Since hormones affect virtually every bodily process, low levels of specific hormones and impaired communication within the endocrine system creates havoc with all other body systems, including the immune, cardiovascular, detoxification, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
Once the root cause of your hormonal imbalance is determined, we can help you manage or eliminate the cause through dietary and lifestyle choices.
Here are some of the most common types of hormonal problems that we work with:
Adrenal Fatigue - Alternative medicine describes the adrenal gland’s failure to produce adequate quantities of hormones, primarily glucocorticoid cortisol, as Adrenal Fatigue. It should not be confused with recognized forms of adrenal dysfunction such as adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s Disease. This article will focus on the lifestyle-based causes of Adrenal Fatigue.
Thyroid Imbalances - The thyroid stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in your body. Thyroid hormones regulate your metabolic rate and are associated with changes in body weight and energy levels. Both abnormally high (hyperthyroidism) and abnormally low (hypothyroid) levels of thyroid hormones present with a variety of symptoms that have negative health consequences.
Type II Diabetes - A chronic degenerative disease that is caused by a lack of or resistance to the hormone insulin, which is essential for the proper metabolism of blood sugar, goes by the name of Type II Diabetes. Individuals are with Type II Diabetes are unable to move glucose from the bloodstream into the cells and cannot maintain a normal blood glucose level.
Infertility Issues - Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying, or six months, if a woman is 35 or older. Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile. Fertility is a problem for about 10% of women, but infertility is not always a woman’s problem. Both women and men can have problems that cause infertility. There are many possible causes of infertility. Our focus is on helping you bring your lifestyle factors into balance to support hormonal balance.
Male Andropause - As men enter midlife, levels of their male hormones, known as androgens, decline and can become unbalanced. When this occurs, a variety of symptoms begin to manifest, including fatigue, less endurance and muscle strength, loss of libido, weight gain (especially around the midsection), joint aches, sagging skin, and moments of depression, emotional malaise, insomnia, decreased short-term memory, irritability, mood swings, and even panic attacks. Such symptoms are indicators of andropause.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Irregular bleeding, spotting, excessive bleeding, clots, or an absence of blood are all signs that a woman’s reproductive system needs attention. Women may also experience symptoms such as bloating, cramping, breast tenderness, headaches, irritability, mood changes, sugar cravings, and weight gain. Hormonal, nutritional, toxicity and psychological factors are all possible contributing factors of PMS.
Menopause Imbalances - At the time of menopause, hormonal output alternately stops and starts instead of reducing gradually. This readjusting of the body’s endocrine balance can trigger a wide variety of symptoms such as hot flashes, water retention, vaginal dryness, anxiety, memory loss, depression, irritability, as well as increased risk of bladder and vaginal atrophy, fibrocystic breasts, estrogen-driven cancers, fibroids, osteoporosis and heart attack. Hormone changes also disrupt the delicate acid/alkaline balance of the vagina, which can lead to increased susceptibility to yeast and bacterial infections. The symptoms of menopause are caused by estrogen dominance in the body as progesterone production declines in the years leading up to this change in a woman’s body. However, no symptom is inevitable and many can be prevented or reversed.