Hormones are something like messengers of information between the various components of the body. No wonder he controls it even more than you might think. They are in charge of managing and modifying literally the entire metabolism. These specific substances circulate throughout your bloodstream as well as to you. Dopamine, adrenaline, serotonin, cortisol and many other hormones indicate now and every other second what day you have, whether you wake up with a smile, sleep well or are nervous. Is it possible to intervene in this complex process? And what does it look like when you have an excess or a deficiency of one of your hormones?
The topic of hormones is purely technical in itself, but we will try to take it more generally. Nowadays, you may have noticed a great popularity around the topic of the hormone dopamine, the constantly debated dopamine addiction - collecting "likes" on social networks. And maybe before that, your GP checked the topic of thyroid hormones during the checkup. Another topic is purely female - menopause, a decrease in ovarian function, when the level of female hormones - progesterone and estrogen - decreases. Yes, we start very broadly, but it's nice to remember that the hormonal topic doesn't go far around you, because it's part of you. And even though endocrinology is used for hormones, it is not just an endocrinological system, it is commonly perceived by the public only as an organ called the adrenal glands.
They are actually all endocrine glands. What does it mean? Endocrine gland - a gland with internal secretion that produces and secretes hormones directly into your blood. These glands include, in addition to the adrenal glands, the pituitary gland, the thyroid gland, the parathyroid glands and the islets of the pancreas, Langerhans and many others.
The best known hormones are:
- Testosterone - known mainly to bodybuilders, gives vitality, strength and sexual desire
- Progesterone - known to women, acts as a natural valium, keeps it calm
- Oxytocin - a hormone of love and social life, a very extroverted hormone can be said
- Thyroid hormones such as T3 and T4 - support metabolism, energy and activity
- Cortisol - triggers a fight / flight reaction, when it is not enough in the morning, a person is tired
- Estrogen - strengthens bones and ensures healthy skin
- Dopamine - a transmitter of nerve impulses (neurotransmitter), for a positive mood
- Adrenaline - triggers total mobilization of forces, tension, ability to act in the body
How to get hormones into balance from imbalance?
We often write this in our articles, but there is no exception to hormones - their proper levels and functioning are mainly affected by diet, lifestyle and the environment. Unfortunately, someone may be less fortunate because of their genetic predisposition. This concerns the function of the thyroid gland, one of the most important endocrine organs. And then there is the most common cause of hormonal imbalance today - contraception. Hormonal contraceptive pills start a cascade of problems from deficiencies of certain micronutrients to disruption of the vital intestinal microflora. They also unnaturally increase estrogen levels. This brings with it the risk of migraines, mood swings, weight gain or higher blood pressure. The endocrinological system in the body can hit the wrong track even if you sleep little. Age cannot be overlooked either, because as it increases, some of the hormones simply decrease naturally.
There are 4 most important things we recommend you do when you want to compare hormones. Let's start with that sleep. Familiarize yourself with the rules of sleep hygiene and revise your bedroom. The basis is to sleep on an ergonomic mattress and pillow, of course, there are clean sheets and fresh air provided by ventilation before bed. The room should be dark, cool and quiet. If you can, avoid working in three-shift operations, which can decide the sleep rhythm and thus the hormones.
Another point is physical activity. A moving body is a healthy body. With regard to a balanced hormonal level, sports will be rather calmer. The researchers found that running too low reduced adrenaline levels and evened out cortisol. A great ride on a bike, swimming or yoga is also great. In sports, endorphins, hormones that induce a good mood, are generally released. This is also brought by serotonin, another of the hormones of happiness that is associated with sports.
A balanced diet and well-chosen dietary supplements are another prerequisite for proper hormone levels throughout the day. The whole endocrine system is harmed by industrially processed foods full of additives. White sugar, wheat flour, alcohol or refined vegetable oils - these are foods that do not understand the hormones very well and you will definitely not make the endocrine glands easier to function with. Instead of the mentioned oils, use virgin, high in Omega 3 fatty acids. These are healthy fats beneficial for hormones. Omega 3 also exists in several versions of food supplements, the best source is krill oil. Foods rich in antioxidants also benefit from a large number of hormones. After all, there are also a lot of antioxidants in the form of a supplement - chlorella, milk thistle, spirulina, young barley and many others.
And buy lots of avocados, coconut products, sweet potatoes or apples. According to studies, these foods are the most beneficial for hormones.
And the last point at the end - put a stop to chemistry containing xenoestrogens. What's up? These synthetic hormones mimic the female sex hormones estrogens. You may be surprised, but you meet them daily. They are part of commonly used plastics, cosmetics, hygiene products or cleaning products. Pesticides, parabens, phthalates and bisphenols all have something to do with xenoestrogens.
So try to choose what you surround yourself with. Do not hesitate to pay extra for eco-friendly products, quality BIO foods and work for an overall improvement of your lifestyle. Your hormonal system also recognizes the changes, thanks to which your whole body is perfectly attuned.
Other supplements for the hormonal system:
- Wild Yam (for women)
- Very small
- Mucuna (source of L-dopa)