Hormones, especially estrogen, are a hot topic in health care right now and for good reason – they control so much in your body.
The three big ones are estrogen, cortisol and thyroid hormones. They have all gone crazy because of our modern lifestyle that is chock full of stress, stimulants, and subluxation (spinal stress causing nerve irritation).
We try to combat the fatigue and depression with sugar and Starbucks, which only worsen the problem. In order to find your balance you need to know what these hormones do. Today’s post will look at Estrogen. The other hormones will be discussed in later posts.
In females estrogen is responsible for growing and maturing the uterine lining during the menstrual cycle. Males also have small amounts of estrogen, but we are seeing increased estrogen levels in men. This is bad because excess estrogen in men means decreased testosterone. More men than ever are complaining about “Low T” and the drug companies are making a fortune attempting to correct this problem.
Estrogen levels decline naturally in women around perimenopause. For years, women were led to believe that their hormone problems resulted from having too little estrogen in their bodies and hormone replacement (HRT) was born. The estrogen used in HRT is synthetic and not surprisingly, in 2002 the U.S. federal government warned of increased breast cancer, stroke, heart disease and blood clots in women using HRT. So, synthetic estrogen was obviously not the answer.
A growing body of evidence now shows that the real problem with sex hormones is too much estrogen. This problem is referred to as “estrogen dominance” and in women has been linked to hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, endometriosis, fibroids and weight gain. In men estrogen dominance decreases testosterone and this causes depression, loss of muscle mass and decreased sex drive.
The key to finding your hormone balance and reversing the disease process is the same as it is for any imbalance in your body – get to the CAUSE of the problem. Instead of asking, “What drug(s) do I take to cover up my symptoms?”Ask yourself, “why am I developing this problem and what can I do to correct it?”
At the beginning of this post I referred to stimulants as a possible cause of hormone imbalance. Stimulants, especially in excess, are toxic. Caffeine, energy drinks, diet pills and other stimulants cause more stress hormones to be released and this affects estrogen levels. Sugar has been shown to actually increase estrogen and decrease testosterone.
Whatever form they take stimulants have one thing in common and that is they cause inflammation.
Inflammation can cause disruption of normal endocrine cycles and result in excess estrogen production.
Our office uses an analysis that shows the level of inflammation present in a person’s body. We do this without puncturing the skin or performing any other invasive procedure and you can see the results within seconds.
This in office procedure is usually valued at $125.00 but if you call Krieger Health Solutions, the chiropractor of Roswell, at (770) 993-4425 and mention this blog post you can receive this cutting edge analysis at NO COST. Look for our next post on the hormone cortisol.