The following article is sponsored by Family Wellness Clinic.
We all know hormones affect our metabolism, sex differentiation and libido. Hormones have hundreds of other functions in our bodies. Estrogen alone has over 400 functions. Our lives are greatly affected by hormones. We feel good when our hormones are balanced. When our hormones are low or imbalanced our bodies become fatigued, sick and dysfunctional.
Dr. Brian J. Rodgers, board certified in Anti-Aging/Regenerative medicine and a leader in Hormone Balancing Therapy, at Familywellness.clinic, explains the seven functions of hormones that improve your quality of life.
Women’s bones become less dense as they get older. This also happens with men. This is due to the declining levels of the hormones estrogen and testosterone (Yes, women have testosterone, about 5-10% of what men have). Studies show that estrogen and testosterone will not only stop the bone loss, but will make the bones stronger.
It is well known having a properly working thyroid is crucial for maintaining a proper weight. Thyroid sets the metabolism for the body. Weight gain can occur if the thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone. It is less well known that if estrogen balance is off or if testosterone is low it is less easy to maintain a healthy weight.
Having trouble remembering names or where you left your car keys? You may have a low testosterone level or an estrogen imbalance. The brain has receptors for these hormones. Proper levels of estrogen and testosterone help the brain function properly. Proper hormone levels also decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In women this decrease can be up to 50%.
These days, it seems there is an increasing amount of depression and people taking depression medicines. There are many causes of depression. One of them is low hormone levels. Proper hormone (thyroid, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone) balance and proper levels contribute to our well-being. Some people suffer from seasonal mood disorder and can get depressed during the winter months. Often, these people have a low vitamin D level. Vitamin D, a hormone, is a precursor to many of the brain chemicals that effect our mood.
Improved Lipid Balance
New studies are frequently being published about cholesterol or heart disease. We all know that we need to lower our cholesterol. To do so we are encouraged to eat right, exercise and take statin drugs to lower our serum lipid levels. Many hormones including thyroid, estrogen and testosterone can lower lipid levels and lower our cardiovascular risk. It should also be noted that if we take synthetic hormones, which are similar to, but different from what our body naturally produces, can increase our lipid levels and cardiovascular risk.
Improved Skin Quality
Did you know there is estrogen in many cosmetics and skin products? Why? Because estrogen improves the collagen in your skin. This makes skin look healthier, younger and have fewer wrinkles.
Testosterone is a very good anti-inflammatory. One reason our joints start hurting more as we get older is that we have decreasing amounts of testosterone. Many inflammatory conditions can be improved with proper levels of testosterone.
If you feel your hormones are imbalanced please follow up with a physician that is trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Family Wellness Clinic specializes in Bio-identical Hormones replacement therapy visit our website for more information visit: http://familywellness.clinic or call 801.677.0039.
Bio-identical hormones are not synthetic. Rather, they are identical to what our bodies naturally produce.