We all have male and female hormones, they just behave differently with different balances at different stages of life in each gender. When the balance is disrupted we experience uncomfortable symptoms like moods swings, spots, pain, loss of libido, impotence and menstrual, sleep and/or temperature dysfunction.
Hormones are chemical messengers produced by the endocrine glands to carry out normal body functions. They regulate metabolism, temperature, mood, growth and sexual development.
Endocrine glands are pineal, hypothalamus and pituitary in the head, thyroid in the neck, adrenals in the back at the bottom of the ribs, and gonads or sexual glands in the groin.
These function like a company. Hypothalamus is the master director (CEO) that tells pituitary (second in command) to tell other glands (departments) what they need to do to function. Hormones are often packed into parcels for delivery and unpacked at their target gland, organ or tissue. Communication feeds back up the line and hypothalamus (CEO) processes the information, determining which messages to feed back down the line to keep the balance or “homeostasis” for optimal functioning.
We all know how communication can get disturbed along the line and that is where the trouble starts.
Hormones are processed through the body’s chemical laboratory, starting with cholesterol, which is changed into other hormones, which are changed into other hormones with the help of stimulators and inhibitors. Along the way each hormone is used and eventually the by-products are excreted. There is an emergency exit route to handle excess oestrogens, though this is unfortunately a carcinogenic pathway.
- vitamins A, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E
- minerals boron, iodine, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc
- ATP (energy), oxygen, sulphur,
- artichoke, broccoli, chaste berry, omega3, rosemary, watercress, wild yam
Stimulators of cancer forming oestrogen pathways include char grilling, tobacco and excess hormones from food/environment, particularly meat and even in our water. Plastics give off oestrogen mimickers when heated so be careful with food storage and bottled water that may have been in the sun, even many times before you buy it!
Inhibitors include adrenal support, bioflavinoids, catcholamines, catechins, homocysteine, nettle root, saw palmetto, soy isoflavones, sulforaphanes, watercress, zinc.
We are happy to advise you on health matters and good quality nutrients tailored specifically to suit you.
Lin Bridgeford DO KFRP MSCC ICAK (UK) MSc
Aether Bios Clinic
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