Hormones – A Functional Medicine Perspective

Healthy Planet – October 2015

 

Hormonal imbalances can cause of a host of serious health problems, including inflammation, metabolic syndrome, adrenal fatigue, sexual dysfunction, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia and more.  Yikes!  While many things can cause an imbalance in our hormones, the good news is we can often fix these imbalances without medications. It is not a result of bad luck; it’s due to bad habits that many of us fall in to as we rush through our busy days.  The schedules we keep don’t allow for much time to take care of ourselves. But, without a conscious decision to make some changes of what we eat and drink, how much movement and activity we get daily, and to ensure we have adequate time to rest and sleep, we will continue to be frustrated by our lack of energy and increasing struggle to keep up with the pace of our lives, while staying positive and productive.

The path to real healing starts when you decide you need to know “Why?” Why do you feel lousy or out of balance? What is causing the symptoms?

When you figure out what creates the imbalances – and treat the underlying problem – you find a true solution. Functional Medicine facilitates the diagnosis and treatment process, in that it identifies and treats the underlying cause(s) which creates balance and improves symptoms.

Common Symptoms related to Hormone Imbalance:

 

·         Low energy, even after sleep ·         Hypertension
·         Hot flashes and night sweats ·         Weight gain – especially midline
·         Bloating ·         Brain fog or poor memory
·         Headaches, including migraines ·         Irregular periods or PMS
·         Tired all the time or overwhelmed ·         Sleep difficulties or insomnia
·         Low sex drive ·         Vaginal dryness
·         Constipation ·         Salt craving
·         Depression ·         Mood imbalance
·         Infertility ·         Poor wound healing
·         Easy bruising ·         Hypoglycemia
·         Fibromyalgia ·         Craving sweets
·         Adult onset diabetes ·         Bone loss or osteoporosis
·         Water retention ·         Frequent infections

 

Think of your hormones as a symphony with many players, all working together to create a cohesive sound. When things are in tune, the result is beautiful harmony. But, if any one part is out of synch, the result is chaotic and out of tune.  Hormones work in a similar fashion, and can be influenced by physiological stress, disrupting the entire network.

Let’s work together to improve your health and overall well-being.

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