Comprehensive Panel: Hormone Health
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
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Our hormones are like text messages—telling cells the entire body what to do. When our hormonal system is working correctly, the cells follow commands and all is well. Unfortunately, we are quite vulnerable to environmental factors (like toxins, poor sleep, even what we think about ourselves!) and because of that, our hormones can sometimes misread or even completely ignore that text message—and as such, the job the cell was supposed to do is not completed.
With hormone imbalance, there are often two major weaknesses—a nutrient deficit and overall liver functioning. The liver helps keep hormones in healthy ranges by doing these three things:
- Keeping blood sugar stable—When the liver is unhealthy, it doesn’t do a great job of managing blood sugars or storing those sugars for later use. As a result, we start pumping out cortisol (the stress hormone) and this added stress is what wreaks havoc on hormonal balance.
- Thyroid hormone production—The liver is responsible for converting thyroid hormone from inactive (T4) to active (T3) forms. If the liver is malnourished, less T3 is produced and as such, hormone production is slowed.
- Detoxification—After a hormone’s job is done, it must be removed from the body. Getting rid of excess hormones takes place through a process called detoxification, which your liver supports with help of the skin and kidneys.
With a hormone imbalance, you may one (or all) or the following:
- Persistent weight gain
- Belly fat and loss of muscle mass
- Low libido
- Anxiety, depression or irritability
- Insomnia or poor sleep problems
Let's Start with a few definitions so you know what the abbreviations mean when you see the results. Keep in mind this panel done through Lifetime Fitness is looking at what they would consider "optimal" ranges for a male of my age. These are not the same ranges I talked about in previous articles or even the same ranges your doctor would use. You'll see in the results section anywhere there is an arrow pointed up or down means it is outside the "optimal" range but still within "normal" ranges. Anywhere you see the number highlighted in red and with an "H" or highlighted blue with an "L" means it is either above or below the "normal" range.
When I first saw my results, this was my biggest concern. I couldn't believe I had low testosterone. I thought that was only for old guys! I'm only 29 years old! So I immediately started researching how to raise my testosterone.
After I calmed down a little, and had my consultation with the Registered Dietitian from Lifetime Fitness, I was able to realize that this was more of a symptom and not the issue I should be worried about.
While it may be true that these changes in hormones can have some of the biggest and most noticeable effects on our health. They often times are a symptom of another underlying issue. This is usually because while they are very important to how you feel and you health they are not essential to survival and often get cut out or down regulated in order to focus time and energy on more critical issues/hormones, such as insulin and cortisol.
Cortisol and insulin can have profound effects on the body, however, they can also be quick and fleeting at times. So their effects are not as noticeable in the long term sense. So people tend to start to say they don't feel good or the same way they do when those issues start effecting their sex hormones. for example if you have a blood sugar spike or cortisol spike you can feel dizzy, lightheaded, or tired but it tends to go away after you calm down or have some carbs and get back into level. however, with sex hormones their effects are long term and persistent. People tend to feel tired for no apparent reason and say things like "I'm just so tired all the time", or "No matter how much sleep I get i just don't have an energy, or sex drive, etc".
These types of symptoms tend to be from sex hormones, however, their root cause are from the persistent issues and imbalances of other hormones. This causes people to often treat the symptoms of low sex hormones, testosterone in particular, with out addressing the issues that cause the sex hormones to be low, such as insulin or cortisol imbalances.
Check out the two main issues that are causing my low testosterone in my previous articles...
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