Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that are created by endocrine glands such as the thyroid, adrenals and ovaries or testes. Addressing hormone imbalances can help you address symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, palpitations, anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight gain, infertility, low libido and menstrual irregularities.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, the most common hormone imbalances Dr. Day helps patients with are adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone & testosterone).
Adrenal imbalances are usually the result of chronic stress.
Our adrenal glands, which sit on top of our kidneys produce adrenaline and cortisol in response to stress. This response is a good thing. The extra cortisol and adrenaline help us deal with the stress by increasing blood flow to the muscles, making our reflexes more acute, shutting down our digestion, and making us more alert. This can be helpful if we need to do things like study for a test, drive on a slippery road or take care of a sick relative. Also, some people don’t realize that even good stressors such as having a baby, getting married, or frequent travel can put a high demand on the adrenal glands.
When this stress response goes on for extended periods of time, the adrenal glands become overloaded and are unable to keep up. This condition is sometimes called adrenal fatigue. Some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include daytime sleepiness, insomnia at night, anxiety or irritability. Fortunately, there are many herbs that can treat adrenal fatigue caused by stress. IV Therapy is also another effective way to nourish and recharge the adrenals.