By HEATHER LISTHARTKE

As women grow older, menopause is a time that can be frightening and confusing, but it is a natural process of our body.

During menopause, the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. This reduction in hormones is what leads to all the symptoms that we hate so much.

There is, however, a way to reduce the symptoms of menopause by using natural Hormone Therapy that helps boost our hormone levels and lets our body perform its normal processes.

Estrogen helps create our feminine shape, controls our cycles, helps fight fatigue, protects the brain and joints and even supports immune functions. Progesterone helps prevent PMS symptoms, protects the heart and bones and even helps with better sleep.

During menopause, our ovaries are no longer producing the same amounts of estrogen to balance the androgens it also produces. Androgens can also drop with aging. Low testosterone can cause symptoms like low sex drive, fatigue, mental fog, an increase in fat percent. This is why, without sufficient estrogen, women can experience hair loss, small fine wrinkles, dry and irritated eyes, sinking and sagging of breasts and skin, and excessive hair growth elsewhere. Along with these, there are the common symptoms everyone knows like hot flashes, and other problems. When you’re deficient in progesterone, it can often lead to issues with anxiety, anger, irritability, bloating, headaches, as well as obesity especially with lower half of the body.

It has been found that hormone therapy can help many women with those pesky effects of menopause like hot flashes and night sweats.

Locally, Premier Age Management offers bioidentical, natural hormone replacement therapy. At Premier Age Management, a nurse practitioner will discuss the importance of good nutrition, fitness and lifestyle choices in your journey to better health with natural hormones. Eating right and exercising are equally important aspects of bio-identical hormone therapy or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If your hormones are out of balance, your body will not respond optimally to improved nutrition and exercise. As your hormones, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle improve – you will begin to feel like your old self with improved energy, vitality and results. visit Premier Age Management and Weight Loss Clinic in person or online.

For more information, visit the Premier Age Management website, call them at 615-649-9600, or visit their locations in Brentwood or Hendersonville.