Understanding the Power of Hormones
HORMONES… One little word, but so much power.
Hormones basically affect everything we do and how we feel. Hormones control the immune system, our stress response, our sexual development, our sleep cycles, growth, and metabolism.
As our hormones begin to decline, typically around the age of 35, we begin to see and feel the effects. Less energy, fine lines, and wrinkles are usually the first signs of hormone decline. Understanding the role of hormones is the first step toward maintaining optimal hormone levels which can improve one’s physical and mental acuity.
Commonly referred to as “the fountain of youth”, DHEA is one of the most abundant hormones in the body and is considered an important building block of other hormones including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. This hormone is also known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-diabetogenic, and anti-aging.
Melatonin is a fundamental regulator of the circadian rhythm, or the body’s internal clock. This hormone’s levels are higher at night, are suppressed by bright light, and decline with age. This is one reason why older people sleep less, even though they need the same amount of sleep they did when they were younger.
The thyroid gland affects every function of the body because it regulates the metabolism. These hormones regulate oxygen entry into the cells of the body, controlling body temperature, heart rate, body temperature, hair growth, skin turnover, growth and development.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, but is also necessary in lesser amounts for females too. It is critical not only for libido, but for normal energy levels, mood, building muscle, and burning fat. It is responsible for supporting the immune system, bone density, and skin tone. By the time a man reaches the age of 80 he has only 20% of the testosterone he had when he was in his 30s.
Estrogen and Progesterone
Estrogen and progesterone are the primary female sex hormones responsible for protecting the premenopausal woman against colon cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, and menopause. In low levels, estrogen and progesterone are beneficial for the male brain, while too much of these hormones can displace testosterone
The Next Step – The Right Balance
The right balance of hormones helps manage and even slow the aging process; the wrong balance will certainly accelerate it. You can take the next step toward keeping your body at peak condition, your skin glowing and your brain at optimal acuity by working with a health professional that specializes in optimal living and the balancing of hormones. With hormones in balance and healthy lifestyle choices, you will spend less money on health care in the long run, plus you will look and feel younger!