Hormones are your body’s messengers, sending signals to various organ systems
to perform in ways that support and maintain healthy bodily function. When you
experience a hormone imbalance, these messengers have become imbalanced, and
your body suffers in a wide variety of ways.
Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, a leader in lifespan/ pro-aging medicine, believes that
aging is caused primarily by the progressive appearance of hormone imbalances,
exacerbated by unhealthy lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies. His approach
to graceful aging is to correct these issues.
At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, we focus on the latest and most effective
hormone-balancing techniques, including
bio-identical hormone treatments, in order to
troubleshoot your symptoms and help your body heal the root causes of various
The following symptoms are often associated with hormone imbalances:
Excess weight: If you gain weight easily and have a hard
time losing those pounds, you may have excess estrogen in your system.
Because this can fuel both breast and uterine cancers, getting help early is
essential. Exercise and eating right are a great first step to managing your
hormone levels, since gaining weight has been known to increase levels of
this hormone in women. Weight gain may also be linked to an underactive
thyroid gland, or excess level of cortisol produced by too much stress.
Hot flashes and joint pain: During menopause, many women
experience these symptoms due to a natural drop in estrogen levels.
Low libido: During both menopause and andropause, women and
men may experience reduced libido caused by decreased testosterone and the
slowing of sex hormone production in the ovaries and adrenal glands.
Male-pattern baldness or excess body hair: Both may be
signs of excess testosterone in men.
Polycystic ovary syndrome and irregular periods: In women,
excess testosterone may manifest in these reproductive organ issues.
Depression and poor sleep: As we age, our bodies produce
less melatonin, which maintains the body’s circadian rhythms. This can cause
sleep disturbances and depression. Bio-identical hormone therapy can help to
regulate your body’s natural rhythms and create regular, fully restful
sleep. A low-functioning thyroid can also cause depression, so be sure to
address both possibilities with your physician.
Overeating: Ghrelin and leptin are two hormones that
regulate the way your body perceives its own hunger. If either are out of
sync, you may not be able to recognize when your body is satiated, leading
Anxiety, racing heart, sweating, and diarrhea: These four
symptoms are often associated with a hyperactive thyroid.
If any of these symptoms look familiar, you may have a hormone deficiency.
We’re here to help!
Call us to schedule an appointment
with one of our naturopaths. We’ll assess your hormonal balance and help you
determine, based on your symptoms, age, and medical features, the best course
of action for balancing your body, so you can attain optimal health and feel
better than ever!