Do you experience any of the following?
- Loss of libido
- Dry skin and/or hair
- Joint pains
- Mood swings
- Difficulty in concentrating
And, if you are a woman, are you familiar with these?
- Monthly weight fluctuations
- Tender, enlarged breasts
- Hot flashes
- Irregular cycles
- Premenstrual migraines
While these conditions may seem disparate, they have a common theme: they’re all influenced by your hormones.
Hormones are essentially chemical messengers, telling your cells to enact certain functions to keep your bodily processes ticking along. Most people have heard of the key players, including insulin, cortisol, testosterone and oestrogen. However, you have dozens of different hormones, and all their functions and feedback mechanisms overlap.
Think of your hormonal function like a symphony. One note signals the next, and the next, and so on. One discordant note—either too high or too low—can throw the whole piece out of whack. Women can be particularly susceptible to this, simply because their interplay of hormones is more complicated.
But why do hormones get out of sync? There are many, many driving factors, including psychological stress, lack of sleep, overexposure to plastics and other chemicals, an inappropriate diet, poor gut health and both over and under-exercising.
“Both the fuel and the signals for your hormones come from two main things: your diet and lifestyle”
This can lead to a spectrum of symptoms, including those listed above and countless others. It’s easy for people to feel a bit off, or maybe even a bit crazy. The confusing thing is that symptoms don’t always correlate with test markers. So often conventional test results can come back within ‘normal range’, and people told they are clinically fine—while they know they’re not.
Synthetic hormones can be prescribed. These can help, and are totally appropriate in some cases, but the majority of people need a more thorough intervention to feel like themselves again.
Does this resonate with you?
The good news is that both the fuel and the signals for your hormones come from two main things: your diet and lifestyle.
With the right intervention, you can discover the foods, practices and habits that will rebalance your hormones and enhance both your physical and mental wellbeing. And it doesn’t have to take long. Some people find that, with a targeted approach, they notice a difference within days.
Functional Medicine allows us to look at the person and the body as a whole, deciphering all the interlinking factors that need to be addressed. Nutritional therapy provides us with powerful means to provide support where it’s needed, and reduce exposure where appropriate.
You are unique, and thus your hormones require attention that is perfectly tailored to you.
To find out how I can help, please get in touch.