chemical messengers in your body; they are produced in the endocrine glands and travel in your bloodstream to your tissues and organs to tell them what to do. Hormones play an important part in your overall health and contribute to your mood, appetite, and weight. Normally, hormone levels can fluctuate from day to day. Hormones also fluctuate as a result of the natural ageing process. However, there can sometimes be too little or too much hormone produced in the body, which can have a serious effect on your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Some common causes of hormonal issues include:
- Poor Digestion, Gut Dysbiosis, Gut Infection
- Dysregulated HPA Axis
- Pituitary Dysfunction
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Physical and/or Emotional Stress
- Nutrient Deficiency
- Detoxification Issues
- Environmental Factors
It is crucial to figure out why you may be experiencing symptoms of a hormonal imbalance and get to the root cause of the issue rather than covering up the symptoms with a band aid solution that may leave you feeling worse off than before.
Your naturopathic doctor will work with you to investigate the cause of your symptoms and develop the right treatment plan for you. Typically, blood tests are ordered to check hormone levels in your bloodstream (for example, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, and TSH are commonly checked), or other tests such as a glucose tolerance test or insulin tolerance test may also be ordered.
Depending on your results, there may be natural ways to help support hormonal balance. Treatment may include:
- Healing the gut (ex. antimicrobial herbs, probiotics, l-glutamine)
- Managing stress (ex. Deep breathing, meditation, adaptogens)
- Decreasing toxic exposure and endocrine disruptors in food and home environments
- Supporting liver detox
- Dietary changes
- Correcting nutrient deficiencies
- Supportive supplementation
- Herbal medicine
Some general tips to help balance hormones:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Exercise Regularly
- Get enough sleep
- Manage stress
- Eat a balanced diet consisting of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates
- Reduce sugar intake
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