Hormones play a critical role in how we act, feel, and think. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, avoid illness, or enhance cognitive focus, imbalanced hormones may be the first area you target.
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream to the organs and tissues. They tell our organs what to do and how to function – although they work more slowly than most other chemical messengers.
Hormones are made by endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells found throughout the body. The main endocrine glands are:
Hormones are considered to be a dominant chemical messenger, which means that only a small amount of hormones is needed to cause significant changes on organs or tissues
Men and women mostly produce hormones in the same way outside of the sexual organs: men produce some of their hormones in the testes, while women produce hormones in the ovaries.
Hormones are classified into four different categories. They include:
- Amino Acids, Like Epinephrine, Melatonin, And Thyroxine.
- Eicosanoids, Like Thromboxane, Prostaglandins, And Leukotrienes
- Peptides, Like Amylin, Glucagon, Growth Hormone, Insulin, Leptin, And Lipotropin.
- Steroids, Like Testosterone (Androgen Steroid), Estrone (Estrogen Steroid), And Progesterone (progestogen Steroid).
When the body is in a normal state, there is production of a balanced range of hormones. The organs and tissues are functioning in their optimal state.
However, when one or more hormones are altered, it can lead to a hormone imbalance. There might be a shortage of one hormone and an overproduction of another hormone.
The most common hormone imbalances involve estrogen and progesterone in women. These two hormones are frequently imbalanced for one or more reasons, including birth control pills, stress, or even the overuse of cosmetics.
Another common type of hormone imbalance involves male hormones and hair loss. The male body converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When DHT binds to hair follicle receptors, it causes hair follicles to shrink or miniaturize. This leads to thinner, shorter, and finer hair.
Hormone imbalance can occur for many different reasons beyond pregnancy, menopause, PMS, puberty, and male baldness. Other reasons could involve:
Lack Of Exercise
SYMPTOMS OF HORMONAL IMBALANCE IN WOMEN
Here are some of the common symptoms for different types of hormone imbalances:
- Progesterone Deficiency
This is the world’s most common hormone imbalance and it affects women of all ages. Common causes include dietary habits or the use of birth control pills. If you have a progesterone deficiency, then you may exhibit the following symptoms:
Unexplained Weight Gain
Painful Or Lumpy Breasts
- Estrogen Deficiency
This hormone imbalance is particularly common among menopausal women. Women with a slim build are more likely to be affected by estrogen deficiency than other women. Common symptoms of estrogen deficiency include:
- Excess Estrogen Production
Key symptoms include:
Puffiness And Bloating
Rapid Weight Gain
Anxiety Or Depression
Red Flush On Face
Cervical Dysplasia (Abnormal PAP Smear)
- Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen dominance can occur when your body doesn’t produce enough progesterone to balance out the effects of estrogen. This imbalance can occur in women who have traditionally low estrogen levels: if your progesterone production is lower than your estrogen production, then you may experience the following symptoms of estrogen dominance:
Unexplained Weight Gain
Anxiety And Depression
Puffiness And Bloating
Red Flush On Face
Androgen is a male hormone. Women may develop an excess androgen imbalance by eating too much sugar or simple carbohydrates. In addition, women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more susceptible to androgen imbalances. Symptoms include:
Excessive Hair Growth On The Face And Arms
Thinning Hair On The Head
Hypoglycemia Or Unstable Blood Sugar Levels
- Cortisol Deficiency
Cortisol deficiency is typically caused by overworked adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands become overworked when you’re constantly stressed out. Key symptoms include:
Thin Or Dry Skin
Brown Spots On The Face
Low Blood Sugar
Unstable Blood Sugar
Intolerance To Exercise
If you have two or more of the above symptoms, then you may have a hormone deficiency. Talk to your doctor and ask about potential treatments for hormone imbalances. Or, check the Hormone Imbalance Treatments section below.
SYMPTOMS OF HORMONAL IMBALANCE IN MEN
There are two main types of hormone imbalances that affect men. See those imbalances and symptoms below:
- Testosterone Deficiency
Testosterone deficiency is particularly prevalent in men over the age of 50. As the male body ages, testosterone production declines. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
Loss Of Muscle Mass And Definition
Lower Sex Drive
Fatigue And Poor Stamina
- Excess Estrogens
Some men think they have symptoms of testosterone deficiency, but in reality, it’s just excess estrogen. Symptoms of excess estrogen are similar to testosterone deficiency and include:
Puffiness Or Bloating
STANDARD TREATMENT PRACTICE
Doctors can prescribe a wide range of pharmaceuticals specifically designed to balance your hormones.
- Birth Control Pills, which has powerful physical effects beyond reducing your risk of pregnancy.
- Other medications include anti-depressants or menopausal hormones, both of which are designed to raise hormone levels within the body.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is now officially called hormone therapy. For decades, women undergoing menopause would undergo hormone therapy to alleviate symptoms.
That practice stopped suddenly when a large clinical study showed that hormone therapy created more health risks than it avoided. As a result, hormone therapy is a controversial procedure today – and most doctors recommend against it.
Specific risks of hormone therapy include a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer.
Given that information, there are two main types of hormone therapy, including:
— Systematic Hormone Therapy:These are synthetic estrogen in the form of a skin patch, cream, spray, or pill, to relieve symptoms of estrogen deficiency.
— Low-Dose Vaginal Products:These are hormone therapy in the form of low-dose vaginal products, which include creams, tablets, or rings. Doctors may use these products to treat vaginal symptoms without causing hormone imbalances in the rest of the body. If you have vaginal dryness, for example, but aren’t exhibiting low estrogen symptoms in the rest of your body, then doctors might recommend this targeted treatment method.
NEW HOPE FOR HORMONAL IMBALANCE IN MEN AND WOMEN
The liver plays an integral role in women’s health with its responsibility for regulating the sex hormones, primarily the estrogen hormones. This can only be achieved by enhancing the function of the liver. Enhanced liver function speeds up estrogen metabolism (clearance) from the body. The liver uses GLUTATHIONE, a tri-peptide molecule, to metabolize excess estrogen. Finding of many studies indicate that glutathione enhancing therapy using IMMUNOCAL® represents an effective therapeutic tool in a wide range of hormonal imbalance challenges in men and women
Building on this cause, and on an understanding of the effect of Glutathione on oxidative stress, the use of IMMUNOCAL, as Glutathione enhancer in treating hormonal imbalance challenges. IMMUNOCAL a patented product, modulate intracellular glutathione (GSH) to perform the following function:
- Prevention of oxidative cell damage by scavenging ROS
- DNA synthesis and repair
- Amino acid transport and protein synthesis
- Metabolism of toxins and carcinogens
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