Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
What Contributes to Hormonal Imbalance?
Several factors have an impact on hormonal balances, and they can happen in both men and women at any point during their lives. While aging seems to be the most prevalent reason for causing hormonal imbalances, other causes can include physical and emotional stress, inadequate nutrition, digestive system disturbances, and the environment.
Some of the issues that can result from hormonal imbalances can include adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disorders, menopause, perimenopause, and andropause. Hormone imbalances can present with a number of initial symptoms, which can decrease the quality of life and make daily tasks seem more difficult. Some symptoms can include feeling overwhelmed or incapable of handling stress well, recurrent illnesses, undiagnosed nausea and digestive issues, IBS, trouble getting up and getting going in the mornings, and fatigue that persists even with more rest and more sleep.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Since hormones are responsible for several functions in the body, when hormone imbalances are present, a person may experience a variety of symptoms including:
- Low Energy and Fatigue
- Early or Difficult Menopause
- Andropause (Male Menopause)
- Poor Moods and Irritability
- Weight Gain
- Difficulty Losing Weight
- Low Sex Drive
- Reduced Interest and Enjoyment in Activities
- Reduced Strength and Muscle Mass
- Weak Bones ( Osteopenia / Osteoporosis)
- Insomnia and Other Sleep Difficulties
- Thinning and Aging Skin
Changes You Can Make Immediately
Hormone balance begins with adequate nutrition. Sufficient protein is really important. Find out what a full serving of protein really looks like. If you don’t know where to begin, an easy way to start your day is to make a smoothie with protein powder, berries and avocados.
If unable to digest and absorb food and supplements, you won’t be able to make or use your hormones well. It is very important to look after your digestive health to ensure you have regular, daily bowel movements.
Pay attention to both your physical and emotional environment. Dr. Iyer believes that your mind and body are equally important to your best health and reaching your success zones. Unfortunately, we have all encountered individuals who can become as toxic in our lives as chemicals and poisons! The declaration ”You make me sick” is sometimes, sadly, all too true.
Dr. Deb Heald specializes in environmental toxicities and other toxins that impact your health. Environmental toxins can act as hormonal disruptors in your body and can influence every function in your body. So book your appointment with Dr. Heald as soon as possible.
Some people claim they don’t experience stress, but very few of us live stress free lives. Being very busy and taking on too many projects, escorting children or parents from place to place, confronting heavy traffic, constant multi-tasking with one eye on the clock because there is not enough time to do everything you need to do in the time provided, are all scenarios that can become highly stressful. Personality clashes can be stressful to the body, as well since they also affect the release of stress hormones.
Bio-identical hormones are chemically identical to those found in the human body, but determining which bio-identical hormones will be used in treatment requires a method as unique as you are. The treatment is different for every individual. It is customized to specifically remedy your unique symptoms. Dosing is also monitored and adjusted to your individual needs, as measured by laboratory testing. Bio-identical hormone replacement is the mainstay of anti-aging medicine.
Traditionally, we accepted aging as a natural process. We also accepted that it is normal to have declining hormone levels, but hormones keep you alive! They help keep your mood stable, your energy high, and direct every vital function that keeps you going. So why should you simply accept falling levels when we now have the knowledge and ability to return to the higher levels that kept you at your peak physically, mentally, and sexually.
Synthetic hormones don’t look like your own hormones so your receptors (the locks) do not recognize them as the correct key. That explains why so many people get poor results from synthetic hormones. It is equally important to understand that hormones do not function by themselves; they all interact with each other to some extent. The hormones that keep you alive are obviously the most important ones; they impact how all the hormones are in balance and whether your body can use them efficiently.
Simply taking one hormone to correct an imbalance without attention to the effects on other hormones can lead to problems, either poor results early or problems later. Sometimes, the problems could be seemingly unrelated, like developing diabetes or thyroid problems. That is why hormone balancing requires special follow-ups, testing, and education.
“I’m in shock. The protein and vitamins worked within 3 days!! My energy level is better so my depression is not that bad. I can’t wait to start the hormones.”
– Pam Harry, Calgary, AB 51 years old.
“This information will save your life!
– Joan S, 53 years old. Oil and Gas Executive.
”I thought I knew everything about hormones. I had already been on them and they helped me for a while. This talk changed my whole perspective on what I need to do and why.”
- Nancy F. 48 years old. Calgary, AB. Consultant.
“Look at my flat tummy! I lost 5 pounds and I didn’t do a thing different from what I was doing before….”
– Joanne Wickenheiser, Taber, Alberta