It’s no secret that hormones play a significant role in our health, but for many adults, getting our hormone levels balanced can be challenging. Luckily, there are things we can do to help support hormone balance and keep our bodies feeling their best as we age and, importantly, reducing the symptoms associated with hormone imbalances.
What Is Hormone Imbalance?
Hormones are chemical messengers that play a vital role by regulating everything from metabolism and reproduction to mood and sleep. When our 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 ageing 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 we 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:
Hormones have a major impact on our overall health and well-being. From regulating our mood and energy levels to governing metabolism, hormones are truly the orchestra leaders of the 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 a hormone test 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 personalised supplements developed for you following an assessment of your pathology, where we look not only at your hormone levels, but importantly, your nutrient balances.
Personalised Supplements Designed for You:
BHRT means personalised medication that addresses any hormone imbalance based on your individual imbalanced. In contrast to a “one size fits all” medication, BHRT is formulated according to what your body requires – no more, no less!
So if you suspect you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance, contact Elixir today. We offer complementary face-to-face and phone consultations where we can provide advice and a pathway to getting your hormones in balance.