Hormone Imbalance: Symptoms, Risk Factors And Treatment With Chicago Natural Health Care
Are you constantly feeling tired, depressed and fatigued? Have you been unable to lose weight, or noticed sudden weight gain? Is your skin breaking out like a teenager, but you’re well into your 30s? If you’re noticing these types of problems, you may have a hormone imbalance or hormonal dysfunction. Whether you have been professionally diagnosed with an imbalance or are wondering if you have one, Chicago Natural Health Care is ready to assist you in making the necessary changes to get back on the road to wellness.
Do You Have a Diagnosis of Hormone Imbalances? Here’s What You Need to Know.
Hormone imbalance is becoming increasingly common in our modern day and modern Americans, but what many who have these disorders don’t realize is the fact that hormone imbalance is not “normal.” In a healthy, functioning person, hormones should be in balance to support the functions of the body. When hormones are out of balance, it’s because something in the body is also not functioning properly. This is why our team of Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care investigates the underlying causes and imbalances causing hormonal imbalance.
Risk Factors for Hormone Imbalance
Hormone imbalance happens for a reason. If you have a hormone imbalance, it’s critical that you understand why. Some common risk factors for developing hormone imbalances include:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Toxins in the diet
If you eat the standard American diet (SAD) which is highly inflammatory, live a sedentary lifestyle and have a tendency to be overweight, you are at higher risk for developing a hormonal condition. Reducing these risk factors can also help reduce your chances of developing a hormone imbalance.
Finding the Root Cause
If you’ve been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance, it’s critical to get to the root cause of your problem before deciding on a course of treatment. While hormone replacement therapy may help your symptoms, it does not address the underlying or root causes of the hormonal imbalance to begin with. Chicago Natural Health Care takes a Functional medicine approach that believes in getting to the root cause of health concerns, illness and disease, including hormone imbalances and hormonal dysfunction.
At Chicago Natural Health Care, our Functional Medicine Doctors work with our patients to find those lifestyle factors that are contributing to their imbalances. This starts with a comprehensive blood analysis, followed by a hormonal salivary tests to detect sex hormonal imbalances and adrenal problems. A complete GI or digestive stool panel and tests for food sensitivities and food allergies will also help pinpoint the cause of the hormone trouble and hormone imbalance.
Once we’ve identified potential causes of the problem, we work with patients to create a roadmap of lifestyle and behavioral changes that will help heal their bodies, and reduce the stress on their endocrine system and hormones. Sometimes hormone replacement therapy is used in conjunction with these lifestyle and behavioral changes, but for many patients changes in diet and lifestyle can help reset and guide the body and reduce the symptoms of hormone imbalance. If you have been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance, Chicago Natural Health Care has the Functional Medicine Doctors and the tools to help you take control over your health and wellness so your body can restore the natural balance of hormones.
Do You Have Hormone Imbalance or Low Hormone Levels?
Perhaps you have just started your journey toward better health, and find yourself wondering whether or not you might have a hormone imbalance. Here are some insights that may help guide your research.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
If you find yourself asking, “Do I have a hormone imbalance?” learn to spot common hormone imbalance signs and symptoms. Some symptoms to watch for may include:
- Problems with menstruation – Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea
- Night sweats and hot flashes
- Memory fog
- Mood swings
- Weight gain or loss
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
- Breast changes
If you are suffering from these symptoms, make an appointment with Chicago Natural Health Care and our team of Functional Medicine Doctors in Chicago to discuss your hormone levels. Laboratory tests will help us determine if you have an imbalance and what course of treatment is best to help correct that imbalance.
What to Expect From Your Appointment
At your first appointment with Chicago Natural Health Care, our goal will be to get to the root cause of your symptoms to provide a good roadmap for treatment. First, your doctor will thoroughly review your entire health history, including a look at your family history, to rule out other health conditions that might be causing your signs and symptoms.
To diagnose and prepare a management and treatment plan for hormone conditions, our team will take blood and saliva tests, discuss your health and family history, and look at your overall lifestyle. If this testing shows that you have low hormones or another imbalance, you will be provided with a treatment plan. Often, hormone imbalances respond well to dietary changes and lifestyle changes. Removing inflammatory foods and inflammation from the diet, for instance, can help heal the thyroid and restore a normal hormone balance. Sometimes additional hormone replacement is necessary to bring balance and optimal health.
If you wonder if you have a hormone imbalance, make an appointment with Chicago Natural Health Care for a thorough evaluation and approach. With the help of our Functional Medicine Doctors, you can start feeling better and restore balance to your body through natural means and therapies. Contact us today at 773-418-6877 to schedule an appointment or click the button below.