Hormones – What they are, why they are important, and how they help you to look and feel younger.
Hormones, in their most basic sense, are chemical messengers. Hormones are released from specific organs or glands in the body and travel through the blood stream to send messages to other cells. All of the
cells in our bodies have specific hormone receptors. The hormones fit into the receptor like a lock fits into a key. Once the receptor is activated by binding a hormone, different activities take place inside the cell.
What happens to Hormones as we age?
Around the age of 30, we begin to see a decline in our hormones. Men lose testosterone at the rate of 1-3% per year, while women will see a dramatic drop in Testosterone in the decade prior to menopause. Progesterone and Estrogen drop dramatically. Thyroid hormone production and sensitivity declines.
We experience a slowing metabolism, a body out of balance. These changes bring many symptoms that we associate with aging:
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Increased Fat – especially around the middle
- Decreased Sexual Desire & Function
- Foggy Thinking and Memory Problems
- Mild Depression
- Aching Joints & Muscles
- Anxiety & Irritability
Correcting a hormone imbalance helps to alleviate these symptoms, restores metabolic balance, and allows your body to function optimally.
When you are balanced, you can achieve the progress and results you work for with your training, nutrition, and supplement use.