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BioSignature - The Hormone Link Overview

Column #27, 29th September 2007

How much do you know about hormones?  How many are there and what do they do in the body?  This knowledge could help us improve our health and fitness dramatically.  Today I will review several key hormones that regulate systems in the body to keep us in good working order.  Each one in turn will be investigated over the next few fortnightly articles.

As you read through, take note of anything that sounds familiar.  This could be your key to:

  • Increased energy levels
  • A stronger immune system
  • Prevention and Recovery from illness and disease
  • Fat loss (stubborn fat loss)
  • Improved sleep
  • A boost in training effects
  • Enhanced performance

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Cortisol

The main stress hormone.  When you experience stress, your body releases cortisol.  This activates bodily systems and enables you to act appropriately.  The problem that exists today is that stress is acting on us in many ways:

  • Incorrect nutrition and sleep patterns
  • Traffic Jams and Deadlines
  • Emotional situations
  • Over working / Over training
  • Bright lights and late nights

Although hard to control, if this is you, you are possibly disrupting the natural cortisol rhythm and therefore disturbing physical and mental health and immune function.

Insulin

Its primary role is in regulating blood-sugar levels.  Insulin also functions to store sugar and fat and aid in protein synthesis.  Obesity, blood sugar and Diabetic problems are well documented in relation to insulin and there are a number of steps from exercise to nutrition that can normalise the function of insulin and the workings of the pancreas.

Couple these associated problems with high stress levels (see above) and things get even more complicated.

Androgens and Estrogen

There is a lot of emerging evidence in the link between androgens and health and disease.  They are commonly known as male hormones and include testosterone.  It is important to note however, that both men and women require specific levels in order to prevent disease and promote adequate growth and repair.

It relation to this men and women require certain levels of estrogen.  Again, problems occur when there are inadequate or excessive levels of these hormones working in the body.

Thyroid

The master gland of metabolism and energy.  If you or anybody you know has experienced hypo or hyperthyroidism, you will have witnessed the effects that imbalances in thyroid hormones can have on human function.  If we can control the function of the thyroid gland then we can aid our well being in many ways.

Growth Hormone

If you have problems sleeping or often have interrupted sleep from waking babies or shift work, then your growth hormone may not be able to perform efficiently.  This is important because GH is a major regulator of growth until adulthood, and continues to contribute to growth and repair into adulthood.  Extremely important for those of us who wish to remain strong and healthy and reach new performance goals all through life.

If you need any more evidence to support the immense influence that hormones can have on the body, just consider the muscle-gaining effect of the anabolic steroid or the changes caused by hormonal fluctuations during menopause.

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Jack Walton
Written on Friday, 26 November 2010 15:15 by Jack Walton

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