Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness is a Holistic Health and Wellness Center of NYC offer natural & individualized management approach to balance your hormones. Below you’ll learn what type of hormonal imbalance your specific symptoms might be pointing to, what the root causes of your hormonal problem are, and how you can help treat the problem without experiencing the negative side effects associated with synthetic treatments.
What are Hormones?
Our hormones play a major role in our body functions and metabolism. They regulate multiple chemical reactions and help us to maintain homeostasis and internal balance.
Unique way of communicating
Our hormones have a unique way of communicating with each other. The Eastern medicine paradigm sees the body as a balance between forces of Yin and Yang. Western medicine holds that the body functions as a result of compensatory mechanisms and biofeedback.
The endocrine system is very complex-the body is regulated by multiple biofeedback mechanisms that send messengers such as hormones through a network of internal pathways. The hormones travel throughout the body in order to regulate its functions and help the body adjust to change. The body produces approximately 100 different hormones that communicate with and depend on each other.
If one hormone becomes imbalanced, very often, the impact is felt by other hormones in the communication network, resulting in a compensatory mechanism that either over- or under-produces related hormones. As in a domino effect, many hormones eventually react, causing a hormonal cascade of connected symptoms and problems.
Where Do Hormones Come From?
The hypothalamus is the body’s master gland. It is responsible for coordinating all the hormones, including:
- Growth hormone (GH)
These are among the many hormones that serve as messengers, and they are all constantly interacting. The hypothalamus gives direct orders to its sister gland—the pituitary gland, which in turn regulates other glands in the body such as:
- Adrenal gland
- Thyroid gland
- Ovaries in women, and testes in men
Hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine axis (HPEA)
The connection between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and other glands is called a hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine axis (HPEA). The pathway between the hypothalamus and the pituitary-adrenal gland is called an HPA axis.
The pituitary gland is a small pea-shaped organ located at the base of the brain behind the bridge of the nose/center of the forehead. It is responsible for sensing changes in the body and sending signals to other glands, telling them to regulate their function in order to reestablish or maintain a balanced environment.
For example: The pituitary gland produces the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which acts on the thyroid gland to induce the production of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. The pituitary gland also secretes hormones that regulate the adrenal gland, testes, and ovaries, which in turn produce other hormones.
What Causes Hormone Imbalance?
There is a very close and sometimes opposing relationship between these glands and the hormones they secrete. This relationship is called an Ovarian Adrenal Thyroid (OAT) axis. When one group of hormones—let’s say the stress hormones—is out of balance, it causes imbalances with sex hormones and thyroid hormones.
For example, if a woman has her ovaries removed, both the adrenal and thyroid gland functions are affected. Your body needs all three glands to be balanced and functioning properly in order to be in optimal health and to feel great.
Through out our life hormone fluctuation might occur naturally for instance during puberty, pregnancy, perimenapause and menopause. However hormone imbalance might also be caused by:
- Physical stress
- Emotional stress
- Environmental toxins
- Unbalanced lifestyle
- Unhealthy food being consumed in large quantities
Hormone imbalances might cause a list of problems including brain chemistry, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, imbalances of thyroid and adrenal glands, metabolic syndrome, blood sugar imbalances, and much more.
Types of Hormonal Imbalances
Our Endocrine system is very complex and it produces over hundred hormones on a daily basis. The most common list of hormonal imbalance:
- Adrenal imbalances
- Thyroid Imbalances
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Estrogen Dominance
Unfortunately, our hectic modern life presents us with a series of small, constantly stressful situations. Our adrenals are constantly working. If they don’t get a chance to rest, they eventually become imbalanced.
Adrenal glands may become exhausted and unable to function properly, releasing suboptimal amounts of hormones.
This may potentially lead to disorders involving a hormonal imbalance or immune system dysfunction as is often seen in depression, which is expressed as an increased susceptibility to infections. Adrenal exhaustion can also cause chronic fatigue, allergies, and autoimmune disorders such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.
Adrenal glands may also become overactive.
Adrenal glands release hormones at inappropriate times, causing myriad symptoms including:
- Heart palpitations
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Adrenal fatigue may also result from physiological conditions such as:
- Chronic illness or pain
- Sleep deprivation
- Chronic or acute infection
- High sugar intake
- Strenuous exercise
- Undetected food sensitivities
Constant stress placed upon the body drains our adrenal glands, and this problem coupled with a stressful lifestyle predisposes a person to adrenal fatigue and exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue is a medical condition called Adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s disease, which is a more serious medical condition, often caused by an auto-immune dysfunction of adrenal glands.
Take an Adrenal quiz to find out if you have an adrenal imbalance.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ is a powerful energy and metabolism machine in our body.
The thyroid gland affects almost all body functions and regulates the metabolism, which turns food into energy. The thyroid gland acts like the body’s sensory barometer. The main function of the thyroid is converting calories and oxygen into energy. It helps to regulate blood pressure, metabolism, body temperature, growth, and heart rate.
If the thyroid gland is malfunctioning and not producing enough hormones, our whole body slows down causing symptoms such as lethargy, fatigue, constipation, and intolerance to cold. An overactive thyroid, on the other hand, can cause symptoms of an increased metabolism such as anxiety, agitation, heart palpitations, and intolerance to heat.
Take a Thyroid quiz to find out if you have a thyroid imbalance or thyroid dysfunction.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition of hormonal imbalance in which a woman’s ovaries grow small noncancerous fluid filled cysts.
This condition causes increase production of male sex hormones-androgens, which might cause menstrual cycle irregularity and insulin resistance. This condition is often accompanied by Insulin resistance and excess insulin production.
Insulin is a hormone synthesized by the pancreas that helps to transport glucose into the cells and converts it to energy. Excess insulin might also be the cause of high androgen levels in the body.
Symptoms of PCOS range from mild to severe and vary from person to person. Most women develop these symptoms with onset of the menstruations.
Common symptoms of PCOS:
- Decrease ovulation
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Oily skin
- Hirsutism-Excess body
- Facial hair
- Blood sugar dysregulation
- Insulin resistance
- Decrease in breast size
- Weight gain
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a condition involving a variety of symptoms (emotional, physical and behavioral) that are directly related to a woman’s menstrual cycle and develop 7–10 days prior to your period. It is considered the luteal or progesterone phase of the menstrual cycle during which time there is a shift of hormones from estrogen to progesterone and might be linked to an insufficient production of progesterone.
Some of the PMS symptoms might result from an interaction between progesterone and brain neurotransmitters called serotonin (which is responsible for our mood stability).
Research shows that serotonin levels are much lower during the luteal phase in women with PMS.
This fact might explain the PMS symptoms of:
Impact of progesterone and estrogen on kidney function
Other symptoms of PMS, such as:
- Fluid retention
May be caused by the impact of progesterone and estrogen on kidney function, affecting the balance of salt and fluid retention in the body.
Another common hormonal imbalance seen today is estrogen dominance, which is caused by an imbalance involving estrogen and progesterone; specifically, a relatively low or deficient amount of progesterone in relationship to estrogen.
A majority of symptoms experienced by women during the premenopausal and menopausal years are caused by an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels.
Due to this fact, estrogen becomes a predominant hormone in the body, and without proper counterbalancing of progesterone may cause a list of symptoms, including:
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Impatience and irritability
- Irregular periods
- Decreased libido and sex drive
- Fluid retention
- Stomach cramps before the onset of menses
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
Dr. Fazylova and Staff at Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness strive to provide a holistic and individualized care to help you on your journey to a better health and vibrant appearance.
Do you have questions? To receive more information and to learn if you are a candidate for a Hormonal Imbalance Treatment, please contact Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness. Would like to schedule an appointment with the top functional and integrative medicine doctor, hormonal imbalance specialist in Midtown NYC, Dr. Natalya Fazylova, please contact our office.
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New York, New York 10065