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Hormone Balance: The Key to Health

Most hormones are produced by a group of glands known collectively as the endocrine system. Even though these glands are located in various parts of the body, they are considered one system because of their similar functions and relationship to each other.

Hormones are extremely potent substances. It takes only a minute amount to initiate an action. Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream by the glands. From there, they travel to all parts of the body. But only the cells sensitive to that hormone, called the target tissue will respond to the chemical signal the hormone carries. Traveling through the blood, hormones enter cells through “receptor” sites, much as a key unlocks a door. Once inside, they get to work, flipping the switches that govern growth, development, and mental and physical functions throughout life. All that changes when your hormones become unbalanced due to physical and emotional stress or the effects of aging. Signals do not reach the right place at the right time. Sometimes cell functions shut down completely. In other cases, cells are over stimulated. All this chaos causes unpleasant symptoms, at the very least. In severe situations, these imbalances can lead to chronic disorders or disease.

Most hormones cannot be stored in the cells of the body. Therefore, they must be made and released into the blood at the precise time they are needed. To maintain the intricate systems in which hormones operate, the body must constantly fine-tune hormone release to keep levels within proper limits. This balance is accomplished through an intricate series of positive and negative feedback mechanisms. For example, an overproduction of one hormone usually prompts the release of one or more complementary hormones in an effort to restore balance. Because of the complexity of these interactions, a hormonal issue rarely stems from only one type of hormone. More often, the problem involves a series of hormones. In addition, a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland or set of glands can cause other gland systems to malfunction.

Hormone Balance: The Key to Health
You've probably heard more about hormones and hormonal imbalances recently - as researchers have become more aware of evidence showing this may be the root cause of many chronic health issues you could be experiencing.
Your hormones should exist in harmony with each other. When levels of each hormone are in the right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can cause chronic symptoms and disorders, and raise risks for disease.

A whole host of symptoms may signify an imbalance:
Fatigue
Headaches
Weight Gain
Irritability
Infertiliy
Mood swings
Loss of libido (sex drive)
Depression

The symptoms of hormonal shifts occuring in our bodies can be very strong and can even make you feel out of control at times.
If you have tried to figure out what is happening or perhaps treated your symptoms in ways that don't seem to work, testing your hormones may be the first step to feeling better.
Saliva and blood spot testing reliably identify hormone imbalances. Hormones exist in harmony with each other – partners in a delicate balancing act. When levels of each hormone are in the right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can become toxic to the body causing unwanted symptoms, disorders and disease.


Tried Everything and Still Can't Lose Weight? Blood Testing may be the Answer!


Not everyone knows that hormones are key players in regulating weight, metabolism, blood sugar, insulin, and when and where the body stores fat. A simple, at home test can now identify whether weight management efforts are silently being sabotaged.
Many know that maintaining an ideal weight is difficult despite the best efforts with diet and exercise. What most don’t know is that an undetected hormone imbalance can be the missing link – sabotaging your hard work to stay slim.

What’s the connection?

Hormones are key players in regulating weight, metabolism, blood sugar, insulin, and when and where the body stores fat. As we age, shifting hormones trigger numerous symptoms of imbalance – including unexplained weight gain.
The good news is that there is a simple, at-home test that can identify whether you’re one of the thousands affected.
Can’t lose weight? It could be your hormones.

Do the following symptoms sound familiar?


Women:
weight gain in hips, thighs
belly fat
water retention
increased appetite
sugar cravings
low thyroid symptoms – slow weight loss, regularly feeling cold
mood swings / PMS
heavy / painful or irregular cycles
hot flashes / night sweats
foggy thinking / fatigue
difficulty sleeping
unexplained stress
irritability
low libido
anxiety / depression

Men:
weight gain in hips, thighs, breast tissue
belly fat
low lean muscle mass
decreased strength and stamina
prostate problems
foggy thinking / fatigue
difficulty sleeping
burnout
irritability
low libido
anxiety / depression
Are you one of the thousands affected?

If you have:
Weight gain with belly fat
Weight gain in the hips and thighs
High Body Mass Index (BMI)
Loss of lean muscle
Increased appetite

Simple testing can reveal whether hormones are secretly sabotaging your weight management efforts.