We have solutions for hormonal problems, including…
- Hot flashes/night sweats;
- Premenstrual/menstrual migraines;
- Low sex drive;
Our Approach to Hormonal Imbalances:
We get the body to do what Mother Nature originally intended, which is NOT synthetic hormone replacement therapy or even bio-identical hormones. We simply find and fix the underlying causes ofhormonal imbalances.
Cause #1: Adrenal Hormones
Adrenal hormone imbalance is the primary underlying cause of female hormonal problems. Cortisol is the main hormone made in your adrenal glands during times of stress. Cortisol is actually made from progesterone. So, guess what happens when you are under stress? Every molecule of progesterone gets made into cortisol. People who are (or were) under chronic stress will have low levels of progesterone.Cortisol imbalance is a major reason why women have hormonal problems.
DHEA is the other main adrenal hormone. DHEA actually gets made into estrogen and testosterone during normal conditions, but during times of chronic stress the adrenals prefer to make cortisol instead of DHEA. This means DHEA levels drop, and therefore estrogen and testosterone levels drop, too.
Cause #2: Digestive System
Food sensitivities, over-consumption of carbohydrates and sweets, unstable blood sugar, and poordigestive function all contribute to female hormone problems. Chronic, undetected infections in the GI tract weaken immune function, and are a leading cause of adrenal hormone and female hormoneproblems.
Cause #3: Detoxification System
Our chief detoxification organ is the liver. When it is over taxed, normal metabolism of hormones fails to take place. This is a common underlying cause/contributor of hormonal imbalances. Birth control medications and hormone replacement therapy (whether synthetic or natural) place an extra burden on the liver detoxification pathways. Many women who react poorly to birth control, synthetic hormones, or even natural/bio-identical hormone replacement usually have liver detoxification problems.
What to Expect From Us:
Proper laboratory testing is the key to figuring out your hormonal imbalances.
The best way to test adrenal hormones (cortisol and DHEA) is with saliva testing. Cortisol levels are on a 24-hour cycle: they should be highest in the AM, lower in the afternoon, even lower in the evening and lowest at night. This requires a series of 4 saliva samples to map out your curve. You can see how doing a single blood test would not be helpful, and that 4 blood tests would be painful and inconvenient (you would have to go to the lab 4 times, whereas saliva testing can be done anywhere).
The best way to test sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) is with saliva testing. Likecortisol, the sex hormones are on a cycle, too (particularly estrogen and progesterone), and it is easiest to measure the monthly rhythm by doing a series of saliva samples throughout the month, not just one single blood test one day out of the month.
Further laboratory testing may be warranted depending on your case. Individual treatment programs vary, but always include nutritional supplements (herbs, vitamins, minerals) as well as lifestyle changes (diet,exercise, sleep, and stress management). We do not use hormone replacement therapy, whether synthetic or bio identical. Our goal is to get your body to do what Mother Nature originally intended.
Take the Next Step:
Call our office today and talk to Dr. Carri directly to see if you are a good candidate for our program.