Hormonal Imbalance

We humans are exposed to many threats in our day. Genetics, everyday stressors, our lifestyles, chemicals in our water, food and environment pose serious threats to our everyday wellbeing. We may feel out of sorts but not be able to give a description as to how our equilibrium is off.

Endocrine organs affected by imbalance may be thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, breasts, pituitary

Some medical conditions related to hormone imbalance:
  • Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid
  • Adrenal Insufficiency and Addison's
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Breast health
  • Andropause
  • Weight Gain
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Menstruation
  • Fertility and Sexuality
General symptoms:
  • Acne
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Sugar/salt cravings
  • Slow recovery from exercise
  • Exhaustion after a nights sleep
  • Tired in the afternoon
  • Need for caffeine to feel normal
  • Puffiness /fluid retention
  • Sensitive to drafts
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation; loose stools
  • Altered cognition or memory
  • Altered blood sugar/hypoglycemia
  • Allergies
  • Night sweats, hot flashes
  • Mood swings; anxiety; irritability
  • Breast swelling
  • Hirsutism
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Infertility

What do adrenal hormones do?

Cortisol
Cortisol belongs to a class of hormones called glucocorticoids, which affect almost every organ and tissue in the body. Cortisol's most important job is to help the body respond to stress. Among its many vital tasks, cortisol helps
  • maintain blood pressure and cardiovascular function
  • slow the immune system's inflammatory response
  • maintain levels of glucose — a form of sugar used for energy — in the blood
  • regulate the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
The amount of cortisol produced by the adrenals is precisely balanced. Like many other hormones, cortisol is regulated by the brain's hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. First, the hypothalamus releases a "trigger" hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) that signals the pituitary gland. The pituitary responds by sending out ACTH, which in turn stimulates the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands respond by producing cortisol. Completing the cycle, cortisol then signals back to both the pituitary and hypothalamus to decrease these trigger hormones.