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What’s Up with My Hormones??

Do you sometimes feel cursed by your hormones??

Like you have to just sit back and accept symptoms that are keeping you from feeling your best??

There is often a lot of unnecessary suffering that people deal with because they have bought into what everyone else says or does (or should I say- doesn’t do). We just “deal” with the symptoms of hormone imbalance as if we have no power over it. Maybe your doctor will just try to cover up the symptom…. put a band aid over it with some type of pharmaceutical, often times trading one problem for another.
At Mint Health , we more often than not see men and women with hormone imbalances, but we realize this problem doesn’t happen overnight. Hormone imbalances are the result of a long continuum of dysfunction in the body related to toxins, stress, and poor nutrition coupled with your genetic picture.
We are seeing hormone issues in teens now too; girls will show up with significant PMS, dense breasts, irregular periods and very heavy and painful periods. Early menopause is another common condition we see that is not normal and not ok. Premature menopause sets you up for a host of health-related issues. The rise in infertility in women and men–these conditions are all warning signs the body is giving us. For some, the symptoms from imbalanced hormones can be near debilitating. We don’t want to miss the big red flags that the body is not functioning well and worst case scenario, we end-up with a hormone driven cancer, like breast cancer or prostate cancer.
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Red Flags

We shouldn’t feel dreadful or cursed by our hormones. If you are feeling terrible, this is a red flag and a sign that your body is not doing well with the surrounding environment (this could be internal and external).

These are the common signs that we see in Women and Men who have hormone imbalances:
Women:
  • Fibrocystic breasts, dense breasts, or cystic breasts
  • Premature graying, hair thinning
  • Dry skin, sagging skin, craves sweets
  • Needing caffeine to get going in the morning
  • Hot flashes, night sweats (we think of high stress hormones and low estrogen)
  • Brain fog
  • Low moods or anxiety
  • Being overweight or having trouble losing weight (this compounds hormone imbalance because our fat cells make estrogens and also promote inflammation and insulin resistance)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and Joint pains
  • Osteopenia and Osteoporosis (this is greatly impacted by hormones, but also by physical inactivity and toxins like lead)
  • Incontinence or leaking urine (having healthy hormone levels helps with this; we can also do PRP treatments)
  • Decreased libido
  • Insomnia- making sure you get enough sleep and good sleep. Issues like a spouse snoring (by-the-way untreated sleep apnea is a huge cause of heart disease, so get tested if you snore), having pets in the bed, not having the right temperature, making sure the lighting is right.
Men:
  • Lack of motivation
  • Decline in overall feeling of well-being; decreased vitality
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Sleep problems
  • Fatigue
  • Moody, irritable, or anxious
  • Low moods
  • Poor concentration
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Hair thinning or hair loss
  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction (this can also be a sign of vascular disease)

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At Mint Health , we like to check hormones in detail. We don’t just look at surface level hormones like estradiol or testosterone. For example, in women, when given the opportunity, we recommend looking at estrogen metabolites like 2OH-estrone, 4OH-estrone, and 16OH-estrone. Why do we care about this? Because some of these different estrogen metabolites are beneficial and some can be pathologic, and there are ways that you can shift away from the bad and move towards the protective pathways. I think it is a good idea to know this information, and see what it is that your body is doing with your hormones. If we see imbalances, then we can monitor more routinely and work on changing this pattern.
Genetics, diet, exposure (past and current) to environmental toxins, and stress, all play a part in driving hormones down beneficial verses pathological pathways. We also need to detox our hormones; if we aren’t detoxing well, then hormones can become dysfunctional in the body. This means making sure the gut is functioning well and making sure the body has what it needs to detox (the right vitamins, minerals, and amino acids).
For patients who are interested and willing, we use genetic information to help identify patterns that set someone up for poor hormone metabolism and detox. Knowing this information guides us on how to support you with the hormones that your body is making as well as considerations for hormone replacement.
We love this quote from one of our favorite patient’s, Jim R. —
“Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!”
Regarding nutrition, a lot of people come to us eating in a way that overall seems healthy and may be healthier than a lot of people around them, but for some people, nutrition can be more complicated (food intolerances, inflammatory foods, foods that help with hormone production and hormone detox). At Mint Health , we are very experienced at guiding people with nutrition in a way that helps their body repair and even fine tunes their health.
We need to give our body what it needs nutritionally, so that our cells can thrive, and we can be healthy, strong and spot-on!
So, are you ready to get more in touch with your body?? Are you ready to look at some of the behind-the-scenes issues that are keeping you from functioning at your best, and may even lead to a serious health situation in the future?? I know some of you reading this are already digging deep and seeing the fruits of your labor.
Dr. Buchert and I love helping you unravel what sometimes seems like a tangled web so that your body can start to fix itself. This is why we want everyone to know they have the option to take a Functional Medicine approach to health. If you are seeing us on the Ob/Gyn days (Tuesday/Thursday), and you want to take a deeper dive than we are able to do with conventional medical workups and recommendations, please take the time get started with us in Functional Medicine (these appointments are on Mondays/Wednesdays! – longer, more in depth, more thorough “lab” evaluations other than just blood workups, much more time to focus on and figure out YOU!). Yes, it does take some extra effort, but it is well worth it, because what we don’t face now, we will inevitably face later!!
If you have a minute, take a look at what some of our patients have to say HERE !
We hope you have a wonderful day!
Sincerely,
Renee NP and the Mint Health Team

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