By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
One day you feel up and the next day you feel down. One day you feel happy and the next day sad. Are your hormones causing your imbalance? Hormones are essentially the “drivers” for most of our bodily processes. They are chemicals produced by the body that regulate the activity of certain cells or organs. Hormones help with the processes of digestion, metabolism, growth, mood, energy and reproduction. Many of these hormones are involved in multiples of these categories all at the same time. Since these hormones interrelate some of the time, there is a balance that needs to be kept between them.
At its most basic, hormone levels are either from your body producing too much or too little of one hormone. This is caused by a variety of factors including stress, the environment, genetics, diet, exercise, etc. Symptoms of hormone imbalance can present themselves with issues in any of the above listed areas. The larger issue is that hormones need to be in balance with each other for optimum efficiency. For example, both men and women have reproductive hormones in the form of estrogen’s (female hormones) and androgen’s (male hormones). While there are separate hormones for each gender, both genders do need both of these hormones at some level. Balance issues can also present in energy hormones such as Cortisol (the “wake-up” hormone that gives you your morning energy). Cortisol needs to be highest (but not too high) in the morning and drop slightly throughout the day. Cortisol should be lowest at night so it does not prevent a good nights sleep. When cortisol is out of balance you feel out of balance. You may feel tired in the morning even after a good night’s sleep and energized at 8pm.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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