Hormones are special chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. These messengers control most major bodily functions, from simple basic needs like hunger to complex systems like reproduction, and even the emotions and mood.
Main, most familiar hormone producing glands:
- Pancreas: This gland produces the insulin that helps control blood sugar levels.
- Thyroid: The thyroid produces hormones associated with calorie burning and heart rate.
- Adrenal: Adrenal glands produce the hormones that control sex drive and cortisol, the stress hormone.
For women, estrogen is the main sex hormone. It causes puberty, prepares the body for pregnancy and regulates the menstrual cycle. During menopause, estrogen level changes cause the symptoms women experience.
Testosterone is the man’s equivalent, causing puberty, hair growth and causing muscle mass.
What’s important to understand is that when in harmony, hormones are essential to the rhythm of our bodies but just the slightest offset of these necessary powerhouses can cause serious issues