The Delicate Balance of Hormones in the Body

GrumpybearStarred Page By Grumpybear, 30th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Hormones are essential to balancing the delicate system of your body by working altogether. That most people don't understand the need for a healthy balance in hormones is evidenced by their lack of understanding when hormones aren't balanced and they label the imbalanced mind as "crazy".Or to be more conservative, a depressed state of mind.

The Endocrine System

The endocrine system include all the endocrine cells and tissues of the body which produce hormones or paracrine factors that have effects beyond their tissues of origin. You can learn more about this in the link included here.

Lack of Sleep

The shortage in hormones is first evidenced as insomnia (lack of sleep). A shortage of the hormone called serotonin is present because the body can't produce enough melatonin to allow the body to sleep. Lack of enough melatonin in the brain is then noted as a lack of serotonin to produce this melatonin. When darkness falls your brain automatically starts producing melatonin from serotonin. A shortage of serotonin in the brain means you will have trouble sleeping because melatonin is made from serotonin.

Melatonin

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland, located in the center of the brain but outside the blood brain barrier. Melatonin production signal regulates the sleep-wake cycle in the paracrine and endocrine systems.
Production of melatonin by the pineal gland is inhibited by light to the retina and permitted by darkness. Each evening the dim light melatonin onset (DLMO) is triggered by darkness.
Besides synchronizing your biological clock, melatonin was also found to be a powerful free radical scavenger and wide spectrum antioxidant. In less complex lifeforms, the only function for melatonin is as an antioxidant, and can cross cell membranes as well as the blood-brain barrier.

Serotonon and Other Hormones

Throughout the body hormones regulate and cause the workings of your body to produce or react as normal body functions. When there is a shortage of hormone production then the body will not react as it should.
What the body eats plays a large part in the production of hormones. Just like supporting a healthy immune system, the body needs certain foods that will support hormones that can be metabolized and used to produce one hormone that will produce another hormone.

Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone

These hormones are all necessary and occur in both male and female bodies. Estrogen is higher in women and Testosterone is higher in men. Progesterone supports the womens female cycle and is important in the gestation period of pregnancy.
But did you know that if you are short in producing one hormone, it could affect all your hormones? In many instances the hormone that one gland produces is a precursor to a hormone that another gland produces. Its a circle.

Insulin

Insulin is made in the pancreas from beta cells that cause the body to metabolize or absorb into all cells the glucose made from your body. If your body can not produce an adequate amount, your body organs starve and all the food that we have eaten stays in our blood making it much harder on your organs to function. Your fat cells can only take so much of the glucose produced. That goes into your fat cells and causes obesity. An insufficient balance can cause catastrophic consequences to your health. From diabetic coma to death.

Regulating the Body

Hormones play a very important part in the correct function of your body. To the way you sleep and react to the way you metabolize food. It can't be stressed enough that your body is at risk as well as a healthy way you react to stress, all depends on the hormones in your body. So it would be prudent to try to eat a balanced diet with precursors to taking in the right nutrients that promote good biological functioning of your body. Especially tryptophan which is a standard amino acid

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Exocrine Glands And Endocrine Glands, Hormonal Changes, Hormonal Imbalance, Hormonal Levels, Hormonal Problem, Hormone Changes, Hormones, Serotonin

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Jul 2013 (#)

Fabulous information here..thank you so much...

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author avatar Mariah
15th Jul 2013 (#)

Very well written and presented
valuable information GB
Thank you
Mariah

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author avatar Trillionaire
15th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for a great article.

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author avatar Grumpybear
15th Jul 2013 (#)

Ty

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author avatar Johnny Knox
16th Jul 2013 (#)

Such an informative article! Many thanks.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

thanks Connie, outstanding information..

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

I meant Grumpybear, thank U....;0)

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author avatar Terry Trainor
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Another great post Grumpybear.

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author avatar Grumpybear
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Ty so much my friends. You Rock!!! :)

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author avatar Terry Trainor
24th Jul 2013 (#)

That piece about lack of sleep is interesting I only sleep about six or seven hour. If I go to bed early then I wake up early, maybe it's to do with high blood pressure?

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author avatar Grumpybear
24th Jul 2013 (#)

no, lack of a hormone called serotonin is responsible for making melatonin and its onset is signaled by the dimming of daylight. Tryptophan which is found in fish, chicken and other food sources. Shortness of that hormone is a precursor to insomnia. There is also hypertension, which I have and causes your bp to rise and so lack of relaxing can be a factor. I think of God to relax me. I guess soothing thoughts are what it takes to help you sleep also. :)

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author avatar Terry Trainor
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Grumpy I'll try to think nice things at bed time, you certainly know your stuff. It is a really great post.

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