How Are Your Hormones?
Did you know that fluctuations in hormone levels can cause mood swings, weight gain, poor sleep, low libido and even depression?
Most people think that hormone fluctuations happen primarily in women, causing the mood swings associated with menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. However, both men and women can (and do) experience fluctuations in hormones at any age, regardless of a healthy lifestyle. What are hormones and what purpose do they serve? What causes hormone levels to fluctuate? How does one know when their hormones are out of balance and, if so, what can be done about it?
What are Hormones and What Purpose Do They Serve?
Think of hormones as tiny chemical messengers that send signals to your organs and tissues. There are hundreds of hormones coursing through your body right now. They are secreted by the endocrine glands in your body, such as the pituitary gland and adrenal glands as well as organs such as the pancreas, the testes and ovaries. The purpose of these little chemical messengers is to influence bodily processes such as growth and development; food metabolism; libido and reproduction; brain function and mood; and maintenance of thirst and body temperature, to name just a few. Because these organs secrete hormones in microscopic amounts, the smallest change in the level of hormones can bring about massive changes in your body–and in your enjoyment of living!
What Causes Hormone Levels to Fluctuate?
We’re all familiar with the hormone fluctuations in puberty–a change in hormone levels results in the onset of menstruation and breast development in girls, and facial hair and a lower, deeper voice in boys, as well as the maturation of the sexual organs in both genders. Hormone changes in puberty are responsible for such things as acne, mood swings, increased libido and muscle gain. While we’re most familiar with hormone changes during puberty, the truth is that hormones exert their influences on our bodies from birth to death.
Hormone levels can be impacted by stress, certain medications (such as birth control pills), pregnant, breastfeeding, lack of exercise, exposure to certain chemicals in our water and food, obesity, anorexia nervosa, genetics and aging.
How Hormone Imbalances Are Detected
Here are Rejuvalife Vitality Institute, Dr. Berger performs a complete evaluation of patients to determine their hormone health. This includes a physical examination; a thorough interview that covers lifestyle habits and family history; and blood tests to measure adrenal stress, hormone levels, and human growth hormone present in the urine, among others. This evaluation will uncover hormone deficiencies so that a customized treatment plan can be developed to help you feel better.
What Can Be Done About Hormone Imbalances?
Changes in diet and exercise, stress management techniques and supplementation with hormones can resolve hormone imbalances to give you relief from insomnia, low libido, lack of focus and other effects of low hormone levels.
If you have any of the 10 signs of hormone imbalance, call us today to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Berger and discuss your concerns. If he thinks hormone imbalance may be the cause of your problems, Dr. Berger will schedule an appointment with you for a complete evaluation.