Here’s How to Optimize Your Hormones

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December 16, 2022

Hormones have a profound effect on everything in your body, from your physical well-being to your mental and emotional health. That also means many things can go dramatically wrong with the smallest hormone changes.

But our team at Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC has good news: You can optimize your hormones to keep you in top condition emotionally, mentally, and physically.

We offer an enlightened, holistic, and comprehensive approach to health care. This mindset enables us to provide the highest quality medical care with an emphasis on prevention and disease management. A significant part of personalized care involves giving you the tools you need to reach optimal health.

Do you want to optimize your hormones to keep your system humming smoothly? As specialists in both women’s health and men’s health, we recommend taking these crucial steps.

Watch your diet

Your body needs the right nutrition to function, which goes double for your hormones.

When your body works properly, it produces the hormones you need to keep your system running. However, it’s easy for this delicate balance to get thrown off, leading to hormonal problems.

If you want to support your hormone health and overall wellness, it’s essential to eat right to ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs to function. For hormones, that means getting 20-30 grams of protein at each meal—like eggs, lentils, chicken, or fish—along with lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Schedule a nutrition counseling session to learn more about diet, hormones, and your health. These appointments allow us to evaluate your overall health, review your symptoms, and perform lab tests to look for specific hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. We then outline a personalized plan to help you adopt a balanced diet to optimize your hormones.

Move your body

Physical activity also affects hormonal health. That’s because it increases hormone receptor sensitivity—more simply put, it enhances the delivery of hormone signals and other nutrients in the system.

Studies show that participating in regular physical activity offers several benefits, such as:

  • Boosting muscle-maintaining hormones that naturally decline with age
  • Reducing stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline
  • Stimulating endorphin production, hormones that elevate mood and reduce pain

Regular exercise can help prevent insulin resistance, which occurs when the hormone insulin doesn’t properly process blood sugar. Staying physically active can also help you maintain a healthy weight, another key factor in optimizing hormone levels in your body.

Practice stress management

Did you know that stress releases hormones? This may be a natural response designed to protect you from harm, but chronic stress can keep your hormone levels from returning to normal.

Each time your body experiences stress, it triggers a cascade of events that results in the production of cortisol, a hormone that helps you cope with long-term stress. But living with chronic stress leaves this hormone at higher-than-normal levels.

When elevated, cortisol can stimulate your appetite and increase cravings, especially for high-fat and high-sugar foods. It also stimulates glucose production from non-carbohydrate sources, which could lead to insulin resistance.

Stress may be unavoidable, but learning and practicing stress management techniques can significantly lower your cortisol levels. These activities include yoga, meditation, and even listening to relaxing music for as little as 10-15 minutes each day.

If you need help easing stress or anxiety in your life, we offer stress management solutions at each of our Scottsdale Private Physicians locations.

Work with an expert

If you’re not feeling 100%, don’t hesitate to contact a men’s health or women’s health expert. Hormones affect all aspects of your wellness, so even the smallest imbalance can cause a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Skin issues, including skin tags, dryness, dark patches, and acne
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or more frequent bowel movements
  • Sensitivity to cold or warm temperatures
  • Slow or rapid heartbeat
  • Hair loss or excess body hair
  • Hot flashes
  • Fertility issues
  • Heavy or irregular menstruation
  • Loss of libido or erectile dysfunction
  • Mood changes like depression, irritability, or anxiety

After discussing your concerns, performing an exam, and ordering lab tests as needed, we can create a customized treatment strategy to get your hormones back in balance.

In addition to lifestyle coaching and nutrition counseling, we could recommend bioidentical hormone therapy. This treatment uses hormones made from plant materials, like soybeans and yams, to help restore levels in your body.

Whether you optimize your hormones with lifestyle changes, hormone therapy, or a combination of both, you can get your system back on track. Contact Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, to schedule a consultation by calling or booking online today.

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