I’m going to keep my language very simple when I explain hormones and specifically about BHRT (Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy). Layman’s terms always work best for me. I use the KISS principal (keep it simple silly) because I see no advantage to using big medical words when there are simple alternatives. The idea is to get you to understand how hormones work, not to confuse you more.
Dr. Pearson taught me something about hormones that I will never forget. When it comes to hormone balancing, he called it the big LIE. That stands for Leptin, Insulin, Estrogen. Get leptin levels down and appetites decrease. Get insulin under control and blood sugar regulation comes back into balance. Get excess estrogen out of the body and other hormones begin to regulate. The big LIE comes in to play because this lie isn’t being addressed in totality. Until it is, health will continue to be an issue that is under attack. The more educated you can become the better off you will be in helping yourself become vibrant and healthy.
DHEA – a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that your body uses for the production of testosterone and estrogen (and other hormones). DHEA can help prevent osteoporosis, improve adrenal failure issues, improve sexual function in men and women and can alleviate depression. Although it is sold over the counter as a vitamin or nutritional supplement, it is not a nutrient and is usually manufactured through a synthetic chemical process. DHEA should only be administered by a doctor that understands hormones and hormone balancing.
ESTRADIOL – this is considered the problematic estrogen (carcinogenic). Most humans today have too much total estrogen and are imbalanced in their ratios of differing estrogens.
ESTRIOL – this is considered the weakest and safest in the estrogen family of hormones. Again, most humans today have too much total estrogen and are imbalanced in their ratios of differing estrogens.
ESTRONE – this is a third commonly found form of estrogen along with estradiol and estriol. Not much is currently known regarding its function. Most humans today just have too much estrogen. They are imbalanced in their ratios of differing estrogens. There is more than one type of estrogen but we never seem to hear about them as many clump them into one category. It is important to note that not all estrogen is the same and this is why they need to be broken out and looked at individually and not as a single hormone.
FSH – is a follicular stimulating hormone meaning a pituitary hormone that instructs the ovaries and testes to produce more fertility hormones (estrogens and dihydrotestosterone) as well as helping mature ovarian follicles and testicular spermatogenesis. This is often times seen elevated after menopause and with severe andropause (male menopause).
LH – is a leutenizing hormone meaning it is a pituitary hormone that instructs the ovaries and testes to produce more androgen (steroid type) hormones (aka – testosterone/ progesterone). This is often times seen elevated in states of androgen deficiency (low testosterone/progesterone).
PROGESTERONE – is the major female hormone – it is known as an androgen (steroid type) hormone and has a calming effect on the body. It is important for healthy HDL levels (healthy cholesterol) and all organ system function including cardio vascular and brain, skin, immunity, fertility and libido. Most women today are deficient. Men only need a tiny bit similar to what a woman would need of testosterone.
TESTOSTERONE – is the major male foundational hormone, and an androgen (steroid type) hormone that also has a calming effect on the body. It is important for healthy HDL levels and all organ system functioning including CV (cardio vascular) and brain, skin, immunity and fertility/libido. Most men today are deficient. Women can have too much as they only need a little.
LEPTIN – is also known as the “hunger hormone”. Overweight individuals usually have high levels of leptin. As addictive estrogen levels increase and addictive sugar / insulin levels increase, weight and inflammation also increase and excessive hunger results from the automatic response of higher levels of leptin. The heavier we become, the more resistant we get to the satiety effects of leptin. In other words the amount of food it takes in order for us to feel full and satisfied, increases as leptin levels increase.
INSULIN – GREAT INFORMATION COMING SOON!