Restoring hormone balance can be the key to feeling our best and alleviating health problems. To help you in your journey we’ve outlined some steps for you to consider for hormone balance.
Seek to balance your health and hormones through lifestyle changes.
Eat healthy. Reduce Stress. Exercise. Get Good Sleep – all of these choices can balance hormones. Why? Your lifestyle has a direct effect on your hormones. For example, high stress levels increase cortisol production – the stress hormone – and affect your other hormones and throw them off balance. Learn other lifestyle strategies.
Find a qualified health care professional.
It is critical to find a provider who is knowledgeable about hormone balance and the spectrum of health and treatment options you might consider. Here are 10 questions to ask your doctor at your visit.
Your health care professionals should evaluate your hormone balance through an analysis of symptoms and by testing and monitoring hormone levels. There are various types of tests that can determine hormone imbalances. Talk to your health care provider about assessing your hormone levels.
Create a plan for hormone balance.
Work in partnership with your health professional to come up with a treatment plan that will help you achieve hormone balance. Ask them about nutrition, non-hormone options, and vitamins and supplements. Ask them if you need to supplement hormones.
- Some women may need to supplement hormones. Realize that what works for one woman may not work for you. Any type of hormone replacement therapy needs to be tailored to your needs. Ask your health care provider about bioidentical hormone options.
- If your treatment plan calls for supplemental hormones, ask your health care provider if they have prescribed the most appropriate physiological dose for you to achieve the desired result, and what you should expect to experience when taking it.
Chart your symptoms over time.
You will learn a lot about your health and hormone balance by keeping a daily log. Be patient. Share the information with your provider.
Report any concerns or problems right away to your health care provider.
You are your best health advocate. Stay on top of your body’s reactions and address the concerns immediately with your provider.