There is a Constellation of Hormones at the Core of your Health and Well-Being
Are you aware of just how many different hormones there are in the body?
And how crucial each one is to how we function?
Balanced hormones, especially thyroid, adrenals and steroid hormones are crucial to how we function. They allow us to feel energetic & engaged in our lives instead of being sick or in pain.
25 years of helping patients through this careful process of re-balancing their hormones has taught me a thing or two.
If you are experiencing symptoms -- especially symptoms that just won’t go away -- or just don’t feel like your old self -- it may be related to hormone imbalance.
Come in and we'll talk!
I Analyze Your Hormones and Gently, Carefully and Naturally Correct Imbalances
Reproductive hormones, made largely by the ovaries in women and testes in men, play a large role in the lives and health of women and men.
For women, hormone irregularities manifest themselves in PMS, irregular menses, menstrual cramps, infertility, fibroids, ovarian cysts, peri-menopausal & menopausal fatigue, irritability, depression, sleep disorders, loss of libido, weight gain…
They can all result from changes in estrogens, progesterone and testosterone. (Yes, women have testosterone, too, just in lesser levels than men).
I have seen that accurately analyzing hormone levels and carefully correcting imbalances is a much more successful approach than only medicating the symptoms with the prescriptions such as Ambien & Prozac.
Your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) May Be "Within Normal Range” —
and Still May NOT Be Functioning “Within Normal Range”
I find poor thyroid function to be more common, especially in women, than conventional medical doctors. A more thorough investigation than the TSH test alone is required and should also include testing other glands in the system as well.
If the Thyroid gland is producing too little of its hormone - Thyroxine (T4) -, the Pituitary in the brain will secrete more TSH to stimulate the Thyroid to increase its production. TSH and T4 have, therefore, an inverse relationship. In other words, when one is up, the other is down. When everything is in balance, they are both "in the normal range”. And there is a 3rd hormone to consider - Triiodothyronine (T3) - made in the tissues from Thyroxine & Iodine. And I haven’t even mentioned - Reverse T3.
It is a complex issue -- and one that takes some care in analyzing and carefully correcting appropriately for each individual.
I will be happy to explain how this all works in detail and in language you can understand as we zero in on your “best functioning balance”.
Are you Wired but Tired? Edgy one minute, Exhausted the next?
Tired in the Morning, Too Wired to sleep well at night?
Your Adrenal Gland’s production of Cortisol may be out of Circadian Rhythm.
A simple saliva test can determine if this is one of the causes of your symptoms.
In Conventional Medicine, Adrenal Gland Function is Rarely Considered in a Work Up for Fatigue or Insomnia or Mood Issues.
As a Naturopathic doctor, I will devote the time to helping you in this unique area.
It is natural and vital for the adrenals to secret more Cortisol in response to stress. Problems occur when Cortisol levels fail to return to normal following stressful events.
This is most likely to occur after prolonged periods of difficult challenges.
In our current high-stress culture, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal.
I have made this a specialty of mine, and I’m excited to be able to help patients who are otherwise puzzled by intense energy and mood fluctuations caused by Cortisol or other hormone imbalances. I am ready to provide the expert care you need to restore the proper hormone balance that will enable you to function at the level you desire.
The Adrenal glands make a hormone called Cortisol.
Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis.
Called “the stress hormone,” Cortisol influences and regulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress including:
- Blood sugar (glucose) levels
- Fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism to maintain blood glucose (gluconeogenesis)
- Immune responses
- Anti-inflammatory actions
- Blood pressure
- Heart and blood vessel tone and contraction
- Central nervous system activation
As you can see, the effects are many -- and profound, involving many parts of your body and bodily functions.
I can help you understand how these hormones work and show you how to find the proper balance.
In conventional medicine, Adrenal gland function is rarely considered in a work up for fatigue or insomnia or mood issues.
Cortisol levels normally fluctuate throughout the day and night in a circadian rhythm that peaks at about 8 AM and reaches it lowest around 4 AM. The saliva test checks it 4 times in 16 hours.
Cortisol levels, when they are checked by conventional doctors, are with either an "AM" or "PM" test; 2 samples in 24 hours. Those that fall outside those “normal ranges’ indicate pathological disease states like tumors or Addison's disease.