Our bodies are home to a vast quantity of bacteria, so much so that we actually have more bacterial DNA than we have human DNA. The functional medicine world has honed in on these microorganisms due to their increasing significance in overall health and well-being. Collectively, these microorganisms are known as our microbiome, and they […]

Progesterone and Mental Well-Being

Progesterone is a crucial hormone produced in women throughout the course of their lifetime. It serves a plethora of functions including helping prepare the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg, maintaining pregnancy, regulating blood pressure, and improving mood and sleep. The levels of progesterone in the body fluctuate in conjunction with estrogen to manage […]


Estrogen dominance is the state of hormonal balance in which estrogen is in overabundance compared to progesterone and testosterone. This doesn’t necessarily mean that estrogen is overproduced, it simply means that estrogen levels are imbalanced compared to the other two. The reasons can vary, and it can affect men and women. What is Estrogen? Estrogen […]


Myths about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) prevent many women and men from taking advantage of the health benefits provided by BHRT. Hormone therapy, while on the rise in popularity, still maintains a somewhat unfavorable view primarily due to the idea that the use of estrogens causes an increased risk for strokes, heart attack, heart […]


Weight management can be hard enough, but to add to that dilemma we have suboptimal food choices. If that weren’t hard enough, add hormonal imbalances into the mix and now we’ve got an excruciating uphill battle to lose weight or maintain. No pill, injection, or treatment will provide a healthy, sustainable weight loss.


Think of cortisol as nature’s built-in alarm system. It is your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear. Cortisol is made in the adrenal glands in your kidneys. We are all pretty familiar with the ‘fight-or-flight’ instinct in a crisis, and cortisol plays […]


We are all familiar with the female sex hormone called estrogen,  but another key female hormone produced is progesterone. Many women are familiar with progesterone as a hormone that is essential for fertility and for pregnancy. Once a woman hits perimenopause, progesterone production in the ovaries starts to decline. By the time she reaches menopause, […]


A good majority of our hormones are produced in the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is known as the master gland that controls the functions of other important glands, such as the adrenal gland. The human body has two adrenal glands, one sits on top of each kidney.


As many of us know, estrogen is the main female sex hormone that in a woman’s body. It is very common for estrogen levels to fluctuate at various times of the month and through a woman’s lifetime. It is found in both men and women. While its main role is to manage the reproductive system, […]


Bones are the skeleton that keeps us together and keeps us mobile. Hormones are really important to bone health and strength. When we are young, we don’t really think of it in those terms. We don’t think about how strong or weak our bones are or how important it is to keep them strong. We […]