Our bodies function the way they do because of our hormones, not in spite of our hormones.
Whether we realize it or not, we are our hormones.
Everything we do is because of them.
Everything we do has an impact on them.
When talking about hormones, most people think we are only talking about reproductive-type hormones, like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
But they aren’t our only hormones and they certainly aren’t our only hormones that can have an impact on our health or reproduction.
Other hormones that are just as important when it comes to health include:
- our stress hormones, like cortisol;
- our metabolism hormones, like thyroid;
- our blood sugar regulating hormones, like insulin;
- our sleep hormones, like melatonin.
Our bodies are fascinating in that everything is meant to function together and rarely does one hormone have only one job.
Each hormone has impacts on multiple body systems.
Take estrogen, for example.
Although estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalances we see, estrogen is super important.
It has over 400 functions in the body!
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Improves metabolism
- Regulates body temperature
- Helps prevent muscle damage
- Improves sleep
- Increases blood flow
- Increases sexual interest
- Helps maintain elasticity of arteries
- Enhances magnesium uptake and utilization
- Maintains collagen in the skin
- Decreases blood pressure
- Decreases the amount of LDL cholesterol in the body
- Helps with neurotransmitter production, such as serotonin, which decreases depression, anxiety and irritability
What about melatonin?
We think of melatonin as only supporting our sleep.
But melatonin also:
- Affects the release of sex hormones
- Is cardio-protective
- Aids in immune system function
- Improves mood
- Decreases cortisol levels
- Improves sleep quality
- Blocks estrogen from binding to receptor sites (which is important in conditions of excess estrogen)
- Protects against GERD
- Helps prevent cancer
- Acts as an antioxidant
Because our hormones have so many functions and interplay with each other, when they are out of sync, we can have many symptoms.
And they’re usually out of sync for a reason.
What is required is an investment in yourself.
Without commitment to making changes, your symptoms may never improve. We work together to identify the right plan for you and implement it in a fashion that feels good and safe for your body.
Healing takes time. Consider how long you have had your symptoms. It often takes many months, if not longer, to feel like you’ve healed.
And healing is not linear. Accepting and understanding this process often helps the journey.
Remember: You are not broken. Your body has not failed you. Your body is giving you clues that it needs your support and needs nurturing. Together, we can provide your body the healing and support it requires.