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Hormones are created in the endocrine system and are like “chemical couriers” for your body. Every hormone holds a unique role in regulating various aspects of health – this is to assure optimal functioning. A hormone’s job can contribute to metabolism, human development, mood, your sleep-wake cycle, fertility, and more.
Here’s where hormonal health can get tricky: when you have unproportionate amounts, individual symptoms can be triggered, which can lead to the formation of other chronic symptoms or chronic conditions. For instance, excessive insulin levels in your body can lower your blood sugar levels; or an insulin deficiency can heighten blood sugar levels while instigating diabetes.
Therefore, patients must practice healthy lifestyle factors in their daily lives, which contributes to balancing hormones. These lifestyle factors include a balanced diet, stress management, regular workouts and adequate sleep. In some cases, hormone replacement therapy or another type of medical intervention may be needed to target hormonal disparities, while managing symptoms/conditions.
Possible Causes Behind Hormone Imbalances and Symptoms
So, what would set off unlevelled hormones? This may be influenced by an impaired endocrine gland (i.e. thyroid, adrenal or pituitary gland). A gland can be injured from:
Your body holds 50+ distinct hormones. Some symptoms from their imbalance may include:
Thus, managing hormonal imbalances is needed to encourage optimal health. However, when left untreated, this can cause:
Next Step: How to Improve Your Hormone Health
If wonky hormones are troubling you, please contact us for customized integrative care. Our goal is to unravel the root of your hormonal health concerns using integrative functional medicine treatments. Our personalized approach to wellness amalgamates allopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, IV vitamin therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, and other clinical therapies.
Your experience as a Toronto Functional Medicine Centre patient includes a distinctive health care plan – and it’s tailored for your needs only! Click here to learn about our hormonal support services.