23 Feb Could It Be Hormones?
Life gets crazy and we get pulled in so many directions. As we age we notice that we handle things differently, respond differently, hold on to weight differently, regulate temperature differently. The reoccurring theme is DIFFERENTLY. Can a couple years really make that much difference? The answer is “YES”, especially if your hormones are “different”. Fluctuations in hormones can cause a wide variety of symptoms ranging from intense hot flashes, to mood swings, to dry and itchy skin.
We all recognize the major life events that affect our hormone levels: menarche (the beginning of menses), pregnancy and post-pregnancy, hysterectomy and menopause. These life events are very substantial, but there are daily changes occurring in our bodies fluctuating with stressors and environmental exposures. Many symptoms that we associate with PMS (irritability, bloating, breast tenderness) can usually be attributed to an imbalance of estrogen to progesterone during the couple weeks prior to the menstrual cycle. A saliva test can determine if there is a progesterone deficiency and supplementation can correct the imbalance and improve the PMS symptoms.
Symptoms of peri- or post-menopause are more likely due to either low progesterone or a combination of low progesterone and estrogen. Our bodies respond with hot flashes, dry skin, low libido, irritability, depression, poor sleep, belly fat and vaginal dryness. Again, finding imbalances and correcting the source of the problem can lead to resolution of symptoms and a greater quality of life. Saliva testing can not only determine if an estrogen/progesterone imbalance exists, but also check for androgen (DHEA and Testosterone) deficiencies and abnormal adrenal function (cortisol).
Please contact us if you are interested in having your hormone levels checked to see if your symptoms are due to an imbalance in your hormones. You can also attend our bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) seminar on March 28th from 5:30pm-7pm. This is a FREE event but registration is required by March 27th. Our hormone specialist, Jen Ramaekers, will discuss these imbalances in depth and provide a deeper understanding of how to correct abnormalities through supplementation, exercise and diet.