Acting as the messengers of the body, hormones play a crucial role in almost every aspect of our physical and mental wellness. When hormones become out of balance, and traditional medicine turns to artificial hormone replacements, Dr. Cutler will work with you to fix your hormonal imbalance with an individualized plan of care.
The body’s hormones fit into several broad categories:
Any of these types of hormones can become imbalanced for a variety of reasons, including age, stress, physical illness, and environmental toxins.
The most common types of hormonal imbalance often affect the reproductive system, especially in women, energy levels and metabolism in men and women, and a healthy response to stress. Common symptoms may include:
Symptoms will vary depending on which hormone systems have become out of balance. The causes of your hormonal imbalance will be determined through a thorough history and physical examination as well as an assessment of exposures to potential environmental toxins, many of which can affect hormones.
You may be recommended for blood tests and a saliva test to determine your current hormone levels. Your doctor will also review all of the potential environmental toxins you may have contact with on a regular basis. Some of these, such as certain compounds used in plastics, have been clearly shown to affect hormone levels. Even your food can contain multiple opportunities to ingest hormone-altering chemicals.
Several key steps can help restore the hormones to a more balanced state. After eliminating environmental toxins, these include lifestyle changes such as losing weight and increasing exercise. These changes can restore hormonal balance by making the body use them more effectively.
Your doctor may also recommend cutting back on or eliminating your caffeine and alcohol intake. These substances artificially alter metabolism and hormonal functions. You may also receive a recommendation for vitamin supplements, which can help restore the body’s natural functioning.
One essential step in managing hormonal imbalance is reducing stress levels. Excessive stress can put us in a constant state of wariness, leading to hormonal imbalances. This can become a cycle as stress triggers hormone issues, which then affect our response to stress. Learning to manage stress can break this cycle.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about the importance of mental health. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and well-being.
Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.