The word “hormones”, probably makes you think about the changes in our bodies as we developed from teenagers to young men and women. If you’re a woman, you’re also very well aware of the part hormones play during your menstrual cycle.
Hormones are powerful and have many important functions. They are chemical messengers sent out by glands such as the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands to cells throughout our entire system. They contribute to imperative processes such as:
Activating or suppressing the immune system
Controlling the reproductive cycle
Stimulating or inhibiting the growth of cells
Regulating the metabolism
Signaling other glands to produce their own hormones
Hormone levels are the highest when we are in our mid-twenties and then they begin to slowly decline. When we reach our 40s and 50s, our minds and bodies start to decline. This is when we start to see the early signs of premature aging.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can reverse the harmful effects of premature aging by restoring the following key hormones:
• Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a pea-sized organ that is produced by the pituitary gland. It resides at the base of the brain. HGH is one of the most important hormones in regulating how our cells reproduce, grow and regenerate. HGH increases lean muscle mass, energy and sex drive when it is restored to healthy levels. It also helps to fight insomnia and aids with weight loss.
• Testosterone is primarily known as a male hormone. In men, it is produced by the testes. For men, testosterone is the hormone of reproductive health, puberty, sex drive and increased bone and muscle mass. In women, testosterone is produced by the ovaries. Testosterone’s effects are similar in women by increasing sex drive and by reducing bone loss as well as lessening the severity of menopausal symptoms.
• Estrogen is primarily known as a female hormone. In women, it is produced in the ovaries. During pregnancy, it is produced by the placenta. For women, estrogen is the hormone of vaginal lubrication, puberty, menstruation and pregnancy. It serves many important functions such as maintaining healthy blood vessels and sustaining the thickness of the vaginal wall. Estrogen is also instrumental in bone formation. Men are no stranger to estrogen. They also produce estrogen but they use it in much smaller quantities. Estrogen Replacement Therapy works to prevent obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and other severe health risks.
• Progesterone has been referred to as the “hormone of pregnancy.” However, it serves many vital functions in both men and women by reducing inflammation and regulating the immune system. Progesterone is a “Neurosteroid” which defends the nervous system and may improve cognitive abilities. Progesterone Replacement Therapy is believed to play an important role in preventing endometrial cancer in women and reducing susceptibility to diabetes.