We all have a basic idea of what hormones are…
They give women boobs and men ….. big socks, they can cause moodiness and can make men cry when they lose a football match. But Hormones are so much more than that.
They regulate metabolism (how fast or slow we burn food for energy), they are in involved in immune regulation, they can stimulate growth or inhibit it, increase and decrease hunger and they can control your ability to conceive.
Our sex hormones determine our different male and female characteristics and our reproductive capabilities. Androgens are the male hormones (testosterone, DHT, androstenedione, and DHEA) and these give men and women male characteristics.
Oestrogen and progesterone are hormones needed to create female sexual characteristics and to support a pregnancy. Both sexes need varying amounts of each but an imbalance of either may cause problems.
PCOS in women can be a result of too high of levels of androgens causing male pattern balding, acne, infertility and facial hair. Too much oestrogen in men can cause low sex drive, fertility issues, man boobs or cancer.
Ability to detoxify these sex hormones is also critical as too many circulating hormones may result in the growth of cancers and other hormonal diseases (Muti et al). This is why adequate functioning your liver and your body’s ability to detoxify is so important.
Your external environmental (plastics, pesticides, PCBs and Phthalates) can also add to your livers workload. The more work it is handed the less it can do. The more it is worked the more tired and sloppy it may eventually get.
Sex hormones are only one part of the hormonal (endocrine) system. This complex system also needs to control your metabolism (thyroid hormones), stress levels (cortisol) and blood sugar levels (insulin). All these functions are critical to our survival and so our endocrine system carries out all these tasks first before even considering having a baby.
It is so important that we look at all the different areas of our health and bodies so that we can then turn our focus onto starting a family.
If you suffer from any one or a number of the following it is likely you have some hormonal imbalance:
Fat around the middle
Unexplained weight loss
The Food Fitness Fertility Course contains all the nutritional requirements needed to promote healthy blood sugar levels, optimal liver function, balanced hormones and support the manufacture of sex hormones in the appropriate ratios. These nutritional interventions along with our exercise programme combine diet and lifestyle to optimise your chances of starting your family.