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Hormones and Your Health

"I could nap all day and still be tired." This was me. My husband use to tease me because I would get 9 hours of sleep at night and still want to take a nap during the day. My head was in a constant fog, and I felt like a spectator of life instead of a participant.

Thankfully when I started studying Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, I really began to get a better understanding of my hormones and how they were contributing to my poor state of health.

HORMONES - From where do they come?

Most of us have a pretty good understanding about hormones. We realize that a lot of hormones are produced in the ovaries or testes.

Women usually connect their hormones with their cycle. Maybe you feel more energized at certain times of the month, and more irritated at others. When our menstrual cycles stop at menopause we also understand that our hormones are what create a lot of the changes that happen in our bodies.

Men's hormones are often thought in regards to their stamina and sometimes their temper. I've heard many women say, "My husband has too much testosterone, he gets angry too quickly."

Honestly, there is a lot more to our hormones than this. In fact, some of the hormones that we contribute to the symptoms above (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone) are also produced by communications between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands aka: HPA axis.

The HPA axis also produces additional hormones, one in particular is cortisol. Cortisol is the hormones that helps us cope with physical and emotional stress. During times of chronic stress health issues can start to develop because cortisol also suppresses the digestive system, the production of insulin, immune system responses and the reproductive system. You can see how an imbalance in the HPA axis and an overproduction of cortisol can lead to multiple problems.