The key to health is hormone balance
- 03:12 am,
- December 09, 2016
Did you know your personality, your mood, your outlook in life, what we aspire to be, everything that sets that spark to motivation, our ability to combat unwanted diseases all stem from hormones– hormones, ideally, regulate who we can optimally be. If your hormones are off balance it can dramatically have an effect on your work performance, relationship, mental health and it can set the stage for disease.
The commonly known glands that regulate our hormone system are the thyroid glands, the ovaries in women, the testicles in men, the adrenal glands in the belly, in addition to the pituitary in the head. Hormones act as messengers that move through the blood into tissues, where they act to regulate every process in the body, including emotions. Put simply, they regulate your general health and overall well-being.
Hormones have individual effects on the body. They also interact with each other to produce dramatic effects in the body. Due to these interactions, they can trigger drastic reactions in multiple body systems.
Hormones should work in harmony with each other as they affect every day health and well-being. Body systems are stable when hormone balance exists. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses cause serious disorders and increased risk of diseases.
Besides their role in reproduction, estrogens are important in maintaining healthy reproductive tissues, breasts, skin, and the brain. Progesterone is often described as “the hormone balancer”, particularly of the estrogens in your body. Progesterone enhances the known benefits of estrogen, while preventing problems related to having too much estrogen.
Testosterone is the major male hormone produced in the testicles. Excess production of estrones (an estrogen) relative to testosterone is known to contribute to the development of prostate problems. Most scientists now agree that estrogen dominance is the cause of both prostate and breast cancers.
The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands produce three types of steroid hormones: glucocorticoids (cortisol), mineralocorticoids (aldosterone), and androgens.
Glucocorticoids enable the body to respond and adapt to daily life stresses like emotional distress, exercise, trauma, illness and starvation. Cortisol, for example, plays a vital immune function role, to defend the body against bacterial or viral infections. However, continuous excessive levels of cortisol suppress the immune system leading to frequent infections.
Aldosterone maintains the body’s salt and water levels.
Androgens, such as DHEA, testosterone and androstenedione, play an important role in the regeneration of body tissue, especially in the skin, bones and muscles. DHEA levels decline gradually as a person ages.
For women, the adrenal glands are the major source of testosterone. Testosterone plays a role in the maintenance of lean body mass, bone density, skin elasticity, sex drive and cardiovascular health for both men and women.
Adrenal imbalance can contribute to nervous and immune system dysfunction, weight problems, blood sugar irregularities, and high androgen levels.
Female Hormone Imbalance
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a gonadotropin hormone secreted by the pituitary glands in the brain. FSH regulates the development, growth, and maturation of the female body. FSH and luteinizing hormone (LH), also secreted by the pituitary glands, work together in regulating the reproductive process.
The ovaries produce many hormones. The most influential hormones are the estrogens (many hormones in this range) and progesterone, which interact to coordinate a woman’s menstrual cycle during her reproductive years, along with testosterone. FSH and LH trigger hormone production in the ovaries.
When any of the above hormones are imbalanced, symptoms may occur. Imbalances are most common during puberty and menopause, but can occur at any age. Imbalances can have far-ranging effects on the body, producing a variety of physical, emotional and cognitive changes. These changes cause symptoms like:
- Irregular and or painful periods.
- Periods that are longer, shorter, heavier or lighter than normal.
- Hot flashes and night sweats.
- Insomnia and other sleep disturbances.
- Diminished sex drive.
- Decreased fertility.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Irritability and mood swings.
- Depression and/or anxiety.
- Difficulty with concentration and/or memory, a symptom often described as “brain fog.”
- Unexplained weight gain, especially in the abdominal area, hips and thighs.
- Skin changes, such as acne, thinning, dryness, oiliness and wrinkling.
- Dry, brittle hair or loss of hair.
- Loss of bone mass and muscle mass.
- Excess facial and body hair.
- Tender or fibrocystic breasts.
- Urinary incontinence.
If left untreated, female hormone imbalances can increase a woman’s risk of developing diseases like heart disease and osteoporosis.
Male Hormone Imbalance
Low testosterone and high estrogen is more and more found in men who go through hormone tests. Common symptoms are:
- Excess weight, especially around the breasts, hips and abdomen.
- Low libido, infertility and erectile dysfunction.
If left untreated, this imbalance increases the risk of stroke and heart attack because of an increased risk of clotting. It also increases the risk of prostate cancer.
Low Testosterone causes:
- Muscle weakness and poor recovery from exercise.
- Fatigue and lack of energy.
- Mood changes and depression.
- Weak bones and osteoporosis as one ages.
Your Health Problems May be Caused by Hormone Imbalance
As you can now understand, hormones play a critical role in how we act, feel, and think. You also understand that many of today’s health problems can be attributed to hormone imbalance. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, avoid illness, or enhance cognitive focus, imbalanced hormones may be the first area you check. Your aim is to recreate hormone balances.
How a Hormone Test Can Help You
Many people have benefited from thyroid tests which have indicated an imbalance which has caused difficulty in weight loss. A simple blood test will help you too to discover if you have an imbalance somewhere. This will help your doctor to diagnose the cause of many of the health problems you may be having. As a result, you’ll have a strong basis for correcting the imbalance through the use of diet, exercise or hormone supplementing.
Take control of your health today. A simple blood test is the important initial step in determining if you are out of balance. You can take full advantage of the hormone tests that New Century Labs offer. New Century Labs offer direct-to-consumer tests, giving you full control of your health.
Should the results indicate imbalance, you can take your test results to a doctor who can then prescribe a course of treatment. After you have begun your treatment program, a subsequent test can help you determine how effective your treatment is.
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