Hormones are important chemical messengers that facilitate communication between different parts of the body and affect many aspects of your overall health. Hormones are secreted by the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testes and pancreas. The entire endocrine system works together to control the level of hormones circulating throughout the body, and if one or more is imbalanced it can lead to health problems. The good news is that there are ways to bring your hormones back into balance naturally.
Common symptoms of hormone imbalance
Irregular periods, PMS and infertility
Weight gain or loss
Depression and anxiety
Changes in appetite
Hair loss and thinning
Common hormone imbalances
Estrogen Excess: PMS, heavy periods, painful periods, breast tenderness, premenstrual headaches, premenstrual bloating, uterine fibroids, weight gain or difficulty losing weight
Progesterone Deficiency: PMS, breast tenderness, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, heavy periods, spotting between or before periods, low libido
Estrogen Deficiency: hot flashes, night sweats, depression, vaginal dryness, frequent UTIs, low libido, fatigue
Comprehensive salivary male and female hormone panels
Urine hormone metabolite testing
Serum (blood) hormone testing
Hormone imbalances can be caused by a combination of factors such as diet and gut health, medical history, genetics, stress levels, lack of sleep, inflammation and exposure to toxins from your environment. Through a detailed medical history and comprehensive lab testing, your unique hormonal imbalances can be identified and a customized program can be designed to balance your hormones.
Dr. Brandi Honaizer, ND Arbour Wellness Centre 3955 Victoria Ave Nanaimo, BC V9T5H2