The following paragraphs are inspired by the pioneering work of Dr. M Hyman and contain extracts from his incredibly relevant and inspiring scientific research.
We are completely dependent on our hormones for a normal, healthy and balanced life. But, when the hormonal system is out of its natural alignment, that’s when problems occur. Hormonal imbalances can lead to a host of serious health problems, including inflammatory diseases, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia and many more illnesses and serious health conditions. Once we recognise the nature of the problem, here’s how to regain your health by getting your body back into balance.
The hormone and neurotransmitter system is yet another one of the body’s core functions that we must address in order to prevent disease and boost our vitality levels.
All of our hormones and our essential brain-messenger chemicals must work together in a finely orchestrated symphony to keep everything in harmony and balance. For example, the hypothalamus and pituitary glands in your brain are the command-and-control centers for all the endocrine (hormone) glands. They send signals throughout the body in order to control everything from your stress response (through your adrenal glands), your blood-sugar balance (through your pancreas), your thyroid hormone (via your thyroid gland), and your sexual function through your reproductive organs.
They also control growth, sleep, mood and much, much more.
Neurotransmitters, meanwhile, send messages throughout the body to every cell, organ and tissue and help you do everything from moving your arm to feeling happy or sad. So it’s not hard to see why having an appropriate supply of these chemicals in the right quantities is so essential to our health and well-being.
Indeed, when our hormones become imbalanced, the health consequences can be severe. There are three major hormone-related epidemics in the modern world today: too much insulin (from sugar), too much cortisol and adrenaline (from stress), and not enough thyroid hormone. These all interconnect with and affect the other major category of hormones — our reproductive hormones.