Apothecai’s Hormone Guide
Over the past several decades, hormones have found their way into daily conversations among women and men of all ages. You will not be surprised to learn that your sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) are responsible for your moods and social behaviors alongside your reproductive health. After all, from puberty to menopause, girls and women refer to moody phases of their cycles as “feeling hormonal.”
And if you have ever been in a male-dominated classroom or activity, you may hear someone say, “Sure is a lot of testosterone in the room!” While testosterone is commonly associated with aggression and rambunctious energy, this hormone (found in both males and females) has been largely misunderstood. Testosterone influences self-esteem, the ability to assert ourselves, energy, optimism and, of course, libido.
Beyond these three sex hormones responsible for social identity and emotional responses, there are well-known players that influence mood and brain chemistry including oxytocin, serotonin, melatonin and adrenaline. These mood-affecting hormones can make or break your day.
What exactly is a hormone?
Akin to an email or radio signal in the body, hormones are chemical messengers that control the majority of our body’s systems. Produced in the endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating metabolism, heart rate, growth and development, mood, sexual function, sleep, and nutrition (to name a few), hormonal balance is essential for energetic, emotional and physical well-being. According to Alisa Vitti, the author of author of Woman Code, “Not only do hormones tell all the systems of your body what to do—kidneys, liver, metabolism, digestion, nervous system, reproductive organs—they also have an impressive second job: self-regulation.”
The intricate balance of your hormones affects everything from your moods and energy to your reproductive health.
FEMALE SEX HORMONE: ESTROGEN
Found in both males and females, estrogen regulates menstrual cycles, maintains pregnancy and helps to promote bone health. In males, estrogen helps with libido and maturation of sperm.
THE HAPPY HORMONE: PROGESTERONE
The drop in progesterone before a woman’s menstrual cycle causes PMS symptoms and triggers the period. When a woman becomes pregnant, progesterone rises to support the pregnancy.
THE SEX AND POWER HORMONE: TESTOSTERONE
It’s important to note that power is not the same thing as aggression or domineering behavior. Testosterone strengthens dominant personality traits that promote social behavior in humans, including kindness, compassion, honesty and respect. Responsible for male sexual reproduction, testosterone is found in both males and females; it helps with libido (in males and females), muscle strength, bone density, energy and self-esteem.
THE LOVE or CUDDLE HORMONE: OXYTOCIN
Oxytocin is released when people become close with touch or socially, emitting positive feelings that help humans to bond. This powerful hormone also plays a role in sexual reproduction (the feel-good aspects of this hormone can support healthy intercourse) and childbirth.
THE CALMING, FEEL-GOOD HORMONE: SEROTONIN
Although serotonin is regularly considered a neurotransmitter, some professionals still refer to it as a hormone; it affects our moods and sense of well-being. In fact, low serotonin levels are linked to depression. Beyond our emotional responses, serotonin affects social behavior, metabolism, libido, sleep cycles and memory.
THE SLEEP REGULATOR HORMONE: MELATONIN
Melatonin helps to control our circadian rhythm, including sleep cycles and wake cycles. Melatonin is widely available, used to help people who are experiencing trouble with sleep and even insomnia.
THE EXCITEMENT HORMONE: ADRENALINE
Adrenaline surges through the body in response to stress and threats (perceived or real) providing a short-term rush or high. This powerful hormone increases blood flow and breathing, and getting the muscles ready for action. An essential part of human survival, adrenaline is a critical component of our fight or flight response system. Too much adrenaline too often can lead to adrenal burnout, leaving us with extreme fatigue and health problems.
BALANCE YOUR HORMONES
“The only way your hormones can achieve balance is if your body does the job—and only if you safeguard and nurture it, with every meal and habit, every day, to optimize endocrine function.”
While we may not be able to control who has the most testosterone or estrogen in the room, we can strive to find balance within ourselves. Balanced hormones are responsible for stable moods, positive behaviors, abundant energy, healthy metabolisms, and our general sense of wellbeing. Without a doubt, we all benefit from hormonal balance.
So what can you do? We live in a world where hormonal balance is no longer the norm. Synthetic hormones in food and beauty products, alongside heavy stress, loads wreak havoc on our intricate hormonal balance. Luckily, dedicated professionals have researched and discovered powerful herbal supplements that bring our bodies back into balance, naturally.
Use our herbal blends daily alongside a diet of whole, nutritious foods, joyful movement, healthy social connection and regular sleep for maximum benefit. Stabilize your moods with our top remedies for hormonal balance in men and women during reproductive years and beyond. These powerful blends were created by doctors to support your hormonal balance and overall health.
“The secret to thriving is the knowledge that we are never simply victims of our bodies. It’s very reassuring to know that we all have within us the ability to heal from anything and go on to live joy-filled lives.”
We created BLOOMING HEALTH for endocrine support. If you want a quick refresher― the endocrine system is a series of glands that produce hormones responsible for balance in areas from metabolism, growth, tissue function, and sex drive to reproductive health, sleep, and spirit. Our ingredients work together to maintain healthy hormone balance in reproductive-age women.* Royal jelly, chaste tree, blue cohosh, and licorice extracts are hormone regulators; medicinal mushrooms and eluthero root, along with powerful royal jelly, are linked to enhancing energy and overall health. Alfalfa leaf provides mineral and nutrient support for healthy estrogen levels and bone density.*
<< Read more: Balance Your Hormones For a Pain-Free Period >>
“Masculinity is not something given to you, something you’re born with, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.”
This blend contains ingredients known to support your prostate, provide hormonal balance, and enhance overall vitality.* MEN’S VITALITY is a powerful blend of vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals combined to bring focused support to the areas where men need it most. Taken daily, this formula promotes vitality, stamina, immune support, and overall health throughout all stages of a man’s life. Men’s Vitality uses four targeted herbal-nutrient blends to support metabolic and endocrine functions, cardiovascular health, prostate health, detoxification and a healthy liver.
Photo by Pim Chu via Unsplash
- Men's Health,
- Self Care,
- Sexual Health,
- Women's Health,