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25, Apr 2024

Hormones are the chemical messengers that regulate several physiological processes in our bodies, from growth and metabolism to mood and reproductive functions. While our bodies naturally produce hormones, there are instances where hormone levels may become imbalanced or deficient, leading to various health concerns.

In such cases, many individuals seek hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore hormonal balance and improve overall well-being. In this exploration brought to you The Wellness Restoration Center, we peep into the world of hormones, bioidentical hormones, and the science behind bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Understanding Hormones and Hormonal Balance

Hormones are produced by endocrine glands such as the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes. These hormones act as messengers, traveling through the bloodstream to target cells and organs, where they regulate essential functions like metabolism, growth, immune response, and reproductive processes.

Hormones can be categorized into various types, including steroid hormones, peptide hormones, and amino acid-derived hormones:

  • Steroid Hormones: Examples include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol, which play roles in reproductive health, stress response, and metabolism.
  • Peptide Hormones: Insulin, growth hormone, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) are examples of peptide hormones that regulate blood sugar, growth, and thyroid function.
  • Amino Acid-Derived Hormones: Epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine are derived from amino acids and are involved in the fight-or-flight response and stress regulation.

Mirroring Nature with Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones are synthetic hormones that are structurally identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body. Unlike traditional synthetic hormones, which may have slight molecular differences, bioidentical hormones precisely mimic the molecular structure of endogenous hormones.

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Bioidentical hormones can be derived from plant-based sources such as soybeans and yams. Through a process of extraction and synthesis, these plant compounds are converted into bioidentical forms of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) aims to restore hormonal balance by supplementing or replacing deficient hormones with bioidentical forms. BHRT is commonly used to address hormonal imbalances related to menopause, andropause (male menopause), thyroid disorders, adrenal insufficiency, and other hormonal conditions.

BHRT is available in various forms. Creams, gels, or patches containing bioidentical hormones that are absorbed through the skin as well as capsules, tablets, or lozenges containing bioidentical hormones for oral ingestion are non-invasive options.

Other methods include tiny pellets containing bioidentical hormones that are implanted under the skin and release hormones gradually over time. Injectable formulations of bioidentical hormones may also be administered by healthcare providers.

The Science Behind BHRT

The key distinction of bioidentical hormones lies in their molecular structure, which matches that of endogenous hormones produced by the body. This structural similarity allows bioidentical hormones to bind to hormone receptors and exert physiological effects similar to natural hormones.

BHRT emphasizes personalized treatment plans based on individual hormone levels, symptoms, and health goals. Hormone levels may be assessed through blood tests, saliva tests, or other diagnostic measures to guide BHRT prescriptions and dosages.

If you are interested in learning more about hormone therapy, then call or message The Wellness Restoration Center to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.

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