Hormone Basics FAQ
Hormonal imbalance can lead to many issues. Even those with good eating, nutrition, and exercise habits will find they “just don’t feel right” if there is an underlying or undiagnosed hormonal imbalance.
Since hormones affect almost all areas of health, luckily there are ways to address hormonal imbalance, including natural approaches.
The Basics of Hormonal Balance
Genetics, aging and increases in daily stress in modern life can all contribute to hormonal imbalance. These hormonal imbalances cause various symptoms. And while sometimes the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are confused with signs of aging, there is actually a lot that can be done to restore hormonal balance as we age. Fatigue, sleeping issues, irritability, hot flashes, night sweats, and changes in libido and digestion can all be signs of hormonal imbalance. However, with biogenetical hormone replacement therapy restoration is actually possible. Usually, when hormones are back in balance signs of imbalance will disappear.
A different approach from conventional hormone therapies, BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) is a hormone therapy that uses both synthesized and natural hormones which are considered identical to the hormone molecules that are produced by the human body. Therefore, this therapy is customizable to a person’s specific issues and needs.
When combining BHRT with optimal fitness and nutrition (for both men and women), this medical approach is considered preventative and can inhibit stresses of andropause and menopause.
Once hormones are balanced properly, a person will better, younger, more emotionally stabilized, and more energetic. Hormonal balance will also support other efforts to improve health, and will contribute to improve the results of eating well and exercising.
Since hormones act as chemical “messengers” within the body, when they are functioning properly and well balanced, your body systems will work better overall.
Achieving Hormonal Balance
People often ask how optimal hormonal balance can be reached? With appropriate testing and medical guidance you can find out your current hormonal levels. Once established a doctor can advise an ideal treatment plan which may include BHRT, changes in nutrition habits, and/or exercise. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about achieving hormonal balance with BHRT.
BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) : Who needs it?
For women in perimenopause and/or menopause experiencing symptoms such as night sweats, memory loss, weight gain, hot flashes, and/or low libido BHRT can be beneficial. Men experiencing symptoms of andropause such as weight gain or body fat issues, fatigue, stress, loss of libido, energy issues, and/or decrease in muscle mass can also be successfully treated with BHRT.
BHRT Therapy Services: What Are They?
BHRT therapy involves getting a comprehensive list of personal, family, and medical history as well as any symptoms. There is usually saliva and/or blood testing with a laboratory analysis. The treatment consists of natural hormone balancing, and usually involves continued evaluations. Often there is additional treatment with high quality supplements as well as nutrition guidance, fitness planning, and stress reduction plans.
As human life expectancy has increased, the body is being asked to produce hormones for much longer. Meanwhile life stresses have increased, while poor nutrition and lack of proper activity and fitness have increased, too. This combination has resulted in decrease of hormone levels in our bodies. Luckily, research has shown that the biodentical hormones testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen are safe, and also have a positive affect on certain diseases such as prostate cancer and osteoporosis.