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Are you experiencing symptoms like weight gain, difficulty sleeping or decreased energy? Our first two blog entries address a topic frequently related to these symptoms-hormones. Blog 1 reviews what hormones are and hormone imbalance. Blog 2 will go into hormone testing and hormone replacement.
Hormones play an important role in our overall wellness. They are part of the endocrine regulatory system and secreted by endocrine glands acting as messengers to trigger or subdue parts of our body. Hormone-sensitive target cells in tissues and organs make changes when exposed to hormones. The hormones are broken down or metabolized slowly, but function in very powerful ways. Even tiny amounts cause big changes, controlling and coordinating activities throughout cells, organs or even our whole body. These changes control most major bodily functions, from basic needs like hunger to complex systems like metabolism, growth and development, reproduction, and even emotions and mood.
Major endocrine glands: pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, and pancreas, ovaries, and testes.
Hormones you may have heard of: thyroid, insulin, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Starting as early as age 25-30, our hormone levels can start to change becoming too imbalanced and produce effects like weight gain, insomnia, fatigue, lack of energy, mood fog, anxiety, and depression. Often a hormone imbalance goes unrecognized. We might just identify the symptoms and chalk it up to getting older or stress or might possibly take medications to treat individual symptoms. These symptoms and more are why too much or too little of a certain hormone can be serious.