Testosterone, estrogen and cortisol levels all have a profound impact on men's health and it's not just your libido that crashes when these hormones are depleted. Here's everything you need to know to keep these hormones in production and in healthy balance.
Hormones are chemical messengers for thousands of biological processes in the body. Throughout your life, these messengers play an important role in muscle and skin tone, bone health, sleep, and energy levels. Hormone imbalance can occur at any age and contribute to diseases such as osteoporosis, dementia, cancer, and heart disease. Although hormonal changes can cause significant issues, these can be treated. My patients and coaching clients are often surprised at how easy it is to improve their symptoms and how great they feel once their hormones are back in balance.
If you are a man struggling with low energy, low libido, trouble sleeping or pesky weight gain – this episode is for you.
And ladies, this matters for you too because research has shown that fluctuating levels of estradiol, progesterone, testosterone and cortisol can often be the root cause of many health conditions such as:
And if left untreated chronic hormonal imbalances can cause:
TODAY'S SHOW NOTES:
1. What are the male hormones?
Men's sexual hormones are collectively called the androgens and include: testosterone, androstenedione (andro), andros- tenediol, di-hydro-testosterone (DHT),dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) a more complex form of DHEA.
2. How are the male hormones made?
All hormones are built from cholesterol and are converted into pregnenolone and 17a-hydroxypregnenolone. Pregnenolone is the primary steroid hormone that is broken down or metabolized into all the other steroid hormones for both men and women. Sometimes we call pregnenolone the 'mother hormone' and cholesterol the 'grandmother.'
More questions covered in this episode:
3. Where are the male hormones made?
4. What are the main methods for measuring male hormones?
5. All 7 'Secrets' For Keeping Male Hormones In Balance including: important functional medicine testing, critical test biomarkers, androgenic foods, key supplements for male hormone health, stress theory and practices for soothing the HPA stress response and so much more.
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