In my practice, I often see patients with a variety of symptoms that may seem unrelated but may all be somehow connected to either the reproductive (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone), stress (cortisol and adrenalin) or thyroid hormones. Some of the issues that are often related to hormone imbalance include menstrual problems, insomnia, migraines, anxiety, weight gain, fatigue, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and low libido. As a woman approaches menopause, the production of the reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone) will shift from the ovaries to the adrenal glands, which also produce our stress hormones. If the adrenals are already fatigued from a lifetime of other stressors, giving them this extra job can make this transition particularly uncomfortable. Additionally, shifts in the reproductive or stress hormones can also throw the thyroid out of balance.
Usually, just getting some good objective information is the best first step towards resolving the issue. Most of these hormones can be evaluated using a simple saliva test, with the exception of thyroid hormone which is best evauluated through the blood. Once we know which hormones are out of balance, either in excess or deficiency, then we have many natural options to help bring things back into balance and get you feeling better. Please feel free to call or email me if you have questions regarding hormone testing!
I have spoken before about the importance of maintaining good blood sugar to feel our best each day. We can take this question one step further, however, and think about how to eat to feel good for the long-term. One of the most common questions we get at the clinic is :"What is the BEST diet?" Well, just as each of us are individuals with different personalities, each of us also has individual nutritional needs. So, while it is good to strive for eating high quality, seasonal, locally produced whole foods, we can also look further into what is best for each of us as individuals.
Metabolic typing is a type of testing that does just that. This in-office test looks at a variety of factors, including blood sugar, urine, saliva, and blood pressure, to determine how your body individually responds to the food you put in it. We also look at an array of subjective factors to determine what eating style helps you feel your best. After the testing is complete, we compare all this information to how you currently eat and come up with an individualized plan to meet your long-term nutritional and health needs.
Feel free to ask Dr. Rosen for more information!