The Top 7 Hormones You Need to Know About
By Daniel Rasmussen EAMP
While your body produces more than 50 hormones that impact your metabolism, body weight, sexuality, sleep, mood, heart health and more, there are 7 hormones that are considered the Hormones Super Heroes as they have critical functions that influence all the other hormones.
Put in context, let us remember the 5 Pillars of Health:
1) Detoxification and Gut Health
4) Fitness and exercise
5) Brain health
Hormones are the third pillar. We need to heal our gut issues and have a balanced diet before we can tackle our hormonal issues. If you are feeling off and you suspect you may have gut issues, ask one of our staff members if a Comprehensive Stool Analysis is the right test for you!
So what are the Top 7 Hormones and the vital role they play?
- Thyroid Hormones, namely T3 and T4. Job: Manage the metabolism of every single cell in your body.
- Insulin. Job: enables your body to turn glucose from carbohydrates into energy.
- Estrogen. Job: responsible for menstruation, reproduction, and menopause; also plays a role in bone and blood health.
- Serotonin. Job: influences sleep, digestion, learning, and memory. Also impacts mood and longevity.
- Cortisol. Job: a stress hormone that regulates inflammation and blood flow.
- Adrenaline. Job: helps you think and act fast by sending extra blood to your heart and large muscles. It also blocks pain.
- Growth Hormone. Job: stimulates growth, cell reproduction and regeneration, boosts metabolism.
How to Care For, Maintain and Balance the Top 7 Hormones
- Thyroid: Take a multivitamin with iodine. Ask your PIH provider if you need one and which one is right for you. Stress managementis important as well, and your Health Coach can give you tips on how to manage stress.
- Insulin: Balance your insulin and blood sugar by eating a no-sugar diet along with healthy fats, vegetables at every meal, and stay away from the Big 5: gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, and corn.
- Estrogen: Your gut regulates enzymes that metabolize estrogen. That is why GUT HEALTH & DETOX is PIH’s first pillar of health!
- Serotonin: mood-boosting hormone primarily produced in the gut. Overproduction of a fungus called Candida can block your gut from releasing serotonin, which can negatively affect your mood. Ask your PIH provider if you need to do the Comprehensive Stool Analysis to see if you have an overgrowth of some kind.
- Cortisol: this hormone’s main job is to respond to stress. When you are subjected to continued stress over a long period of time, your body will continue to produce cortisol, leading to a host of diseases. Work with your Health Coach to manage stress with meditation/breathing, regular exercise, or socializing. Check with your PIH provider to see if you need the Adrenal Stress Index test (saliva test) to test cortisol levels throughout the day and/or supplementation for a while to help the adrenals function properly.
- Adrenaline: Fight-or-Flight hormone, secreted in the adrenal gland and like cortisol, is also affected by sustained stress which leads to an overproduction. Your Health Coach can teach you relaxation techniques that help you manage stress. Ask your provider if you need supplementation for your adrenals based off your Adrenal Stress Index test (saliva test).
- Growth Hormone: aka HGH, a protein produced in the pituitary gland, this hormone is naturally released in bursts, therefore high-intensity interval training (HIIT/Tabatas) can increase production. Your PIH team will help you determine the prescription of exercise that is right for you.
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