Does This Sound Like You?

Are you feeling drained all the time?

Have that "wired than tired" feeling too?

Perhaps you are battling brain fog and have trouble getting restful sleep?

These are all symptoms of hormone imbalances and not just a sign of "getting older" or feeling stressed. Discover what your doctor may have missed and why it's time for a smarter approach to resolving hormonal imbalances once and for all.

The Complex Endocrine System

Your endocrine system is responsible for the production of the various hormones necessary for essential functions – from regulating metabolism to maintaining healthy tissues, 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 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 regulate cortisol levels.

The glands that are part of your endocrine system work 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 imbalances like low metabolism and reduced libido.

So when patients present with hormonal imbalances, most traditionally-trained clinicians typically focus on a diagnosis along with a drug protocol to treat the symptoms – for example, synthetic hormone replacement therapies such as thyroid medications.

Unfortunately, this drug-first approach oftentimes “misses the boat.”

  • Taking prescription drugs oftentimes just masks the symptoms but does nothing to remedy the underlying root cause creating the imbalance in the first place — which can be poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, or stealth infections.
  • Using prescriptions to mask symptoms is dangerous as it allows the underlying disorder to progress without the patient knowing — and in many cases can create additional “downstream” imbalances in other areas of the body.
  • Many medications have serious side effects — such as stroke, osteoporosis, anxiety, reproductive problems, cancer, and more.

Balancing hormones naturally is not only effective but can frequently have additional benefits such as increased energy, weight loss, improved sleep, and healthier skin.

That’s why at Infinite Wellness, we’re focusing on identifying the root cause of your hormonal imbalances so we can craft a  personalized plan that addresses the issues for good.

Signs & Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances

Signs of hormonal imbalances can manifest in many ways, including:

  • Painful or irregular periods or PMS
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss and change in appetite
  • Depression, anxiety, or brain fog
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Insomnia or lack of deep sleep
  • Low libido, irritability
  • Digestive issues, skin issues, or vision issues
  • Hair loss and thinning hair

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 levels or storing too much estrogen in the body can contribute to long-term 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 hormonal imbalances may include:

  • Estrogen Dominance: disrupted sleep patterns, weight, and appetite fluctuations increased stress and anxiety, and slowed metabolism
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): infertility, weight gain, acne, abnormal hair growth
  • Low Estrogen: decreased libido, reproductive issues, loss of menstrual regularity, mood changes
  • Hypothyroidism: slowed metabolism and fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, irritability, digestive problems, irregular menstrual cycles
  • Low Testosterone: erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, weight gain, fatigue, and mood issues
  • Grave’s Disease: anxiety, hair loss, weight loss, IBS or digestive issues, irregular sleep, and heartbeats
  • Diabetes: weight gain, neuropathy, vision loss, fatigue, trouble breathing, dry mouth, skin issues
  • Overworked Adrenals: muscle aches, fatigue, anxiety and depression, trouble sleeping, brain fog, reproductive challenges

Potential Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances are created by a combination of lifestyle factors — such as diet, exercise, environment, genetics, stress, and exposure to xenotoxins from plastics, makeup, cleaning supplies, and even residual pesticides in food. Some of the major causes of hormonal imbalances include:

  • Food allergies & gut flora imbalances: New scientific research shows that the flora in your gut (microbiome) plays a crucial role in hormone regulation and regulating inflammation that is at the root of so many chronic illnesses. If you have IBS, SIBO, leaky gut syndrome, or a lack of good gut bacteria residing in your intestines, you’re more susceptible to hormonal imbalances.
  • Weight gain or obesity
  • High levels of inflammation caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle along with chronic stress
  • Genetic predisposition
  • High levels of toxin exposure including exposure to pesticides, harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, cigarette smoke (even second-hand), excessive alcohol, and other harmful chemicals or compounds like lead and formaldehyde
  • High amounts of stress and regular release of stress hormones like cortisol, paired with a lack of rest and deep sleep

The earlier hormonal imbalances are diagnosed, the sooner you can start addressing them naturally – feel free to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to see what the best next steps are for you.

 

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About Infinite Wellness

Known for her successful approach towards chronic wellness issues, Dr. Francine Woods and her team at Infinite Wellness combine an integrative, functional medicine approach informed by advanced lab testing.

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