Hormones

Hormones are messengers that carry instruction to any body cell to ‘do something’. The AHPTA axis [Amygdala, Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Thyroid, Adrenal] monitor blood levels and reacts to changes in ‘Homeostasis'[balance].

Our body produces:

  • stress hormones needed for adaptation and ‘fight or flight’ response
  • digestive hormones to allow proper digestion through digestive fluids
  • sex hormones needed for fertility and reproduction
  • immune hormones associate with repair and healing

Diet plays a major role in providing the raw material for hormonal production. Lack of nutrients and hormonal imbalances can lead to the following:

  1. PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS, Infertility
  2. Cardiovascular disease, Chronic diseases, Fatigue
  3. Neurotransmitter imbalance associated problems including anxiety, depression
  4. Sleep issues
  5. Indigestion, malabsorption, IBS
  6. Skin issues

In the clinic we will assess your nutritional and hormonal status.

We will provide effective dietary and lifestyle changes to support the healing process.

We will suggest available and appropriate laboratory testing.

Thyroid

The Thyroid is one of the primary endocrine organ which regulates body temperature, energy consumption, hair health and is involved in stress and sex hormones balance, skin issues and mental conditions.

If you experience any of these symptoms you may want to check your thyroid

Tiredness      unexplained weight gain            slow movement             muscle cramps            slow heart rate                 sensitivities to cold temperatures             constipation         depressed mood              memory problems                    difficulty sleeping                 Unexplained weight loss               tremors            fast heart rate             anxiety             irritability

Thyroid issues involve structural problems of the thyroid gland or inefficient metabolic management. TSH is a stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland that generates thyroid hormones in response to low circulating levels or as a result of an external need.

  • T4 is formed in the thyroid from the amino acid tyrosine and 4 iodine molecules.
  • T3 free or bound is the most active thyroid hormone and is produced in the liver via the TPO enzymes which is dependent on certain nutrients [copper, zinc, magnesium, selenium for example].
  • Cortisol and stress inhibit or slow this conversion
  • TG are globulins that transport thyroid hormones
  • rT3 or Reverse T3 is the inactive form of T3 that is made under stress
  • Iodine, tyrosine, selenium, manganese, zinc, copper and other nutrients are essential for thyroid health and function.

Thyroid balance is complex and many imbalances can occur. Nutritional therapy will help you addressing those imbalances and to understand how the thyroid is sensitive to certain food amongst all gluten, soy and dairy.