A lot of people seem to think weight loss is just a case of simple math. That all it takes is “eating less and exercising more.” That the only reason someone is overweight is because of their self-control. Ladies and gentlemen, that is a lie. When it comes to burning more calories than you consume, this so-called weight loss equation only applies to perfect hormonal specimens; people who have their cortisol, thyroid, insulin, adrenals, estrogen and testosterone in balance. Ironically, these are rarely the people who need to drop a few pounds. We’ve found that it’s nearly impossible to lose that spare tire, kimono arms, or bat wings when your cortisol is too high or your thyroid has ground to a halt. Almost anyone who struggles with weight loss also battles a hormone imbalance and are amazed at how easy weight loss becomes once hormones are back in balance.
If you’ve tried to understand changes in your health, or perhaps even treated your symptoms in ways that don’t seem to work, testing your hormones may be an important next step.
Hormones exist in harmony with each other — partners in a delicate balancing act. When levels are in balance, body systems are stable. When levels fall out of balance, normal function is disrupted, leading to chronic symptoms, disorders and disease.
Symptoms that may signify an imbalance include:
• Weight gain • Thinning hair
• Sleep disturbances • Depression
• Irregular cycles (women)
• Foggy thinking
• Mood swings/irritability
• Loss of libido (sex drive)
• Decreased urinary flow / Increased urge (men)
FINDING YOUR BALANCE active in cells throughout the body, hormones govern key facets of our health such as moods, memory, energy, sleep, libido and fertility. They not only regulate our immune system and response to stress, but help maintain bone and muscle mass, too. Factors such as stress, diet, exercise and environmental toxins impact our overall hormone wellness. This is particularly true at mid-life, when reproductive functions diminish and significant hormone production is taken over by the adrenal glands. Symptoms resulting from hormonal shifts in our bodies can be felt strongly—leading us to feel physically or mentally out of balance. Testing and monitoring hormone levels enable our health care providers to find appropriate solutions that alleviate your symptoms and lead to hormonal wellness.