Hormones are an essential part of keeping our bodies and minds in a state of homeostasis. It’s easy to forget about hormones and we often only think of them if we’re having a hormonal issue. When our hormones are healthy, we feel like ourselves. They regulate our moods, help us feel stable and fit, and keep us on a regular sleep schedule. Hormones are essential for optimal body-mind function. Let’s dive into why these often overlooked elements are so important and signs that yours are in good shape.
Why Do Hormones Matter?
We can think of hormones as chemical messengers in the body. They travel throughout our networks of blood and organs and tell our body when and how to do things. They affect many processes, including metabolism, sexual function, muscle development, mood, and reproduction. We typically only associate hormones with sex and reproduction, but the truth is, they’re always working either for or against us. Though men have many hormones, testosterone is typically the one that gets the most play. There are also stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine) that keep us alert and awake and hunger hormones (leptin and ghrelin) which regulate appetite, among many more. Hormones do their best to play a vital role in our bodies. Help them do their job by getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising, and managing stress levels.
Signs of Healthy Hormones in Men
Healthy sex drive, good muscle tone, healthy sleeping patterns, high energy levels, good bone mass, and a stable mood are all signs that your hormones are functioning optimally. If you’re struggling in any of these areas or noticing increased moodiness, trouble sleeping, or problems with sex drive, you might be experiencing a hormonal imbalance. Hormones impact not only our physical health but our mental and emotional wellbeing and can, therefore, play a vital role in keeping us healthy on our recovery journeys.
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