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Natural Cures For Dummies by Scott J. Banks, JJ Virgin, Joe Kraynak

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Appendix C

Natural Hormones

Your body manufactures and uses hormones as part of its internal communication system to regulate all of your body’s biological processes, including those related to growth and development, digestion, heart rate, immune response, sexual function, reproduction, mood, and much more. Too much or too little of a hormone can result in major disturbances in these biological processes, leading to illness.

Throughout this book, I point out conditions that may be related to hormonal imbalances. Treating these conditions may require supplementing your diet with one or more of the over-the-counter hormones or hormone precursors (building blocks) presented in Table C-1.

Warning Too much of any given hormone may cause serious adverse side effects. Therefore, before beginning any hormone supplementation, get tested first and supplement your body’s production of hormones only if the tests show that you have a deficiency. Take hormones only under the careful supervision of a qualified medical practitioner. Your doctor can test and monitor your hormone levels to ensure that your levels are healthy.

Tip Opt for hormone supplements in topical (applied to the skin) or sublingual (taken under the tongue) forms instead of capsules you swallow. Hormone supplements in capsule form are broken ...

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