What You Need to Know About Your Hormones
“Hormones” is a medical term used frequently in everyday life. You know vaguely what it means and the reality is that there is more “hormones” than you may know. Your hormones are INCREDIBLY important to your overall health and happiness. So much so that we want to clear up what “hormones” mean and how it affects your body. Here is a quick breakdown.
The Very Simplest Definition of Hormones and What They Do
Hormones are special chemical messengers that control most major bodily functions, from simple basic needs like hunger to complex systems like reproduction, and even your emotions and moods. A simpler explanation is that hormones are like messengers in your body that give orders to your cells to do particular things.
Your body is home to so many different types of hormones, some you may know about and some you are completely unaware exist. Low hormone levels or, hormone deficiency, adversely impacts your health and happiness. Between the ages of 20 and 40 testosterone hormone level will decrease 10% every single year. That’s a lot of change happening in your body and actually can explain many of the changes you notice on the outside of your body.
Let’s Get to the Love
There’s nothing complex about libido. Libido is most easily understood as one’s sex drive.
Our biology compels a desire for intimacy and sexual expression. The testosterone is directly connected to libido and because this hormone decreases by 10% every year starting at age 20, it often leaves individuals with a diminished desire for sexual intimacy – hormone replacement therapy helps restore testosterone count.
Around Valentine’s Day there is a heightened awareness of love, intimacy and relationship. Scheduling an appointment to see Dr. Turner to discuss hormone replacement therapy creates the option for you to not only increase your libido, but safely restore your testosterone to the levels you had during your 20’s.
If you suffer from reduced mental focus and memory, difficulty sleeping, hot flashes or excessive fatigue, you may have a hormone imbalance.
If you are interested in learning about hormone therapy we encourage you to call our Live Well Center at 480.752-7600 to make an appointment with Dr. Michelle McConnell, NMD or Dr. Merle Turner DO and get started on the road to balancing your hormones. Our new Live Well Center, a naturopathic and integrated medicine practice, is located on the south side of the Warner Family Practice building at 2905 W Warner Rd., Suite 25, in Chandler.
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