Hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin are created in the endocrine glands and work as chemical messengers throughout your body to accomplish a wide range of important physical and chemical functions, from turning on and off hunger cues to running your reproduction systems, and even triggering emotional states including balancing your mood.
Understanding the major hormones and what they do will help our patients take control of their health.
Synthetic hormone replacement therapies such as birth control pills, insulin injections, and thyroid medications are frequently prescribed in conventional care. Unfortunately, using these therapies can trigger a wide range of negative, long-lasting side effects that patients aren’t always aware of.
Balancing hormones naturally is not only effective but also can have additional benefits such as increased energy, weight loss, improved sleep, and healthier skin. That’s why at Wellpath Center, treating the root cause of your imbalances involves a personalized plan that also provides you with the tools to lead a healthier, more vibrant life.
When it comes to hormone health, your endocrine system is at the heart of hormone balance since it is a collection of glands that produce various hormones responsible for essential functions such as metabolism, maintaining healthy tissue, sex drive, reproduction, sleep cycles, and mood. The endocrine system pairs specific hormone functions to each organ, to determine which chemicals need to be released, at what time, and for which purpose.
The pituitary gland, a small pea-sized gland, is also called the “master gland” as it controls the other glands in your body. It produces many hormones, like the growth hormone (GH or somatotropin), while stimulating other glands to release additional hormones like cortisol.
Other important glands of the endocrine system include the pineal gland, a pine cone-shaped gland that regulates melatonin and circadian rhythm, the thyroid gland important for thyroxine (T4) production, the thymus gland responsible for childhood growth and releasing disease-fighting T cells as well as the adrenal glands that maintain cortisol levels.
The glands that are part of your endocrine system works together, like a complex hormonal symphony to control the level of hormones that circulate throughout your body at any given time.
So when just one of these glands is “out of tune”, creating imbalances, it can lead to widespread health issues ranging from chronic fatigue to increased risks for other life-draining imbalances like low metabolism and libido.
Symptoms of hormone imbalances can manifest in many ways, including:
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances can range quite a bit depending on what role that specific hormone plays in balancing your body.
For example, high estrogen or storing too much estrogen in the body, can contribute to longterm health issues including blood sugar imbalances that may lead to diabetes, unexplained weight gain, changes in appetite, and problems with eyesight.
Some issues associated with standard hormonal imbalances may include:
Hormonal imbalances are created by a combination of lifestyle factors — such as diet, exercise, environment, genetics, stress, and exposure to toxins from plastics, makeup, cleaning supplies and even pesticides in food. Some of the major causes of hormonal imbalances include:
The earlier hormonal imbalances are diagnosed, the sooner you can start addressing them naturally – feel free to schedule a complementary phone consultation to see what the best next steps are for you.
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