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A hormonal imbalance is something that can affect your body from head to toe. Depending on which hormones are out of balance, unbalanced hormones can affect your ability to move with strength and agility and it can affect your mind—making it difficult to make important decisions or recall information.  

Menopause Hormones
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Some people think that hormone imbalances are a way of life, but they’re not. A hormone imbalance, can be a warning sign because it can affect major organs in your body and cause some serious consequences.  

Some people think that a hormone imbalance is no big deal—but this isn’t true either. A hormone imbalance can impact your life to the point that you’re not able to work or to even stay awake during the day.  

It’s not just your short term health that gets affected by a hormone imbalance, either. When your hormones are off balance, it can lead to some diseases. By restoring your hormones to the right balance, you may protect yourself against disease.  

If your thyroid hormones get off balance, it can lead to hyper or hypothyroidism. If you get hypothyroidism and the hormones that cause the condition aren’t balanced, it can lead to fatigue, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, puffy face, heavier than normal, or irregular menstrual periods, thinning hair, depression, or impaired memory, among other things. . Treating underactive (hypothyroidism) can be as simple as seeing your doctor and getting a blood test and a thyroid hormone pill to take daily. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms above, please see a doctor.  

Hyperthyroidism is what happens when your thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine. People who have hyperthyroidism can have an accelerated metabolism. Some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism include unintentional weight loss—especially when your appetite and food intake are steady, racing heart, pounding heart, increased appetite, nervousness, irritability, anxiety, more frequent bowel movements, enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)—this appears as a swelling at the base of your neck, difficulty sleeping, fine, brittle hair. If you have these symptoms, please see a doctor. Treatment can be surgical (removal of all or part of the thyroid gland) or chemical. You should discuss treatment options with your doctor.  

Dementia has long been associated with aging. But what many people don’t realize is that dementia is multifactorial. That means that lifestyle issues, such as your diet and even what you use for deodorant can have an effect on your brain. As a general rule, try to eat organic, freshly prepared food. Stay away from anything processed or in a box. And stop using vegetable oil, now. It affects us negatively at the epigenetic level. Vegetable oils include safflower, canola, and Crisco. This is not a comprehensive list.  

We are normally born with 4 parathyroid glands. They usually reside near or within the thyroid (hence the term parathyroid). The function of the parathyroid gland is to regulate calcium and phosphorus in your body. The parathyroid has no effect on metabolism. Increased parathyroid hormone (hyperparathyroidism) symptoms include fragile bones, kidney stones, depression or forgetfulness, bone and joint pain, frequent urination, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and/or vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see a doctor. Treatment of hyperparathyroidism is surgical. The overactive gland is identified and removed.  

Underactive parathyroid or hypoparathyroidism is when your parathyroid gland does not produce enough of the parathyroid hormone. This leads to abnormally low calcium levels and increased phosphorus levels. Symptoms include tingling or bringing in your fingertips, toes, and lips, muscle aches or cramps, twitching or muscle spasm, patchy hair loss, painful menstruation, brittle nails, dry skin, depression, anxiety. Treatment is generally oral supplements for life. If you have the symptoms listed above, see a doctor.  

The adrenal glands produce hormones that assist in the control of metabolic functions like blood sugar, protein and fat, and blood pressure. The adrenal glands produce cortisol and aldosterone among others. Too much cortisol results in Cushing’s syndrome and may lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health problems. Adrenal insufficiency is when the glands do not produce enough cortisol or sometimes aldosterone. This can result in dangerously low blood pressure, fatigue, weakness, low appetite, and weight loss. Sometimes adrenal insufficiency can be acute and require hospitalization.  

 If you are having symptoms of imbalanced hormones, please seek medical help.

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