Hormones, etymologically derived from the Greek word for impetus, function as chemical messengers in our body– they help alert us as to when something is going wrong. Think of them as being analogous to postmen; they carry messages from glands to cells contained within tissues or organs in one’s body.
Hormones, like nearly anything, can be in imbalance. Imbalanced hormones can lead to negative consequences, both physically and mentally. It is first important to understand all of the things that hormones regulate.
You may be aware that hormones regulate one’s mood and concomitant mood swings, but did you know they control your sleep cycle? How about that they can control whether one grows or is inhibited from growing as a youth? They can also activate or inhibit the immune system; prepare the body for sexual activity or a fight-or-flight response; foreshadow a change in life stage such as puberty, parenting, or menopause; cause hunger cravings; and regulate metabolism. This list is by no means exhaustive. You’d be likely be surprised as to the even wider range of things that hormones control, if you aren’t in awe already.
Are you now convinced that you should keep your hormones in check? Read this article to find out how to do so.