There are a few things that are holding people back from balancing their hormones effectively (whether that’s thyroid, testosterone, etc.).
- They take medications to treat low levels. They take Synthroid for an underactive thyroid or testosterone injections for low testosterone. And while these things will certainly help improve low levels of these hormones and are a legitimate short-term approach, they never address the reason WHY these hormones are low in the first place. So what that means is that these hormonal issues will persist and WORSEN over time despite taking prescriptions because you have never addressed the root of the issue. The medications you take become less effective over time and you slowly begin to feel worse again.
- People try to address the root of the issue by trial and error. They will listen to podcasts and read blogs on ways to boost ‘X’ hormone naturally. They will then try these different supplements or diets and hope it helps. But they typically don’t track their hormone levels (and if they do, they don’t track them with all the labs necessary), nor do they quantify the need for such supplements or diets to begin with. What this results in is a lot of wasted money and time without any discernable long term benefit. And when this happens, it’s very easy to just do nothing and live with feeling crappy.
- They do not get the right data to understand why their hormones are out of balance and to properly formulate a game plan to address them.
For instance, if you want to address a suboptimal thyroid, you need to assess the following things…
– Nutrients (B2, B3, B6, Vitamin A, C, D, iron, iodine, tyrosine, selenium, magnesium, zinc)- Stressors, both physical and psychological)
– Toxins (heavy metals, fluoride, pesticides, etc.)
– Stealth infections
– Certain medications
– Environment (proper light exposure, water intake and quality, air quality and breathing, sleep quality)
– Activity level, both too much or too little can be problematic
As you can see, there are a lot of things that need to be looked at in order to get to the root of the imbalances. The focus NEEDS to be on the upstream imbalances causing the hormonal issues, not on treating the hormones themselves.
This is why taking X supplement to boost a hormone is a poor long term approach — it is not addressing why the issue is there in the first place, meaning that the problem will continue to worsen over time and the supplement that initially worked will lose its potency over time.
The truth is, the fix isn’t that complicated, but it requires you to utilize a framework that helps you accurately gauge where you are currently at (based on the right data and an understanding of your current lifestyle, environment, and nutrition) in order to determine what needs to be fixed and in what order.
What would have taken you years of frustration can be fixed in a matter of months with the right approach and framework.
And this is precisely what I help my clients do so that they can stop wasting time and money on things that don’t move the needle in order to focus on the things that matter most to them in life.