When you think about hormones most people may just think about male or female sex hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone – but there are several hormones that affect our entire systems such as cortisol, your stress hormone, insulin which controls blood sugars and can be inflammatory to the body in high levels, and thyroid hormones that can affect your mood, energy and your weight. All these hormones are part of our endocrine systems, and an imbalance in one of them can have an impact on the other hormones too.
Body systems are stable when hormone levels are proportional and although present in small amounts, hormones act on every cell of the body. Hormones have individual effects while also interacting with each other to produce dramatic effects in the body and due to these interactions, they are able to trigger multiple body systems. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can cause unpleasant symptoms and increase risk for disease.