Hormones are chemical substances produced by the body. They act like messenger molecules which help control and regulate how cells and organs do their work. Hormones are made in one part of the body and travel to other locations to complete their tasks and keep the body’s natural balance in check. For example, insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas and helps regulate how the cells of the body use glucose for energy.
Hormones are vital to the well being of both women and men. Hormonal imbalances can take a toll on long term health and may affect:
When addressing hormonal issues here are questions to consider:
These steps will help to evaluate and address hormonal imbalance issues:
Healthy fact: Ask your doctor or integrative practitioner what laboratory tests you need to get to the bottom of your personal hormonal issues.