Hormones and Harmony – The key to balanced health

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Hormones and Harmony – The key to balanced health
By Sheila Jiwan, Certified BHRT Specialist

Your hormones should exist in harmony with each other. When levels of each hormone are in the right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can cause chronic symptoms or disorders, and potentially raise risks for disease.

As men and women age past 40, hormonal changes occur that can inhibit physical, sexual, and cognitive function. This loss of well–being, sometimes manifesting as anxiety and/or depression; are common psychological complications of hormone imbalance. Until recently, these changes were attributed to just simply “growing old”.

Most men and women accept the fact that their bodies enter into a long degeneration process commonly associated with the “natural” aging process. However, now advanced protocols in male and female hormone profile testing allow certified clinicians to reset the aging clock and improve the outlook on overall healthy aging and longevity.

There are a whole host of symptoms that may signify an imbalance; Fatigue, Headaches, Weight Gain, Irritability, Infertility, Mood swings, Loss of libido (sex drive), Depression, and Hot flashes are among a few. The symptoms of hormonal shifts occurring in our bodies can be very strong and can even make you feel out of control at times.

If you have tried to figure out what is happening or perhaps treated your symptoms in ways that don’t seem to work; testing your hormones may be the first alternative step to feeling better.

Saliva and blood spot testing reliably identify hormone imbalances and assist certified clinician’s in identifying the right Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) needed to restore balance.

BHRT is the use of supplemental doses of hormones that have a chemical structure identical to the hormones that the human body naturally produces which makes them biologically identical. Because bio-identical hormones are identical to those produced by the human body they offer important therapeutic advantages as well as relief from the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

To learn more about hormones and how they work in our body click here.

Are you wondering what hormones are and what they do? See my previous blog post. Or check out what Oprah says in this article on The Basics of BHRT from her website.

Is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy right for you? Download, print and complete this Symptoms Checklist (PDF) and take it to your specialized BHRT healthcare provider to determine your symptoms of hormone imbalance and to help you choose the appropriate hormone test profile.


For more information on Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy contact Sheila Jiwan, Certified BHRT Specialist, at Pharmasave/Summitview Medical Centre and book an appointment for a no charge 15 minute consultation. She can be reached at 604.453.0136.


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