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Get to Know Your Hormones

By: Caroline Sutherland

It has been my pleasure to present Bio-Identical Hormones – the wave of the future to you.

Hormones are chemical messengers that course through the blood stream interfacing between cells delivering messages and information. These messengers are secreted by the endocrine system. The function of each gland, from the thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, hypothalamus, pineal gland, as well as the function of female or male reproductive organs, are mediated by hormone delivery and information. Most people think that their hormones are located in their pelvis but these master endocrine glands are actually located in the head. Your entire body is dependent on proper hormone function and would die within minutes without hormones.

Hormones work together in a concert. When one is “off” this will affect all the rest. Balancing is key and with hormones, less is more.

Men, Women and Declining Hormones:

Men might notice their hair starts to thin or turn gray, they develop excess belly fat and they get tired when they are supposed to feel perky, their sex drive becomes non existent and they can get moody and grouchy. This is not related to a dip in the stock market or the day of the week, these are signs of hormone imbalance.

Women are presented with another set of problems. First we notice the hot flashes when at any given moment we break out in a sweat that sends rivers down to our underwear. Getting a good night’s sleep becomes a critical issue that we never had before. All of a sudden we get heart palpitations and we think we are about to have a coronary on the spot. Intercourse becomes painful assuming we even feel like it and a bout of tearfulness could hit at any time. As well, we might start to notice memory lapses or silly things like discovering we put the milk in the cupboard and the crackers in the refrigerator! Or we find out our bone density scans reveal that we have the beginning of osteoporosis which means are bones are becoming more and more brittle.

These are not astrological signs or spiritual misalignments. These are signs of hormonal imbalance.

Brings on the Experts:

I believe that the universe is always delivering information directly to me – anything that I need. Any information, any reference, any contact, and any piece of help for my work or personal life are brought to me by the flow of life. And so it is for you!

For hormone testing, start with your family physician. Ask to have a hormone blood panel done.  Some practitioners prefer saliva testing. You should be tested for 3 estrogens: Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA. Men should be tested for “free testosterone as well as DHEA levels.

This can be done thorough your primary care physician, OB/GYN medical specialist, family nurse practitioner or medical doctor who specializes in bio-identical hormone balancing.

You can also find the names of BHRT practitioners by calling your local compounding pharmacy and asking for a reference.

Rely on your gut instincts and the way you feel. Blood or saliva testing merely confirms your hunches.

Hormone balancing is a work in progress. You start out with a set of needs in your late forties or fifties and those needs change over time. You must be proactive and continue to stay focused on how you feel and the balance you seek. Put the “word” out to the universe that you’d like to connect with the best bio-identical hormone practitioner in your area and sure enough, a name will be presented to you in a very short time. That’s the way the universe works – it delivers! You just have to pay attention to the signs, and the new people who happen to show up in your life. There may be a reason.

Your desire is to have great energy, youthful skin, ideal weight, sharp memory, strong bones, a healthy head of hair and optimism for the rest of your life. If this makes sense to you, take a look at the hormone equation. It is worth every cent and every bit of energy to get your hormones balanced. Your quality of life as the years tick off will be largely dependent on maintaining a healthy diet, lifestyle, and youthful hormone levels.

Find out more about bio-identical hormones in a fascinating 4 hour interview with a compounding pharmacist in a 4 CD set entitled The Body Knows About Hormones.

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