Hormonal Imbalances are a common health complaint of millions of people. For some this means they are in the midst of menopause and feel the effects of low estrogen and progesterone. Women feel more tired, emotional, have a lack of sex drive, or do not sleep well. The hallmark of menopause early on is the dreaded ‘hot flashes’ that create so much discomfort for women.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances
For other individuals hormonal imbalances can indicate irregular menstrual cycles, increasing fatigue and weight gain, poor memory and overall brain fog. These are common manifestations of hormonal imbalances that affect testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen throughout the month via their erratic production in the body. For men, hormonal imbalances means a drop in testosterone that affects their ability to maintain energy, sex drive, stamina, and peak performance that they may have been accustomed too in their late teens and early twenties and thirties. Finally, hormonal imbalances for millions of individuals means they have poor adrenal health which affects every system in their body.
Hormone Imbalances and Adrenal Exhaustion
Chronic stress overtime leads to excess stimulation of the adrenal glands and their corresponding production of cortisol and DHEA, but eventually this chronic stimulation of adrenal function contributes to lack of production long-term which leads to adrenal exhaustion. Hormonal imbalances are quite common with adrenal exhaustion as the adrenal glands regulate the production of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. In fact, hormonal imbalances has become such a popular catch term in health and medicine that there are now many books, articles and websites that support the concept of hormonal imbalances as a real medical entity that needs to be dealt with in order to prevent various illnesses and health problems. For anyone suffering with symptoms of hormonal imbalances such as fatigue, headaches, poor sleep, difficulty losing or gaining weight, lack of sex drive, memory problems, menopause or irregular menstrual cycles, etc. than being assessed for hormonal imbalances is of paramount importance. In order to determine the level of hormonal imbalances that may be occurring it is important to test for the hormones involved in hormonal imbalances. One great of way of doing this is through salivary hormone testing that looks at cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Melatonin, the hormone involved in sleep, can also be evaluated for as well. Saliva testing is an efficient, accurate, and easy method of looking at these various hormones to determine what the extent of hormonal imbalances there may be.
Recommended Lab Tests: Functional Adrenal Stress Profile (#201)
Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm (#204)
Functional Adrenal Stress Profile, Plus V (#205)
Functional Adrenal Stress Profile, Plus V, With Estrone (#205E)
Melatonin Biorhythm Profile (#210)
Recommended: Hormone Problems