Addressing hormonal imbalances can restore sleep, sex drive, improve moods and more
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Do you often feel fatigued, moody, or out of balance? Do you have unexplained physical and emotional symptoms that won’t go away? If so, they may be related to your hormones. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Dr. Steelsmith and Dr. Coles from Steelsmith Natural Health Center to talk about how they can help.
The female hormonal system is complex. With that in mind, naturopathic doctors address hormonal imbalances by first testing a woman’s hormones with comprehensive labs to help guide their understanding of the balance between female hormones and the other hormones in a woman’s body. Second, doctors implement dietary and lifestyle changes, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, acupuncture, and bioidentical hormones with the goal of restoring a healthy balance of hormones.
The most common hormonal complaints? Dr. Steelsmith and Dr. Coles see women with PMS, fatigue, hot flashes, unexplained weight gain, mood changes, changes in periods, hair loss, chronic headaches, breast or ovarian cysts, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome, decreased libido, and vaginal dryness and infections. All of these can all be related to changes in hormones.
Bioidentical hormone therapy involves utilizing hormone treatment that is identical to the hormones made in the female body. It’s different from conventional hormone therapy in that the form of the hormones used are different and are considered more “natural.” These hormones are prescribed most often during the menopause transition. Hormone therapy when implemented appropriately is generally safe, although there are some women who are not candidates due to their health history.
A lot of women are anxious about menopause, but Dr. Steelsmith and Dr. Coles explain that they have natural solutions that can help women have a much higher quality of life during the transition. A key point to address is the complex hormonal balance between the ovaries, thyroid and adrenal glands. Supporting these glands with natural methods leading up to menopause can make a profound difference of smoothly sailing through this hormonal transition or not. The natural methods they recommend include lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as botanical medicines, traditional Chinese medicine, and nutritional supplements.