We’ve got many different types of hormones. They are chemical messengers in the body created in the endocrine glands that essentially co-ordinate various vital functions throughout the body.
Two Hormones Vital for being Balanced
The adrenal and thyroid glands are critical to your wellbeing and important for helping to balance weight, hormones, energy, mood and digestion among others. If they’re out of balance, failing health is the result, even though your blood tests reveal all is well.
The term Adrenal Fatigue means that it becomes difficult for your body to produce the required levels of stress and sex hormones as well as other hormones and neurotransmitters. Sometimes the adrenal glands are so diminished you can scarcely get out of bed each day. Every organ and system in your body is affected and you need to provide your body with additional support.
Two of the most important adrenal hormones are aldosterone and cortisol. The adrenal glands also produce small amounts of sex hormones known as androgens. There are a number of adrenal gland disorders and each of them comes with their symptoms. Some of these disorders are, Addison’s Disease, Adrenal gland suppression, Cushing’s syndrome and Adrenocortical Carcinoma.
Check Your Thyroid if You’re ‘Run Down’
The thyroid is a small gland located at the base of the neck and its job is to extract iodine from the blood to produce 2 hormones – thyroxine and triiodothyronine. These regulate the energy use of just about every cell and organ in the body.
When your thyroid becomes under-active or over-active, you have to watch for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Under-active glands are twice as prevalent as over-active ones, leaving the body running in slow motion. You’re cold, tired and have diminished concentration, your skin is dry, you suffer hair loss and constipation and have muscle cramps as well as a slow heart rate.
Untreated women can even have trouble conceiving and may also have a higher than normal rate of miscarriage. Not only that, depression also results from hypothyroidism. With conventional medical treatment, a hormone replacement pill every day for the rest of your life is the standard treatment protocol.
Gut Health and Balanced Hormones for Good Health
Today, Naturopathy may be an ideal way to correct hormonal imbalances. Regulating hormones and also fixing gut bacteria can do a lot to boost health. The Naturopath will assess the cause and suggest therapies according to the patient’s case history. Treatments differ from one to the other depending on one`s overall health history.
- Naturopaths offer therapies which can be used for adults and children alike, with treatment focusing on the patient`s entire body. Treatment also includes –
- Improvement in diet such as including enough healthy fats such as Omega-3 fatty acids for proper cell and hormone function as well as protein and foods rich with vitamins and minerals. Look for organic produce and meat whenever possible.
- Heavy metal and chemical toxicity has been linked to many health issues including hormone dysregulation. During naturopathic treatment, lifestyle changes are almost always recommended and may include suggestions such as avoiding toxic chemicals, exercising more, reducing your caffeine intake, drinking more water and improving your sleep environment such as removing artificial light.
Naturopaths offer you a full hormone and health assessment and recommend some great solutions alongside your existing health practitioners to help you look and feel your best.
Please call the Naturopath, Angela French at The Work Well on 07 3876 2100 or visit our clinic at 108 Latrobe Terrace, in Paddington, QLD for more information.