Hormones play a vital role in keeping your cells and organs healthy.
They are the chemical messengers that carry signals to your organs and tissues to help them function properly.Hormones are secreted into your bloodstream via a network of glands known as your endocrine – or glandular – system.
Some of the glands that make up the endocrine system include your pituitary gland, thyroid, thymus, pancreas, pineal gland and adrenal glands, along with the testes in men and the ovaries in women.
They play an essential role in regulating several body processes, including development and growth, metabolism, sexual health and reproduction, appetite, thirst, body temperature, mental function and mood.
Some of the most common hormones include adrenaline, which causes a rush of energy in the body; cortisol, which is released when you feel stressed; insulin, which regulates the metabolism; and serotonin, which helps stabilise mood and aids relaxation and sleep.
Your glandular system secretes hormones in microscopic amounts in response to triggers such as stress, illness or infection.
However, even the slightest changes to your hormone balance can have significant health implications.
So, keeping them in check is vital to maintaining good overall health and wellbeing.
TIPS TO MAINTAIN HORMONAL BALANCEWhen it comes to maintaining hormonal balance, there are a few simple things you can do.
Like with all things relating to your health and fitness, eating well, staying hydrated, getting plenty of exercise and rest and avoiding stress can all help regulate hormone release.
So, too, can cutting out bad habits by stopping smoking, reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake and eating fewer processed foods, refined sugars and saturated fats – although the odd treat here and there can help keep cravings at bay.
Complementing your diet and lifestyle with natural, nutritional supplements can also help boost your glandular system.
If you’re unsure where to start, here are a few things to incorporate into your daily routine:
Eat more protein
Clean up your diet
Eat the right amount of food
Take natural supplements
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