Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including
- Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
Endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells, make hormones. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas. In addition, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries.
Hormones are produced using good fats and cholesterol, so lack of these important dietary factors can cause hormone problems simply because the body doesn’t have
There are many hormones which work in combination-including progesterone, estrogen, DHEA, cortisol, thyroid and testosterone.
Most of these hormones cannot be stored in the cells of the body. They work on an “as needed” basis. They must be made and released into the blood at the exact times they are needed. To keep this intricate timing arrangement of hormones balanced, the body must constantly fine-tune hormone release to keep proper levels.
Because the hormones all “communicate with each other”, if one gets out of balance, then the others try and adjust up and down to compensate.
A hormonal imbalance rarely stems from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the level of one hormone it can cause others to participate and soon throw off the body’s entire system.
Because there are so many variables it is impossible to know what hormones are active without testing.
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