People, especially women, have this common habit of putting the blame on hormones when something strange occurs to their bodies as well with their actions, emotions, and desires. Maybe they’re right but do they really know how these hormones can affect the body? And do they have any idea of how each hormone is called? Well, blaming the hormonal imbalance has been a long-time practice instead of something that people should know about.
Hormones are chemical substances that perform a very important function in the body. They are figuratively called the body’s software for they make sure that everything runs smoothly. So when a hormone is out of whack, suppose that something wrong or unusual is about to happen.
It may surprise you but there are actually fifty (50) names of hormones in the human body. This means that they’re not only found in a single system but in the entire body as well. Get to know some of these hormones and how they function and affect your body.
Have you ever wonder why people fall asleep? Not only because we’re humans and humans do fall asleep but also because people have these sleep-promoting hormone called Melatonin that drives the body to sleep. There are times when people get sleep deprived due to certain reasons and when that happens, the body finds it difficult to regain the strength and go back on track. This affects your hormone and hormone affects the body at the same time.
You need to catch up on sleep to repay the amount of energy you lost and amount of sleep time you missed. If sleeping becomes a problem, try to turn off all light-emitting devices, cover your windows, or put an eye mask to help you recover some sleep. It also helps if you avoid super tight clothes that trigger the reduction of melatonin production in the body.
Also known as the stress hormone, cortisol is the one to blame when feelings of too much loneliness and anxiety suddenly occur. Unlike the negative result of the reduced production of melatonin, less production works a way better for cortisol.
The amount of cortisol increases when the hypothalamus transfers the stress hormone to the bloodstreams. The process gives you an abnormal heartbeat and increases the oxygen to your brain, causing you either despair or panic feeling.
The best way to get through this is to practice a healthy lifestyle by eating the right way and working out for 40 minutes every day. Getting a balanced exercise is tricky so never go beyond a 40-minute workout to avoid the surge of cortisol.
● Estrogen and Progesterone
The estrogen and progesterone in females are the sex hormones that help balance your menstrual cycle and fertility and make pregnancy more possible. However, the study shows that pregnancy is not always influenced by these hormones alone. Other hormonal imbalance can also create an impact on missed fertility and pregnancy cases.
For example, women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS are more prone to infertility due to excess amount of active hormones and increased androgens or male sex hormones such as testosterone which gives them facial and body hair that is more likely of men’s features. This case requires diagnosis and other medical imaging procedures for this may be at risk for diabetes (type 2) and high cholesterol.
Also, odd levels of sex hormones can also cause severe pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), irritability, acne breakout, and depression.
The Serotonin hormone is your happy pill. It regulates your mood, memory, appetite, and well-being. Given that this hormone is widely spread in different parts of the body, it is known for a variety of functions but its contribution to well-being and happiness is on top of them. Studies are still vague but a less production of serotonin can cause depression and the other way around. You can help your body gain more serotonin hormones by having a balanced diet and regular exercise.
By: Sarah Contreras
Sarah is a lifestyle blogger by heart and by profession. She currently writes for a digital marketing firm. What motivates Sarah to keep writing is her passion of providing information to all readers out there