What are they and what do they do?
Hormones are chemicals created in your endocrine glands which play large roles in most major bodily functions. These chemicals are all about balance. As long as they are properly balanced everything works great, although, when out of balance they can cause a plethora of issues for that person.
When you feel hungry, sleepy, angry or even aroused it’s an effect caused by your hormones.
The main hormone-producing glands are:
Adrenal: Adrenal glands produce the hormones that control sex drive and cortisol, which is also the stress hormone.
Ovaries: Only in women, the ovaries secrete estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, the female sex hormones.
Testes: Only in men, the testes produce the male sex hormone, testosterone, and produce sperm.
Pituitary: Considered the “master control gland,” the pituitary gland controls other glands and makes the hormones that trigger growth.
Pineal: Also called the thalamus, this gland produces serotonin derivatives of melatonin, which affects sleep.
Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is responsible for body temperature, hunger, moods and the release of hormones from other glands; and also controls thirst, sleep and sex drive.
Parathyroid: This gland controls the amount of calcium in the body.
Thymus: This gland plays a role in the function of the adaptive immune system and the maturity of the thymus, and produces T-cells.
Pancreas: This gland produces the insulin that helps control blood sugar levels.
To learn more about hormones and how you can get yours re-balanced, watch the videos below.
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