ALL ABOUT HORMONES

Our hormones help create homeostasis within our bodies. They are responsible for many of our everyday functions including growth, reproduction, metabolism digestion, and repair, to name just a few. The nervous system sends information to the endocrine system (the hormonal system). The endocrine glands then secrete specific instructions via hormones through the bloodstream like a messenger service. These natural chemical ‘messengers ’travel throughout the body to various tissues and organs. Each messenger holds a particular key (receptors) which can only communicate with and unlock the correct ‘door’ (target cell) within a particular timeframe. The hormone binds itself to the cell wall which then opens itself up to a cellular change.

WHAT FACTORS INFLUENCE HORMONE LEVELS TO DROP?

The endocrine glands secrete the “hormones” into the body.
All of these glands are in charge of specific jobs within the cells and organs with which the hormones communicate.
The Hypothalamus
The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland are both located in the brain. The hypothalamus is responsible for producing hormones such as our growth hormone. This is responsible for our bone length (including our height) and our muscle growth. As we age this hormone decreases and therefore our muscle mass and strength also decreases. The hypothalamus continues to produce hormones throughout our lives however the response of the glands in the endocrine system changes and inevitably begins to slow at middle age.
The Pituitary Gland
The pituitary gland also produces hormones and stores them. This gland reaches its maximum size by middle age, but from there it begins to decrease in size thus reducing its potential.
The Pineal Gland
The pineal gland hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle is melatonin. Melatonin levels suffer a decrease with age, and this may contribute to the reduction in quality restorative sleep in the aged. Without this quality sleep, age degeneration occurs more rapidly. If you have ever wondered why the elderly experience reduced sleep time, this is due to the reduced melatonin being secreted.  Unfortunately there just isn’t enough being produced for sleep to continue all night, and this results in frequent awakenings.
Aldosterone
Aldosterone regulates fluids and electrolytes in our bodies. Dehydroepiandrosterone most well-known function is its involvement with the synthesis of estrogen and androgen sex hormones. As men approach midlife, their testosterone levels begin to decrease. This happens in the female gender as well with their levels of estradiol and oestrogen being compromised. This is the time we call menopause or ‘andropause’ in males. Many of the symptoms of menopause can be directly linked to hormonal activity or dysfunction.
The Pancreas
The pancreas produces insulin. Insulin helps transport sugar from our bloodstream to the cells where it is used for energy. When we age our cells become less receptive to insulin, and this may lead to health issues such as diabetes.
The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands produce cortisol,  aldosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone. Cortisol is the ‘stress response’ hormone. It helps with inflammation, allergies and helps break down fats, glucose, and protein.
The Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland, which controls our metabolism can be affected in many ways, and if the thyroid hormone levels rise too high, cardiovascular problems can ensue. It is always important to get thyroid levels checked at the doctors.
The Parathyroid Gland
The parathyroid gland produces hormones which affect the calcium and phosphate levels in our bodies. As we get older this gland provides higher levels of these hormones which can lead to a bone disease called osteoporosis.
Hormonal imbalances can occur at any time for varying reasons;
Midlife is possibly the only time when we understand that these important hormones are not as they were.

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING TO ME?

Studies show that hormonal imbalance can be modified by using specific peptides.
Individuals are now able to improve their health by implementing these peptide hormones into their health regime, to increase hormonal secretion.
Peptides have the unique ability to affect the glandular secretion of specific hormones.
This means that peptides can ‘instruct’ the body to ‘build lean muscle’ or ‘release fat stores’.
The supplement section will further outline some of the peptide treatments. Qualified registrants can access further information on this peptide site.
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HOW CAN PEPTIDES CHANGE HOW THE HORMONES WORK IN MY BODY?

Peptides can infiltrate the messaging system of hormones to influence / instruct specific cells. Issues such as building more muscle, increasing your sex drive and enhancing your mood are examples of messages that can be prioritised. Peptides are therapeutically administered so that they go directly into the bloodstream which takes away any chance of them going straight to the liver. The communications are then relayed efficiently to the correct messenger, key, and lock and the body open its doors to the optimum health you deserve.