Self Healing Hormone Balance
Using Functional Medicine
Hormones can get imbalanced in the blood from many factors. Adding outside hormone to the body is not always the best solution. Understanding the potential factors causing the problem is important for not only balancing hormones but for overall health.
The common symptoms of hormone imbalance include fatigue, weight challenges, larger appetite, night sweats, irregular cycles, digestive problems, swelling of the face, heart rate racing or slowing , muscle weakness, increased urination, increased thirst, ACHES AND PAINS in muscles and joints, hair thinning, skin problems, anxiety or depression, infertility, low libido, blurry vision.
Common causative factors of hormone imbalance include inflammation, infection, allergies, stress, obesity, aging, genetics, blood sugar issues, brain tumors, toxins, oxidative stress on the cells and simply poor diet.
In women polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS is one of the more common problems associated with hormone imbalance. It is one of the most common causes of infertility. PCOS is often caused by insulin resistance or blood sugar problems.
Low testosterone in men is common after age fifty. 60% of men over 65 have low testosterone. If you aren’t producing enough testosterone, it can cause a variety of symptoms including erectile dysfunction, low muscle, lack of drive, emotional imbalance.
Estrogen dominance is the balance of estrogen and progesterone. High estrogen has been linked with cancer.
Insulin is a fat storing hormone. When our blood sugar is high our insulin is also high. High carbohydrate diets can impair normal hormone balance. Restoring blood sugar balance can help balance hormones.
The thyroid regulates our metabolism. Balance of thyroid THYROID HORMONE hormone involves the thyroid gland, the liver and digestive system as well as the body’s cells. A holistic wellness approach can provide restoration of our metabolism.
When the body’s raw materials that make our hormones directs a lot of resources to make cortisol to handle stress there may not be enough resources to make sex hormones like estrogen or testosterone.
Leptin is a hormone that is involved in appetite suppression. Inflammatory factors can cause the brain to become desensitized to leptin causing persistent increased appetite.
Liver and Digestive Issues
One of the functions of the liver and DIGESTION is to get rid of excess hormones. When the liver is burdened with other toxins it has a difficult time keeping the balance.
Functional Medicines Holistic Hormone Balancing
A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE approach towards hormone balance is best when attempting to bring the body into its normal state without adding outside hormones. Testing may be recommended such as hormone testing in the blood or saliva as well as other root cause testing. This allows for a more targeted approach. If the body can balance its own hormone by addressing the root factors, then there is often a better long-term prognosis.