Hormonal Imbalances are quite common, particularly as we age, in both women and men. In women, the most common cause is menopause, while men, as they age, can experience lowered testosterone and other effects, sometimes referred to as “andropause.” Other factors involved in causing hormonal imbalances are diets made up of processed foods and not nutritionally dense, lack of exercise, toxins that are hormone disruptors in foods, body products and even pollutants in the air, as well as stress and trauma. Hormone balancing also refers to making sure all endocrine glands such as the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, are functioning optimally, as they all affect each other.
Naturopathic Physicians use a variety of testing methods and treatments to determine what is best for you.
Basic things to address are the diet, correcting nutrient deficiencies, optimizing metabolism, improving sleep quality, lowering stress and so on. Avoiding certain things like caffeine, and focusing on nutrient dense foods such as leafy greens in your diet can help with restoring hormone balance. Some use of phytoestrogens from food has been studied for their effect on reproductive hormone balancing. Other targeted methods used, when needed, are botanical medicine, nutrient supplementation, gentle cleanses to ensure proper metabolism of hormones, acupuncture and other holistic modalities.
Hormone balancing can be a complex undertaking and is best done under the guidance of a naturopathic doctor to ensure your unique needs are being assessed and met. You can depend on the experienced doctors at the Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call at: 604-235-8068 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org