Given my hereditary vanity and my playgirl lifestyle, I was compelled – out of sheer preservationary panic – to extensively research anti-aging methods. This research led to a hardy consumption of resources relating to hormones.
Hormones are the chemical messengers that keep our body in balance. They control pretty much every system in our body including our reproductive system, our metabolic processes, our immunity, our digestion, our ability to regenerate and the speed at which we age.
However, our hormones diminish thanks to our lifestyle choices and normal aging. Lack of sleep, a bad diet, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, stress, emotional duress and a life minus exercise are the main enemies of good hormones.
Bad Hormones – Youth Killers
- Adrenaline – Acts as a neurotransmitter as well as a hormone; activates fight-or-flight reaction with rising blood pressure, increasing fatty acids and glucose in the blood.
- Nora-Adrenaline – Is also a neurotransmitter and prevents inflammation in the brain; acts as a stress hormone for fight-or-flight
- Insulin – Pushes glucose from blood into cells to balance sugar levels; pushes lipids into fat cells allowing weight gain
- Cortisol – counteracts good anti-aging hormones as it is the stress hormone; steady release can lead to obesity, collagen breakdown, digestive issues, compromised immune system, insulin resistance.
Good Hormones – Youth Stimulator
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
Activated good hormones make sure that the body and cells are constantly regenerating through growth, recovery and repair. They keep you at peak sexual condition, prevent wrinkling of the skin and the decay of collagen and optimize organ performance. However good hormones decay as we age and by age 40 we have lost 50%+ of HGH production. By age 60 it might have diminished by 80% thanks to lifestyle choices.
11 Ways you can stimulate good hormone production:
- 1. Diet – organic, fruit and vegetable rich, avoid alcohol, processed foods and grains, junk food, fried food, chemicals, sodas, acid forming foods
- 2.Supplements – we’ll get into this in another article since I am so obsessed I could gas on for days on this alone. Brace yourself readers. I am the Queen of Vitamins and Nutraceuticals.
- 3. Exercise – especially YOGA. There’s a reason those yogis all look so young. Many of the positions can actually stimulate the release of more thyroid hormones or HGH. Regular resistance exercise is great for releasing the good hormones and keeping the bad ones (esp cortisol) at bay. If you are not exercising 4-5 days a week – especially in your 30s and 40s you are going to age FAST. Do as little as 30 minutes a day but do SOMETHING dammit.
- 4. Sex – major good hormone stimulator – so saddle up ladies!
- 5. Laughter – this is another major good hormone stimulator – so avoid Dour Debbie Downers – or watch a funny film
- 6. Sleep – in all my research this kept popping up consistently. Sleep is when you produce melatonin which plays a huge role in anti-aging. But it is only produced in the dark. So kill the electronics in your room. Cover up those little lights with dark clothes if you have to.
- 7. Meditation – Meditators always look pretty young to me and in a book I read on lucky people (The Luck Factor), all the lucky people were heavy on meditation. Great for anti stress. There are a bunch of free meditation podcast sites that can lead you in short or lengthy meditations. SO useful!
- 8. Massage – De-stress baby. (Happy ending work well too…)
- 9. Acupuncture – Great for calming the nervous system. Never thought I’d like needles so much.
- 10. Anything that CALMS actually – stress is THE YOUTH KILLER as it hurts the production of all good hormones
- 11. Read this blog for more. And my ebook – once I’m finished editing… It is VERY specific!