Natural Treatment for Hormone Imbalance
Hormone Imbalance is a commonly misunderstood health issue experienced by both men and women. The symptoms of hormonal imbalance are multifactorial; however, many fail to look beyond the hormonal system for causes of the imbalance.
Blood Flow, Autoimmunity, the GI system, and more contribute to hormonal imbalance, but one of the largest contributors is the brain. Numerous misdiagnosed conditions occur because physicians fail to look at the entire quantitative picture of the brain and body.
The Different Types of Hormonal Imbalances
Hormonal Imbalance is a term that’s thrown around frequently, however, it’s meaning and interpretation is really quite vague. When people think of imbalances in hormonal systems, many are quick to point out and address the most commonly known hormones; estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
This approach can be effective; however, it often results in merely managing symptoms, without an overall understanding of the dynamic interaction among bodily systems. For example; many hormones receive input from the brain, the immune system, and environmental factors simultaneously. Therefore, it’s crucial to obtain these bodily system biomarkers as well as distinguish what the primary culprit of the hormonal imbalance is.
It may be a deficiency in the most commonly recognized hormones; however we have a better understanding of biomarkers, especially in those who suffer from the disrupting and debilitating symptoms of hormonal imbalances.
Lifestyle Healing Institute® utilizes our quantitative based biomarker method and therapy, that measures over 100 specific biomarkers by assessing multiple bodily systems, thus resulting in a true holistic picture of the brain and body. Our immune system has natural cellular mechanisms that heal imbalances; however, without the proper diagnostic tools, this becomes nearly impossible.
Once abnormalities are identified, we provide the brain and body with the tools necessary to restore dynamic equilibrium and subsequently Hormonal Imbalances. We heal the neurological symptoms resulting from this imbalance in a safe way, in a short time period and without any prescription medications.
Nowadays, it’s well established that both men and women are affected by hormonal imbalances; however this manifestation is more prevalent in women.
Below is a list of commonly overlooked symptoms of hormonal imbalances that both men and women experience.
Quantitative and Qualitative Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
- Excess Excitatory Neurotransmitters
- Suppressed Inhibitory (Calming) Neurotransmitters
- Overactive Anterior Cingulate Gyrus (conflict, rational cognitive center of brain)
- Overactive Deep Limbic System (emotional center of brain)
- Increased Blood Vessel Constriction
- Poor Circulation – Poor Blood Flow
- Pituitary Dysfunction
- Hypothalmic Dysfunction
- Suppressed Metabolism
- Tendency to Self-Medicate
- Disruptions in Feedback Pathways
- Overlapping Pathogenic Infection – Babesia, Lyme, Bartonella,etc
- Suppressed Magnesium
- Suppressed Potassium
- Imbalanced Brain Hormones
- Imbalanced Sex Hormones
- Decreased Libido
- Compromised Immune System
- Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
- Increased Fatigue
- Increased Muscle Wasting
- Feelings of Inadequacy
- Decreased Motivation
- Feelings of Hopelessness
- Newly Onset Anxiety and/or Insomnia
The hormonal system plays a crucial role in both sexes, especially in disturbances such as toxins and pathogens. Quantities of specific hormones differ between a man and a woman; however, symptoms persist when hormones fall out of homeostasis. The presence of toxins and pathogens are a common disturbance in the body, and most people are unaware that most of their symptoms are caused by pathogenic or toxin-induced hormonal suppression.
Optimal restoration of hormones is necessary in restoring dynamic equilibrium as many of the brain’s receptors require adequate hormone production in order to fire correctly. Without optimal receptivity, signaling in the brain slows causing disruption in receptivity, thus altering the brain’s electrical system which causes the brain and body to feel electrified. This commonly manifests itself into symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and even fibromyalgia.
Hormonal Imbalance in Women
Disruptions in the hormonal system causes changes in the brain’s electrical activity, which doctors misdiagnose because of their focus on only one aspect of one bodily system, thus failing to understand the brain’s role in hormonal imbalance.
At Lifestyle Healing Institute® we test numerous hormones, both neurological as well as downstream organs which include the three female primary sex hormones – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. While estrogen (includes estrone, estradiol, and estriol) and testosterone often increase electrical activity in the brain, progesterone balances the increases by helping to decrease the brain’s electrical activity. These modulations are the result of the brain having both excitatory neurotransmitters (increase the brain’s electricity) and inhibitory neurotransmitters (decrease the brain’s electrical activity).
Hormonal Imbalance of these three hormones by themselves, cause symptoms of an over electrified brain which leads to depression, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and even changes in cognitive function.
These disorders usually occur in women in their 40’s and early 50’s, however, nowadays many women are experiencing symptoms much earlier due to the increased load of toxic and pathogenic exposure.
Dopamine and the Woman’s Brain
Dopamine is an excitatory neurotransmitter that’s enhanced by estradiol, which is the most potent of the three estrogen hormones. When dopamine is released it increases electrical energy in brain. Testosterone, in both sexes, enhances the dopamine receptor allowing for adequate dopamine production while also playing a crucial role in ovulation of the immune system.
Hormonal Imbalance from a deficiency in testosterone often mimics symptoms of depression and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Dopamine plays an immense role in controlling the nucleus accumbens, the reward and pleasure center of the brain. “When dopamine is suppressed, many women (and men also) can exhibit symptoms of depression, loss of motivation, hopelessness, and the inability to get excited.”
Many find difficulty in activities such as exercise, shopping and even going to work every day. This causes many to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol just to feel more normal.
Serotonin and the Woman’s Brain
Serotonin is a calming neurotransmitter that decreases the brain’s electrical activity; however, under hormonal disturbances the production of neurotransmitters is compromised. “Without adequate estradiol levels, women’s serotonin receptors shut down completely.” Symptoms such as anxiety and loss of sleep are typical results until serotonin is balanced and the restoration of the brain’s calming chemicals occurs.
Lifestyle Healing Institute® accomplishes this task very quickly (3-4 weeks) by employing our All-Natural IV method and protocol, as we restore hormonal imbalances safely and without prescription medications. When the brain is working in unison with the body, and after electrical activity is restored, serotonin and other brain chemicals can once again keep a woman’s brain in harmony.
Our All Natural Intravenous therapy jump-starts this process, and coupled with our all natural supplements, a balanced diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, maintains and safeguards the brain and body from falling back to an unbalanced state.
GABA and the Woman’s Brain
When GABA is released in the brain, it decreases the brain’s electrical activity. Progesterone is a woman’s natural GABA because it converts to allopregnanolone which activates the GABA receptor, thus calming the electrical voltage in the brain. Since there are many symptoms, like anxiety and restless thoughts associated with calming chemical deficiencies, it’s crucial to balance all chemicals in the brain including GABA.
It plays a vital role in balancing glutamate, which is the brain’s number one excitatory chemical, which causes cell apoptosis (death) through over excitation of the brain. It’s no wonder prescription drugs Klonopin, Ativan and Xanax are widely misused to treat anxiety and insomnia disorders associated with GABA deficiency.
It also comes as no surprise that many women feel “more normal” on drugs and alcohol because self-administered medications activate the same receptor as progesterone! We restore the brain’s electrical activity by identifying the true underlying cause of symptoms; thus alleviating the need for powerful prescription medications.
Peri-menopause and Menopause
The ratio of estradiol to progesterone is important because the stimulating electrical effect of estradiol must be counter balanced by the calming effect of progesterone, if a woman’s brain and body are to act as one harmonious unit. Because estradiol increases dopamine activity in the brain, it causes an increase of electrical current throughout the brain region. Progesterone, naturally converts to allopregnanolone, then activates one of the brain’s calming receptors, the GABA receptor.
During the peri-menopausal years, progesterone production continues to fall while estrogen production remains the same, however without the calming effect of progesterone to oppose the stimulating effect of estradiol, most women begin to suffer the results of an over electrified brain, thus feeling symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.
Lifestyle Healing Institute® utilizes the testing results from over 100 specific biopatterns resulting in a treatment protocol that reveals a measurable diagnostic plan that realigns Hormonal Imbalances. Our All-Natural method fully restores a woman’s brain and body, so they’re working together again as one healthy unit.
Full menopause occurs when ovaries fail to produce both estrogen and progesterone. When estradiol dropout begins, the female brain loses another inhibitory chemical; serotonin. Without enough estradiol, dopamine also becomes much more limited.
The electrical effect that female hormones have on the brain is primarily the result of the ratio of estradiol to progesterone. By restoring hormones back to their optimal levels before symptoms start to occur will finally put your brain and body on the same page.
Other Notable Hormones
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural endorphin which helps enhance testosterone and subsequently enhances the effects of dopamine as well as the immune system. DHEA is often considered the “fountain of youth”. It also serves as a potent anti-inflammatory used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions.
At Lifestyle Healing Institute® we optimize the immune system prior to any supplementation. The brain uses an abundant amount of DHEA which increases production of immune markers such as white blood cells and natural killer cells that help defend against infection.
Melanocyte (MSH) is associated with nitric oxide, inflammation defense mechanisms, and many hormones including anti-diuretic hormone (ADH), Prolactin, and luteinizing hormone (LH). In addition to modulating numerous hormones, MSH is also responsible for manufacturing some of our endorphins. Suppression of this hormone inhibits your immune system’s ability to recognize any infections that invade the body. MSH is also one of the first hormones to be disturbed by fat soluble toxins.
The thyroid hormone helps to activate norepinephrine, however, if the thyroid gets too high (hyperthyroidism), one can experience symptoms from elevated excitatory neurotransmitters. If underactive (hypothyroidism), many neurotransmitters can’t activate, thus causing symptoms of an underactive brain which include symptoms of chronic fatigue and depression. Also, many find it difficult to lose weight and regulate their body temperature.
Individuals suffering from hypothyroid, have poor circulation and thus poor immune function as well as poor metabolic activity. By only treating the thyroid gland when addressing thyroid conditions, shows a lack of understanding of the integration, feedback mechanisms, and harmonious activity that the thyroid hormone possesses. The thyroid is one of the only hormones that functions throughout the body.