Harmony in the body

How hormones affect our health

Hormones – those little messengers that do so much in our bodies. Do you think of oestrogen, testosterone and the thyroid gland? But did you know that hormones can do so much more? They are the conductors of our bodies, regulating everything from A to Z. Nothing works without them!

They control our development and growth and ensure that all biological processes run smoothly. They are the messengers between our organs and cells. A harmonious hormonal balance is therefore essential for our wellbeing – but unfortunately, many people get it out of whack. But don’t panic! In this article, we look at the causes and give you practical tips on how to get your hormonal chaos back under control.

The power of hormones:
Their role and importance

Hormones are the true master regulators of our bodies. As messengers, they make sure that everything runs smoothly and that the various processes in the body work together harmoniously. They act like little conductors, telling each cell to do exactly what it is supposed to do.

Together they form a complex network, also known as the ‘endocrine system’, which transports hormones around the body and directs them to their destination. Without them, our bodies would be like an orchestra without a clock – chaotic and uncoordinated.

Where are hormones produced?

Most hormones are produced by endocrine glands, which release their substances directly into the bloodstream or transfer them to neighbouring cells. In this way, they reach the appropriate places in the body where they are supposed to have an effect. Known endocrine glands are:

    1. Pancreas
    2. Ovaries (gonads)
    3. Testicles (gonad)
    4. Pituitary gland (hypophysis)
    5. Adrenal glands
    6. Parathyroid glands
    7. Thyroid gland
    8. Pineal gland

 

What does the brain have to do with it?

In addition to glandular hormones, there are also tissue hormones that are produced in individual cells rather than in glands. These hormones have a local effect because they affect the surrounding cells. Organs can also produce hormones! For example, in addition to their main function of removing toxins from the blood, the kidneys can produce a hormone that stimulates the formation of blood cells in the bone marrow.

But that’s not all! The nervous system can also influence our hormone balance by communicating with the endocrine system through the thalamus – the gateway to our consciousness. For example, when we feel anxiety, heat or cold, these signals are transmitted through our nervous system to the neurosecretory cells in the thalamus, causing hormones to be released via the pituitary gland in the brain. The thalamus is therefore the main link between the nervous and endocrine systems, which is unique because other parts of the body are separated by the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain from potential pathogens.

What hormones are there and what do they do?

The estimated number of hormones in the human body is probably in the four-figure range, although only about 150 are known and studied today. These tiny messengers have only been the focus of medical research for a little over 100 years. The functions of hormones are so varied and individual that it is difficult to describe them in general terms. Nevertheless, we would like to give you a brief overview of the most important hormones and the effects they can have in our bodies.

  1. Cortisol – the stress hormone

    The hormone cortisol is produced in the adrenal cortex and is often referred to as the stress hormone. Although this synonym may seem negative, the release of cortisol can actually be beneficial! When we are faced with danger, need to complete important tasks quickly or are in a competition, the hormone helps our body to react quickly and effectively. But it becomes a problem when we suffer from chronic stress! High levels of cortisol can damage our mental and physical health. General tension, high blood pressure, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, depression, anxiety and bone loss are just some of the possible consequences.

  2. Insulin – the diabetes hormone

    Insulin is an important metabolic hormone that is produced in the beta cells of the pancreas and acts like a key: it opens the cells in the body so that they can absorb glucose from the blood and provide energy. In diabetes, however, this key principle of insulin does not work properly, causing the cells to remain closed, blood sugar levels to rise and health problems to occur. By following a ketogenic diet, which uses the eight essential amino acids, and a healthy lifestyle, type 1 diabetics can benefit from more stable blood glucose levels and effectively counteract type 2 diabetes! You can find more articles in our media centre.

  3. Oestrogen – the female sex hormone

    Oestrogens are produced in the ovaries of women and are largely responsible for the development of primary and secondary sexual characteristics from girl to woman. In addition to their role in reproduction, oestrogens have other important functions such as regulating underarm and pubic hair, distributing fat in certain areas of the body such as the hips and buttocks, producing lactic acid in the vagina and producing breast milk for breast-feeding babies.

  4. Melatonin – the sleep hormone

    While the happy hormone serotonin lifts our mood, melatonin makes us feel tired. The production of this hormone, which is produced in the pineal gland, is highly dependent on light. This is why melatonin levels rise especially in the evening and at night. As a result, we get tired earlier in the winter than in the summer. But that’s not all, because melatonin has other important functions: In our blog post “Forever Young – the power of antioxidants for eternal youth?” we look in particular at the possibilities of anti-ageing with antioxidants. You can also find out how our two products Active H®day & night can help you.

  5. Oxytocin – the cuddle hormone

    Oxytocin is released when we are close to other people or animals. Large amounts of this so-called ‘love hormone’ are released during sex. It helps us relax and feel happy. Oxytocin works closely with serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Oxytocin levels are particularly important for parent-child bonding, as they strengthen the bond between mother and child, stimulate milk production and enable breastfeeding. Oxytocin also plays an important role before birth by inducing labour. No wonder oxytocin can be translated as ‘quick labour’. Interestingly, this hormone can also be released by exercise.

  6. Serotonin – the happiness hormone

    Known as the ‘happy hormone’, serotonin acts as both a hormone and a neurotransmitter in the brain and is known to promote good mood, restful sleep and increased activity. As well as affecting the mind, it also regulates body temperature and aids digestion. Interestingly, 95 % of all serotonin is produced in the gut, while the rest is produced in the brain. Together with the neurotransmitter dopamine, serotonin counteracts depression, sadness and anxiety by suppressing the part of the brain responsible for negative emotions, and as the sleep hormone melatonin is produced from serotonin, it plays a crucial role in our sleep-wake cycle. In our Media Centre you will find a fascinating article on this subject (The pineal gland – the dazzling clock of the internal clock). Our products Active H day and Active H night are also the perfect support in this area!

  7. Testosteron – the male sex hormone

    Testosterone is mainly produced in the male testes and stimulates the growth of these organs and the epididymis. It is also essential for the development of the penis, seminal vesicles, prostate and male urethra. Testosterone also affects the growth of body hair and the voice. During puberty, the hormone triggers the onset of puberty and leads to a deeper voice. High levels of testosterone can lead to an increased sex drive (libido), as the hormone plays an important role in increasing sexual desire and regulating erections. Sperm production, and therefore male fertility, is also affected by testosterone.

  8. Thyroxine & Triiodthyronine – the thyroid hormones

    Thyroid hormones, which are produced and released by the thyroid gland, have a significant influence on processes such as our development, growth and, above all, our metabolism. In particular, the two hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine are responsible for important metabolic processes such as the activity of muscles, nerves, heart, circulation and digestive tract, energy consumption and body temperature, emotional well-being, sexuality and physical and mental development (especially in children).
    When the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, it can cause a range of symptoms. While hypothyroidism often manifests itself as fatigue, weight gain, listlessness, feeling cold, constipation or reduced performance, hyperthyroidism usually manifests itself as nervousness, weight loss, feeling hot and diarrhoea.

Did you know?

Acidification of the body can severely interfere with hormone production.
This can lead to symptoms such as weight gain, indigestion, exhaustion, listlessness and other ailments.

What can disrupt our endocrine system?

Even minor disturbances can upset our hormonal balance without us noticing. Symptoms such as loss of energy, menstrual problems, hair loss, headaches, allergies or depression are often misinterpreted and not linked to hormonal imbalances. However, if these are not recognised and treated effectively, they can lead to serious illness. This is why it is important to identify and avoid the main hormone disruptors – also known as endocrine disruptors.

Harmful substances with endocrine disrupting effects

Unfortunately, our everyday lives are now full of endocrine disrupters, from the plastic packaging of our food to cosmetics and medicines. It is now almost impossible to avoid these substances, which disrupt our hormone production and metabolism. Microplastics in particular have been found in all organs and even in the placenta! You can read more about the impact of microplastics on our health in our articles “Dangerous microplastics – our life in plastic” and “A closer look at microplastics”. Although the EU has introduced a phased ban, the issue will be with us for a long time to come, as microplastics are already present in our food chain, water and air, and are particularly harmful to our endocrine systems.

But other substances have also been shown to disrupt our sensitive endocrine systems. The damage is so severe that a direct link between these substances and allergies, diabetes, obesity, premature puberty, increased risk of tumours, etc. is now undisputed:

  • Plasticisers such as bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Plasticisers such as phthalates
  • Pesticides
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Drugs and drug residues
  • Triclosan (e.g. in toothpastes, deodorants)
  • Plastic bottles
  • UV filters in cosmetics
  • Heavy metals like mercury, lead, amalgam

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Harmful environmental toxins & stressful diet

Our thyroid gland in particular is extremely sensitive to environmental toxins and the increasing radiation from Wi-Fi and mobile phones (5G). As a result, the number of thyroid patients – especially those suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – is exploding. Combined with increasing exposure to drugs – including through drinking water, which is often contaminated with hormones – and industrially processed foods and foods containing gluten, this is not surprising, as these substances often lead to massive intestinal disorders, liver overload and chronic inflammation. A vicious circle in which cause and effect are often impossible to separate (which you can read more about in our blog article “Silent inflammation, the unrecognised danger in our body”).

What can you do? Our tip!
A high quality ketogenic diet with low gluten and regular bowel and liver cleanses will definitely help. Especially if you are already experiencing symptoms!

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Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is a neuroregulatory hormone that regulates important processes in our nervous system. A deficiency means that other hormones in the body cannot transmit their signals effectively. People with low levels of vitamin D therefore often suffer from mood swings, depression and irritability. These effects are particularly noticeable during the winter months and in regions with low levels of sunlight, as vitamin D is mainly produced on the skin by sunlight.

As vitamin D has a strong influence on our immune system and plays a key role in the development and prevention of health problems, adequate vitamin D levels are crucial. You can read more about this in our article ‘Vitamin D – the sun’s vitamin for the whole year’ – which also includes lots of tips and background information.

What can you do? Our tip!
Our vegan sun power complex VitaDK plus is a great way to support your vitamin D levels. Its high bioavailability and synergistic composition help replenish your body’s stores quickly. The co-factors magnesium, zinc and boron also support vitamins D3 and K2 for a strong immune system, healthy bones and stable muscle function. Combined with plenty of fresh air and time spent in nature, we believe this is not only a sustainable but also a beneficial way to maintain adequate vitamin D levels.
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Chronic Stress & stimulant foods

When you are under stress, your adrenal glands go into overdrive, producing and releasing large amounts of stress hormones. This is harmless in short periods of stress, but if the stress continues, the adrenal glands can gradually become damaged. As a result, they can produce less and less hormones, which can lead to concentration problems, chronic fatigue or serious illness. This condition can also be caused by excessive nicotine and coffee consumption. The solution lies in healthy stress management with adequate recovery periods, a ketogenic-alkaline diet, a high-quality supply of micronutrients and amino acids, and sufficient physical activity.

What can you do? Our tip!
In addition to taking conscious breaks, for example in nature, relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, a high-quality supply of amino acids and micronutrients plays an important role. Combined with a well-balanced ketogenic diet, you can help your body, especially during periods of stress. From our eight essential amino acids in MyAMINO® to PlastiCLEAN® with its high-quality B vitamin complex to supply your adrenal glands and our products such as Active H® with active hydrogen, you will find many aids to support your entire organism! We are also happy to advise you personally via chat, phone or email!
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