Hormones

Articles related to how hormones impact the body and how hormones can be regulated by various factors such as stress, exercise, and diet.

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The Pancreas and Blood Sugar Regulation

This video describes how blood sugar is regulated by the 2 main pancreas hormones, insulin and glucagon, as well as what happens when regulation goes wrong. Time Stamps The Pancreas – endocrine cells 0:04  Insulin and Glucagon 1:08  How different nutrients impact blood sugar 1:41  Negative feedback regulation 4:21  How insulin decreases blood sugar 6:38  …

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Adrenal Glands and Stress

This video describes the function of the adrenal gland hormones and the stress response, including epinephrine, aldosterone, cortisol, and DHEA. Time Stamps Adrenal Cortex and Medulla 0:10  Regions of the adrenal cortex 2:20  Aldosterone and blood pressure 4:11  DHEA 6:23  Cortisol 7:43  Cushing’s disease and symptoms of excess cortisol 13:25  Addison’s disease and low cortisol …

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Body Fat Distribution is Controlled by Hormones

In healthy people, about 80-90% of our fat is located underneath the skin, called subcutaneous fat, and about 6-20% is found surrounding abdominal organs, called visceral fat.  Having excess visceral fat, aka belly fat, is more highly associated with cardiovascular disease than excess subcutaneous fat in other regions of the body. In other words, it …

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Fasting after feasting has many health benefits

Throughout human evolution periods of feasting have been followed by periods of fasting.  Our body is physiologically adapted to spending a little time without food. Skip eating for a day or so, 24-36 hours, and just consume water, tea, or bone broth and feel the health benefits.  I suggest fasting from about 6pm after you …

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Minimizing the impacts of chronic stress. How to decrease cortisol

Stress has a significant impact on how our body functions.  Short term stress can actually be beneficial, for example, exercise is interpreted by the body as acute stress, we produce cortisol and epinephrine (adrenalin) and increase blood sugar, heart rate, and blood pressure.  Then when the acute stress is over, the body regenerates cells and …

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How chronic stress can impact your health

One of the main stress hormones is cortisol and it can have a huge impact on your health.  75% of North American adults report that they have physical or emotional symptoms of stress.  It is a significant factor in chronic health issues like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mood disorders, and dementia. Cortisol is a …

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Are you making enough serotonin?

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that makes us feel calm and good.  It is commonly called the happy hormone but it doesn’t technically make us excited happy; that feeling comes from a combination of serotonin and dopamine.  When we don’t have enough serotonin can feel the following in varying degrees: Depression Loss of interest in things …

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