PROMOTING THE COMMUNITY
Finding Balance: The Key to Optimal Health & Vitality
Nisha Jackson, Ph.D., MS, NP, HHP T he human body is a delicate network of processes working to support comfortable daily life. As we age, this network grows susceptible to degradation, most easily identified by the development of fine lines and wrinkles, aches and pains, increasing exhaustion, and brain fog. Because the generations before us fell victim to these same ailments, many have not thought to question why they happen and what we can do to prevent them. It has become all too common to lean - with increasing dependency - on pain medications and stimulants to combat the symptoms without addressing the root cause of this decline. Not surprisingly, there is an explanation for the degenerative nature of aging and that is hormonal imbalance. Let’s imagine hormones are a telephone company. Some networks provide excellent coverage. Regardless of location or environment, all communications are received quickly and with excellent clarity. Other networks are unable to provide the same dependability. The calls are choppy, emails are delayed, and text messages are never
received. All these issues can result in miscommunications that impact our productivity and functionality. Like the cellphone network, hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, delivering instructions to our organs and tissues on how to carry out their duties. When our hormones are functioning optimally, the body moves like a well-oiled machine but as soon as one process fails to perform, slowly, other processes befall the same fate, resulting in hormone imbalance. Some of the more mainstream symptoms include: ■ Unexplained weight gain or weight loss. ■ Migraines, ■ Constipation, ■ Irregular periods, ■ Erectile dysfunction (ED), ■ Anxiety/depression, ■ Lack of sex drive, and ■ Dysregulation of the sleep-wake cycle.
The Business Review | August 2023
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