Did you know hormones play a vital role in keeping us healthy and functioning at our best? From puberty to menopause, and everything in between, hormones dictate many of the changes our bodies experience. But when something goes wrong with our hormones, it can lead to a variety of health problems. By understanding the role hormones play in our health, we can work to keep them in balance and stay as healthy as possible. Thank you for reading!
Hormones are often seen as negative and bad, but they’re vital for your health. Truth is, we cannot have a healthy lifestyle unless our hormones are balanced. There is a good, a bad, and an ugly side to hormones that everyone needs to know. Understanding your options will make deciding whether or not to try hormone replacement therapy easier.
Hormones – What do they do?
Hormones are chemical messengers that work in with particular receptors. When they are optimal, chemical messengers act on the receptors in the cells and produce good effects. Otherwise sometimes, if they are in excess or not working well, they can produce bad ones.
Hormones and receptors are like a key and a lock. Have you ever had a bad key that doesn’t open a lock? It just sits there, right? Similarly, when the hormone is good and the receptor recognizes that hormone, then your key fits precisely into your lock. This will unlock the receptor. Consequently, a chain of chemical reactions happens which can produce good effects.
We all need good hormones, like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Without them, we cannot function well because every cell in your body has receptors for these important chemicals that regulate how we feel on a day-to-day basis as well as help maintain healthy hair coloration.
We all need a healthy balance of these good hormones not only just when we’re young, but even when we’re older. This is why we feel so good and vibrant in our twenties and thirties. As we get older, our body changes and it becomes more difficult to do the things that make us happy.
We may start feeling tired quickly or becoming easily bored with activities in this stage of life which is why many people experience a dip into their forties before they realize how much energy has declined over time.
Cortisol, Adrenalin, and Insulin – “Bad” Hormones?
Are they really bad?
Too much of a good thing can often be just as bad as not enough. This is certainly the case when it comes to the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is essential for many important bodily functions, but if levels become too high or too low, it can cause serious problems. When levels are too low, it can lead to inflammation, while too much cortisol can cause stress. Both of these conditions can have a significant impact on health. Therefore, it is important to maintain healthy levels of cortisol in the body.
We all need the adrenaline rush every day to get motivated and do the things we want. The adrenaline boost is a necessary thing for many people to keep themselves motivated and do the things they want. But if there’s too much of it, your body will react in an overreactive way that can cause bad effects on you long-term.
Insulin is a key player in the body’s ability to regulate sugar levels. Too much insulin and your receptors will be resistant, which causes you to acquire diseases like diabetes or PCOS as well as metabolic problems such as high cholesterol.
Insulin resistance occurs when we don’t make enough of it due to certain factors including excess carbs intake. This leads people with insufficiently low stores into having an increased risk for acquiring type 2diabetes (which can lead them eventually to heart disease) because their cells become less sensitive towards glucose stimulation from a normal food diet.
Therefore, hormones are not bad. They CAN become bad.
The Ugly Ones
When it comes to hormones being ugly, estrogen dominance is a prime example. This condition can cause a variety of unsightly symptoms, such as weight gain, bloating, and mood swings.
The problem with hormones is when they start to dominate and take over, preventing our receptors from working effectively or there’s too much. This causes bad metabolite production which can lead to cancerous diseases
Just as our outward appearance can change as we age, so too can the hormones in our body become less attractive. Estrogen, testosterone, and insulin are all hormones that can become ugly with age. Estrogen levels decline with menopause, which can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain. Testosterone levels also naturally decline with age, which can lead to muscle loss, fatigue, and erectile dysfunction. Insulin levels can increase with age, which can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
While these changes are natural, they can be unattractive. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help to improve the appearance of these hormones. For example, hormone replacement therapy can help to restore estrogen levels in menopausal women, and testosterone replacement therapy can help to improve muscle mass and energy levels in older men.
So, what have we learned about hormones? First and foremost, they are essential for our health and well-being. Second, there are good hormones and bad hormones (well, ugly ones too). And finally, it’s important to be aware of how each of these hormones can impact our daily lives – both positively and negatively. If you would like more information on hormone balancing or want help deciphering which specific hormones may be disrupting your life, please schedule a discovery call with us today. We would be happy to assist you in taking back control of your health!
If you’re needing relief from symptoms you experience that maybe are a part of an imbalance in your hormones, we’d be happy to schedule a discovery call with you. During this call, we can discuss your symptoms in more detail and come up with a plan tailored specifically for you.
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