Hormones play a vital role in regulating our entire life and imbalances have a profound impact on wellbeing and relationships. Learn the importance of each hormone and why hormonal balance is important.
The thoughts we experience, and chemistry of our mind, is closely tied to inflammation and toxicity. Our human hormonal (endocrine) system is underattack from an excess of toxins, overload of inflammation, and a lack of critical micronutrients.
Fortunately, by understanding the hormones governing your emotional, social and sexual experiences you can balance their impact and enhance their effects! Let’s start with understanding the hormones you can master:
Anandamide: Known as the ‘bliss hormone’ it regulates mood, memory, appetite, sleep, and pain perception via the endocannabinoid system. Low levels contribute to depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.
Cortisol: This ‘stress’ hormone is produced by the adrenal gland. High levels of cortisol are associated with anxiety, but moderate levels enhance social behavior by improving attention and motivation.
Dopamine: A ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter regulating reward and motivation. It’s released in response to pleasurable stimuli, such as social interaction. It is artificially stimulated by ‘addiction engineering’ on social media platforms. Natural dopamine increases social satisfaction and contentment.
Estrogen: This female hormone is produced in the ovaries. It regulates menstrual cycles, maintains bone density, and sexual desire. Low levels of estrogen reduce female libido while excess estrogen (from plastics and synthetic scents) increases the risk of breast cancer and men developing breast tissue.
Oxytocin: The ‘love hormone’ is produced in the brain (hypothalamus) and is associated with bonding, trust, intimacy, and empathy. It is released during physical touch (e.g. hugging, massage, and holding hands) and increases feelings of connection and attachment while reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
Phenylethylamine: Often referred to as the ‘new relationship hormone’ it is produced in the brain and regulates mood, motivation, and attention. It is associated with feelings of pleasure, euphoria, and happiness and released in response to pleasurable stimuli. Production increases when we form a new relationship, helping us establish a strong bond in the first 3 months. When levels drop we start to see more ‘faults’ in our partner.
Serotonin: This ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter regulates mood and social behavior. Low levels of serotonin are linked to depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal, while increased levels improve mood and enhance social connectedness.
Testosterone: This hormone is commonly associated with male sexuality, but it is also important for women's sexual health and well-being. Low levels of testosterone lead to decreased libido, sexual dysfunctions and a reduction in strength and stamina.
Vasopressin: Like oxytocin, vasopressin is involved in regulating social behavior and bonding. It is also produced in the hypothalamus and associated with pair bonding, territorial behavior, and aggression.
Your emotions, mood and libido are regulated by a complex interplay of hormones and neurotransmitters. The chemistry of your mind, the health of your gut and hormonal balance dictates your enjoyment of social connections, depth of relationships, emotional health and mental wellbeing.
Harmonizing hormones is the key to health, happiness and human connection.
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