Daily Habits to Increase Your Youth Hormones and Decrease Your Aging Hormones
On Keeping Hormones Balanced As We Age
By: News Canada
"The wrong nutrition and lifestyle will over-produce the wrong hormones, slight modifications in lifestyle and nutrition can produce more of your youth hormones."
The human endocrine system is made up of many hormones to perform a multitude of functions within our body. Hormones are messenger chemicals released into the blood by endocrine glands to signal another part of the body to react in a certain way. Hormones regulate such essential functions as metabolism, the sleep-wake cycle, response to stress, the structure of the bones and reproduction.
The most important hormones come from the ovaries, adrenals, pancreas, thyroid and pituitary. Though hormones are present in extremely minute quantities, they have the power to profoundly alter body processes.
Some of the most important hormones are:
But of these key hormones, an overabundance of a couple of them can dramatically affect our health and how we age. Our sexual hormones, e.g. estrogen in women and testosterone in men, are called the youth hormones and tend to keep us young looking.
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
- T3 (tri-iodothyronine)
Conversely, insulin and cortisol (our response to stress), are the aging hormones. So, the task at hand is to do whatever we can to promote more youth hormones and decrease the aging hormones.
Some simple steps to follow to regulate your hormones
- Help balance estrogen and testosterone by lowering insulin levels. Sweet treats such as cookies, chocolate and pop cause insulin levels to spike and send hormones out of balance. Avoid sugar and salt cravings and reach for more ripe fruits, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
- Stress hormones deplete testosterone levels. To help increase testosterone levels and reduce stress hormones, start each day with a balanced formula of vitamins, minerals, organic and nutrient-rich foods. Practice yoga, meditation, prayer, or finding quiet, still moments. This will help promote mental clarity and balance moods.
- Eat more soy products such as soy beans to help regulate estrogen and modulate testosterone production. Nutritional that contains a healthy dose of soy lecithin will help keep hormone levels balanced.
- Do plenty of weight-resistance exercises - for men, the earlier in the day the better - since this will help stimulate testosterone production. Alternate these exercises with walking or cycling.
- Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. This will help increase the body's level of melatonin, the hormone that produces a relaxing, calming affect and signals our "morning mood." Sufficient sleep is also required to produce the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which is the super youth and weight loss hormone.
Sweets may be tasty, but be aware that they will spike your "bad" hormones.
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