Hormones function as messengers in the body. Sex hormones are produced primarily by the adrenal glands and ovaries in women where they travel by way of the bloodstream to specific organs to deliver their message. Sex hormones must be in optimal concentration and proper relationship to one another to function at their best. Hormones have checks and balances. Each hormone in the body has a counterpart hormone that regulates its function. When one is either excessive or deficient, the normal ratio is disturbed and the optimal function of the hormone is altered. This disturbance in hormone balance can affect many body systems.
What disrupts the balance?
Diet, lifestyle, exposure to external estrogens, delayed childbirth, and stress all play a major role in creating hormone imbalances. This can lead to weight gain, menstrual irregularity, moodiness, chronic fatigue, PMS, insomnia, and libido issues. These are issues that I see women struggling with daily in my practice. As we continue to gain a better understanding of hormonal interaction, these problems are more easily addressed.