Balancing Hormones with Functional Medicine

 

Watch the LiveStream video: Amber Ratcliffe and Justine Shults discuss female sex hormone imbalance and why it may be what is holding you back from feeling your best.

What is a Hormone Imbalance?

Are you irritable, moody, and exhausted all the time, yet have trouble sleeping? Gaining weight despite diet and exercise? You are not alone. Up to 75% of women report suffering from symptoms that could be attributed to a hormone imbalance!

Hormones are important chemical messengers in our bodies such as Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone, Cortisol, Thyroid, DHEA, and Vitamin D. They are produced in one type of tissue and then move through the bloodstream to other parts of the body delivering “messages” for that part of the body to do something specific. When the messages get disrupted, it can have significant downstream implications.

Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalance problems for women and that is a big deal because it has literally...

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Adrenal Fatigue: Tired, Wired, Foggy & Fat

 

Watch the LiveStream video: Amber Ratcliffe and Justine Shults discuss Adrenal Fatigue and why it may be what is holding you back from feeling your best.

Do you feel overwhelmed? Have trouble recalling words and feeling brain fog? Exhausted but wake up every night between 1 and 3 am and can’t get back to sleep? Do you have sugar/salty/carb cravings - putting on some belly fat? Frequently feel anxious?

You probably have Adrenal Fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue is a silent epidemic caused by our fast-paced culture. Being “ON” all the time is exhausting and so many of us are experiencing burnout and serious health symptoms as a result. You know something is wrong, but you don’t know what.

Adrenal Fatigue isn’t just found in adults, it is becoming more common in kids too as they are stressed with school, activities, social pressures, and adrenaline filled video games.

Unfortunately, Adrenal Fatigue is often misdiagnosed as depression by most primary care...

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PANS/PANDAS: Could your "Difficult" Child be Misdiagnosed?

 

In this video, Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer and Lori DiBartolo discuss Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS/PANDAS) - the symptoms, treatment options, and how you can help raise awareness of this serious condition.

Rages, Oppositional Defiance, Worsening School Performance, High Anxiety, OCD Behaviors, Irritability, Aggression, ADHD behaviors, Food Aversions, Sensory Issues, Mood Swings, Urinary Accidents, Verbal or Motor Tics, Sleep Disturbances, and the list goes on...

These are just some of the symptoms that can be associated with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS/PANDAS) – one of the most misdiagnosed conditions seriously impacting our children and their families.

It is estimated that a child will see more than 5 doctors before being properly diagnosed and that as many as 1 on 200 kids have this condition.

PANS/PANDAS is a condition where the immune system attacks the brain, causing inflammation and myriad symptoms mistaken for psychological...

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How to Finally Get Some Rejuvenating Sleep!

Watch Arbor Health co-founders, Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer and Amber Ratcliffe discuss simple things you can do at home to get some quality sleep without medications.

 
 

If you are struggling to get quality sleep, request a free 20-minute consultation to see if Functional Medicine might be right for you.  A clinical coordinator will reach out to you to find a time to connect.

Why sleep is important & why you need to make it a priority

  • Rest restores your body and heals your brain – more than 700 genes are activated while you sleep
  • Your brain actually allows more lymph around it while you are sleeping to heal it

Circadian Rhythm - Cortisol - Melatonin

  • Cortisol and melatonin have an inverse relationship – cortisol should be high in morning and low at night
  • Rest restorative sleep window is 9am-9pm
  • Low progesterone makes them sleepless and irritable, stress steals progesterone

Good sleep actually starts first thing in the morning

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