Your hormones are the messengers of your body, and they determine everything from your mood to your energy levels to your weight. The major endocrine glands that make your hormones are your brain, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenal, gastrointestinal tract, and reproductive glands (ovaries and testes). Your hormones control so many aspects of your health, but it's easy to overlook just how important they are to our health until they aren’t working well.
In my functional medicine clinic, I often see women dealing with many different hormone imbalances. Next to thyroid hormone issues, reproductive health and sex hormones are some of the biggest hormone issues that I see many women deal with—along with the life-altering, sometimes debilitating symptoms that go along with them.
There are many underlying causes of hormone imbalances including: