Are you feeling frequent exhaustion, 'hormonal', lacking proper sleep, moody and/or mentally foggy? If you nodded yes to any of these symptoms, Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy may be the perfect solution for you!
Before we explore the benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, you’ll need to understand a few important things about why you absolutely need balanced hormones in your life.
This applies to both men and women.
Hormones are chemicals that are produced by glands in the endocrine system. Hormones travel through your bloodstream to the tissues and organs, delivering messages telling the organs what to do, and how to do it. (they can be bossy little glands, but we still need them!)
Hormones are important for regulating most of your major bodily processes and help to regulate:
your menstrual cycles
growth and development
When a woman is off-balance hormonally, estrogen and progesterone levels will be either too high or low, and in men the largest imbalance is likely to be testosterone levels. Low estrogen may lead to missed or irregular periods, painful intercourse: vaginal dryness, and hot flashes during menopause.
High estrogen levels are a risk factor for breast cancer and ovarian cancer and may put you at higher risk of blood clots and stroke.
In men, low levels of testosterone can lead to erectile dysfunction, reduced bone mass and sex drive.
High levels of testosterone could increase high blood pressure, excess hair growth and acne/oily skin.
Your Endocrine system: is a grouping of glands producing (life-dependent) hormones (your inner-chemical courier system). They release these crucial chemicals into your bloodstream and carry important messages throughout your body. It is responsible for regulating exactly how many chemicals are released into your body at any given time and can get over-worked and completely stressed out when you’re lacking the proper hormones needed to live a regular, normal and healthy life.
Cue the horrible symptoms: mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, hair gain, lack of sex-drive, tired and dull-looking skin, bloating, acne, sleep deprivation and more!
Your Endocrine system is made up of important glands including:
· adrenals (tiny walnut sized glands that sit on top of your kidneys) which are primarily responsible for cortisol (aka adrenaline),
· pituitary gland (the master control centre located in the brain)
· pineal (small pea-sized gland in the brain most known for assisting in the production of melatonin which is needed for proper sleep)
· hypothalamus (links the pituitary gland to the nervous system)
· thyroid and parathyroid (responsible for energy and calcium levels in the body)
· the ovaries and testes (reproduction organs)
· pancreas (creates and manages insulin and glucagon and blood sugar levels)
What exactly cause your hormones to be “off” in the first place?
Certain lifestyle habits and environmental factors can play a huge role in hormonal imbalances. Undue stress and infection can be some of the main culprits – perhaps you can relate?
Other factors include:
underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
over- or underproduction of the parathyroid hormone
poor diet and nutrition
Hormone imbalances can be debilitating in so many ways:
Your body is working harder than it ever had to and simply cannot deliver the right levels of hormones into your bloodstream properly. It’s over worked and over tired.