It’s no secret that hormones play a significant role in our overall health, but for many adults, getting our hormone levels balanced can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, there are some things we can do to help support hormone balance and keep our bodies feeling their best as we age. Together we’ll explore signs, symptoms, and treatment strategies to keep your hormones in check.
What Is Hormone Imbalance?
Hormones are chemical messengers that play a vital role in the human body, regulating everything from metabolism and reproduction to mood and sleep. When these hormones become imbalanced, it can lead to a wide range of physical and psychological problems.
A common hormone imbalance symptom is weight gain, particularly around the midsection. Other frequently seen indications include fatigue, low sex drive, anxiety, depression, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Women may also experience irregular periods, hot flashes, and night sweats, especially during menopause.
Common Causes of Hormone Imbalances
One of the most common causes of hormone imbalance is the natural aging process. As we age, our bodies produce less and less of the hormones essential for regulating our metabolism, mood, and energy levels, such as testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Other causes of hormone imbalance include stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and certain medications.
Signs You’re Suffering from Hormone Imbalances
Some women may experience hormone imbalances at younger ages due to environmental factors or stress. However, most women will notice body changes during perimenopause or menopause. Symptoms of hormone imbalance can include weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, and fatigue.
For men, low testosterone is a common problem, especially as they age. Symptoms of low testosterone can include fatigue, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and decreased muscle mass.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to address hormone imbalance.
How to Balance Your Hormones
We’ve seen how hormones majorly affect our overall health and well-being. From regulating our mood and energy levels to governing our metabolism, hormones are truly the orchestra leaders of our bodies. So when our hormone levels get out of balance, it can profoundly impact our mental and physical health. That’s why making an effort to balance your hormones is critical.
Begin the process with at-home hormone testing to understand which hormones might be out of balance. This is an essential first step as it will help your practitioner and integrative care team develop a targeted treatment plan.
You may want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This is a treatment option that uses hormones identical to the ones our bodies produce naturally. By replenishing your hormone levels using BHRT, we can help alleviate many symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, such as fatigue, weight gain, low libido, and hot flashes. You may also want to incorporate a regimen of personalized supplements developed for you following your scientific at-home testing and telemedicine consultation process.
In addition to BHRT, making simple lifestyle changes can also help balance your hormones. Here’s a quick list of excellent lifestyle choices and habits to develop to help balance your hormones and support BHRT:
Improve Your Health with Science-Backed BHRT
If you suspect you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance, taking this online quiz and following it up with at-home hormone testing kits can provide valuable insights. Working with a BodyLogicMD qualified practitioner to create a personalized, science-backed treatment plan that includes BHRT can help you get your hormones in balance and improve your overall health and well-being.
“Dr. Schultz is extremely thorough with diagnosis and treatment while her testing is extensive. She has a wealth of knowledge about hormone replacement and areas relating to this. Her bedside manner is refreshing and she never rushes you out of her office. If you have ever considered looking into hormone replacement you would be well advised to start with Dr. Schultz first”
– Susan R.
“Within one week of starting HRT it felt like a thick, heavy fog was lifted from my life. I was able to get a full, restful night of sleep. With the addition of testosterone pellets my energy level, zest for life and libido went from good to fantastic!!! I feel balanced , grounded and very happy most days!”
“Since I became a patient of Dr. Schultz and FINALLY found someone who could balance my hormones, I HAVE FELT BETTER THAN I DID WHEN I WAS 20!!! I swear this is true!! Because of her diagnostic genius, the level of bioidentical hormones she has fine-tuned to my individual needs have changed my life and restored me to be the best “me” I can be! Dr. Schultz is not just a doctor, I call her my HEALER 🙂 She LISTENS to me, she educates me and encourages me to take good care of myself and to make good choices, and then she allows me to make my own decisions and choices, because she respects that I am an intelligent adult and the expert on my own 58-year-old body. She treats me as a peer and her PARTNER in maintaining my own wellness, and she respects and cares about me! Our appointments start and end with a hug, and I leave her office feeling uplifted, understood, inspired, strengthened and healed in body mind and spirit. She is very holistic, understanding that we are not just a cluster of symptoms, but that in order to have healthy bodies we must also address our issues, belief systems, and thoughts. Dr. Schultz is a wise and wonderful teacher and I am blessed to have her on my path:) And her staff is awesome too!”
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