What do weight gain, low sex drive, anxiety, depression, an increase in colds and infections, and joint pain all have in common? First, they are common symptoms that are often dismissed as “normal” signs of aging. Second, they are all traced back to problems/imbalances in the endocrine system–the endocrine glands and the hormones they produce. In order to suppress these symptoms, this system needs to be balanced or optimized. Endocrine optimization is the balancing of the endocrine system, such as the thyroid and adrenal glands, so that your body is releasing the hormones that it needs to keep the above mentioned symptoms (and many others) at bay.
The best way to optimize your endocrine system is to choose what is right for YOUR body, YOUR needs, YOUR wants, and YOUR philosophy for how YOU should treat YOUR body. Have I convinced you sufficiently of the personal nature of hormone optimization? Many treatments are available and range from more traditional, western medical options to holistic, alternative approaches. Your physician should direct you through whatever treatment protocol you choose, but it is ultimately up to you to decide the method of treatment. More on that below, but let’s first discuss the specific functions of the endocrine system.
Why is the Endocrine System Important?
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. As we age, the typical issue with the hormonal system is usually underproduction. This is when a decreased level of hormones is released into the body, producing uncomfortable, and sometimes debilitating, symptoms. The standard response from many people (even many physicians) is that these symptoms “come with age.” This is technically true. The endocrine system does slow down as we get older. However, there is no reason not to work to improve hormone production, and there are many different options for doing so.
What are Typical Symptoms of Decreased Hormone Production from Specific Endocrine Glands?
The major endocrine glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, and adrenal glands. Deficiencies in the ovaries and testes are related to many sexual symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and erectile dysfunction. But, I want to focus in on the symptoms related to deficiencies of the thyroid and adrenal glands below, as many of these symptoms are brushed off as “normal signs of aging”:
Thyroid Gland Symptoms
- Cold intolerance
- Painful muscles and joints
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Forgetfulness and poor focus
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight, even when you don’t eat much
- Infertility or miscarriages
- Heavy periods
- Hot flashes and other menopausal problems
- Dry skin and hair
- Thinning hair that’s falling out
- Cold feet
Adrenal Gland Symptoms
- Fatigue the first thing in the morning and during the day
- Intense irritability when you’re hungry
- Frequent and lengthy infections (like sore throats and colds)
- Feeling dizzy sometimes when you stand up
What Sort of Treatment Options are Available for Endocrine Support?
According to your own body’s needs and your personal philosophy on health and wellness, endocrine optimization can be as comprehensive as you choose. There are a host of options, ranging from traditional western medical treatments to more holistic alternative therapies. Even specific diet and exercise programs can work toward balancing your hormones. At my “pro-vitality” (as opposed to anti-aging) institute, Revitalogy, we offer a wide range of endocrine optimization treatments to fit your lifestyle, and to address your body’s specific needs. See all of our treatment options below:
- Balancing Omega 3 to Omega 6 intake
- Increasing Vitamin D3 intake\
- Increasing B Vitamins, like B6
- Anti-inflammatory/Nutrient-Rich Diet
- Green Tea/ Matcha Tea
- Healthy Fats (coconut, avocado, wild salmon)
Exercise / Alternative Therapies
- Cardiovascular Exercises
Hormone Replacement Therapies
- Bioidentical Hormones
- Testosterone/Estrogen Replacement
- Human Growth Hormone
All of the above treatments can be, and are recommended to be, used in conjunction with another. The more intensive endocrine optimization strategies like hormone replacement therapy can benefit from alternative therapies, such as acupuncture. The more comprehensive approach is the best way to combat these “normal signs of aging.” But, the alternative therapies have been shown to produce real and lasting effects on their own.
The above treatment options are just a few of the treatment options we provide at Revitalogy. We focus on YOUR needs and YOUR body, while keeping YOUR personal philosophies on health and wellness in mind. The Revitalogy method is all about YOU being in tune with your own body. To find out if you may have a hormonal imbalance, call: 561-406-2269 to schedule a consultation or an Ageography diagnostic testing appointment today.
Dr. Matteo Rosselli, D.O.
Medical Director and Co-Founder of Revitalogy
An expert in the field of pro-vitality medicine, Dr. Rosselli’s priority is to provide the safest and most effective strategies for slowing the aging process and restoring the youthful vitality that decreases as we age. He believes that the integration of revolutionary medical research with his patients’ individual health profiles is the most optimal method for prescribing anti-aging medicine programs that will produce effective results.
His revolutionary syntheses of Endocrine Optimization, IV hydration, and Physician-Formulated Vitamin Supplementation, have been drastically reducing age-related disease and symptoms while restoring a youthful and beautiful energy to his patients.