Are you experiencing any of these symptoms-1Raise your hand if you’ve ever added too much (or not enough) of an ingredient to a recipe and it drastically changed the taste for the worse. I know I’m guilty of getting too excited with the saltshaker.

This is what it’s like when you have too much (or not enough) of a certain hormone. Imbalanced hormones, even in small amounts, can wreak havoc on our bodies and have profound effects on our mental, physical, and emotional health.

Some people live with hormonal imbalances without even realizing WHY they feel so bad. Both men and women are vulnerable to changing hormones as they age or experience chronic stress.

Ask yourself if you have experienced any of these symptoms. If the answer is yes, you may have a hormonal imbalance. But don’t be discouraged. There is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to hormone replacement therapy as some doctors would have you believe and there are simple things you can do every day to help yourself heal.  

Signs of hormone imbalance include:

  • Weight gain
  • Inability to concentrate and fuzzy thinking
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Irritability and cyclic moodiness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Sleep disruption
  • Infertility
  • Erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Excessive hair on the face (or where it’s not supposed to be)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Adult acne
  • Perimenopause
  • PMS
  • Low energy
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Osteoporosis
  • Premature aging
  • Breast health
  • Fluid retention
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Memory loss

Here are some simple ways to help balance hormones naturally:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Manage your stress
  • Avoid endocrine-disrupting chemicals (body products, household cleaning products, etc.)
  • Focus on quality nutrition and eating quality fats
  • Make getting quality sleep a priority

If that’s still not cutting it, we can help. Dr. Rohde is one of the few board-certified physicians in hormone management in Illinois.

First and foremost, know that Dr. Rohde and the Renew team listen to each patient and treat each one of you as an individual. Depending on what your symptoms are and which hormone(s) your body needs, Dr. Rohde may choose to prescribe bioidentical hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, and supplements such as DHEA, melatonin, or others as needed.

Unlike synthetic hormone replacement therapies (HRT, which can pose more health risks to women than benefits), bioidentical hormones are replacement hormones made from all-natural plant ingredients and are an exact replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body. Bioidentical hormone therapy can help relieve many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

In general, your body’s natural hormones begin to decline after your mid-20s and mild hormone imbalance symptoms are frequently present by your mid-30s. Men and women sometimes start replacing hormones between the age of 40 and 50 depending on how they feel. If you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance, it is best not to wait to be evaluated.

If you’re ready to get your life back, call Renew Total Body Wellness Center at 217-864-2700 to request an appointment today.