It’s something I’m always talking about, but keeping the right balance of hormones is one of the most effective ways to stay looking and feeling young.
Hormones are chemical compounds that are formed by the glands, and are carried in the blood to other parts of the body. Often described as chemical messengers, when hormones reach their target they stimulate that body part to function more vigorously. If hormones are balanced, the body is able to do miraculous things such as regenerate new tissue, create energy and fight disease. If hormones are out of balance you may feel tired and emotional and have more increased risk of disease.
The primary goal of natural hormone enhancement is peak physical and mental performance. With lowered production of testosterone, oestrogen and DHEA, we get fatter and flabbier, we lose our energy and sex drive – and our youthful resilience to disease. Abnormal hormonal responses also weaken our digestive capacity. Our liver, pancreas, gall bladder, stomach and intestines decrease in function and we are less able to absorb the nutrients our body needs to restore our hormones to youthful levels.
Anti-ageing experts know that a reduction in the production of hormones is the most probable cause of premature ageing. From our mid-twenties the rate of cell renewal slows, moisture levels drop and collagen production is reduced, causing loss of elasticity in the skin. Women’s’ hormones will begin to fluctuate at around the age of 40 during the perimenopause (the stage before menopause when the ovaries begin to produce less oestrogen). This is when skin changes are often noticed. Wrinkles, dryness, and loss of elasticity can all result from a decline in sex steroid hormone levels.
During both perimenopause and menopause an imbalance in testosterone can often cause skin changes. For example, many women experience a resurgence of acne during perimenopause. The right amount of testosterone, prescribed with a balanced dosage of estrogens can help regulate the skin’s oil gland activity. Women who take a combination HRT program that includes estrogens and testosterone have been shown to have skin that is 48% thicker and suppler than women who do not take hormones.
How hormones can affect your energy levels
- Tired when waking up and when resting.
- That tiring sensation fades away during morning and when fully active
Low oestrogen level
- Permanently tired, all day long.
Low androgen level
- Permanently tired all day long, but more so when doing physical efforts
Low cortisol level
- Extremely tired in the evening, with increased peaks in case of stress
- Tired when standing up
How hormones can affect your appearance
- Lack of androgens
Hollow cheeks, lack of fat
- Low cortisol
Thighs too soft, fat above knees, thin transparent skin, falling breasts
- Low oestrogen
- Low oestrogen
There are some things we can all do to boost our body’s ability to keep hormones in balance, these include:
- Making sure you get enough sleep
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Limiting your caffeine intake
- Reducing stress
- Exercising regularly
But what can we do to ensure our hormone levels are correct? For anyone concerned that their hormone levels could be affecting their physical or mental health and/or appearance, I would recommend blood tests which can be performed by a specialist, your GP or by me. When the results are in hormone supplements, nutritional advice, exercise and lifestyle can be discussed.
So take control of your hormones, before they take control of you!
If you want to know more about how I can help balance your hormones, or any of my other treatments, please get in touch. You can comment on this blog post, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @DrDanielSister or find me on Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you.
Want to read more about Hormones? Then try Your Hormone Doctor, by me, Leah Hardy and Susie Rogers.