Hormone Harmony

Updated: Feb 14

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term 'hormones'? Likely puberty/adolescence, PMS, pregnancy, menopause, etc., but they have to do with SO MUCH MORE.

Hormones, secreted by the glands of your endocrine system (see image below), are chemical messengers that are released directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions including:

  • Development and growth

  • Metabolism of food items

  • Sexual function and reproductive growth and health

  • Cognitive function and mood

  • Maintenance of body temperature and thirst

Meet Your Endocrine Glands

Their role is crucial to maintaining your body's balance, or homeostasis.

➡️ Adrenals - Stress response and blood pressure/salt control ➡️ Hypothalamus - Influences, nervous and hormonal systems ➡️ Pineal - Sleep cycle ➡️ Parathyroid - Calcium and Vitamin D regulation ➡️ Pituitary - Reproduction, growth, childbirth, breastfeeding, hormone regulation ➡️ Pancreas - Blood sugar control ➡️ Ovaries - Female characteristics - Estrogen, Progesterone ➡️ Thymus - Lymphoid organ of the immune system ➡️ Thyroid - Metabolism, bone health ➡️ Testes - Male characteristics - Testosterone

Human body hormones. Image Credit: VectorMine / Shutterstock

Hormones and Your Health

Throughout the entire month of August, we're talking with other experts on how hormones affect your health, and natural ways to bring them into balance in our Facebook Live series, All About Hormones.

Catch our kick off last week, Intro to Hormones, with Holistic Health Coach, Christine Camara, LMT.