Up one minute, down the next!!!ouch but did you know hormones don’t just affect your mood ,but your health too?
Discover the whole truth From the moment we hit puberty, our hormones seem to rule our moods. the question is how much do they role in your health and wellbeing?
Hormones are chemical messengers that effectively encourage every cell to function and as such if they are out of balance the whole body can be affected….says leading hormones specialists.
Scientists are continuing to discover new hormones all the time (say hello to gonadotropin – inhibitory hormone
a fertility aid found in humans for the first time last year) and in the coming pages we have spoken to some of our most highly regarded experts (gurus) to help you understand yours. The key players are
- Oestrogen: secreted by the ovaries . Its main job to produce eggs and control ovulation.
- Progesterone: produced by the corpus luteum in the ovaries. It ripens the womb lining to sustain pregnancy.
- Insulin: secreted by the pancreas. Its job is to ensure the uptake of sugar from the circulation into the cells (if its not working properly diabetes can develop).
- Testosterone: this is a male hormone but women also produce it (plays a rule in controlling the growth of the ovarian follicles that release the egg.
- Cortisol : produced by the adrenal glands. It ensures you have sugar you need to fight or flee during times of stress…. but too much inhibits immunity and fertility.
- Thyroxin and triodothyronine: both are made by the thyroid gland.These hormones control metabolism and therefore affect weight and body temperature and cell regeneration.
- Melatonin: the sleep hormone. Its produced by the pineal gland in the brain in response to darkness. How can they affect your ……..
A lot of women who are prescribed antidepressants in the years approaching menopause are suffering side effects from the fall of estrogen that occurs around this time.
Its known that appetite is a clever balancing act between two hormones: hunger stimulator Ghrelin, and hunger suppressor Leptin.the more fat your body contains the more Leptin you produce ( this is how weight is kept in balance). Testosterone may also play a role in weight regulation..
women considered to be the prettiest have high oestrogen in their bodies. the gurus believe this is because more oestrogen results in fuller lips and plumper cheeks. Low oestrogen is also linked to thinner hair Now all women reading this article would ask “what can be done” ok we are all aware of the effects they have on us ,but our behavior can affect them too …
Follow these steps to help stop your hormone spinning out of control.
- Maintain a healthy weight: fat cells produce oestrogen and this can tip hormone levels out of balance.
- Sports: have a yoga or a Pilates class which maintain peace and stability.
- Reduce your stress level : as well as raising cortisol levels stress also leads to an increased production of testosterone .This has a marked effect on the skin causing to secret thicker sebum ,which makes spots and breakouts more likely. stress also affect levels of prostaglandins and progesterone increasing your risk of suffering from period pain.
- Black out your bedroom: the sleep hormone melatonin is suppressed by light and even the glow of an alarm clock on your mobile can have an impact on it.
- Get plenty of sleep: we release more ghrelin and less leptin when we are
tired .which makes us eat more .and remember sleep also helps to regulate our reproductive hormones.
- Your mind power :latest researches show our expectations and the way we think may have a greater bearing on the part our hormones play than we realize. Understand your body, know how to deal with it and maybe a quick visit to your GP is all what you need to put your mind at ease.