In 1991 the well known Women’s Health Initiative Study was begun to determine the safety and efficacy of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). The study was stopped early (2001) when the researchers found that the subjects given the synthetic hormones had a greater incidence of coronary heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and pulmonary embolism than the subjects on placebo. Unfortunately the prescribing of synthetic hormones by allopathic doctors still continues along with less than desirable outcomes and inherent health risks.
More women are now seeking a Functional Medicine approach using natural nutritional supplements to restore balance in the whole Endocrine System: Hypothalamus>Pituitary>Adrenal (HPA Axis) – Thyroid – Sex Hormones. Prescribing Bio-identical Hormones, even though more natural, also does not incorporate the upper level glands of the Endocrine System. Natural balance cannot be achieved by artificially treating only one component of the system. Thorough diagnostics and effective treatments require that we consider the entire Endocrine System for the very best outcomes. Most women who are on hormone replacement prescriptions can admit that they haven’t experienced the relief of their hormone-related symptoms that they hoped to achieve.
The biggest missing piece of the puzzle is usually always the Adrenal Stress System. Anyone who experiences prolonged stress has adrenal exhaustion or “Adrenal Burnout”. Optimum adrenal gland function is absolutely essential for healthy sex hormone balance, in both men and women, because the adrenal glands are the master precursor glands that control the function of all hormones through the HPA Axis (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal)https://salonspabenefits.com/cialis-
To determine if Adrenal Dysfunction is at the root of your chronic hormone-related issues, we can have you tested either through saliva testing with DiagnosTechs Labs or another option: Analytical Research Lab’s Hair Minerals Analysis. The severity of your condition and analysis of your health history will help us make the right choice for you.
Natural hormone balancing through Adrenal Regeneration can bring about great relief and resolve many health issues including: chronic pain, increased belly fat, digestive issues, mental and emotional distress, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and even infertility.
Once the Adrenals are regenerated along with the Thyroid (as determined by a follow up lab test), Sex Hormone imbalances can then be evaluated for the need for any further testing and treatment. Women patients with more challenging hormone issues such as PCOS or infertility may require more extensive testing such as the Expanded Cycling Female Hormone Panel (DiagnosTechs) which requires 11 days of saliva collection throughout a full cycle. This is a very important test that can reveal causative factors of infertility.
Did you know? 40% of women worldwide have surgical intervention for menopause. 49-52 years old is the average age of menopause in the US. 7-10 years is how long the transitional period (peri-menopause) can take to complete. Estrogen levels can raise to 20-30% higher during peri-menopause compared to pre-menopause. The final 1-2 years before post-menopause can have the most erratic fluctuations of estrogen. The adrenal glands and ovaries are closely connected; both produce steroid hormones. During menopause, when ovarian production of hormones is diminishing, the adrenal glands must pick up the slack. Reduction of circulating estrogen contributes to several unpleasant symptoms including: irregular menstrual cycles, depression, mood swings, mental fogginess, urogenital issues, decreased libido, skin conditions, muscle and joint issues, osteoporosis, hot flashes/night sweats, and insomnia.
When adrenal function is compromised, weight gain in the lower abdominal area often occurs. For accurate lab testing of hormones in difficult menopausal issues, saliva testing is superior to blood testing since saliva shows free or unbound hormones, is not affected by changes in Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG), and can show hormone excesses where serum cannot. Effective natural nutritional therapies include: whole food concentrates (supplements) to nourish depleted endocrine glands, strong adaptogenic herbal supplements to restore balance to low functioning glands in the HPA Axis, and regenerative nutritional support for the liver is usually always a necessity.