Could you have a hormonal imbalance?

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Are you tired? Can't remember where you put the car keys? A little depressed? It might be a hormone imbalance.

But how can you tell?

Sarah Quinn from Arcadia Wellness Center gives us some details on this.

There are key hormones that play a huge role in how we look and feel. When there’s an imbalance in these hormones, which is very common as a person ages, you can experience many symptoms.

The key hormones are testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and DHEA. Vitamin D and B12 are also very important.

When a testosterone imbalance is present in men or women, they may have symptoms such as fatigue, inability to lose weight or easily gain weight. 

Libido can be diminished, memory and thought process trouble, anxiety, depression and sometimes excess body hair, balding and adult acne. 

When progesterone levels are off, often people experience an inability to sleep well. Difficulty going to sleep and difficulty going back to sleep after waking up during the night. Progesterone also helps you feel balanced and less agitated and irritable. 

Estrogen loss results in hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Lowered levels also result in loss of collagen to the skin resulting in an aged and tired appearance and weight gain.

DHEA acts similar to testosterone as it helps with energy levels, metabolism and motivation. 

Vitamin D is not a hormone but is very important for energy, memory, immune system and helping to decrease anxiety depression.

B12 is important for your body and is a key nutrient that also helps give energy.

A simple blood test can help determine specific hormone imbalances and the need for supplementation and optimization.

There are a variety of hormone replacement therapies available that can differ between people and their baseline levels, needs and goals.

A plan can be customized to anyone’s needs.

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