Hormones help keep your mind and body regulated. When something feels “off”, there’s a good chance that unbalanced hormones are playing a part.
How Balancing These 5 Hormones Can Revolutionize Your Wellbeing
In this article, you’ll learn about the 5 most important women’s hormones: CRH hormone, TRH hormone, GNRH hormone, MSH hormone, and tropic hormone, and what can go wrong if you have too much or too little of them.
What is CRH Hormone
CRH hormone, or corticotropin-releasing hormone, is strongly linked to stress and anxiety. In fact, CRH controls your body’s stress-related hormone system.
When you’re in a situation that’s making you feel high-strung or more alert, that’s probably CRH hormone working in overdrive. Exercise and childbirth are also both associated with CRH.
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While stress and anxiety certainly aren’t anyone’s favorite emotions, they can play valuable roles in the right amounts. CRH hormones can help boost attention and focus, making you feel more alert and able to concentrate.
If you’ve ever slept through your alarm and woken up 10 minutes past the time you were supposed to be at work, you’ve experienced the power of CRH helping you gain attention and focus very rapidly.
Too much CRH can lead to depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Too much CRH in areas outside the brain can cause inflammation in those areas.
Too little CRH has been associated with fatigue, trouble sleeping, memory problems, and concentration difficulties. CRH deficiency has also been linked to Alzheimer’s and miscarriages.
What is TRH hormone?
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TRH is also known as thyrotropin-releasing hormone. TRH helps to keep your thyroid healthy and functional.
Your thyroid is a crucial part of your body. It’s near the front of your neck, and it secretes several hormones that help regulate many of your body’s systems. For example, your thyroid plays a critical role in your body’s growth, development, metabolism, heart rate, and body heat.
If something is wrong with your thyroid, it can have a chain reaction that throws multiple systems off balance. Keeping your thyroid balanced and regulated is absolutely critical to your health, which depends upon having the proper amount of TRH.
Too much TRH is not considered to be a health risk. There are no known cases of someone being compromised by too much TRH.
Too little TRH could result in an under-active thyroid, a condition known as hypothyroidism. This comes with a series of negative effects, including:
- Weight gain
- Skin problems
- Hair problems
- Memory loss
- Lowered sex drive
If untreated, it could eventually lead to heart failure or coma.
What is GNRH Hormone?
GNRH is also known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone. In women, these hormones help with the increase of estrogen and progesterone. They circulate throughout the body and activate your body’s reproductive functions.
Essentially, GNRH ignites your sex drive. It can also help regulate your menstrual cycle by controlling the maturation and release of eggs.
For women suffering from irregular periods, a more balanced level of GNRH could help maintain a stable and consistent menstrual cycle.
Too much GNRH could result in tumors (pituitary adenomas), which could lead to an overproduction of either testosterone or estrogen. Currently, very little is known about the effect of having too much GNRH.
Too little GNRH in childhood could mean that puberty does not occur. This has effects on sexual maturation and could lead to infertility in women, loss of hormone production, and loss of menstrual cycles.
What is MSH Hormone?
MSH is also known as melanocyte-stimulating hormone. This hormone helps to keep your skin healthy. It helps produce the pigmentation that you find in your eyes, hair, and skin. It does this by producing melanin.
This skin pigmentation can protect your skin from UV rays. When you go lay out in the sun, it’s MSH that helps give your skin a beautiful golden glow.
In addition to coloring your skin, hair, and eyes, MSH also plays several other roles, including:
- Anti-inflammatory agent
- Salt and water level regulator
- Sexual health booster
Too much MSH can result in too much melanin, which is often associated with too much time spent in the sun. It can also hyperpigmentation (an abnormal darkening of the skin) when women are pregnant or using birth control pills.
Too little MSH can result in pain, inflammation, trouble sleeping, and weight gain.
What is a Tropic Hormone?
“Tropic hormone” an umbrella term for any hormone that targets the endocrine glands. Most originate from the anterior pituitary.
TSH and CTR are both examples of tropic hormones. Other examples include luteinizing hormones (LH), which triggers the release of steroid in the ovaries, and follicle-stimulating hormones (LSH), that stimulate egg production.
Endocrine glands are responsible for secreting hormones directly into the blood. Tropic hormones target these glands.
Essentially, tropic hormones are responsible for making sure your body is producing enough hormones. For example, TRH as discussed above will stimulate the anterior pituitary gland to release a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
In other words, tropic hormones are hormones that help make more hormones.
The effects of having too much or too little amounts of tropic hormones depend entirely on which hormones you are referring to. Too much or too little of one hormone will have vastly different effects compared to other hormones.
Balanced Hormones Means a Happier, Healthier You
From your skin, stress level, blood circulation, sex drive, hair color, eye color, and your overall mental and physical health, your hormones are responsible for keeping all of your body’s operations running smoothly. Too much or too little of any hormone will slow you down, and potentially cause serious and long-term health concerns.
A body with regulated hormones is like a brand new car, fresh from the shop. Everything is working in peak condition, it’s a blast to drive, and you feel safe, confident, and healthy. If something feels “off-balance”, ask yourself which of the hormones on this list could be behind it. Your body will thank you.
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