As women age, the body does not produce hormones at the same level it did earlier in life. This can result in hormone imbalances that can have many different negative effects. (See our article on hormone imbalances).
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (HRT), paired with a holistic approach to improving your diet, nutrition, and lifestyle, can restore hormonal balance to your body. This re-balancing helps you regain the vitality and health of youth as you move through perimenopause and menopause.
Below, we explore some of the common symptoms of hormone imbalance you might be facing, and show how bio-identical HRT, supported by a smart diet and lifestyle, can dramatically up the quality of your life.
The Symptom Mental Fuzziness
A common complaint of women dealing with hormonal imbalances is the feeling they are walking around in a mental “fog.” This condition impacts decision-making ability, as well as memory.
The Solution Hormone therapy can restore mental functioning, for greater clarity and thought processing. When paired with stress reduction, healthy sleep habits, and nourishing nutrition, HRT is revitalizing for the brain.
The Symptom Lower Energy Levels
Hormonal imbalances can also deplete a woman’s energy levels, making it difficult to get through all the tasks of a day.
The Solution Hormone therapy brings energy levels back up without the need for caffeine or other stimulants. And weaning yourself off dependence on food-based stimulants can support better sleep, greater weight loss, and improved digestion, all of which positively impact energy levels.
The Symptom Decreased Libido
During perimenopause and menopause, your sex drive may hover right around zero. This may in part be due to vaginal dryness and discomfort, which can be symptoms of hormone imbalance.
The Solution Bio-identical hrt can help reduce the dryness and discomfort, while diet, nutrition, and lifestyle changes can improve body composition and body image. This combination of hormonal balance and better body image has helped many of our female clients rediscover their sex drive.
The Symptom Severe Mood Swings
Mood swings are another common problem for women when the hormones begin fluctuating. You may well feel like PMS is a permanent condition!
The Solution Hormone replacement therapy can restore balance to moods, without the need for antidepressants or other medication. The “mood boost” can be the springboard to implementing the diet, movement, and lifestyle changes that contribute to an ongoing sense of well-being.
The Symptom Unexplained Weight Gain
Many women find that hormone fluctuations start to pack on the pounds, even if their diet and exercise routines don’t change. Part of the problem is a loss of lean muscle mass, which slows down the metabolism.
The Solution Hormone replacement therapy helps women rebuild muscle mass so they can burn calories and fat more efficiently. Hrt is like setting up a fellow player to score in volleyball: it gets the body in place so that your diet and lifestyle efforts can truly pay off.
The Symptom Increased Risk of Health Conditions
Menopause also brings an increased risk for some types of health conditions, like breast cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
The Solution Hormone therapy has been shown to reduce the risk for these health conditions. In addition, hormone therapy may help reduce menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats and help women enjoy a good night of sleep once again—and sleep is foundational to a healthy, vital life.
The upshot? You don’t have to merely survive the second half of your life. Bio-identical hormone therapy, paired with supportive diet and lifestyle habits, can help you set yourself up to thrive throughout your perimenopausal and menopausal years.