What Makes Hormones So Important?
Hormones get such a bad rap. While they’re an essential part of everyone’s life, usually the only time you hear about them is because they’re out of balance and wreaking havoc, with a couple of the common culprits being Estrogen and Testosterone. But they play a major role in everything from regulating our circadian rhythms (much appreciated, Melatonin) to stimulating our appetite (thank you kindly, Ghrelin). In the end, it’s the balanced combination of a long list of hormones and all of their multiple functions that keep the human body operating smoothly and on track. So it’s no surprise that not feeling well or acting “weird,” so to speak, may often be traced back to your hormones acting the same way.
It's All About Hormonal Balance
It can actually seem like hormones do everything, or at least have a hand in everything. They play a part in reproduction, growth, digestion - you name it and they are probably involved with it somewhere along the way. Many hormones we’re relatively familiar with, both their name and their general function. For instance, adrenaline (known formally as Epinephrine) triggers your “fight or flight” response in times of emergency or threat and could potentially save your life. Insulin is a direct response to glucose levels in the body and an imbalance there is common. Too much insulin and you could experience dizziness or disorientation, too little of it and you may end up with diabetes.
Like Ghrelin mentioned above, other perhaps not quite as well known, but still incredibly important, hormones include Prolactin (a key player in lactation and also a few hundred other roles in the human body), and Cholecystokinin (helps with digestion and also curtails your appetite). An imbalance of either of these two hormones can create a huge difference in how your body functions day-to-day.
Unfortunately, because of the fundamental, yet extremely complex role hormones play in our day-to-day lives, the trickiest part of an accurate diagnosis is the incredibly wide variety of symptoms an imbalance could generate. Insomnia, bladder infections, mood swings, thinning hair, low blood pressure, reduced sex drive, weight loss, weight gain … the list of possible indicators goes on and on. If you’re experiencing unexplained and seemingly unrelated symptoms or conditions, you should consult with your physician about a possible hormone balance evaluation or possibly a visit with an Endocrinologist.