Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
BioIdentical Hormone Therapy treats more than menopause and andropause. BHRT supplements and supports Adrenal Fatigue, Thyroid Imbalances, Fibromyalgia, Stress & Behavior Management. Our endocrine system is a complex one and the signs and symptoms can be easily misdiagnosed and looked over even in testing blood samples. It is important to find a doctor that will look for the active levels of the hormones in your body and who will listen to you when you say you know something is off, but you just don’t know what. BHRT along with lifestyle adjustments can do wonders for treating the cause of the hormonal imbalance and restoring your zestful health.
What is Adrenal Fatigue? You actually might know more about it than you’d like to. Answer these questions for yourself; Do you wake up feeling exhausted, unrested, just tired and groggy? Do you remember when you used to awaken early, refreshed and ready to get up and go and wonder when and why that changed? Do you catch colds easily? Do you feel sluggish throughout the day? When you do go to bed do you lay there wondering when you will ever fall asleep? Do you feel in a constant state of fight or flight? If so your adrenals have been over worked and you are burning through your reserves. This requires support and restoring healthy Cortisol & DHEA levels through supplementing with BHRT and also making lifestyle modifications and getting into a state of well-being and out of fight or flight!
Your Adrenal glands are located over the kidneys and they secrete over 50 hormones that regulate your energy production: converting carbs, protein and fat into energy, electrolyte and fluid balance, fat storage, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure and supporting a healthy immune system. Some of the major hormones here are DHEA, Cortisol, Adrenaline, progesterone and testosterone. The best way to test for DHEA and Cortisol levels is through a saliva test, it tests the free and circulating hormones instead of bound hormones usually tested in the blood.
Common causes of adrenal fatigue that contribute to the constant surge of stress hormones to be released into your system are: Regular emotions such as anger, fear or guilt, chronic illness, fatigue, infections, pain, depression, over exercise, gluten allergies, poor digestion, exposure to toxicity, late nights, surgeries and diets high in sugar and caffeine. All of our lives we are in relationship with our hormones even if we don’t realize it until those hormones have been burned up.
Here are some daily actions to start with as well as consulting your BHRT doctor. First priority is to reduce your stress and allow your adrenals to take a rest. Take a look at your relationships and clear your life of negative and unhealthy ones that are unstable. Always fuel your body with a balanced breakfast and eat healthy snacks and fresh green juices throughout the day. Cut out all sugar and caffeine and alcohol. Eat foods that are whole &organic, fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. Take a great multi-vitamin, make sure you drink adequate clean water throughout the day, move your body, but not too much and get 8 hours of sleep. And finally focus on positive, loving, healing thoughts and breathe! Oh and don’t forget to have fun and laugh every day!
The Thyroid works very closely with the Pituitary gland, kind of like the thermostat does to the heater. When the thyroid levels are low the pituitary gland stimulates TSH and sends messages for the thyroid to produce more hormones. The hypothalamus is the like the person who regulates the thermostat for the heater. The hypothalamus tells the pituitary gland to produce TSH to get the thyroid going. We are very complex beings with very intricate systems; hormones are the messengers that allow for proper body functions. Let’s take a look at what happens when our thyroid is out of balance.
When the thyroid isn’t working you will experience a number of imbalances. Do you always feel tired even after 8 hours of sleep? Does your brain feel foggy? Are you always cold? Do you notice weight gain? Your thyroid plays a big role in your energy metabolism.
Here are some conditions associated with low thyroid levels; insulin resistance, fibromyalgia, iron deficiency, diabetes, chronic pain, fatigue and stress, and PMS as well as depression. Review the list of symptoms of thyroid imbalances and discover how BHRT can help restore your thyroid balance.
Symptoms of Thyroid Imbalance:
- Muscles and joint aches, sensitivity to cold, fatigue, brittle or thinning hair and nails.
- Chronic Yeast infections, infertility, brain fog, weight gain, constipation, non-refreshing sleep, low libido.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy can test your thyroid levels thoroughly and the important thing about working with a BHRT doctor is they will look at all of your hormone levels and provide you with specific and individual treatments that restore the imbalance as well as help you become aware of your major role in your own health and well-being. It is important to realize that there are different ways to treat your thyroid and like anything, there are synthetic drugs or there are bioidentical hormones. Using bioidentical hormones allows you to work with your body and allows it to do what it knows how to do when given the right ingredients. Keep things simple.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome in which people experience wide spread pain and tenderness in their muscles, tendons, and joints. And is most likely caused by emotional or physical trauma, abnormal pain response, disturbed sleep and infections and viruses. Low thyroid and adrenal levels are among the top hormonal deficiencies related to this syndrome. Viruses like the Herpes Virus 6 and Epstein Barr as well as yeast and other bacteria exacerbate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some symptoms that either mimic or are seen along with Fibromyalgia are chronic pain in the back and neck, chronic fatigue, depression, thyroid imbalances, and Lyme disease. Other issues that are addressed are mitochondrial dysfunctions, coagulation defects and other neurotoxins, which negatively affect this syndrome.
We can see how important that maintaining balanced hormone levels can affect our health. BHRT takes a holistic approach to the endocrine system and works with the body to support it in performing its normal functions. Treating fibromyalgia with BHRT provides an alternative to hormone treatments that are synthetic and made from concentrate animal urine. BHRT are identical to the hormones within your body already at the molecular level. Your BHRT doctor can tailor your dosages to balance your individual hormonal needs.
Stress & Behavior Management
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy helps one manage stress & behavior because regulating and balancing out the body’s natural hormones creates an environment where harmony can be a constant state. We work from the inside out and you do your part by making changes to your life so that you can manage your stressors and modify unhealthy behavior.
Look at the stressors in your life and eliminate the unnecessary ones and seek professional help with learning new ways to think about and respond to the areas that are stressing you. Learning how to deep breathe, doing regular yoga, getting out into nature, meditating, and just playing, and enjoying life in each moment will help with lowering your stress. Take time to nourish you every day!
When our hormones are out of sync, we are not sleeping and we are tired and groggy, our ability to cope with stressors will be lowered. Providing patients with bioidentical hormone therapy gives them the ingredients to live their life at optimal levels and come from a place of well-being and peace instead of worry and overload.
BHRT helps balance and restore blood sugar levels, brain chemistry, metabolism, energy levels, immune functions as well as libido and overall appearance from hair, skin and nails, to weight, muscles tones and digestion. When we give patients the hormones they are deficient in their body becomes like a well-watered and cared for garden, flourishing and producing fruit. In a balanced state our stressors are more easily managed and we are able to be more conscious of what and how we choose to be. As we feel calm inside because our hormones are balanced our behavior and responses to outside stimulus’s can also be balanced. BHRT can provide you with harmony from the inside out.