Hormonal Imbalance


Hormonal Imbalance

When most people think of hormones, they typically think of sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone which, when imbalanced, can cause a range of issues in a wide range of severity as we age. Getting these powerful hormones back in balance is vital not just for your overall quality of life but for the health of other functions in your body.

There are many other hormones from different glands that play important roles in our health and wellness, including cortisol and DHEA, growth hormone, bone density, parathyroid, thyroid, and insulin involving blood sugar regulation.

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that helps the body respond to stress. In small amounts, cortisol can be beneficial for the body, but chronic stress can lead to excess cortisol production, which can cause a host of health problems. Elevated cortisol levels can lead to increased blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, weight gain, insomnia, and a weakened immune system. When cortisol goes too low it can contribute to fatigue, blood sugar issues, slow healing response, and excess inflammation.

Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and responsible for growth and development during childhood and adolescence. In adults, growth hormone plays a role in maintaining muscle mass, bone density, and metabolism. A deficiency in growth hormone can lead to decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, and decreased bone density.

Bone density hormones, such as calcitonin, parathyroid hormone, and vitamin D, play important roles in maintaining strong and healthy bones. A deficiency in any of these hormones can lead to weakened bones and an increased risk of fractures. A naturopathic approach to bone density imbalances may involve nutritional supplementation, dietary changes, and exercise.

The thyroid gland produces two main hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones play a critical role in regulating metabolism, energy levels, body temperature, and heart rate. An underactive thyroid gland, known as hypothyroidism, can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, dry skin, hair loss, and depression. Sometimes a low functioning thyroid gland is caused from autoimmune inflammation and is called hashimoto’s disease. An overactive thyroid gland, known as hyperthyroidism, can lead to symptoms such as weight loss, anxiety, increased heart rate, and sweating. A comprehensive thyroid panel is vital to determine whether or not the thyroid is functioning optimally.

Insulin and glucagon are blood sugar regulating hormones secreted by the pancreas. Pre-diabetes, and diabetes have become epidemic in modern society! Regulating blood sugar and helping your cells utilize these hormones with proper diet, exercise and Functional Medicine based supplements can effectively reverse this trend if caught early!

It’s important to note that hormonal imbalances can be complex and may involve multiple hormones and systems in the body. At Tree of Life Naturopathics, we identify the root cause of the imbalances through comprehensive Functional Medicine testing and provide personalized solutions that address the individual’s unique needs and goals. By addressing hormonal imbalances through natural and personalized approaches, individuals can optimize their health potential and achieve wellness and vitality.

We understand how frustrating it can be to feel held down by hormonal imbalances. We promise to help you find the freedom you need to live your life to the fullest. With our personalized solutions, you can experience the joy and potential that comes with a balanced hormonal system. You can have the freedom to pursue your passions and enjoy all that life has to offer.