Having balanced hormones is the key to enjoying a healthy life, but so many factors can throw your hormones off balance and wreak havoc on the way that you feel and on your overall wellbeing.
When you have too much or too little of certain hormones, the effects can be far-reaching, affecting a wide range of your bodily functions.
Medical approaches usually consist of synthetic hormone treatments to make up for low hormone levels or drug therapies which block hormone receptors when your levels are too high.
Neither approach fixes the underlying problems, and many people find themselves reliant on these drugs for many years, if not for the rest of their lives. This can be a problem because these treatments often cause side effects and can result in an increased risk for some serious disorders.
Synthetic estrogen, for example, used to minimize menopausal symptoms, has been linked to an increased risk for blood clots, stroke, dementia, and breast cancer.