Join us as we take a deep dive into all things hormones, including what they are, why they are important (especially for women), what happens to them as you age, and more. First of all, what are hormones? Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. These messengers control most major bodily functions, from hunger to reproduction, even emotions and mood.
The Endocrine System
One of the easiest ways to answer the question “what are hormones,” is to take a look at some of the major hormonal systems in the body. Hormones are created by glands, which are part of the endocrine system. The main glands that produce hormones are:
- Pituitary: Often thought of as the master control gland, the pituitary gland controls other glands and makes the hormones that trigger growth.
- Thyroid: The thyroid produces hormones associated with calorie burning and heart rate.
- Adrenal: Adrenal glands produce the hormones that control sex drive and cortisol, the stress hormone.
- Hypothalamus: This gland is responsible for body temperature, hunger, moods and the release of hormones from other glands. It also controls thirst, sleep, and sex drive.
- Pancreas: The pancreas produces the insulin that helps control blood sugar levels.
The body has many types of hormones, as you can see:
Certain types of hormones have a larger role to play in the body’s overall health and well-being. For women, estrogen is the main sex hormone. It causes puberty, prepares the body and uterus for pregnancy, and regulates the menstrual cycle. During menopause, estrogen levels change, causing many of the uncomfortable symptoms women experience (Hormone Health Network1 2019).
Menopause and hormone balance
The most common consequence of aging-related hormonal changes for women is menopause. Around age 50, women’s ovaries begin producing decreasing amounts of estrogen and progesterone. The pituitary gland tries to compensate by producing more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH – regulates the function of the ovaries). While menopause is normal and happens to all women, symptoms might include the following: hot flashes, decreased libido, insomnia, depression, and osteoporosis. Current health guidelines indicate that may be beneficial to take a supplement containing estrogen/progesterone to alleviate these symptoms (Carniero2 2018). For those looking for a more natural supplement though, there is Kyolic Estro-Logic.
This natural supplement contains:
- Black cohosh root extract (a dietary supplement for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms), Soybean isoflavones (which the body uses to maintain normal estrogen levels),
- Wild yam extract (often used as a natural alternative to estrogen therapy, which increases energy and sexual drive),
- Sage extract (aids in digestive problems like bloating, gas and reduces perspiration),
- Chasetree berry extract (used to treat menstrual cycle problems and pain),
- Vervain extract (used to treat many conditions like depression, headaches, anxiety and insomnia), Astragalus extract (used to fight the common cold, respiratory infections, and allergies) and
- Motherwort extract (used to treat heart conditions including irregular heartbeat, fast heartbeat, and anxiety).
Estro-Logic supplement, created by Dr. Kathleen Fry, Gynecologist and medical herbalist Claudia Joy Wingo, is designed to support healthy hormone balance for women experiencing midlife changes like menopause. Ease into menopause naturally, with a plant-based supplement!