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The endocrine system is composed of multiple glands located throughout the body. These glands produce hormones that are released into the blood in a rhythmical fashion. The hormones travel throughout the body and act as chemical messengers that play a critical role in regulating growth, metabolism, repair, recovery, mood, and stress response—along with just about every aspect of human body function. The endocrine system includes the following glands: thyroid, pituitary, pineal, parathyroid, hypothalamus, adrenal, pancreas, male testicles, and female ovaries. The glands of the endocrine system, and the hormones they produce, work together in a complex balance. A disturbance in any one of these glands can disrupt the entire system.

The following can all disrupt your endocrine system in some way:

Stress: An ongoing, long-term stress response suppresses proper function.

Inflammation: Chemical messengers called “cytokines” mediate inflammation. When people suffer from chronic inflammation, they may experience suboptimal hormone function as a result of cytokine activity.

Receptor resistance: For a number of reasons, our cells can become less sensitive to hormones. When this happens, people may find that they do not respond well to pharmaceutical interventions. Nutritional deficiencies are often the culprit when a person develops hormone resistance. Certain nutrients are needed for proper hormone function.

Exposure to toxicants: Toxicants are potent inhibitors of hormone function. Heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, and lead as well as chemicals in the environment such as pesticides and herbicides impair hormone cascades and interfere with health. Even medications can interfere with other hormones: birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapies, and beta-blockers can disrupt the thyroid function and contribute to less than optimal hormone balance.

Take Our Test To Assess Your Female Hormone Balance

  1. Do you suffer from hot flashes?
  2. Do you have night sweats?
  3. Do you notice feeling more stressed, anxious or nervous?
  4. Have you recently gained weight without changes in diet or exercise?
  5. Do you have trouble sleeping?
  6. Are you experiencing problems with your memory?
  7. Are you experiencing depression?
  8. Have you lost interest in sex?
  9. Do you feel irritable, or as though you don’t have control over your emotions?
  10. Do you lose urine when you cough or sneeze?

Take Our Test To Assess Your Male Hormone Balance

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  1. A decrease in libido (sex drive)
  2. A lack of energy
  3. A decrease in strength and/or endurance
  4. Erections that are less strong
  5. A decrease in your enjoyment of life
  6. Sad/or grumpy moods
  7. A recent deterioration in your ability to play sports
  8. A recent deterioration in your work performance
  9. Falling asleep soon after dinner
  10. A loss of height

If you are experiencing 5 or more of these symptoms you may have a hormone imbalance.

At Medela Centers we do extensive testing of your hormones to assess their levels and make interventions to bring them into a healthy balance, naturally.