Hormone Imbalance

One of the main concerns shared by our doctors at the Natural Hormone Replacement Clinics of Colorado is the number of younger women (25-40) we see with major hormone imbalances especially here in the Denver area. Most all women between the ages of 25 and 90 years can be affected by hormone imbalance. They experience a wide range of symptoms, from those with relatively minor impact to ones that can cause substantial suffering. Hormone imbalance can be attributed to a number of different causes, two of the major contributors are diet and lifestyle. Our lifestyles have changed a great deal over the last couple of generations and it has changed how our bodies function.
Signs of a Possible Hormone Imbalance
Some of the most common symptoms that could indicate a hormone imbalance include the following:

Estrogen Deficiency – If the level of estrogen in the body is too low you may experience a range of symptoms including shortness of breath, interrupted sleep patterns and/or insomnia, hot flashes, headaches, depression and anxiety, mood swings, sexual dysfunction and disruption to the menstrual cycle.
Elevated Estrogen Levels – When the body is producing too much estrogen women will often experience sugar cravings, fluid retention, chronic fatigue, bloating, weight gain, fibroids in the breasts and/or uterus and irregular menstruation.
Progesterone Deficiency – anxiety, mood swings, irritability, lack of sex drive, unexplained weight gain, bloating, cramps, swelling or tenderness in the breasts, acne flare ups, mild confusion, a loss of concentration and joint pain.
Higher Levels of Progesterone – An elevated level of progesterone can often result in changes to the menstrual cycle and unexplained drowsiness.
A Lack of Testosterone – When there is not an appropriate level of testosterone in […]

4 Facts About Menopause That Will keep You Up at Night!

4  Facts about the two Menopause symptoms:
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Having PMS during the first 10 years of your menses (relates to early hormone imbalances), increases your chances of having worse Hot Flashes and Night Sweats (Menopause symptom),
When normal levels of the three main hormones of menstruation (estriol, estradiol and Progesterone) begin to decrease, women begin to experience symptoms of Hot Flashes and Night Sweats.  “Estrogen Dominance” means normal estrogen and progesterone ratios (200-400) decrease dramatically.  Allowing estrogen to become very high with respect to Progesterone.  This is potentially dangerous  as estrogen levels may drop by 40% as compared to a 90% drop in Progesterone.  Sleep disturbances; unable to get to sleep and unable to stay asleep and wake up tired is reflected in this imbalance.   These hormone levels are often worsened by menopause.
Cortisol stress hormone levels at night can also keep you awake, lack of good deep sleep promotes hot flashes and night sweats.  Daytime low Cortisol levels leads to tiredness and foggy memory, called adrenal fatigue or exhaustion. Stress affects cortisol levels both at night and throughout the day and can lead to abdominal, thigh and buttocks weight gain before and during menopause.
Do you eat close to bed time?  Are you up after going to sleep looking for something to eat?  This can be a symptom of the imbalance of Insulin.  Insulin Resistance signals sugar imbalances and eventually Type 2 Diabetes and is called Metabolic Syndrome which does cause Hot Flashes and Night Sweats and can add belly, thigh and buttocks pounds quickly.

Once our bodies begin moving on from the child bearing age of 14-40,  there is no longer any reason why the average man and women should experience on going symptoms of worsening hormone imbalances.   The science of anti-aging has rapidly progressed, we now […]

Why Can’t I Get Rid of My Belly Fat, Man Boobs or Love Handles?

By Dr Dale Baird
What are the causes of Man Boobs, Love Handles and Belly Fat?
Well, The number one reason it’s so hard to lose belly fat, man boobs and love handles is an imbalance or reduction in production of not just one Hormone but a combination of all hormones.

Testosterone
Estrogen
Progesterone
Testosterone Precursers
Sleep Hormones
DHT
Cortisol

These changes in our hormone levels can be from Aging, Forced Aging from surgeries, injuries, illnesses, polluted air, toxins in food and Food Allergies. In our late 20’s and 30’s our bodies can start early aging when we start to make diminished levels of multiple hormones.

With female or male menopause comes a drop in sex hormones as well as disturbances in the Stress Hormone cortisol. These hormonal changes alters Where and How Much the body stores as fat, making men and women more prone to gaining visceral belly fat, thigh deposition of fat, Love Handles and Man Boobs. Other hormonal imbalances during this time can leave the body feeling hungry, even after eating. Sleep disturbances, common in peri-menopause and menopause, are associated with changes and loss of certain key hormones.

Additionally, the stresses of life –aging parents, work, kids, illnesses, college tuition or the mortgage – can lead to an increase in cortisol, the “stress hormone,” which also triggers your body to store fat around the middle.

By testing which 11 Hormones are low or out of balance with each other, we can balance these key hormones naturally for optimal health and performance.

For more information on who and what we do, naturally, visit our website www.naturalhormonereplacementclinicsofcolorado.com, or www.NHRCC.com

For a no charge consultation with one of our Doctors, call 303-460-0867

By |January 30th, 2013|Hormones|0 Comments|

Can Food Allergies Cause Illness and Weight Gain?

By Dr Dale Baird
Food Allergies lead to unwanted pounds and even physical acute and chronic illness.  Men and Women often complain that no matter what,” I just can’t lose the weight!”
WE are  overfed and undernourished leading to low energy, weight gain, mental fogging, fatigue and illness. When we eat our allergic foods along with the SAD Diet, (Sad American Diet) it leads to pain,inflammation and fatigue. America, Canada and many other countries have gone to a diet high in refined carbohydrates, low fat and antibiotic ridden meats/proteins. We add GMO ( Genetically Modified Organisms) foods to that, which are also laden with pesticides and pretend that it is possible to be healthy.  When we develop a set of symptoms, Medicine names it ABC disease. Now with a diagnosis it can be treated with drugs to relieve symptoms. This, quite likely, covers up the cause of the illness, which is most likely multifaceted.
Eating Your food allergies will spoil your Holiday Season leading to gastrointestinal symptoms such as leaky gut syndrome, blood sugar imbalances, desensitization to insulin, candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) which decrease proper absorption and utilization of nutrients and yields a compromised immune system. The Gut has to be healed for Health and Longevity.
Don’t let Food Allergies become a problem.  Seek professional advice for proper diagnosis and guidance.

What are Hormones?

By Dr Dale Baird

Hormones are chemicals the body uses to direct our cells to perform various tasks.  The tasks performed involve almost every function, from insulin production to brain intellectual development.  They are in most abundance in our earlier years of life.  When we are young, we don’t really know how lucky we are to have fully functioning hormones.  But at age 47-53 for most women, they start going away, it’s called “in Menopause”(for men it’s andropause).  Symptoms of waxing and waning hormones are; weight gain, low or no energy, sleep disruption, no sexual desire, osteoporosis, heart disease, looking as if you’re rapidly aging.  There are many hormones (even Vitamin D is considered a hormone in some circumstances) but the main ones we usually deal with are the following; Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone, Sleep and Cortisol.  Both Estrogen and testosterone are derived from progesterone and Testoerone hormone precursers.  A healthy cholesterol level is important because all hormones are derived from it.

Estrogen is what makes a women different from a man, like wise Testosterone is what makes a man a man.  Both of them are involved with the osteoporosis as is progesterone.  All of these are very necessary for a healthy heart, brain, lungs, hormone system, digestive system.

As we age these hormones become less plentiful leading to the aging process.   “Hormone Replacement” is the medical process of re-establishing normal known hormone levels.  These levels are just about the same no matter what age you are!  So when you use hormones to establish normal levels, we are essentially rolling back the clock.

Hormone levels are dropping in younger age groups more than ever before.  Our clinic sees the equivalent of a 70 year old levels with males and […]

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