Let’s talk about hormones, after all, it is a very important topic these days. Hormones affect our daily lives more than we realize. Our hormones are liquid chemical messengers, that manages our moods, energy, muscle growth, digestion, heart rate, reproduction and more. The essence of multicellularity is the coordinated interaction of the various kinds of cells that make up the body. Cells communicate with each other by chemical signals. They carry instructions from more than a dozen endocrine glands and tissues to cells all over the body. Humans have about 50 different known hormones, which vary in their structure, action and response.
We all hear about taking or avoiding progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen. What we need to talk about is Cortisol - a ruthless stress hormone that keeps our body running in a state of fight or flight all day and night. Cortisol allows our body to access fuel even when we are under stress. This affects all other hormones including estrogen, testosterone, melatonin, serotonin and more. In addition, when the adrenals release cortisol it causes the shutdown of metabolism and digestion, slows blood flow to the brain (short-term memory loss) and makes us just downright irritable.
It is definitely important to rebalance your hormones (if unbalanced) with proven, natural elements. Here are a few different ways and tips one can use to improve hormones function in the body, and life a healthier life.
Energy Adjustment Tea contains multiple adaptogenic herbs. What is an adaptogenic herb? These are herbs that have been known to impart strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and improve mental clarity. Who doesn’t need that?
Eleuthero root is in the ginseng family. Another name for it is Siberian Ginseng. Here are just a few benefits that others have experienced from Eleuthero:
strengthens and regulates the body's response to stress.
increases physical and mental endurance, improves memory.
may improve mental and physical endurance and has anti-fatigue qualities
aids in the recovery from hard exercise improves mental alertness and work output, and aids in the recovery from mental exertion.
helps to build blood and improves the ability of the body to absorb and efficiently use oxygen.
supports immune function.
mildly stimulating. Most people will feel its effects quickly. However, its real benefits are cumulative and long term.
All that in one little ingredient. What about Schisandra Berry - this one we don’t hear every day. Schisandra is considered a premium mind tonic. It is considered very calming while still waking you up, helping with focus, memory and concentration. It also has been indicated for balancing the central nervous system.
Last but certainly never least is Ginkgo and Gotu Kola - simply put they increase blood flow to the brain having a very positive effect on memory and focus.
Put all these power products together in one tea and what you get is stress relief with a great energy boost. Using energy adjust is a great beginning to keeping cortisol off and metabolism, digestion, hormone function and brain power ON!
Can I take a pill? You can, however, drinking these power-herbs in a tea will allow you to feel the effects quickly since teas do not require digestion. Think of getting 75-80% off your herbs each time you take them -t hat’s working towards a balanced, healthy life.
What is Cortisol and why does it keep us from being able to regulate other important hormones in the body? Cortisol is a hormone released by your adrenal system when you are under stress. This hormone allows the body to access energy that’s stored in your liver, however, to do this, it shuts down metabolism, digestion and blood flow to vital areas such as your brain. When the body is in a state of Cortisol it uses our fight or flight brain to survive. This part of our brain cannot produce happy, positive hormones included reproductive and sleep hormones. It is essential to keep yourself out of cortisol to balance our other hormones. Once we have done this we can now start adding POWER foods that assist our bodies in their natural functions.
Check out some of these hormone balancing power foods:
Gelatinized MACA - known as Nature’s Viagra to help regulate your hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. It also has been shown to help with memory and mild inflammation.
Mucuna Prurien - a bean that contains high amounts of L-Dopa, a happy hormone that helps us with drive, desire, will and simply makes us smile.This food also helps to bring/keep us out of cortisol improving blood flow to the brain for better memory and focus. Dopamine also allows us to maintain perspective on stress, many people have found Mucuna effective at lowering anxiety, anxiety attacks, panic attacks and more stress related imbalances.
Ashwaghanda - wonderful for reducing stress and increasing blood flow to reproductive organs. Many people have found relief from hot flashes, anxiety and depression.
What about regulating testosterone, helping with sexual arousal and extreme mood swings? YES there are wonderful foods to assist your body with all these processes. We don’t lose functions because we age, we lose body function because we don’t put back important nutrients that we use throughout life. By using power foods that are adaptogenic, we begin to put back allowing the body to rebalance. Some examples of power foods are wheatgrass, moringa, hemp, medicinal mushrooms (reishi and chaga) spinach, endive, kale, quinoa and more. These foods have multiple benefits and they pack a power punch of amino acids, proteins, fats, and sugars.