How Balanced Hormones Lead To Healthy Aging

Hormones are like a symphony, with each one acting as a specialized instrument to keep our bodies in tune. But as we age, those instruments start to get a little rusty. Small changes over time create a variety of imbalances, until one day we wake up realizing we’re flat and out of tune. This leads to things like menopausal symptoms in women, hair loss and belly fat in men, thyroid dysfunction, bone loss, and so much more. That’s why it’s never too early, or too late, to start optimizing hormonal balance.

Today we’re featuring an episode of the Longevity Roadmap docu-series that takes a deep dive into hormones and how they play a critical role in how well, or poorly, we age. I was joined by two of my colleagues from The UltraWellness Center, Dr. Elizabeth Boham and Dr. Todd LePine. The symptoms of hormonal imbalance cover a wide spectrum, as one issue often leads to another.

In this episode, we break down how sex hormones change with age in both men and women and the Functional Medicine approach to correcting imbalances in those areas. We also get into the important topic of bone and muscle loss. This is the main reason people end up in nursing homes—a loss of functionality and strength—and with the right steps, it’s actually a very preventable part of aging. We share why exercise is so important, especially strength training, as well as why high-quality protein is critical for staying strong with each passing year. While hormone replacement therapy can work for the right person at the right dose at the right time, it’s not our first line of action. We’ll share our favorite natural strategies for balancing hormones and talk about when it’s time to try other measures. With the right steps, you can reverse your biological clock and live younger, longer.

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