Our body is directed by a complex communications network of hormones. Each hormone acts as a signalling messenger and has the ability to control biological processes ranging from metabolic functions, digestion, growth, our stress response and our sexual function and fertility.
This network of hormones is interconnected so an imbalance in one area can impact other biological systems, for example:
Thyroid hormones influence metabolic function and energy
Stress hormone ‘Cortisol’ is an antagonist for insulin (our fat-storage hormone) and can elevate blood-glucose levels
Elevated Insulin can lead to pre-diabetes and weight gain
Elevated Cortisol can impede production of our sex hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Maintaining hormonal balance ensures the smooth running of metabolic processes and supports health.
Hormonal imbalances can often lead to inflammation in the body, which in turn can lead to more serious chronic conditions. These imbalances are cited in wide ranging conditions from cardiovascular disease through to infertility, as well as influencing everything from bone health to libido.
Digestion Hormone Imbalances influence hunger and satiety cues, and healthy weight management
Insulin Dysregulation is specifically linked to blood glucose balance and insulin resistance and is a risk factor for Type II diabetes and obesity
Thyroid hormone Imbalances directly affect metabolic function and energy metabolism
Adrenal Hormone Imbalances driven by physical and psychological stressors can affect energy balance and levels of fatigue, can suppress digestive function, lessen libido and the production of sex hormones, thus impacting on fertility
Nutritional protocols will vary depending on the type of hormonal imbalance. Optimising dietary intake of essential vitamins and minerals can support the body in many ways:
Sustain the body’s nervous system response to hormones
Provide co-factors for metabolic functions
Help with the synthesis and production of hormones (relevant where hormone levels are suboptimal)
Aid the elimination of excess circulating hormones (relevant where hormone levels are excessive)