There are different types of hormones produced by various glands for specific functions. Few among the hormones we usually hear about are cortisol, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. The video below gives you an overview of what hormones do and how they affect your body. The outline also provides nutritional support ideas to improve hormone function.
Types of Hormones and How They Work!
Overview of Hormone Hierarchy!
The endocrine system comprises all the glands that produce different types of hormones. It follows a hierarchy wherein the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, both located in the brain, are always at the top. They instruct the other glands what to do. For example, if your body needs more support in the thyroid gland, the brain sends down thyroid-stimulating hormones.
Sex Hormones and Cortisol Steal!
The video explains the connection between various glands, highlighting the relationship between the adrenal glands and the sex hormones. When chronically stressed, the body tries its best to maintain function, affecting the production of cortisol in the adrenal glands. It creates the problem called cortisol steal where the adrenal gland converts hormones meant for the sex hormones into more cortisol. This affects sex hormone levels and may result in to decrease in libido.
There is a way to boost and adjust sex hormones: nutritional support. By taking nutritional products for each gland, the body gets the support to convert whatever hormones it needs.
Nutritional Support for Hormones!
The video includes a diagram of product categories and the hormones or glands they support. For example:
- General support products mostly target pregnenolone and DHEA. These pre-hormones are not very active, but they may help convert the latterly mentioned hormones into other active types of hormones.
- Adrenal support products help improve adrenal gland function. These contain vitamins and minerals, which may give you quick energy release.
- Iodine specifically supports the thyroid gland. When the body has difficulty producing thyroid hormones, a product that contains iodine can help.
- Male support products tap into the DHEA, converting it into testosterone. They also aid in preventing the conversion of testosterone into estrogen.
- Female support products help boost the production of estrogen. They may also address issues such as menstrual cramps and hot flashes.
Watch this Agape Nutrition video to learn more about the different types of hormones:
While there are nutritional supplements that boost hormone function, you can't rely on them completely. Hardly anything beats the old school, natural way of taking care of your body. This means you need to live a holistically healthy lifestyle to keep your hormones and gland function in check. Exercise often, get enough sleep, eat nutritious food, and boost nutrition through quality supplements.
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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. None of the nutritional products mentioned is intended to Diagnose, Treat, Cure or Prevent Any Disease.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 29, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.