Hormones play an essential role in your body’s processes. They affect metabolism, brain function, energy levels, psychological health, and immune function. Unfortunately, eating habits and exposure to synthetic chemicals can throw our hormones off balance. It can be a difficult problem to fix, and many sufferers of hormonal imbalance are turning to bio-identical hormone therapy for relief.
What Is Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?
As opposed to traditional hormone replacement therapy, bio-identical hormone therapy involves natural hormones that are derived from either plants or animals. These hormones are more easily utilized by the body, since they are “identical” to endogenous hormones. Although they are derived from natural sources, some natural sources still need processing to be made bio-identical.
Signs for Women to Watch For
Women of all ages can experience hormonal imbalance. One common concern is estrogen dominance, which occurs when the estrogen levels in the body are higher than the levels of progesterone. This occurs through exposure to too many xenoestrogens or eating too much soy. Unless you’re a vegan or vegetarian who consumes a lot of soy products, soy is less likely the culprit.
Xenoestrogens are all around us. They are present in plastics, which are made of chemicals like BPA, a popular xenoestrogen. These man-made hormones are present in many cosmetics, hair and bath products. For instance, parabens and phthalates are just a couple of prevalent chemicals that have estrogen activity. Even a small estrogen to progesterone imbalance yields side effects, such as the following:
- Uterine fibroids
- Hot flashes
- Early menopause
- Painful periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Mental cloudiness
- Low energy
- Lack of motivation
Signs for Men to Watch For
Men can also experience hormonal imbalance. Low testosterone is currently known to be the cause of certain symptoms men experience as they age. Testosterone levels normally begin to drop between the ages of 35 and 40. As a result, some men experience more belly fat and muscle loss. They also experience declining mental function, impotence, lack of motivation and less energy.
If you’re a man and find that exercising and eating less are not rectifying your symptoms, bio-identical hormone therapy may be for you.
There are a number of causes for hormonal disruption. Although the issue is often overlooked, it can have serious effects on your overall well-being. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, bio-identical hormone therapy at Optimal Health and Wellness may help you get back on track. At our locations in Pasadena and Monterey Park, CA, our team will be happy to help you get back to feeling great. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!