How to balance your hormones?

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Hormonal imbalance is a common problem today and is due to various causes. You will notice that I have placed HORMONES at Level #7 of the Functional Medicine Health Pyramid/FMHP.

This is because all of the Levels below hormones can be a root cause for hormone imbalances. When I say hormones I am referring to Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone.

Women tend to suffer from hormone problems more than men do, but in many instances the cause of imbalance is the same in men and women. In men, the testicles are making hormones and in women the ovaries are.

Female hormone balance is a bit more complex, so I will make it the focus of this article. Your ovaries make most of your hormones until menopause, at which point your adrenal glands become your major source of hormone production.

In either case, whether it be the ovaries or the adrenal glands, these organs are under the control of your pituitary gland. Your pituitary is called the “master gland” because its hormones tell your ovaries, thyroid, and adrenal glands to make their respective hormones. But even the master gland has a master, and that would be your brain…more specifically your hypothalamus. It has been referred to as the “master switchboard.”

So hormone regulation really begins in the brain. You might be asking why then would I put BRAIN #8 aboveHORMONES #7. This is because the brain is affected greatly by the health of the Digestive system (Level #1) and Inflammation (Level #4).

This is why I have set up the FMHP this way. As you address the lower levels of the pyramid it affects the levels above it.Hormone balance is not only about producing hormones, it is about keeping them in balance and removing excess hormone from your body.

  • You need good Detoxification (#2) and Digestion (#1) to eliminate excess hormones.
  • If Blood Sugar (#3) is not controlled it can lead to increased insulin and high androgens (like testosterone) in women.
  • If Inflammation (#4) is not corrected, then hormone control at the level of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland is thrown out of balance.
  • Poor function of the Thyroid (#6) can interfere with normal ovary function leading to low hormone levels and infertility.

Common Hormone-based Symptoms

  • Mood swings
  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Hot flashes
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Brain-fog
  • Hair loss
  • Depression and anxiety

So how do you balance your hormones?

As you restore optimal function to the levels below HORMONES on the pyramid, you are restoring the systems that are involved in the regulation of hormone production and balance. If you have problems with Digestion then you would start there…Level #1.

With the help of a function medicine doctor who understands these relationships, you can start getting your body and hormones back into balance.

In my next article I will be covering Brain Health which I have placed at Level #8 of the FMHP.

I hope you have found value in this information.

I wish you health, happiness and a better quality of life!

If you would like more information about functional medicine and integrative medicine or Dr. Sexton go to www.napervilleintegratedwellness.com

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