Optimize Your Hormones

Optimize Your Hormones

Hormones are important chemical messengers in your body that control numerous systems and bodily functions. They control protein synthesis and degradation, growth, tissue repair, mood, and body composition. They tell your body when it is time to wake up and go to...
Estrogen & Progesterone

Estrogen & Progesterone

You may be familiar with “hot flashes” as the most common symptom of menopause, but there are many others, including mood swings, irritability, poor thinking, vaginal dryness, disturbed sleep, loss of muscle tone, depression, anxiety, and more. For years, women were...
Testosterone

Testosterone

Testosterone is found in both men and women. Although primarily thought of as the “male” hormone, during reproductive years it is actually present in women in a higher concentration than estradiol, which is the primary “female” hormone. In men, testosterone is...
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

DHEA is a steroid hormone made primarily by the adrenal glands. Although not all its functions are known or understood, production declines after age thirty and declines faster in some than others. It is a precursor to androgens and estrogens. Low DHEA levels...
Pregnenolone

Pregnenolone

The next few hormones we discuss are called “steroid hormones,” as their chemical structure is based on what is called a steroid molecule, a specific backbone of seventeen carbon atoms arranged in three six-atom rings and one five-atom ring. The most common steroid in...
Human Growth Hormone

Human Growth Hormone

Human growth hormone (HGH), also known as somatotropin, is an important hormone secreted in pulsatile fashion by the pituitary gland after adequate melatonin production has been sensed. Although not all the effects are understood, we know HGH has many critical...
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