Hormones- What effect do they have on the body and the nervous system?

We all know about estrogen and it is the main hormone in a woman's body. The greater production of this hormone is in the ovaries although the rest (small amounts are produced in the adrenal glands) and body fat cells. Interestingly enough when pregnant the placenta also makes estrogen. Estrogen plays a big role in reproduction and sexual development.

Have you listened to your body after birth? Even without birthing a child, you can experience symptoms that are related to high or low estrogen levels.

Most of us have experienced its effects on the brain, cardiovascular, hair, skin, nails, urinary tract, and musculoskeletal system. How so?

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body and they have their own endocrine network that has a communication system through receptors from the brain. It is known as its own hormonal signaling pathways.

The dysregulation of the body's other hormones, ei: adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol- contributes to immunity and impaired blood-sugar metabolism, inflammation, and cellular damage. Particularly the cells in our skin, hair, and nails are directly impacted by the dysregulation of disruptive hormones. High levels of estrogen are known also to create water retention in some women.

In the last few years have you or someone you know, experienced brain fog and inflammation in any part of your body?

This could be linked to not enough production of a hormone in the body and disruption in hormone function. Having too much estrogen can result in aggressive behavior and a decline in sex drive amongst other things. A decrease in estrogen can lead to brain fog.

Sleeping is a huge part of our hormone balance as well as the hormone that plays a big part in our sleep which is progesterone. Progesterone is one compound released by the ovaries that help you sleep. Not enough progesterone production can also lead to irregular menstrual periods and in pregnancy, a drop in this hormone can result in a miscarriage.

When a person does get their 7-8 hour of daily sleep, melatonin which is another hormone that helps us sleep is not being produced which leads to a reckless nervous system and inflammation in the body.

Balancing hormones is extremely important to help our body feel energized and have a strong

immune system.

What are you doing to balance your hormones?

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