If you suffer from any of the following, you may need to look at balancing your hormones.
Hormones are chemical messengers that signal the cells of your body how, when and what to do. They are secreted by glands of the endocrine system through complicated interactions and feedback loops that may promote or inhibit various hormone levels.
Currently there are over 50 hormones known and there may be more to be discovered. Of those, a few key hormones are well understood and recognized for their role in metabolism, stress response, mood, sex drive, menstruation, menopause, pregnancy and breast health to name a few.
Salivary hormone or blood hormone testing are both ways of uncovering hormone imbalances for both men and women. Hormones travel through blood in the body as messengers. As this blood supplies the salivary gland, these hormones pass into the saliva thus reflecting tissue (bio-available) hormone levels.
Salivary hormone testing includes the following options:
• General Assessment: Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone
• Adrenal Function: Cortisol and DHEA-S
• Female Panel : Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone
• Male Panel: Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Testosterone
• Melatonin and Cortisol Index
• Estrogen Metabolites: 2OHE and 16OH1 which may help in the assessment breasts cancer risk
Chemical and Environmental Hormone Disruption
Xeno-estrogens from our environment are another contributor to hormone imbalances leading to diseases of estrogen dominance. For example, polycarbonate is a hard plastic (one that carries the No.7 recycling symbol) that is used for everything from drinking water bottles, sippy cups, food storage containers, bulletproof glass, and eyeglass lenses to compact disc cases. Polycarbonate plastic contains the chemical Bispheonal-A or BPA . BPA leaches out of these containers when exposed to water, food or heat. This is a major health concern because BPA mimics estrogen thus disrupting endocrine (hormonal) pathways and contributing to disease and other health concerns.
Ways in which this may affect humans include decreased sperm counts, increased risk for breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids and other estrogen dominant conditions and precocious puberty in which young girls are experiencing menarch as early as 8 years old. The earlier a girl menstruates, the longer she is exposed to estrogen and the greater her risk of developing estrogen related diseases later on in life.
There are many other chemicals in our environment that mimic hormones. Detoxification programs, lifestyle changes and education are important ways to minimize our exposure to the effects of these chemicals. Additional hormone testing is also available via blood draw and urine for assesment of thyroid and insulin balance.
DR CARRIE WATKINS | NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR IN VICTORIA BC
VICTORIA MASSAGE THERAPY AND HEALTH SOLUTIONS CLINIC
645 FORT STREET, SUITE 212
If you are looking to book an appointment in Toronto, Ontario please call 416.738.6757 for Dr Rachel Goldgut