Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has been widely used throughout the world to help both men and women balance their hormones. While this article may be more information than many people need or want to know (read), we feel the more you know, the better decision you can make… and here we go!!
First off, all Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy facilities
ARE NOT THE SAME!
Today, hormone deficiencies are climbing at an higher rate than ever. The health issues related to these deficiencies are not being adequately and/or professionally addressed.
Too many times throughout our years in the medical field, we hear stories from our patients about their past “treatment” from businesses promising the world and closing, (and keeping the patients money) to others that are not Primary Care Facilities , offering this service and falling short on either what they promised and/or properly monitoring these procedures.
As many of our patients, not only Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) patients but our Primary Care Center patients will tell you… at JoyRich health Care Centers, we not only want to treat you when you are not feeling your best… we want to keep you healthy!
We are not a spa…
We are not just a hormone center…
JoyRich Health Care Centers is the Premier Center
for everything from Primary Care to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and many other of your medical and health care concerns!
We are staffed with some of the most knowledgeable Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Medical Assistants and Health Coaches in the area. You will not experience a sales person with little or no medical accreditation. When you visit JoyRich Health Care Centers, you will be seen by one of our trained medical professionals. As many of our patients that have been elsewhere before they found us would tell you…
“JoyRich Health Care Centers simply does it better!”
Whether you’re a male or female… If you answered YES to any of these questions… you’ve found the right place!
With our Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) program, we provide a free consultation to all our new patients.
During this consultation…
1: WE LISTEN!
I know that may seem pretty basic but we hear it all the time. Many of our patients tell us their stories of salespeople at some hormone facilities simply trying to sell them a program without having any medical accreditation or background. We listen to you about your symptoms, lifestyle and more.
2: WE TEST!
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is not the answer for everyone. Too many times patients are misdiagnosed by a facility that simply wants to sell a product. Being a Primary Care Center, WE KNOW HEALTH. We are not simply focused on one product for every need. Every person is different and every person should be treated as so.
3: WE FOCUS!
After your FREE CONSULTATION, if we believe Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) could help you with your symptoms, an analysis of your blood would be the next step. This is crucial for finding out what your deficiencies are (if any). We focus on your symptoms and compare them to the test results which analyze Testosterone levels, estrogen levels, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and much, MUCH more
4: WE DISCUSS YOUR TEST RESULTS WITH YOU.
Again, this may seem rather basic, however, many Hormone facilities simply are there to sell you their product. As a Primary Care Center, we at JoyRich Health Care Centers care about your overall health, not just selling you a program.
5: WE CLOSELY MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS.
If we decide, together with you, that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the answer to your needs, we consistently monitor your progress. This not only is monitoring how you feel but actually monitoring healthy levels of Testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and much, MUCH more. Throughout these visits, we will discuss with you the optimal, safe, HEALTHY levels that will help you obtain your goal or overcome some of your symptoms that brought you here to begin with. Whether it’s weight loss, focus, energy, stamina or other symptoms, WE FOCUS ON YOU!
Let’s go over some of the basics. In the following paragraphs, we be providing you with some links to click on. These links are designed to show you information that is pertaining to your needs. As we stated earlier… every person is different and so should the information regarding you be. When you click on a link, another window will open up and this one will remain open for you to continue to read once you’ve finished reading new window.
Let’s go over some of the basics. In the following paragraphs, we be providing you with some links to click on. These links are designed to show you information that is pertaining to your needs. As we stated earlier… every person is different and so should the information regarding you be. When you click on a link, another window will open up and this one will remain open for you to continue to read once you’ve finished reading new window.
The body’s primary hormones – estrogen, progesterone and Testosterone — balance and complement each other like a finely tuned machine and provide for a more positive general well-being. When they are out of tune, the effects can be debilitating . Some of the major symptoms of a hormone imbalance are memory problems, slow down in brain processing, fatigue, depression, mood swings, decreased libido, hot flashes, incontinence, sagging of skin/breasts, increased wrinkles on face and more! One of the main contributing factors for this deficiencies or imbalance is simply a result of menopause.
DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT
Testosterone and Hormones
Recent revolutionary medical and scientific information about Testosterone – Hormone levels has increased awareness and knowledge about the way we view wellness, prevention and the entire aging process including menopause. As a result of these studies and information regarding healthy hormone levels, We no longer need to accept our appearance, function and health deteriorating with the passage of time.
FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT TESTOSTERONE AND HORMONES
DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) – THE FACTS!
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is given to some women whose estrogen and progesterone levels drop significantly because of the menopause. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones. HRT tops up a woman’s levels of essential hormones. “HRT” may also refer to male hormonal treatment.
FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (BHRT) – THE FACTS!
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To better focus on YOU…
Please click if you are a male or female so we can bring you to information specifically designed for you.
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Next, let’s go over some basic questions and answers that many of our clients ask us.
The following link is designed as a Hormones & Testosterone Q&A.
If you have questions not listed, no worries, we’ll go over that too.
If you’ve read all this information so far… CONGRATS!
You are much more informed than most people.
JoyRich Health Care Centers wants to not only inform you but we aim to
provide you with enough information to assist you in making a good decision.
If you have a burning desire to stop reading and start your FREE CONSULTATION…
We will be happy to set an appointment to go over any unanswered questions with you.
If you would like to email us and ask us a question instead…
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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy???
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy? (BHRT)
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the introduction of medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause. Some of these hormones include Testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone which are labeled the erogenous hormones. Thyroid, DHEA, pregnenolone, melatonin, cortisol and insulin are a few of the other hormones that can be evaluated or depleted. Hormones travel through the bloodstream, and receptors on the targeted cells tell the cell to perform a certain action. Once the process is completed, the hormone is broken down and leaves the body. Modern medicine has shown us that men and women with healthy levels of hormones are more energetic, more virile, stronger and more successful than those with imbalanced hormones.
A Hormone Imbalance can cause a multitude of symptoms, here are a few….
Is Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for everyone?
Simply put… NO!
This is EXACTLY why we offer a FREE CONSULTATION to all our new patients. While many places charge for this consultation, we believe that you should be informed by a medical staff, not a sales person, if Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is in YOUR best interest. Every person is different and we here at JoyRich Health Care Centers want to find out more about you and your symptoms, coupled with your test results so we, together, can design a treatment program that is FOR YOU.
If we decide that Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the right path for your overall health and wellness, we will go over in full detail a program that is developed for you.
When starting our Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) program we will utilize extensive laboratory testing along with a detailed health history to assess what hormones to recommend. Our methods of replenishment are creams, pellets, injections and capsules. After reviewing your labs with our medical staff, you will discuss which method is best for you.
Here are a few of the methods that we offer.
Creams: Are compounded specifically for each patient. They are usually applied twice daily and absorbed into the skin. This method of delivery is a slower process and your results may vary due to absorption rate and compliance with applying the creams.
Pellets: Pellets are made up of either estradiol or Testosterone. The hormones are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘Tick Tac’. In the United States, the majority of pellets are made by compounding pharmacists and delivered in sterile glass vials. There is a ‘FDA approved’ 75 mg Testosterone pellet. Pellets have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s.
Testosterone stimulates the bone marrow and increases the production of red blood cells. A low Testosterone level in older men can be associated with anemia. Testosterone, delivered by implants or other methods, can cause an elevation in the red blood cells. If the hemoglobin and hematocrit (blood count) get too high, a unit of blood may be donated. Testosterone may cause a slight increase in facial hair, deeper voices, and acne in some women.
Injections: Intramuscular Testosterone has been used for years due to its effectiveness and low cost. Testosterone suspended in grape seed oil is injected directly into the muscle usually once a week or every two weeks. Your body slowly absorbs the Testosterone into the bloodstream. Intramuscular Testosterone injections are deep and may produce pain, site reactions, or severe itching.
Capsules: Progesterone Capsules are available in multiple strengths to afford dosage flexibility for optimum management. Progesterone Capsules come in many different dosages. depending on YOUR specific needs and are usually taken one to two hours before bedtime.
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Until recently, changes in our mood, erogenous drive, energy level and many other changes were thought to be just part of the aging process. That simply is no longer the case. We can fight back the hands of time! As more and more studies come into the forefront, we are equipping our patients with this knowledge and treatment so they can feel and perform to the best levels possible.
Symptoms of estrogen and/or Testosterone deficiencies include:
What is Andropause?
Andropause, the male equivalent of menopause. This is a real condition for many men although more subtle than menopause. Estrogen levels in women decline abruptly after menopause. With men, there is a gradual decline in androgens, the male erogenous hormones, usually starting in the 40’s. Along with the decline in androgens is a rise in SHBG (erogenous hormone binding globulin), which are proteins that bind to Testosterone that limit the amount and effectiveness of this hormone as men age. As with the age-related decline of human Growth Hormone (hGH), the loss of Testosterone contributes to the familiar “pot belly” and declining muscle tone in middle-aged men. The symptoms of the male menopause include a waning interest in erogenous activity, difficulty in having and maintaining an erection, and decreased erogenous satisfaction, as well as fatigue, depression, stress, irritability, aches and pains, muscle mass, focus, stiffness and much more!
A significant amount of data has been compiled indicating that many of the conditions that middle-aged men begin experiencing anywhere from their late thirties through their fifties and beyond-including depression, abdominal weight gain, and loss of erogenous desire and the ability to perform. Prostate cancer and heart disease are directly related to hormone imbalances that are now correctable with currently available drug and nutrient therapies. Even greater improvements can be made when these hormone and nutrient therapies are combined with lifestyle changes in diet and activity.
Why We Measure Testosterone and Estrogen
The most significant hormone imbalance in aging men results from a decrease in free Testosterone, while estrogen levels remain the same or increase. As men grow older they often suffer from the dual effects of having too little Testosteroneand too much estrogen. The result is a Testosterone/estrogen imbalance that directly causes many of the debilitating health and performance problems associated with normal aging
One of the reasons this happens is that as men age, Testosterone is increasingly converted to estrogen. One report showed that estrogen levels of the average 54 year old man are higher than those of the average 59 year old woman. This is precisely why taking Testosterone by itself, without monitoring the other hormones measured in the Andropause Program, is usually not a good idea.
Testosterone may convert into even more estrogen ( a process called aromatization) thus potentially making the hormone imbalance problem worse. Too much estrogen and not enough Testosterone and Estrogen increases your risk for a heart attack or stroke. High levels of estrogen have also been implicated as a cause of benign prostate hyperplasia. Your medical professional will explain to you the exact nature of any imbalance you may have in your Testosterone and Estrogen/ estrogen profile, and will show you how the Andropause Program will improve it.
Testosterone and Libido
Without adequate levels of free Testosterone the quality of a man’s erogenous life is unquestionably diminished. As men age or experience a lot of stress, the Testosterone levels decrease. erogenous stimulation and erection begin in the brain when neuronal Testosterone -receptor sites are prompted to ignite a whole cascade of biochemical events that involve Testosterone -receptor sites in the nerves, blood vessels and muscles. Free Testosterone promotes erogenous desire and facilitates both sensation and perform.
Again, we feel the need to go over the “orchestra analogy” if one thing is out of tune, the entire band doesn’t seem right. We now compare the relationship between free Testosterone and Estrogen if there is an excess of estrogen, as they constantly compete for the same cellular receptor sites. This is one of the important factors in where you should go for any type of treatment program as monitoring this and knowing what the results mean to your body and it’s performance is extremely important.
Estrogen also has an impact on Testosterone and Estrogen’s effectiveness because it contributes to the age-related rise in erogenous hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds the active free Testosterone into non-active bound Testosterone and Estrogen, and this bound Testosterone can’t be picked up by Testosterone receptors on cell membranes, so it is of no benefit to you. For Testosterone to have the desired long-lasting libido enhancing effects it must be kept in the free form, and excess estrogen must be suppressed. Restoring your hormone balance to a healthy, safe level can have a significant impact on male erogenous , and this is precisely the goal of our Andropause Program.
Testosterone and your Heart
An increasing number of studies have shown an association between high Testosterone and low cardiovascular disease rates in men. Simply put, your heart is a muscle. Testosterone is a muscle building hormone, with many receptor sites in the heart. The weakening of the heart muscle as we age can sometimes be attributed to Testosteronedeficiency. Testosterone is not only responsible for maintaining heart muscle protein synthesis, but it promotes coronary artery dilation (good circulation) and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels as well.
Testosterone and Depression
Newly published studies show that low Testosterone, correlates with symptoms of depression and other psychological disorders. While many patients are prescribed anti-depressant drugs-SSRI’s medications such as Zoloft and Prozac, they both have common side effects of lowering libido. While many patients simply accept this side effect, there are more and more studies that directly relate that increasing a man’s Testosterone to a healthy level increases libido. One study went on to say that patients with major depression, given TestosteroneTreatment, experienced improvement that was equal to that achieved with standard antidepressant drugs.
Testosterone supplementation, the foundation of the Andropause program, often enhances libido, which is the opposite effect of most prescription anti-depressants. And at least one study showed Testosterone and Aging
A consistent pattern that deals with fundamental aging are that low Testosterone causes excess production of a potentially dangerous stress hormone called cortisol. Excess cortisol can contribute to multiple degenerative effects such as immune dysfunction, brain cell injury and arterial wall damage. Excess cortisol can also suppress Testosterone and growth hormone production; the administration of Testosterone acts as a “shield” against the over-production of cortisol.
What about the other hormones in the Andropause evaluation?
DHT (dihydro) is a metabolic by-product of Testosterone. DHT contributes to benign prostate hyperplasia, a non-cancerous but annoying enlargement of the prostate gland one of the symptoms of which is excessive urination in men, especially at night.
The body converts some Testosterone to this metabolite, and we monitor it.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a natural hormone that is produced in the brain, skin and adrenal glands. It is the most abundant steroid hormone in the body. As we age, our levels of DHEA drop, so that typically by the age of 45 we produce only half of the DHEA we produced at 20. Many scientists believe that the decline in DHEA (along with the decline in Testosterone) has a role in much of the physical and mental decline we associate with “normal” aging.
Hundreds of studies have documented the vital role that DHEA plays in the body, but one of its most important roles is to help with your normal immune function. It also appears to have a significant effect on our emotional well being, with one study stating “a remarkable increase in perceived physical and psychological well-being for both men and women”. The patients not only felt better when they were taking DHEA but said they were better able to cope with stress.
Other studies have shown that low levels of DHEA increase the risk of heart disease in men. And interestingly, in one study of men over the age of 40, low levels of DHEA were strongly correlated with erogenous dysfunction.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The Andropause Evaluation
Like all of our programs at JoyRich Health Care Centers,
Male Hormone Balancing Program begins with a
If it is determined that the program is right for the patient, one will be custom suited to meet your needs.
The next step of our Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is to perform a routine blood draw to determine the following levels to compare them to healthy normal levels. There are various levels of testing available, below is a list of some of the more common. .
Each of these items listed all play an important role in how you are feeling, looking and performing. Think of them as an orchestra, when everything is balanced it sounds great… if one instrument is out of tune, everything can seem off. As men age, hormonal changes occur that perceptibly alter physical, erogenous and cognitive functions. The outward appearance of a middle-aged man shows increased abdominal fat and shrinkage of muscle mass; a hallmark effect of hormone imbalance. Decreased sense of well being, sometimes manifesting as depression, is a common psychological complication of hormone imbalance. This is EXACTLY where Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you!
At JoyRich Health Care Centers we provide our patients with an opportunity to overcome these symptoms through bio-identical hormone replacement. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been widely used throughout the world to help both men and women balance their hormones and provide for a more positive general well-being.
Schedule a consultation with one of our medical professionals . An analysis of your blood test results with a focus on estrogen, Testosterone, thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal levels will allow us to determine if Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the answer to your symptoms. Consistent reviews and evaluation to monitor your levels and make appropriate adjustments will help you reach your desired hormone levels to obtain your goals, whether it be weight loss, focus, erogenous desire, stamina, or better workouts.
What effects can you expect to see from the Andropause Program?
Numerous studies have shown that supplemental Testosterone can result in lower levels of cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides, reductions in blood pressure and decreased abdominal fat mass. Most patients also experience:
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In The “Oprah ” magazine…
Oprah stated that she felt “out of kilter” and had “issues” for two years that she suspected were hormonal. Upon a friend’s recommendation, Winfrey went to a doctor who specializes in hormones.
Winfrey writes that the hormone specialist told her that her “hormonal tank was empty” and gave her a prescription for bioidentical estrogen.
“After one day on bioidentical estrogen, I felt the veil lift,” Winfrey writes. “After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper. I was literally singing and had a skip in my step.”
Winfrey isn’t recommending Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for every menopausal woman. Instead, she urges women to “take charge of your health” and says it’s time to “start the conversation” about menopause and bioidentical hormones.
What are bioidentical or natural hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are an exact chemical match to hormones naturally occurring in the human body. These chemicals are extracted from the yam and soy plants. They are synthesized to be identical to the molecules of the hormones naturally produced by women and men. The body recognizes the bioidentical hormones from these plants exactly like they would the hormones produced from the testes or ovaries. It is important to know that the absorption pathway can make a difference in the effectiveness and the side effects depending on if the hormones are taken by pill or topically, as a cream or patch. The body does a better job if the bioidentical hormones are taken topically.
Are they FDA approved?
Custom made mixtures of bioidentical hormones are not approved by the FDA because they are chemically synthesized from a natural plant source and the molecules have not been altered. The pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural plant chemicals, but chemicals that are altered in molecular structure can be patented. Chemists must first alter the hormones in order for a patent to be obtained and profits made by the drug companies. These synthetic hormones, which are purposefully different from the yam or soy plant chemicals, are known as Premarin, Provera and Prempro. They are approved by the FDA because they are fixed, not individually tailored. Bioidentical hormones offer people the opportunity to have their hormones balanced for them specifically.
How do bioidentical hormones differ from synthetic hormones?
The human body can metabolize bioidentical hormones naturally because once the chemical has been taken from the plant, yam or soy is processed in a way that its’ molecular structure is completely identical to that of the androgen hormones; estrogen and progesterone. Bioidentical hormones provide people with the option to have their hormone supplements individually tailored to fit the person’s unique biological system. Synthetic hormones are mass-produced and have stronger side effects than those of a bioidentical nature. Since they are mass-produced there is no way to individually tailor the amounts. Synthetic hormones are made from the progesterone of plants or the estrogen of animals and are not identical to the hormones found within the human body. What distinguishes synthetic hormones from bioidentical hormones is the molecular structure. The synthetics hormones have an extra covalent bond. The body doesn’t recognize or metabolize the synthetic hormones normally and the body may treat them as a toxin.
Hormones Throughout the Human Life Cycle:
(and how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help)
During the process of fertilization and implantation of the ovum, the body prepares for bringing forth new life. There is a symphony of hormones that work together in providing the best possible environment for proper reproduction. And we see the intricacy of this symphony in every stage of life from conception up until death.
There are ten very important hormones that are on the team to help maintain and regulate our endocrine systems. They are: Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone, DHEA, Thyroid, Cortisol, Adrenaline, Insulin, Melatonin, and the Human Growth Hormone.
During their 40’s men and women start to notice signs of decreasing levels of these essential hormones that keep our bodies, minds and spirits in top condition. The balance is complex, with each hormone responsible for specific functions that usually act in relation to the others. When one hormone is out of balance or is low all others become affected causing great disharmony in more than just the body.
Hormones are the chemicals that regulate, guide, start, and stop and maintain most of our body’s functions and levels of vitality. Even some hormones related to excessive stress can be the cause of cell death and major disharmony in the body. As we age and become aware of these important chemicals that run out body it is essential that we educate ourselves about what each one does and how they affect us in every area of our lives.
Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone, DHEA, Thyroid, Cortisol, Adrenaline, Insulin, Melatonin, and Human Growth Hormone along with oxygen, water and blood seem to be the vital components that make us tick. With the help of bioidentical hormones lets tick-tock with zest for as long as we can. There is no reason why we as men and women need to suffer the inconvenient and life disturbing symptoms caused by low level of our essential hormones.
When the ovum is implanted it secretes human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which extends the life of the corpus luteum. This allows for estrogen and progesterone to be continually produced and provides an inviting environment in the endometruim lining. This hCG hormone is seen in the blood and is what is found in the urine to determine pregnancy. The placenta produces a hormone called human placental lactogen, which helps with cell growth of the fetus and the lactation of the breasts. Estrogen helps aid the growth of the breasts and progesterone helps with the lobule-alveolar development.
In women: Estrogen influences the narrower shoulders, broader hips, shorter bones and softer contour of tissue around the muscles and breasts giving women a distinctive form. Estrogen also affects the pitch of the voice, in women the voice box being smaller and hair being finer and more prominent on the head and less on the body than men.Women during this time have a greater amount of estrogen then Testosterone.
In men: Estrogen also helps with the development of the male reproductive system, and specific characteristics being a deeper voice, greater amount of body hair, longer and stronger bones, growth and maturation of sperm as well as muscle development. Estrogen also influences the regulation of the heart rate and the function and development of the brain. Men during this time have the greatest amounts of Testosteronewith low levels of estrogen. Testosterone is responsible for sperm maturation during puberty.
Cortisol: Cortisol inhibits lean muscles mass, impairs the immune system and causes the brain and the organs to shrink. It even causes the skin to become thin showing the blood vessels. Cortisol is linked to symptoms of senility.
Human Growth Hormone: This hormone is a protein that is produced in the Pituitary gland, a pea sized gland within the brain and does its work at night after we are asleep sending surges of growth hormone into the blood that travels to the liver where it is converted into insulin. From the liver the insulin called IGF-1 acts as a messenger to initiate our body to grow cells, muscles, organs, bones and it also aids in how the body metabolizes the food we eat. Human growth hormone drastically drops by the age of 60 and some of the symptoms of HGH deficiency are fatigue, thinning bones, skin that thins, sags and begins to wrinkle, lowered immunity, decrease in libido, stamina and heart function as well as muscle and hair loss. A decrease in HGH also adds to symptoms of depression, anxiety and increased body fat percentage. When people with low levels of Human Growth Hormone supplement their deficiency they can experience a magnificent full body change. Muscle mass increases, fat seems to melt away, the skin gets thicker and more elastic, bone density increases and you may overall feel a greater sense of vitality and zest for life. For maintaining the youthful luster and healthy, vibrant glow becoming aware or our Human Growth Hormone levels seems to be vital.
Major Hormones of the Body and What They Do
Progesterone is a key steroid hormone that is essential for production of the erogenous hormones in both men and women. Progesterone isn’t a erogenous hormone in itself, but is required for the ovaries to secrete estrogen and for the testes to secrete Testosterone. Progesterone is also produced in the adrenal glands of both men and women. You might be surprised that in order to produce progesterone cholesterol is essential. Cholesterol is a fat, which is a precursor for progesterone, and progesterone is a precursor for Estrogen, Testosterone, DHEA and Cortisol. Cholesterol in the body is converted into Pregnenolone, which gets converted into Progesterone. It is very important that one has a healthy amount of the proper fats in order for our body to produce the hormones needed for the endocrine system to function optimally and for men and woman to grow into their full capacity.
Progesterone isn’t the hormone that causes the breast to develop or the testes to produce sperm, but is the hormone required for Testosterone and estrogen to do their job. Progesterone is very influential in the functionality of the human body at all ages in respects to building bones, converting fat into energy, regulating blood sugar, maintaining and supporting a healthy libido and enhancing intelligence. It also plays an important role in the strength of the immune system and is a natural anti-depressant.
Maintaining a proper balanced level of progesterone is important for both men and women. When progesterone is too low women experience symptoms of sleepiness, breast tenderness, weight gain and head aches all affected by the thyroid gland not being able to perform optimally because of the low levels of progesterone. Men with low levels of progesterone can experience fatigue, hair loss, decrease in erogenous drive, weight gain, bone and muscle loss, depression, erectile dysfunction and even man boobs, technically termed Gynecomastia.
When we are consistently over stressed our adrenal glands can become fatigued, because cortisol levels are at a steady “fight or flight” response, which they are reserved for in times of serious emergency. When we over activate the adrenal system we drain the progesterone levels, which is the precursor to cortisol. Managing our stress so that we have a balanced and stable life does more for us than we might realize. Our endocrine system is an entire ecological world in and of its self and cultivating harmony within this internal system is essential for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
When we think of Estrogen we usually reference this hormone to the female reproductive system. But in fact estrogen is produced in both men and women just at different amounts.
There are three different varieties of estrogens, which are: Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2) and Estriol (E3).
Estrone (E1) is produced in small amounts in men and women in the adrenal glands and adipose tissue, which is fat, where it is also stored.
Estradiol (E2) is the hormone specifically responsible for most of the estrogen activity. In men it is produced in the testes and adrenal glands and in women it is produced in the ovaries. This form of estrogen is synthesized from the androgen testosterone. Estriol (E3) is the form of estrogen most abundant during pregnancy and is produced by the placenta.
Estrogen play a key role in the communication of cells and the formation of genes. If the levels of estrogen are out of balance the receptors are not able to successfully receive or process the message to perform very important functions.
In women Estrogen has a great responsibility in tending to the reproductive organs including vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, utter and mammary glands found in the breasts. The estrogen found in the ovaries helps to stimulate the pituitary gland, which sends a signal to the brain to release hormones to aid in follicle development. The egg then travels down the fallopian tubes by way of muscular contractions, which estrogen is responsible for safely transporting the egg into the uterus. Estrogen provide the adequate amount of mucosal secretions lining the uterine wall as well as the cervix in the vagina to aid in ease of transport of the sperm.
Estrogen is the hormones that influence the formation and bone structure in women. Estrogen influences the narrower shoulders, broader hips, shorter bones and softer contour of tissue around the muscles and in the breasts giving women a distinctive form. Estrogen also affects the pitch of the voice in women. The voice box is smaller and hair is finer and more prominent on the head and less on the body than men.
In men estrogen also helps with the development of the male reproductive system. Specific characteristics being a deeper voice, greater amount of body hair, longer and stronger bones, growth and maturation of sperm as well as muscle development. Estrogen also influences the regulation of the heart rate and the function and development of the brain. If the levels of estrogen in men are too high they can experience a wide array of negative symptoms; increased weight gain, male boobs, loss of muscle mass and erogenous drive just to name a few. The more fat a man has accumulated around the mid section will create an environment where greater levels of Aromatase are present and therefore a man will have greater levels of estrogen in the body.
Estrogen is a very specialized fat that plays a very important part in the development of the physical and erogenous characteristics of men and women as well as reproduction. It is important to maintain the delicate balance of estrogen levels to ensure a system that is harmonious in its function. As we age estrogen increases in men due to the drop in Testosterone and estrogen decreases in women causing the gradual cessation of ovulation, which comes with it great symptoms of discomfort. These don’t have to be endured, and can be managed with wisdom and attention to our unique hormonal levels.
Awareness of the importance of these hormones within your body and knowing their purpose and function is the first step to consciously taking charge of your health at a cellular level. This will have a lasting impact on your ability to thrive physically and enhance your emotional well being.
Like Estrogen, Testosterone is a very important hormone in the development, growth, and maintenance of both men and women. Women have lower levels than men, yet the delicate balance of Testosterone in relationship to estrogen and progesterone is crucial for harmonious syncopation within the bodies systems allowing for a fully functioning person at all levels of health.
Testosterone is made possible because of its precursor cholesterol that is an androgen or erogenous hormone. Testosterone is the hormone most abundantly produced in the male testes and is the dominant male erogenous hormone responsible for the development of the erogenous traits, organs and production of sperm. Hair follicles, prostate gland, and testes are some areas of the anatomy that are in greater relationship to Testosterone. Testosterone gives men a distinct body frame, deeper voice, and course facial hair. It is also produced in women’s ovaries and adrenal glands and plays a role in lean muscle and bone strength, energy level, stability of mood, and desire for erogenous activity as well as sensitivity to pleasure. An important note, Testosterone affects the level of arousal and sensitivity to stimulation of the nipples and clitoris.
Medical assisted Testosterone declines by 50% in women during menopause and also decreases in men but at a much more gradual rate being 2% per year and is called andropause. Women with lower Testosterone levels can experience urinary incontinence due to the loss of muscle tone in the bladder. Women who have had their ovaries or uterus removed have greater drops in levels of Testosterone affecting erogenous desire. During andropause men experience symptoms of weight gain, depression, loss of muscle mass, brittle bones, hot flashes, decrease in erogenous performance and desire as well as hair loss. All of which are directly related to the level and supply of medical assisted Testosterone in the body. All men need a balanced level of Testosterone for their body to perform its natural functions and allow men to continue enjoying being men.
There is a flip side to andropause, which is an issue of too much Testosterone rather than a shortage. Symptoms of an over abundance of Testosterone, which can be due to steroid use in athletes are liver disease, low sperm count, aggressive behavior, impotence, insomnia, heart muscle damage, and acne. High levels of Testosterone increase the cholesterol level of the good HDL and bad LDL, which can cause heart disease and stroke. We can see how important individually tailoring your hormone levels can be to maintain a balanced whole body system. Testosterone treatment plays an important role intricately working with estrogen in most of the body functions, each with its unique rhythm and beat.
On top of each kidney are these little triangular structures known as the adrenal glands. The adrenal gland has an outer region called the adrenal cortex that surrounds the inner region called the adrenal medulla. The adrenal cortex with the essential precursor of cholesterol secretes three types of hormones; which are cortisol, aldosterone, and Testosterone.
DHEA stands for Dehydroisoandroosterone, what is that you might ask? Well, it is just this very important precursor to androgen hormones like estrogen, progesterone and Testosterone produced in the Adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are responsible for regulation of water, salt, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. DHEA is a steroid that is found in women and men, but is the ingredient that gives men their unique masculinity and is also secreted in the testes. In woman DHEA is secreted by the adrenal cortex.
The adrenals not only produce DHEA, but cortisol, which is ‘fight or flight’ hormone. When we are too stressed the adrenals get fatigued and have a harder time producing DHEA and so the levels start to drop. It is common during the natural aging process for the levels to begin naturally dropping around the age of 30, but proper levels help improve memory, restore lean muscles mass, build greater endurance, decrease fat percentage, boost immunity, supports flexibility and helps increase Testosterone levels. When DHEA is below the bodies proper levels symptoms such as depression, lack of libido, weakened immune system, fatigue, aching joints and a loss of muscle can occur.
DHEA is known to help age related issues such as improving poor memory, and preventing the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
This tiny hormone plays a very powerful role in the regulation and maintenance of our bodies system, functions and overall health and well-being. Living a life that is balanced means more than just taking a vacation once a year. It requires a daily attention and care to way we are in the world. When we are able to be calm and relaxed this state of being supports the adrenal glands in performing their proper function, which is to produce DHEA so that our Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone levels are also in harmony.
What does your Thyroid have to do with your hormonal health? Your Thyroid health affects every organ in your body. It regulates your metabolism of fat and carbohydrates as well as body temperature and heart rate. Your Thyroid is a gland located just below your Adams’ Apple and is in the shape of a butterfly. The Thyroid secretes T3 and T4 which are hormones containing iron.
Since your metabolism and heart rate and body temperature are some pretty major body functions that are vital to you being alive, it is important to know how to manage and maintain your thyroid balance. The pituitary and hypothalamus send messages to the thyroid telling it where the thyroxine levels are in the blood. When your thyroid levels get too low the pituitary gland produces TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to produce more thyroxine. This delicate dance between the thryroid and the pituitary gland is known as a feed back loop, which keep each other in check, as one decreases the other increases, just like Testosterone and estrogen do in the body.
In a normal functioning thyroid T4 is converted to T3 and everything works great. When T4 is not converted to T3, which occurs with the natural aging process due to the decrease in the production of T4, we get an under-active thyroid known as hypothyroidism. Selenium is the mineral responsible for T4 not being converted to T3. Some other issues that affect thyroid health are: mercury toxicity, adrenal fatigue and over exposure to stress and estrogen mimics like plastics and parabeans, which suppress the thyroid function.
This little thyroid of ours can sure cause some havoc when out of balance. It is important to pay attention to your Adrenal Function when monitoring your thyroid, for treating thyroid without looking at the entire pathology of the endrocine system is like looking at a map through a pin-hole. Hypothyroidism is one of the most misdiagnosed and under treated disorders and is usually found in people over 40. A few of the symptoms that occur when the balance is disrupted; depression, weakened muscles, infertility, elevated cholesterol, poor memory, fatigue and increased risks of cancer. As well as decreased erogenous drive, light sensitivity, head-aches, insomnia, brittle hair and nails, dry skin, constipation, intense periods, bruising easily and recurrent infections.
When was the last time you were scared out of your wits? Jumped out of a plane, or where only inches from being hit by that speeding car at an intersection? Perhaps your child almost ran out into the street or fell and got hurt. What do all these events have in common? Heart pounding, “fight or flight” responses. And cortisol is the hormone activated by the Adrenal Glands and is a stress hormone that protects you in times of danger.
We are in a constant state of stress due to high pressured jobs, overloaded schedules, trying to be and do all. This high stress life style leaves little time for unwinding, relaxing, breathing and just being. This can really take a toll on our mental functioning and relationships, but even more importantly our physical health.
With a consistent elevated level of cortisol the adrenals go into fatigue and overdrive burning up the reserves that are left for major life threatening situations. The more stress the higher the cortisol levels, which create insulin resistance. The body isn’t able to burn the carbohydrates as usual and stores them as fat instead. It seems pretty simple the more stressed one is the easier it might be to gain excess weight. Just because of being in a constant state of “flight or fight”. The elevated cortisol levels also contribute to diabetes, stroke, obesity, weakened immune system, heart disease as well as an impaired cognitive ability. How many people can think clearly when they are in “survival mode”? Our brains are programmed to shift gears and preserve life, not attend to focusing on biochemistry or mathematics or normal body functions like digestion.
A nation of freedom seems to be enslaved to constantly go, do more, and be more. What are we doing to support lasting health and vitality and what can we do to decrease the stressors in our lives? And what is the type of life we want long term? One in which we are always in a state of worrying about our limited health that prevents us from having lasting relationships and lives we all desire? Now that we know about the importance of hormonal balance in our body and its intricate relationship to our lifestyle and overall well-being we can be aware of the health of our adrenal glands and take note if we are living in constant “flight or flight”.
Do you know the meaning of EMERGENCY? When we are under stress the Adrenal Glands produce Adrenaline. It is the chemical that gets our heart rate up, our blood pumping and provides higher levels of glucose and lipids in the blood to be used for emergency situations. There are two types of chemicals secreted during this emergency situation, which are Norepinephrine and Epinephrine. Norepinephrine constricts the majority of the blood vessels in the body while Epinephrine dilates the blood vessels in the liver and skeletal muscles each being prime movers for the contraction and speed of the heart.
There are certain people who experience this rush of adrenaline on a daily basis. They might be known as the busiest, get it done type of people who love the challenge, the deadline, accomplishing the impossible. This type of “adrenaline junky” would be the type of person with Adrenal Fatigue. But other factors such as diet, drugs, alcohol, over exercising, birth control pills, not eating regularly, insomnia, stress, eating high sugar foods, hormone imbalances and just being overworked also have a great impact on the health of the Adrenals and the over production of Adrenaline.
So what’s the big deal about being an “adrenaline junky”? The important catch is that when we are in this fast paced, intense life style we can become addicted to the secretion of adrenaline. Adrenaline has a relationship with the serotonin levels in the brain. We get a type of high feeling from the serotonin, which helps us feel calm, but when that adrenaline rush is over there is a type of let down and a desire to get it again. This can be with work, food, erogenous activity, drugs and even getting into situations that create drama and ultimately stimulating that fight or flight response.
Many people end up going on antidepressants, which help with stabilizing the mood, but like any addiction there is a craving because something is insufficient or low. It is important to take inventory of your life and to see that your hormones and life style have a very intricate relationship. When one hormone is low another compensates. The endocrine system is a system of communicating highly classified information and when there is a break down in one area the messages are not sent and the entire body experiences symptoms of disharmony. What can we do to cultivate this harmony? We can get adequate sleep and regular exercise. Eat a diet that is fresh organic produce free of toxins and additives. We can manage our schedules and take time to just be, relax, do yoga, walk, meditate, play with your children, walk your dog, or just watch the sun set. Laughing is always good too! To think these tiny hormones could make such a great impact on our health is quiet mysterious, but our lifestyle has a great impact on our hormonal balance. Let’s learn how to fluidly dance with the hormones and create balance in every area of our lives!
The Pancreas produces two hormones that work very close together, which are glucagon and insulin. Insulin is the master of regulating carbohydrates, fat and protein metabolism. If we don’t have enough insulin we experience diabetes, which is characterized by high blood sugar levels and symptoms of dehydration and weakness. If we have an over production of insulin the blood sugar levels are too low, which creates convulsions, anxiety and weakness. Glucagon raises the levels of sugar in the blood and works very closely with insulin in its job of maintaining proper blood sugar levels in the body.
Is a very important hormone in the body that affects weight, mood, and blood sugar levels. Insulin is the hormone responsible for glucose metabolism and is the catalyst for the uptake of glucose. It controls how fat is either stored or used as fuel. People who are insulin resistant are in a sense starved at the cellular level. The glucose isn’t able to enter the cells as readily as it could. The pancreas gets the signal that not enough insulin is produced and an overproduction of glucose and insulin accumulates in the blood.
The cells in our body have receptor sites on them, specifically for insulin. When the insulin attaches to the cell it activates other receptors on the cell to absorb glucose-yes, sugar-from the blood. There are people who don’t make insulin naturally in the body. Without it one can be starving to death even thought they eat adequate amounts of food because the cells can’t ingest the glucose used for energy in the brain and the body. People who experience Type 1 diabetes don’t make insulin and need to get it through a pump or shots.
Craving carbohydrates is related to the level of insulin in our blood. When our insulin is low we crave carbohydrates. Women especially before their periods crave carbs even more because of the drop in estrogen levels. Lower estrogen levels create craving for carbs and the usual one is chocolate.
Did you ever wonder what causes you to fall asleep, stay asleep each night and awake in the morning? Did you ever think that it had to do with a hormone produced by a very tiny gland in the brain called the Pineal Gland? The more we discover about the power these hormones have the more we realize how important they are to supporting a healthy balance inside and outside of our body.
Melatonin may be more important than we might know. Melatonin is produced in the Pineal Gland found in the brain, as well as tiny amounts in the intestines and the retina. But what affects how much melatonin is produced? Light and dark which is detected by the retina in the eye. Light from the sun or daylight inhibits production of melatonin increasing feelings of alertness and wakefulness. Melatonin is stimulated when it is dark, which in turn decreases heart rate and body temperature preparing one to feel sleepy.
There are receptors for melatonin in the pituitary gland, intestinal tract, ovaries and blood vessels and they have an effect on our biological rhythms. Melatonin stimulates the release of female hormones and plays a big role in the onset, duration and intensity of the menstrual cycle. Melatonin also helps with mating and breeding responses in animals.
When you get regular restful sleep do you notice how calm and relaxed you are? Melatonin has a relationship with serotonin. Melatonin is synthesized from Tryptophan and is then converted into serotonin, which we know helps stabilize our moods. Getting to sleep before midnight has an important affect on the strength of your immune system and prolactin production. It is suggested that getting to bed by 9pm allowing 3 hours of sleep before midnight greatly improves your immunity and can add years to your life. Melatonin can do wonders for longevity because of its ability to counteract free radicals with its antioxidants.
When we are not sleeping well, are over stressed, traveling and working long hours we contribute to the drop in melatonin levels. The Pineal gland is very aware of the age of our body and as we do age it stops producing the same amounts of melatonin in preparation for death and decay. We can see how developing a healthy sleep pattern and life style in addition with balanced melatonin levels can enhance and support our immune system, rev up our vitality and help keep us feeling and looking young as we age and grow in wisdom.
Human Growth Hormone-Pituitary Gland:
What does the human growth hormone do? Help you grow right? Did you know that if you have too much growth hormone as a child you would experience gigantism and if you have too little dwarfism is a result. The balance of the Human Growth Hormone in our body seems to be very important. Factors that affect the levels of the growth hormone in the blood are diet, exercise, emotional stress and sleep.
This hormone is a protein that is produced in the Pituitary gland, a pea sized gland within the brain and does its work at night after we are asleep sending surges of growth hormone into the blood that travels to the liver where it is converted into insulin. From the liver the insulin called IGF-1 acts as a messenger to initiate our body to grow cells, muscles, organs, bones and it also aids how the body metabolizes the food we eat.
Human growth hormone drastically drops by the age of 60 and some of the symptoms of HGH deficiency are fatigue, thinning bones, skin that thins, sags and begins to wrinkle, lowered immunity, decrease in libido, stamina and heart function as well as muscle and hair loss. A decrease in HGH also adds to symptoms of depression, anxiety and increased body fat percentage.
When people with low levels of Human Growth Hormone supplement their deficiency they can experience a magnificent full body change. The biggest being a leaner body shape. Their muscle mass increases, fat seems to melt away, the skin gets thicker and more elastic and bone density increases. And many feel that they have an overall greater sense of vitality and zest for life.
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