Maintaining hormonal health is a constant challenge with many factors disrupting this delicate balance, such as age, stress levels, and our diet and lifestyle. The endocrine system is the name given to the glands and organs involved in hormone production; these include the hypothalmus, pituitary gland, thyroid, pancreas, adrenal glands, ovaries (in women) and testes (in men).
The major players in terms of hormones are progesterone, testosterone, oestrogen, cortisol, thyroid and insulin. The first six of which are steroid hormones and are made from lipids; fats and cholesterol. The last two are peptide hormones and are made from proteins with the help of co-factors such as B vitamins and selenium. Given that fats and proteins are the basis of these hormones, it is clear that the diet is immensely important for maintaining hormone balance.
What can happen when hormones are out of balance? Below are some of the symptoms that can occur: