Hormones help to regulate:
- Metabolism and appetite
- Heart rate
- Sleep cycles
- Reproductive cycles and sexual function
- General growth and development
- Mood and stress levels
- Body temperature
Hormones are chemicals that are produced by glands in the endocrine system. Hormones travel through the bloodstream to the tissues and organs, delivering messages that tell the organs what to do and when to do it. Hormones are important for regulating most major body functions and processes, so a hormonal imbalance can affect a wide range of body functions. Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body.
Men and women alike can be affected by imbalances in insulin, steroids, growth hormones, and adrenaline.
Women may also experience imbalances in estrogen and progesterone levels, while men are more likely to experience imbalances in testosterone levels.
At Centered on Wellness, we create a customized, medically sound program that includes bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), fitness and nutrition plans that can help you find relief from the symptoms you may be experiencing from imbalanced hormones.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the use of hormones to help resolve symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decreases in hormone production related to aging. BHRT come in various forms and is considered a more natural solution compared to standard HRT. BHRT are derived from plant and animal sources, rather than being created synthetically, and most closely mimic those produced by the human body.
Some signs of hormone shift/ menopause may include irregular periods, thinning hair, lowered sex drive, vaginal dryness, weight gain, fatigue, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, and mood changes. Younger women can also have hormone imbalances in which the hormones lose their rhythm, meaning that an alteration of one hormone can result in altered production of another. Three of the most common conditions related to imbalanced hormones in younger women are premenstrual syndrome (PMS), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and infertility.
At Centered on Wellness, our goal is to identify the root cause of the patient’s symptoms. We provide patients with an in-depth evaluation that includes an assessment of symptoms, concerns, and goals. We perform specialized lab work that will provide us with the necessary information to properly treat and guide patients. If hormone imbalances are identified and require the use of hormone therapy, we have the ability to treat patients based on their individual needs. Our goal is to not only treat symptoms but to treat the whole person. By taking this approach we can lead patients toward independence from their symptoms and a happier, more fulfilling life.
For more information, see our BHRT blog post.