Addressing Hormonal Imbalances
MosaicDX comprehensive salivary hormone profiles measure both sex and stress hormones. Salivary measurement of hormones is a non-invasive convenient way to assess unbound biologically active hormone levels. Identifying hormonal imbalances is essential in customizing hormone replacement therapies and other nutritional interventions aimed at relieving the signs and symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.
Who Might Benefit
Identifying hormonal imbalances is essential in customizing hormone replacement therapies and other nutritional interventions aimed at relieving the signs and symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.
- Weight gain
- Muscle mass loss
- Muscle weakness
- Low libido and sexual performance issues
- Hair loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Brain fog
- Mood instability
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
Why Analyze Female Sex Hormones?
As girls mature to women, hormonal changes orchestrate the process leading to the beginning of menstruation. There are two phases during a woman’s menstrual cycle, the first phase is considered the estrogen-dominant phase (prior to ovulation), and the second phase is progesterone-dominant (post-ovulation). The monthly shifts between estrogen to progesterone are crucial to a woman’s health. Women normally produce small amounts of testosterone. This “male” hormone helps women stay strong, fit and sexually active, and may protect against breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. DHEA is the precursor to both female and male sex hormones and is released with cortisol under stress conditions.
Why is Male Sex Hormone Balance Important?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and is released in pulses throughout the day. Testosterone production rises during puberty. After 35, free testosterone becomes less available due to increased testosterone-binding proteins and decrease in testosterone-releasing cells. Low testosterone levels or high stress in men’s early 20’s or 30’s may cause symptoms similar to going through the natural decline of testosterone. DHEA is the precursor to both female and male sex hormones, as well as to the stress hormone cortisol. The balance of testosterone with other estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, and cortisol influences men’s health. Higher estrogen levels with low testosterone levels have been correlated with an increased risk of prostate problems. High cortisol and DHEA can increase anxiety, lower immunity, and destabilize blood sugar, as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease.
How Do Stress Hormones Affect Your Body?
Stress comes in many forms: mental, physiological, and environmental, but all forms of stress can generate a physiological response. The capacity to handle daily stress is influenced by factors that strain body systems, such as: allergies, environmental pollutants, infections, sleep deprivation, and mental illnesses. Physical and emotional stress cause cortisol and DHEA release from adrenal glands. Cortisol helps the body respond to stress by increasing glucose metabolism for quick energy, decreasing immune response, and stimulating a cascade of other hormones. DHEA heightens your awareness and memory retrieval while decreasing emotional response. The stress response is overall beneficial in handling immediate challenges. However, it is not healthy to be in a constant “fight or flight” which contributes to accelerated aging. Contemporary life provides little time for people to allow their bodies to recover from stress. Chronic stress impacts cardiovascular health, reproduction, mental health and increases cancer risk.
- Estradiol (estrogen)
- Estrone (estrogen)
- Estriol (estrogen)
- Cortisol (4x a day)
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