Throughout our lives, low or imbalanced hormones can contribute too many diseases or loss of a sense of wellness. As we age the ability to absorb nutrients, create appropriate nerve impulses and produce hormones in healthy amounts declines. This normal aging process occurs in unique ways in any given person. This process can be slowed by replacing deficient or insufficient hormones.
The shape and function of the cells in our body are determined by which genes in a cell’s DNA are active, the messages a cell receives from nerve impulses, hormonal effects and nutritional status. For cells to function optimally they need adequate levels of nutrients, appropriate nerve stimulation and optimal hormonal input. The hormones produced by the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, ovaries, testis, adrenal, pineal, pancreas and thymus are of vital importance for normal cellular function and thus overall health.These hormones are involved in all bodily functions, as most cells have receptors for most hormones. Thus any single hormone is capable of affecting multiple aspects of physical and mental health.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that have the same molecular structure as our body’s own hormones. Because they are the same structure as our own hormones they are nontoxic, and do not cause side effects, if taken at levels normal for the body. The bioidentical hormones are thus a safe and effective way to treat disease and enhance health. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bHRT) also includes attention to the amount, route of use (via oral, transdermal, or mucous membranes) and circadian pattern of release as closely as possible to replicate the way the body produces and releases its own hormones. There should be no side effects if used correctly, other than during adjustment periods.
Bioidentical hormones are manufactured in a pharmaceutical plant. Stringent quality control guidelines are followed during every step of their production.Bioidentical steroid sex hormones are synthesized from the precursor molecules found in wild yam (diosgenin) and in soy (beta-sitosterol).
Hormone replacement therapy enhances good self care and like other biologic supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, probiotics and herbs, they work best when they complement a healthy lifestyle. Biologic supplements are also effective in mitigating the effects of genetic weaknesses, unavoidable stress, and the consequences of pa st illness and trauma.