When you hear the word “hormones,” what comes to mind? Do you think of words like estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone? Maybe you thought of hot flashes, PMS, or thyroid conditions. All of these answers would be correct, but in reality, they are just a few of the many hormones our body needs to maintain good health.
In order for us to be happy and healthy, hormone balance is crucial for everyone. Unfortunately, hormones can be a real problem as we age. In fact, most women over 35 will eventually deal with a hormone imbalance and men aren’t exempt – low testosterone levels impact approximately 13.8 million American men. A hormone imbalance can trigger miserable side effects and lower our quality of life. Here are five signs that your hormones may need some help.
Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance
- 1. You’ve developed your mother’s hot flashes. This is a classic symptom of hormone imbalance and typical during menopause. Why do women experience hot flashes during this time? Hot flashes are a result of changing levels of estrogen and progesterone. However, hot flashes aren’t just for menopause. A cortisol imbalance, the culprit behind adrenal fatigue, will also cause these symptoms.
- 2. You’re always tired. OK, we’re all tired, but this is different. When your hormones are out of whack, day after day you can’t get out of your own way. The fatigue you experience is more like that of a illness-related fatigue. Sufferers frequently wake up tired and describe themselves as “running on fumes” during the day.
- 3. You’re irritable and cranky. People who have a cortisol, testosterone, or estrogen imbalance frequently have mood swings and irritability. Anxiety and depression are common experiences as well.
- 4. You can’t sleep. If you have a hormone imbalance insomnia may be a frequent visitor – you have trouble falling and staying asleep. When the body lacks proper function of the hormones cortisol and melatonin quality sleep goes right out the window.
- 5. Your skin isn’t the same. Have you noticed changes in your skin and hair – wondering if it’s just simply because you’re getting older? Hormones can cause dry skin, hair loss, and brittle nails.
Treating a Hormone Imbalance
While hormone imbalances are common, it can be tricky to decipher if you’re a sufferer. Why? Signs and symptoms are common of many health problems, making detection difficult. A healthy lifestyle can reduce triggers, but it’s in your best interest to work through this process with a practitioner who has a knowledge of hormones and the role they play on health.
What’s the best way to achieve a definitive diagnoses? First, test your hormone levels. We recommend having your cortisol values determined via a 4-point salivary test. Saliva has been proven to be a better source of cortisol testing than blood testing – offering concrete results. This test is one we are proud to provide our clients.
You Have a Hormone Imbalance – Now What?
OK it’s official, you have a hormone imbalance – what now? Once you’ve tested you’ve had your levels tested, you may start by addressing the underlying causes of the imbalance by:
- Cleaning up your diet
- Reducing your stress
- Getting more exercise
While these lifestyle changes may help, for many a more serious intervention is necessary. You may want to consider hormone replacement options. There are many solutions available and we see our patients have great success with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Suzanne Somers says bioidentical hormone replacement therapy saved her. “By replacing my hormones with bio identical hormones, I got my life back. I got my health back, I got my figure back, I got my happiness back,” she says. “Everything in my life is better.”
At Atlas Drug and Nutrition, we believe BHRT will help rescue you from the perils of hormones and we are excited to get started. Contact us today to schedule your 4-point salivary test. Knowledge is power and in this case a simple test can give you the power to take back your life.