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What the Heck are Hormones Anyway?

The word “hormone” comes from a Greek word that means “to spur on”. That’s exactly what hormones do within your body. They act as catalysts to spur on chemical changes within your cells that supply energy and aid in development and overall health. The glands of the endocrine system send hormones throughout your bloodstream telling each part of your body what work to do, when to do it, and for how long. The eight hormone-secreting glands of the endocrine system are the adrenal gland, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid gland, pineal gland, pituitary gland, reproductive glands (ovaries and testes) and thyroid gland. But some other organs and tissues that are not generally considered part of the endocrine system also produce and secrete hormones.

IT’S A BALANCING ACT

Simple fact is, you couldn’t live without your hormones. And you can’t live well when they’re out of whack. Even if you’re living a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and regular exercise, you’re not reaping the full reward of your efforts if your hormones are imbalanced. So what can cause this imbalance? Unusually high stress, insufficient sleep, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, diabetes, menopause, pregnancy and thyroid problems, are just a few culprits. The body has a very delicate chemistry. Changes in that chemistry can quickly produce noticeable symptoms and other health problems.

HORMONES; HAVOC AND MAYHEM

When your hormones are out of balance, it can go way beyond your body feeling “eh”.  When your hormones go rogue, they can cause:

  • Weight gain/weight loss resistance:
  • Hair loss
  • Low sex drive
  • Weak bones
  • Fluid retention
  • Acne
  • Infertility
  • Mood swings, brain fog and anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Digestion issues
  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue

That in itself is enough to make you feel sick.

HORMONES. HAVE A LAUGH

On a lighter side, here are a few fun facts about the 50 or so master controllers of your body:

  • Ever wonder why guys get so uncomfortable when a woman cries? Probably because they can feel their penis shrinking. The smell of a woman’s tears immediately lowers testosterone levels and kills sexual arousal.
  • When you fall in love, you’re basically high. The hormones that are released when you’re first falling in love are on par with cocaine in how they affect your brain. All those hormones have the same compounds as amphetamines, so yeah, you’re totally high as a kite. 
  • Your hangover is the result of drunk hormones. When we drink alcohol, it messes with the job of the antidiuretic hormone. What follows is the incessant peeing that happens when you drink, which is a major contributor in being hungover. So think of it this way: every time you drink, you’re kinda getting your hormones drunk too, because they quit behaving appropriately — like you.
  • British intelligence planners seriously considered secretly administering small doses of estrogen into the food of Adolf Hitler, in order “to make his character less aggressive” and to make his mustache to fall off. No joke.

HERE’S TO YOUR HORMONE HEALTH

In every way imaginable, hormones are vital to your health and well-being.  In order to balance your hormones and optimize how they work and communicate with every organ in your body, it is critical to be evaluated by highly trained hormone experts like the experienced professionals at Thrive Health Solutions. If it has to do with hormones, Thrive knows everything about them. And more importantly, how to get them back in balance. It begins with getting to know you. Getting to know how you feel. Listening to your concerns. The medical staff at Thrive will do a full evaluation of your health history and a detailed blood workup. Based on those results, they will create a unique and integrated treatment plan that includes hormone replacement therapy along with lifestyle changes that include exercise and nutrition. Hormones imbalances are common in people of all ages, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Help is as easy as making a call to Thrive for an appointment now. Make your hormones happy. And your life healthy.

Looking for the best solution for anti aging? Know your facts, Thrive with our solution.

WHAT CAUSES AGING?

Our age-obsessed culture is completely consumed with anti aging and increasing longevity, but growing old is unavoidable. Bummer. But hey, they say 40 is the new 30, while 60 now looks and feels like 40. Cher at 73? Tina Turner at 79? Mick Jagger at 75? They seem ageless. We’re not all so lucky. The fact is, Ponce de Leon never found the Fountain of Youth. And you’re never going to find it in online anti aging “miracle creams”. Gratefully, though, our capacity and understanding of the aging process has left us with opportunities to live vital and active lives far past those of our ancestors. Aging doesn’t mean turning into dottering oldies with failing memories and non-existent sex lives. But aging does come with many physical changes to our bodies.

AGING: IT’S NOT ONE THING, IT’S A LOT OF THINGS.

So why do we age? No single process can explain all the changes of aging. There are many theories; one states that aging is natural and programmed into the body, while another says that aging is a result of damage which is accumulated over time. In the end, aging is a complex interaction of genetics, chemistry, physiology, and behavior. For example, the immune system is programmed to decline over time, leaving people more susceptible to diseases. Cells and tissues simply wear out. Even environmental influences such as free radicals can do damage to our body’s systems. Another extremely key factor is the hormones that circulate throughout our bodies. But we’ll get to that.

AGING HEAD TO TOE, INSIDE, OUT.

As we’ve said, as we age, our body’s organs and other systems make changes. Here is a brief overview of how body systems age:

  • Heart Aging: the heart muscle thickens with age as a response to the thickening of the arteries. This thicker heart has a lower maximum pumping rate.
  • Immune System Aging: T cells take longer to replenish in older people and their ability to function declines.
  • Arteries and Aging: arteries usually stiffen with age, making it more difficult for the heart to pump blood through them.
  • Lung Aging: the maximum capacity of the lungs may decrease as much as 40 percent between ages 20 and 70.
  • Brain Aging: as the brain ages, some of the connections between neurons seem to be reduced or less efficient. This is not yet well understood.
  • Kidney Aging: the kidneys become less efficient at cleaning waste from the body.
  • Bladder Aging: the total capacity of the bladder declines and tissues may atrophy, causing incontinence.
  • Body Fat and Aging: body fat increases until middle age and then weight typically begins to decrease. The body fat also moves deeper in the body as we age.
  • Muscle Aging: muscle tone declines about 22 percent by age 70, though exercise can slow this decline.
  • Bone Aging: starting at age 35, our bones begin to lose density. Walking, running and resistance training can slow this process.
  • Sight and Aging: starting in the 40s, difficulty seeing close detail may begin.
  • Hearing and Aging: as people age, the ability to hear high frequencies declines.

But relax, aging doesn’t have to seem like the end of the world.

SLOW DOWN, YOU’RE AGING TOO FAST.

7 Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are:

You have hair loss—and not just on your head – Seeing a little (or a lot) of scalp peeking through your hairline is a well-known sign of aging but surprisingly, it isn’t limited to your head. If you’re younger and you notice things getting a little sparse on your arms, legs or *ahem* other places, it can indicate your body is aging faster than you think.

You can’t lift the 30-pound bag of dog food into your cart – Muscle strength is directly correlated to how you age, since you actually lose muscle mass the older you get, making you progressively weaker.

Bruises take forever to heal – One important and often overlooked sign of premature aging is that you find yourself healing from wounds and injuries more slowly than you used to. Skin is your largest organ and normally has an amazing ability to heal itself, so if yours isn’t recovering well, something is definitely going awry in the internal aging systems.

Your favorite pants are tight in the waist but loose in the legs – Gaining fat around your midsection is a common sign your body is aging quickly. Add that to the muscle and bone loss that also accompany aging, causing your thigh muscles to shrink and your height to decrease, and you have the recipe for some really poor-fitting pants.

You’re burning through giant bottles of lotion – Is your skin chronically dry and flaky? That could be a sign of premature aging. However, there are other causes, like everyday things causing your dry skin. It can also indicate an underlying medical condition like hypothyroidism. Low thyroid function left untreated can also give you a puffy face, weight gain, thinning hair, impaired memory, painful joints, and muscle weakness—all things that will age you faster than a time machine.

You sleep like a baby—fitfully, and not through the night – Insomnia or problems getting a good night’s sleep can be a sign your body is aging quickly. Often this is due to high levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol rises are inevitable as we age, however, with many people it rises too quickly, usually due to stress. Too much cortisol not only ages you faster but can promote weight gain, lower your immune function, and can lead to many chronic diseases.

Your period is super random – For women, the frequency and predictability of your menstrual cycle can be an early sign of aging, and it can start 15 years before menopause. One sign many people do not correlate with aging in females is irregular menstrual cycles in their 30s and 40s. This hormonal irregularity is important to address since changing hormones can increase weight gain, decrease muscle mass, cause sleep disturbances, and cause your body to age faster, predisposing you to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

anti AGING AND HORMONES: IT’S ALL IN THE BALANCE.

As you can see, there are a myriad of reasons that can add to the aging process. But the one we can’t stress enough, are hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers in our bodies. They flow through our bloodstream to signal specific cells or organs, telling them what to do to keep all our body systems in balance. When they’re out of whack, you’re out of luck. Hormones are key in the aging process. When our hormones are unbalanced, our bodies age more quickly. No one understands better than the medical experts at Thrive Health Solutions. They look at the whole person, aiming to make them feel their very best. That’s why they offer comprehensive cutting-edge treatments in hormone balancing and anti aging. All safe, all medically supervised. When you put your body in the hands of the knowledgeable, experienced specialists at Thrive, you can trust that their hormone balancing, and anti-aging treatments will deliver noticeable results. You’ll feel better. You’ll look better. (In fact, probably your best.) And what could be better than that? Aging doesn’t have to take a serious toll on your body. Call Thrive at (303) 790-8446 or visit here for an appointment today. That in itself ought to make you feel good.