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Are hormones a public health concern?

What do you think? I think they are. Why? Well, we are outliving our hormones. For centuries, we have been dying, on average, in our 60's and now most are living into our 80's. (and for a few millenia, we only lived to about 35!)

People deserve enough education (from the public and private sector, in my opinion) to make their own decisions about hormones. When, how, what type, and if to take them.

In my opinion, hormone terms and understanding should be kind of like the food pyramid - while I think the food pyramid is SORELY outdated - it is a touchstone, a point of reference, for people to make "healthy" food choices. And while it's outdated and even gasp, dare I say wrong, it STILL has value in that it brings awareness to people to think about what they put in their mouths. People may still make "unhealthy" choices, but this is a place to start. We all know that food is VERY complex with digestions, the ATP and Kreb's cycle, how it affects mitochondria, too, for hormones, they can be VERY complex, BUT, like food, hormones can be broken down into more digestible and easily understandable bits or bites, if you will. You don't have to be an expert to understand the basics and make informed choices for yourself.

Why do I keep droning on about hormones? Well, it turns out that they run everything in our bodies...yep, everything. For example: we have estrogen receptors on EVERY organ of our body, the biggies: brain, heart, uterus, breasts, skin, genito-unrinary tract, you get the idea. If all of these systems use estrogen (and progesterone, but that's another blog :)...won't they break down faster without it? The answer is unequivocally YES!

Did you know that the skeletal system is also affected? Directly from an NCBI paper: "The majority of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis have bone loss related to estrogen deficiency."

So, as we age, our hormone levels decrease. Which you might think, "isn't that natural?" bet! It sure is. BUT!!!! and this is a big BUT...we are living way longer than our ancestors, and evolutionarily, our bodies haven't caught up. So, personally, if I'm going to live longer than my hormones plan on sticking around, I'm going to replace them (bio-identically, of course)!

If you don't want to or choose to replace your hormones, that's totally fine!!

BUT, if you want to and want to know more about how to do it, there should be free and accessible resources for you.

That's what Optimal Health Montana is here for. We are here for you, if you want to go down this rabbit hole and make the best choice for yourself, we will stand by your side and/or help you find the resources you need. Book your FREE hormone consultation today!

I will dive into the specifics in following blogs.

be well,

missy miculka

Credit***Dr. Ana Cabeca for Hormone Cascade Image.

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