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The hormonal orchestra

“I’m just so tired all the tim; I don’t sleep well anymore; no matter how much I diet and exercise, I can’t seem to lose weight; I feel agitated and anxious.”

The hormonal orchestraAll these symptoms and others are surprisingly common, yet so often simply put down to just getting older or in women the menopause is frequently blamed and the prescription pad comes out offering HRT. What isn’t explored fully is if there is a biochemical explanation and your body has become imbalanced from a hormonal perspective.

The endocrine system comprises of eight different glands: - The adrenal glands, pineal, pituitary, thyroid, thymus, pancreas, and the ovaries (female) and testes (male).

These various different glands work in an interconnected way, rather like an orchestra. The conductor of the hormonal orchestra is the pituitary gland in the brain. This centre sends signals to distant parts of the body to control everything from your stress response through the adrenal glands; blood sugar balance through the pancreas and adrenals; it regulates heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, metabolism and growth via the thyroid gland and your sexual behavior and function through the reproductive organs.

The most common hormonal problems, which are quite literally sending hundreds of people out of balance, that I see in my clinic are: insulin resistance (from excessive sugar consumption), Adrenal imbalances (from chronic stress and blood sugar irregularities), imbalances in sex hormones (such as high oestrogen and low progesterone), and sub-optimal thyroid function (yet due to poor current diagnostic testing is often misdiagnosed as “normal”).

We are dynamic creatures! If a hormone becomes excessive or depleted this begins a chain reaction that doesn’t have an end until the cause of the imbalance is put right. Simply taking a pill for high blood sugar levels, for example, may very well not be the answer, so what we have to ask is WHY your blood sugar is rising in the first place!

The whole picture
At Nutritional Values I use the Functional Medicine model to assess your health. This means seeking to identify interactions between different systems in the body through comprehensive case history taking, your presenting signs and symptoms and on occasion functional laboratory testing. The goal is to identify and address the triggers and underlying causes of your health problems that often then cause imbalances in body systems, rather than simply focusing on symptoms.

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