Eat To Evolve is my platform to spread holistic nutrition to as many people as possible, especially those outside of my home town of Portland Oregon. As a former teacher I love to educate those who have an interest in nutrition.
Hormones are the chemical messengers that trigger changes to take place in your body and are responsible for your:
Hunger and satiety
Losing body fat
Bone health and structure
And much much more
Hormones are released from tissues and circulate until they reach the target cells which receive the message to change.
The organs of the endocrine system are what primarily releases hormones to make the necessary changes around the body.
Something may surprise you is that men and women have relatively speaking many of the same hormones, but the levels differ immensely.
Hormones interact with each other and are required to be in the proper ratios respective to other hormones in the body. When a hormone is deficient or dysfunctional it can negatively impact others associated hormones as well.
When we’re discussing all the following hormones I encourage you to start thinking of the body as a system that works together, not just a bunch of parts.
Hormones are incredibly complex, and control so many functions in the body that explaining them to the degree that they deserve goes beyond the span of this blog, so think of this a very basic explanation.
I should note that the information contained in this blog is not medical advice, and should not be used as a way to diagnose or treat any health problems.
Because I know that people love cheat sheets and bullet points, after each hormone explanation I am including a short list of the top ways to optimize that specific hormone.
Because there are so many important hormones in the body this is going to be split into a multi part blog series revolving around different classes of hormones.
This is the main male sex hormone, and while women still have testosterone it’s nowhere near the level that men have.
Testosterone in men is responsible for:
Recovery from workouts
Facial and body hair
Bone structure Energy throughout the day
Ability to build muscle.
With testosterone deficiency in a man they will notice:
Sex drive decreases
Erectile problems can occur
Lack of energy and fatigue
Difficultly building muscle mass
Cognitive function can also suffer
Bone density decreases
Rates of depression and anxiety increase
Losing body fat is one of the best things a man can do to help with testosterone production.Body fat contains the enzyme aromatase which converts testosterone into estrogen.
This is why some of the testosterone replacement gels that men use never actually improve their testosterone numbers.
If a man has a lot of body fat that testosterone from a cream will be converted into estrogen only making the ratio of testosterone to estrogen worse.
If you want to learn more about how to optimize testosterone and all the hormones associated with it I wrote a book you can get HERE.
Testosterone cheat sheet:
Lift heavy weight (deadlift, squat, lunges, press, bench, power cleans, pull ups, dips)
Sprint ( most people do better learning the mechanics on a hill, start slow)
Interval training (tabatas are very effective)
Eat enough carbohydrates (intake dependent on activity)
Smart supplementation (Vitamin D, Zinc, Fish oil)
Eat brazil nuts for selenium (3-4 per day) or supplement