The endocrine, or glandular system, is one of the most complex systems in the body. It consists of several glands scattered throughout the body.

Because of the wide range of hormonal effects, when the endocrine system gets out of balance it can have far-reaching effects. These include menstrual, sleep, weight, mood and energy problems



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The endocrine, or glandular system, is one of the most complex systems in the body. It consists of several glands scattered throughout the body. They are in constant communication with each other and their surroundings via molecules called hormones.

Hormones are essentially chemical messengers that tell other glands, tissues and organs to perform (or stop performing) various functions. Like an orchestra, this elegant symphony is in constant flux and has profound effects on your overall well-being.

The glands of the body are affected greatly by stress, environmental toxins (aptly known as endocrine disruptors), chemicals from food and personal care products, and a high sugar diet.

There are also numerous health conditions that affect the way your hormones work. Some of these include chronic liver and kidney diseases, surgery, radiation and other cancer treatments; traumatic injuries, infections and auto-immune disorders.

Because of the wide range of hormonal effects and the complexity of the endocrine system, when the endocrine system goes out of balance it presents itself in different ways depending on the person.

Some common issues associated with hormone imbalance that we see in the practice are:

  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Menopausal and per-menopausal symptoms
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility issues
  • Weight issues – overweight and underweight
  • Thyroid problems
  • Pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Low energy.

Useful functional medicine tests include (but are not limited to):

  • DUTCH Complete
  • DUTCH Cycle mapping
  • Complete thyroid test – includes markers for autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s)
  • Organic Acids Test
  • GI Effects Stool Testing
  • GI Map Stool Test

Once we uncover where the hormone imbalances are, a personalized functional medicine and lifestyle program can then integrate the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes along with customized supplementation to smooth out symptoms while restoring proper hormone balance

If you suspect hormone imbalances are contributing to your health condition/s and are looking for better answers, schedule a FREE discovery appointment with us today!


You might find these additional resources useful…

Episode #68: Thyroid Health podcast

Thyroid health is one of those mysterious and complex topics. It requires some deeper investigation if you want to truly get to the root. Unfortunately, most doctors and endocrinologists simply prescribe medication. As you will hear on today’s show, this can have some significant consequences.

Episode #006: Empowering Women Through Hormone Health podcast

Hormonal health impacts all facets of a woman’s being – physical, emotional and spiritual. Today I speak with Dr Ginger Nash about both the latest advancements and our Ancient understanding of female hormones

Understanding Hormones Blog post

This blog post is a deeper dive into hormones. What they are, the signs and symptoms associated with imbalance, plus some great tips on what you can do to balance them. For men and women…


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