First things first……. ‘What are my hormones?’
Meet your Endocrine system. A vital bodily system comprised of glands which secrete hormones, all of which have very different functions and purposes.
To be precise there are over 15 glands and 50 different hormones, but for the sake of keeping things simple and helping you out with the most common trouble makers we’ll just be addressing the reproductive, adrenal, thyroid and digestive hormones throughout the course of this program.
Primarily produced by the Ovaries (women) and Testes (men)
Collectively these hormones are responsible for creating life (the menstrual cycle, reproduction, Conception & Pregnancy, sperm production in men)
Primarily produced by the Adrenal glands
Also known as your ‘stress’ hormones these guys are secreted in response to metabolic changes or ‘stress’ and kick in to allow a stable internal environment, as well as enabling the flight or fight response.
Primarily produced by the thyroid gland
These hormones are responsible for controlling our metabolism, our body temperature, how fast food moves through our digestive system, heart rate and programmed cell death (apoptosis). Basically everything to do with processing the amount of calories we consume and burn.
Primarily produced in the stomach, small intestine and colon.
The digestive hormones regulate the digestive system, controlling appetite and satiety and the movement of food through our system.
Primarily secreted by the pancreas
The pancreatic hormones are responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, providing adequate glucose for the brain and muscles whilst not creating a toxic environment for cells by the safe removal of sugar from the blood.
HORMON HAVOC – How did I get myself here?
If you’re feeling out of sorts, then there’s a fair chance you are in the right place! But how did you get yourself here, why is it that your hormones have been wreaking havoc for as long as you can remember and making you feel like absolute hell, dreading your monthly period, having trouble trying to get pregnant, packing on the weight even though you eat a clean diet or constantly feeling bloated and uncomfortable???
Maybe you’re a new mama, a hormonal teenager, a high flying busy business woman, entering the ‘change of life’ or just simply out of sorts but whatever your situation or stage of life, there’s a pretty obvious indication your hormones aren’t quite in order.