Balance in the Body – The Science behind Thyroid and Hormone Treatment and Success
The body is truly an amazing place. Below the surface of your skin, an ecosystem of hormones, sugars, fats, and other compounds try to keep your body in balance. When we are young, our bodies are good at maintaining this balance even if we don’t treat it particularly well.
Over time, age, poor diet, and hormonal fluctuations can tilt the balance toward poor health. These changes are often gradual, and the symptoms of imbalance may be dismissed as “normal aging”.
Do you often forget where you put your keys? Feel like you are going to burst into tears for no reason? Can’t fall asleep even when you feel exhausted? These are not symptoms of normal aging!
If you feel like your mojo has been slowly sucked down the drain, here are some of the primary causes:
Attack of the Immune System
Your immune system is supposed to be your personal army, hunting down viruses and keeping you safe. Unfortunately, the immune system can sometimes get confused. In some people (especially post-menopausal women), the immune system mistakes essential thyroid hormone as an intruder. The immune system attacks with everything it’s got, slowly wearing down your thyroid. The result is a condition called Hashimoto’s, which is a type of hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormone plays an integral role in keeping the body balanced. It affects mood, energy, and metabolism. It’s easy to feel “lazy, crazy, and finished” when your thyroid isn’t functioning.
Exhausted Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands sit on the top of each kidney and look a little like walnuts. These little glands have a big responsibility in the body. The hormones they release help keep the body balanced, especially when responding to stress. Though we no longer need to run from saber toothed tigers, our days are filled with stress, from traffic to a looming deadline, which causes the adrenal glands to work, and work, and work. By the time most women hit mid-life, their poor adrenal glands are exhausted from constantly being on high alert. As a result, they can no longer muster the energy to secrete the level of hormones the body needs.
Problems in the Gut
Your gut is a microcosm of hormones, bacteria, fungus, and other things that might sound oozy, but are actually extremely important to your health. You digestive system absorbs nutrients and filters out waste. It also houses a big part of your immune system. If your gut is out of whack, the rest of your body will follow, including your brain. When someone’s digestive system is functioning improperly, they may suffer from constipation, depression, brain fog, and even food insensitivities.
The food you put into your body provides either health or sickness. It either nourishes or harms. Post-menopausal women are especially prone to food allergies, including a sensitivity to gluten and lactose. If your hormone balance is off, and your gut is already out of whack, food sensitivities can become even more severe, hitting your body with an extra whammy of discombobulation. Simple blood tests can show if you suffer from food allergies.
Stuck Standing Still
When you can’t fall asleep and drag yourself out of bed each day feeling exhausted, the last thing you want to do is exercise! Yet, exercise is a key component to overall health and mental wellness. Your body was made to move. Simple movement, even just walking, strengthens bones and muscles and generates lots of feel good hormones. If you stand still for too long, like going a month without walking further than from your car to the grocery store, you’ll miss out on all of these big benefits.
A Little Happiness
Attitude is everything. Clients who want to get well are the ones who make changes, stick to better habits, and revel in the rewards of good health. Before you can get better, you have to want to get better and then to commit to get better. Even if you don’t feel great today, try to find something to be thankful for, even if it’s just the fact that you still have time on earth to get better. Gratitude, kindness, and spirituality will all play a major role in your recovery.
A Functional Approach to Care
You KNOW intuitively that you are not functioning like you used to. You are tired of chalking it up to age, stress, menopause, the kids, the traffic, and you want your life back.
Dr. Labbe and her team approach your thyroid and hormone needs from a “functional ” standpoint. This functional perspective is built upon the idea of “testing, not guessing”. In other words, we want to see what is actually happening inside your body in order to determine a plan of action. We also believe in re-testing to see if real changes are occurring. These tests give you meaningful information on how your thyroid hormones, sex hormones, and neuron transmitters are functioning. Tests can also show if your adrenal glands are fatigued, if you suffer from anemia, have a low-grade chronic infection, or if your digestive system is off balance.
Get The Solution
Are you interested in never feeling “lazy, crazy, or finished” again? Then it’s time to discover how to use the concepts of natural medicine to heal yourself and turn mid-life into your best chapter yet. You can start by picking up a copy of Thyroid and Menopause Madness or by contacting the Dr. Labbe to schedule a consultation.
My team of holistic doctors can work directly with you to prescribe the tests needed to figure out where your Mojo-zapping issues are coming from. Based on your lab work, my team can develop a specific science-based nutritional protocol for you to follow. We don’t believe in cookie cutter answers here! You are unique, and so are your hormones. We will continue to work with you, re-testing as necessary, until we reach your goals! You don’t have to do this alone!