Integrative Hormones Specialist

Lillian W. Leong, D.O. -  - Integrative Functional Medicine Physician

LL Integrative Life

Lillian W. Leong, D.O.

Integrative Functional Medicine Physician located in Walnut Creek, CA

Hormones are powerful substances manufactured by your body to regulate many of its vital functions, including your heart rate, your body temperature, and even your metabolism. At LL Integrative Life in Walnut Creek, California, we provide a functional hormone evaluation to determine whether an imbalance is causing your symptoms. We then design a treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause. Our recommendations can also complement your current regimen for hormone issues. Call today for an appointment or book your visit with our online scheduling service.

Hormones Q & A

What are hormones?

Your body is a system of complex organs and structures that function together to maintain your overall health and vitality. Hormones are substances manufactured by your body that contain chemical signals that instruct your body to perform certain functions.

Your thyroid gland, for instance, works in conjunction with your hypothalamus and pituitary glands to produce hormones that, among other things, help regulate your heart rate, weight, and cholesterol levels.

Sometimes referred to as the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal), the chemical signals contained in these hormones essentially provide the balance (homeostasis) your body requires to function at optimal levels.


What do hormones do for your body?

Hormones regulate your metabolism and help with numerous vital functions, including:

  • Breathing, heart rate, and body temperature
  • Your central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body weight and muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Cholesterol levels


Hormones also affect your:

  • Metabolism
  • Bone health
  • Mood, mental clarity, and sleep patterns
  • Digestion


Who might benefit from an integrative functional hormone evaluation?

Every individual is unique, but an evaluation may be beneficial for those who:

  • Have had an unrevealing workup with their physician but continue to experience symptoms
  • Have symptoms such as fatigue and “brain fog” in spite of being on medications
  • Want complementary ways to support their current regimen
  • Have tried various other approaches to relieve their symptoms and are dissatisfied with the results


How can LL Integrative Life help with hormone imbalances?

Treatments vary and depend on the cause of your hormone imbalance. Some conditions, for instance, require hormone replacement therapy. Integrative functional medicine can also complement your current treatment by fortifying your metabolic reserve.

We can also explore other areas that may be affecting your hormone synthesis and conversion, or your body’s ability to use the hormones present in your bloodstream. We can often affect change by recommending lifestyle changes that might include improvement in your overall nutrition or by recommending therapy with plant-based products (botanicals).

At LL Integrative Life, identifying and correcting your hormone imbalance is part of our mission to help you achieve optimal physical and emotional health and well-being. Call us today to make an appointment or use our convenient online scheduling service to book your visit.