All About Hormones

Hormones are chemical messengers that provide instructions regarding the control and regulation of various functional roles throughout the body. 

  • Upon stimulation of the coinciding hormonal receptor, hormones will then travel throughout the bloodstream to various organs and tissues, communicating what work needs to be fulfilled.
  • The endocrine system aka “hormonal system” is that which regulates the secretion of vital hormones and this is done through a variety of endocrine glands and organs.
all about hormones of the body

So how do hormones know where to go?

  • Hormones get circulated in the blood and as they do, they come into contact with target cells
  • Target cells have receptor sites for hormones that are specific to them. These are located either on the surface of the cell or found inside the cellular wall.
  • Much like the lock and key relationship on a door, these hormone receptors specify what hormones are allowed entrance and which are not.
  • Hormones that bind to a receptor will cause change in the cell which in turn influences the cellular function.
  • Since hormones have an expiration date, timing is very important for optimal balance within the body.

What factors influence hormone levels to decline?

It is anticipated that throughout life, many hormones will decrease with ageing.

Hormone levels will experience shifts at different times in our life, but the most tragic are the hormonal deficiencies that begin to occur at midlife.

This is influenced by a reduction in the sensitivity of hormone receptors over time. Without healthy hormonal communication, the body suffers dramatically and one’s quality of life begins the inevitable decline towards disease and untimely death.

Symptoms of Hormonal Deficiency

  • You have reached midlife and something feels “off” with respect to your health.
  • Struggling to lose weight, regardless of diet and frequent exercise.
  • Inability to gain substantial muscle mass.
  • You may feel depressed, anxious or highly stressed over subtle challenges.
  • Sleep may be interrupted. Frequent awakenings with an inability to get quality sleep.
  • Cognitively you may find you are struggling to keep up at work. You may be experiencing memory loss and feeling foggy throughout the day.
All of these are signs that hormone testing should take place to ascertain whether you will require hormonal correction. Luckily those suffering from hormonal imbalances are able to rectify the symptoms experienced by supplementing with certain peptides. Peptides grant patients the ability to increase secretion of the necessary hormones, to get their health back on track.

Hormones that decline with ageing

Oestrogen is a hormone that decreases with age and it is an indication to most women that menopause and the corresponding symptoms of menopause is close at hand. It is critical for women who may be approaching menopause to have their levels checked. There have been numerous studies linking oestrogen deficiency to Alzheimers Disease and Dementia.
For men, testosterone levels will decrease with age. Testosterone doesn’t decline as dramatically in women as their depletion of oestrogen supply. Males will usually experience the reduction in testosterone over a more gradual span of time. Regardless, low testosterone has major implications in the health of a male, in his virility, muscle mass, bone health and cognition.
Growth hormone is another vital hormone that will decrease with age. Growth hormone deficiency leads to a reduction in both muscle mass and strength. GH deficiency has also been linked to an increase in visceral fat deposit, which can be rectified with supplementation.
Decreased melatonin levels may contribute to the loss of normal sleep-wake cycles. The body requires adequate levels of melatonin into the later years of life for patients to benefit from regenerative sleep. This explains why, in the elderly, sleep is reduced. There simply is not enough melatonin to keep the sleep continuing into the night without frequent awakenings. Melatonin has many benefits to offer outside of sleep regulation and should not be overlooked, which you can acquire within our store.

What peptides can offer is the ability to strategise your hormonal influences to suit your needs. Building more muscle, increasing your sex drive and enhancing your mood is all very possible with peptides. Especially due to the fact that peptides therapeutically administered go right to the source – the bloodstream, therefore the liver doesn’t get first dibs. The communications are effectively relayed and the body reacts accordingly.

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