After our gut, our thyroid hormone is our biggest regulator. Then our cortisol for handling stress, and then our steroid (sex) hormones. When under stress our cortisol elevates. High cortisol over a prolonged period leads to the inhibition of our body’s production of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). When our body stops stimulating our thyroid to produce T4 we end up with low thyroid, aka hypothyroidism. When women hit menopause, their estrogen declines. This and other hormone decline are linked to thyroid disease, like Hashimoto’s.
What if we are stressed for an extended period of time? When we over tax our bodies physically and mentally, we deplete our cortisol, DHEA and other hormones. If we do not provide ourselves with proper self care and rest, the depletion can be catastrophic to our health. It can lead to our micronutrients depleting, such as our B vitamins. Then our immune system declines. This depletion can occur anytime in our life. When a blood or saliva test is done, many patients hormones will be within “normal range” HOWEVER, the range is wide and may not be your normal.
The Aging Decline-Did you know our hormones start to decline in our 30s? In menopause and manopause (mid to late 40s and beyond), women and men, have a decline in our sex hormones from age. This leads to hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, headaches, and loss of mental clarity, energy levels, metabolism, as well as decreased sex drive. This transition can be very difficult. Everyone loves their libido. Proper hormone replacement therapy, along with supplements for healthy hormone (especially estrogen and testosterone) metabolism should be provided. If you have a family history of reproductive cancers and are not sure what to do, please reach out. We can help. From genetic testing discussions to alternative hormone replacement, WPC is your hub and wealth of information. We want to help you find your balance!