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Talking About Hormones

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We need to talk about hormones:
 

We often hear terms like hormonal imbalance as an explanation of a lot of our health issues, from minor symptoms like poor sleep patterns, to serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Whilst we are not attempting to write a medical journal here, we want to highlight some basic facts that you should be aware of as part of your effort to lead a healthier lifestyle.

By definition, hormones are our body’s messaging system. The endocrine glands make hormones which are transported through our bloodstream into our tissues and organs, and they control our body’s major systems. These vital systems govern areas like growth and development, metabolism (which is how we turn our food into energy that fuels our body), mood, sleep quality, reproduction, sexual function and so on. When our hormonal system goes out of balance, all sorts of problems arise over time, including commonly seen issues like diabetes, weight gain/loss, infertility, weak bones etc. In order to give you a better idea how important hormones are to your bodily functions, I have highlighted below a few more common hormones you may have heard of:

  • Adrenal glands – governs blood sugar
  • Adrenaline – controls extreme emotions, giving us a boost in energy
  • Aldosterone – controls our cardiovascular health; imbalance can be a cause of endocrine hypertension
  • Calcitonin – controls the amount of calcium and potassium in our body (vital for kidney patients)
  • Cortisol – controls our stress hormones
  • Estrogen – governs our female sex hormones
  • Insulin – regulates metabolic processes that provide cells with energy
  • Leptin – controls our appetite and weight control
  • Serotonin – governs our moods and feelings

These examples emphasise that hormones control vital functions for good health. Increasingly, I hear growing cases of autoimmune diseases like Graves and Hashimoto, to other issues like hypertension, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, infertility, heart diseases and cancer. Hormones is not the sole cause, but certainly plays a big role. From a skincare perspective, I have clients who “suddenly” exhibit a reaction to some of our products which was absent before. There can be a number of reasons for such reaction, but one possibility is hormonal imbalance which causes the body / skin to produce a larger than usual reaction to certain ingredients. This sometimes happens to pregnant ladies who develop certain reactions to products during pregnancy, but will resume back to normal after they give birth. For most, the common causes of hormonal imbalances are stress, diet and environmental causes (allergens etc).

Unless you are tackling a serious hormonal illness, hormonal medication is not recommended. (I can say that as I am taking one, and the side effects are tremendous and often with long term implications). For everyday maintenance, the measures below can easily be incorporated and controlled, and will contribute to a long -term healthy lifestyle and healthy hormones.

  • Maintain steady weight 
  • Eat good and nutritious foods
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress; incorporate practices like yoga, meditation or whatever you think helps
  • Reduce / restrict exposure to toxic chemicals (cleaning agents, plastic etc)
  • Avoid food with pesticides and antibiotics (endocrine disruptors)
  • Reduce sugar and refined carbohydrates intake

Sounds familiar? You hear about these steps all the time, but now you know an additional reason to do them!

身體中的荷爾蒙

今天,我們將會談論一下荷爾蒙。當我們談及一些健康問題時,間中會聽到有人會用荷
爾蒙失調之類的名詞,輕微症狀如睡眠質素欠佳,嚴重的會牽涉到癌症和心臟病。雖然
我們不是在撰寫醫學期刊,但如果想維持健康生活,就需要多加留意日常的一些小細節
了。
根據定義,荷爾蒙就是人體的信息系統。內分泌腺會先產生各種荷爾蒙,然後通過血液
輸送到各個組織和器官,可以說是控制著人體的整個主要系統,其中包括成長、發育、
新陳代謝(將食物轉化為身體所需能量的過程)、情緒、睡眠質量、生殖能力、性功
能等。當我們荷爾蒙系統失衡時,各種問題就會隨之而湧現,例如糖尿病、體重增加/
減少、不育、骨質疏鬆等常見問題。以下是一些比較常見的荷爾蒙和它們的作用:

  • 腎上腺        控制血糖
  • 腎上腺素    控制極端情緒,令人充滿能量
  • 醛固酮        控制心血管健康;失衡會導致內分泌高血壓
  • 降鈣素        控制人體中鈣和鉀的含量(對腎病患者至關重要)
  • 皮質醇        控制壓力
  • 雌激素        控制女性的性荷爾蒙
  • 胰島素        調節代謝過程,為細胞提供能量
  • 瘦素            控制食慾和控制體重
  • 血清素        控制我們的情緒和感覺

這些例子反映了荷爾蒙控制著身體不少重要功能。近年,越來越多人談論好像是葛瑞
夫茲氏症(Graves)和橋本氏甲狀腺炎(Hashimoto)等自身免疫疾病,而這又會引
起其他問題,例如高血壓、糖尿病、甲狀腺功能亢進症、不育症、心臟病和癌症等等。
當然荷爾蒙問題未必是唯一原因,但肯定也少不免的牽涉其中。
對於大多數人來說,荷爾蒙失調的主要原因是壓力、飲食習慣和環境因素(過敏原等
)。除非您患上嚴重的荷爾蒙疾病,否則不太建議使用抑制或改變荷爾蒙的藥物,因
為這些藥物通常都帶有嚴重並且長時間的副作用。一般來說,只要養成一些日常的良好
習慣,就有助於荷爾蒙正常運作,以下就是部分可參考的例子:

  •  保持體重穩定
  •  選擇營養豐富的食物
  •  多做運動
  •  減輕壓力(可考慮瑜伽、冥想或您認為有幫助的活動)
  •  減少接觸有毒化學物(清潔劑、塑化劑等)
  •  避免食用含有農藥和抗生素(內分泌干擾物)的食物
  •  減少糖和精製碳水化合物的攝取

這些聽起來是不是很熟悉?其實,人們說要維持健康往往就是這些要素,現在您又有
多一個原因去確切行動了!

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