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Diet, environment, and lifestyle habits are key to health and feeling well which includes optimal function of hormone levels throughout life. Our hormones dictate nearly every facet of our body systems’ functions, including organs and cells, for health and well-being. 

In this article, you will learn what hormones are and how they function, and how to optimize hormones in your body safely and naturally. 

Why optimization of hormones versus normal range is important

Optimizing hormones is recommended because it enables the body to achieve wellness levels that simply aren’t possible under conventionally advised “normal” hormone designations or guidelines. 

Various labs have different criteria and numbers to which they adhere for reporting to patients on what constitutes normal versus optimal levels. Achieving optimal hormone levels is preferable as opposed to simply hitting normal targets due to what may be classified as “normal” by conventional guidelines and depending on which laboratory is used. Frequently patients come in with low normal levels of thyroid or testosterone levels and have been told by their previous physician that there is no need for hormonal support even though the patient is exhibiting symptoms of hormonal deficiencies. In addition to optimizing the hormone levels, it is important to recognize that an individual is much more than just the results of their labs. No individual is alike and operate best at a level that is unique to them. It becomes the physician’s role to be in tune with the symptoms of the patient when adjusting the hormonal levels. 

Sample reports for hormone testing results:

Labrix Doctor’s Data

Dutch Test – Female

Dutch Test – Male

What are hormones and what do they do? 

Hormones are responsible for secreting chemicals directly into the bloodstream which produce various effects and actions in our bodies. They act as messengers to control and affect many of the ways our bodies function and behave. 

Without hormones, much can go awry and health chronic health consequences can result. Reproduction and sexual function, metabolism, sleep, growth and development, brain and nervous system and mood are all affected by the optimal function of our hormonal systems. 

Hormonal systems and their functions:

Making changes in our diet and lifestyle habits can be an effective way to heal from hormonal disorders. The following are our recommendations for nutritional and lifestyle choices that may be of benefit to enable your body to return to a state of optimal hormonal function. 

Dietary recommendations for optimal hormonal function

Note: animals raised in confinement and factor-farm environments for meat, milk and eggs consume feed that is high in estrogen due to hormones that are administered to these animals, which is a sound reason to avoid and seek pasture-raised and naturally produced animal foods instead. 4 5

Lifestyle recommendations for optimal hormone function

Check the Environmental Working Group site for recommendations on some safer product choices 24 25 26

The Karlfeldt Center offers a wealth of education and knowledgeable consultation in bioidentical hormones, which can benefit those whose hormonal health may not respond to diet and lifestyle changes alone.

For more information, read An Introduction to Bioidentical Hormones. To learn more about hormone support and options, make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Craig Smith, M.D., specializing in biological hormones, at the Karlfeldt Center.

Resources for those experiencing hormonal imbalances who are interested in bioidentical hormone support: The Karlfeldt Center.

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