A Hormone Guide From San Diego Naturopathic Doctor Brooke Leverone
You may know that hormones play an important role in your overall health, but figuring out exactly how they work in your body and which hormones are responsible for what can be confusing. San Diego hormone expert Dr. Brooke Leverone is a California-licensed Naturopathic Doctor who has dedicated her practice in La Jolla to helping patients find better health through hormone balancing. Keep reading to learn more about how your hormones work.
What Are Hormones?
The human body is an amazing symphony of different biological systems working together to keep you moving, breathing, circulating blood, processing nutrients, and functioning in hundreds of different ways. The endocrine system can be seen as the conductor of this masterpiece. Your endocrine system consists of a variety of glands that produce substances called hormones. Each hormone has a specific job and they all travel through the bloodstream to get to work.
Impact of Hormones on Health
Hormones send messages to tissues and organs to tell them what to do. For example, you may have heard of melatonin because synthetic melatonin is a widely available supplement to support sleep. Melatonin is created naturally in your body by the pineal gland, which is located in your brain, and its job is to signal to the body when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake.
Dr. Leverone specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for individuals who need hormonal support to get relief from symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, hot flashes, and digestive issues. BHRT often focuses on these key hormones:
What is a Hormonal Imbalance?
A hormonal imbalance can occur when your body produces too much or too little of one or more hormones. There are over 50 different types of hormones in the body, which can be influenced by stress, illness, medication, and lifestyle changes. A temporary hormone imbalance may have mild or short-lived symptoms, but a systemic hormone imbalance can have a negative effect on your overall quality of life. Chronic hormonal imbalance can be caused by genetics, menopause, aging, or environmental pollution with endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
- Weight Changes
- Low sex drive
- Mood changes
- Hot flashes
- Changes in hair and skin
- Changes in appetite or digestion
Dr. Brooke is my go to for all things health and hormonal related. She’s kind, thorough and always understands exactly what’s needed to bring me back into balance. As I grow older, I’m so grateful I get to do so with her by my side!
Bringing Hormones Back in Balance
If you suspect that you have a hormonal imbalance, it is key to see a licensed professional with the expertise to properly diagnose and treat your symptoms. Dr. Leverone specializes in hormone balancing treatments and she uses advanced diagnostic testing to pinpoint the underlying cause of hormonal imbalances. She creates a personalized plan based on your unique hormone levels and does not rely on on-size-fits-all treatments.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) is a hormone balancing method that utilizes custom-compounded hormones from plant sources. These naturally derived supplemental hormones are biologically identical to the ones produced by the human body.5 In addition to BHRT, Dr. Leverone can also design a customized plan for nutrition and lifestyle changes to support balanced hormones.
Contact Dr. Brooke Leverone for Hormone Balancing in La Jolla
Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of how your hormones may be working for or against you? Are you experiencing fatigue, weight gain, or menopause symptoms that could be due to a hormonal imbalance? Contact Dr. Brooke Leverone today to schedule a consultation at our La Jolla office or a virtual appointment.
How It Works
PHASE 1: RESET
Meet Dr. Leverone for a comprehensive visit with functional lab testing and receive your prescriptions for custom BHRT.
PHASE 2: RENEW
Discuss with Dr. Leverone the improvements you are experiencing and address any continuing symptoms that have not shifted in a positive direction in your lab work.
PHASE 3: REFINE
Dr. Leverone will review your routine and suggest changes to maintain your hormone balance. You can expect to feel rejuvenated with significant improvement in your well-being.
PHASE 4: MAINTAIN
You will have a new perspective on your body, and the tools and knowledge needed to maintain your mood, energy, and health will be second nature.
1 Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. What is Estrogen? Available: https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/glands-and-hormones-a-to-z/hormones/estrogen Accessed June 17, 2020.
2 Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. Testosterone and androgens. Available: https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/glands-and-hormones-a-to-z/hormones/testosterone Accessed June 17, 2020.
3 Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. Progesterone and Progestins. Available:https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/glands-and-hormones-a-to-z/hormones/progesterone Accessed June 17, 2020.
4 Endocrine Society | Hormone Health Network. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Available: https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/glands-and-hormones-a-to-z/hormones/dehydroepiandrosterone-dhea Accessed June 17, 2020.
5 Romero M. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy – customizing care for perimenopausal and menopausal women. Advance for Nurse Practitioners. 2002; 10(11:47-52)