Hormones – An Overview For Anti-Aging & Brain Health

by Ginger Marin

Hormones are the body’s messengers which transport important information back and forth from the brain to the various glands and cells. They serve to rejuvenate, regenerate and restore our bodies, but, they are often overlooked when it comes to the proper functioning of the body.

Here’s a quick look at the function of the primary hormones in the human body. As you peruse the list, you’ll see that many are engaged in proper functioning of the brain. The health of the brain cannot be separated from health of the body; both interact, and to ignore one is to limit the success of the other. People looking for real health and, especially anti-aging protocols, must look to their hormones and work toward a proper balancing act. That can be accomplished with hormone testing under the guidance of a endocrinologist or anti-aging physician.

CORTISOL – stress hormone

Responsible for responding to stress
Helps protect you against your environment (allergens)
Mobilizes energy, improves fatigue
Increases your appetite for sugar
Decreases bone mass, muscle mass, and slows down your metabolism

DHEA – the mother hormone

Improves neurological function
Increases sense of well being
Improves immune function
Improves stress tolerance
Increases metabolism

ESTROGENS – primary female hormone

Protects against heart disease, stroke
Decreases cholesterol
Lowers incidence of Alzheimer’s
Improves memory
Alleviates symptoms of menopause: headaches, mood swings, bloating, hot flashes, fatigue, waning or lost libido

HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE – the growth hormone

Decreases body fat
Increases muscle mass
Improves tissue healing and protein synthesis
Increases bone density
Quicker illness recovery
Increases capacity to exercise
Increases skin hydration and elasticity
Improves sense of well being
Decreases incidence of illness

INSULIN – storage hormone

Responsible for getting blood sugar into all cells
Increases fat storage
Increases risk of diabetes, hypertension and stroke

MELATONIN – sleep hormone

Responsible for maintaining sleep
Helps alleviate “jet-lag”
Improves mood
Improves the immune system (by decreasing cortisol)

PREGNENELONE – gateway hormone

Promotes formation of other hormones
Repairs brain and nerve tissue
Enhances many brain functions
Reduces aging skin
Improves sense of well being
Increases energy and mobility
Improves sleep quality
Reduces harmful stress effects
Reduces aging brain deficiencies

PROGESTERONE – primary female hormone/pregnancy hormone

Protects against breast and uterine cancer
Protects against fibrocystic disease
Helps fat metabolism
Helps normalize blood sugar
Helps reverse osteoporosis
Helps thyroid hormone function
Acts as a natural antidepressant
Protects against nervousness
Protects against anxiety and irritability

TESTOSTERONE – primary male hormone

Improves brain function
Increases energy
Increases strength
Increases bone density
Increases libido
Improves sexual sensitivity
Improves sexual function
Improves HDL and LDL levels
Improves cardiovascular health

THYROID – metabolism hormone

Increases energy
Increases fat burning, and controls weight
Increases your heart rate
Increases your appetite
Aids cognition
Protects against depression and dementia

Menopause & Andropause: Decline in Female and Male Hormones

Menopause has usually been associated with the onset of hot flashes, sweating, mood swings, depression, metabolic problems, and the risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, heart attacks and bone fractures. Additionally this hormone deficiency can result in a change in the psyche with mental fatigue, lack of focus, decreased attention span, increased irritability, decreased ability to recall both recent and long term memory and the ability to learn new information.

These symptoms have been primarily associated with the progressive decrease in the body’s production of Estrogens and Progesterone. What we now know is that the female body also needs those hormones that have traditionally been associated with the male; testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, DHEA and others for many of the same reasons that males do.

In Anti-Aging Medicine, testosterone deficiency is known as Andropause, the male counterpart to Menopause in females. Just as effected women are with the decline of estrogen and progesterone, males experience a similar more surreptitious process that leads to a decline in male characteristics. In addition to the common physical symptoms related to low testosterone such as decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction (ED), men also may have symptoms similar to those seen during menopause in women: hot flashes, increased irritability, inability to concentrate, depression.

General Observations

Some general observations made by Ginger Marin on a variety of topics.

“There must be a reason.”:  Not necessarily.

“God has his reasons.”:  There is no God.

“Who are we to question God?”:   Who do I have to be?

“It can’t get any worse.”:  Of course it can.

It’s always colder than you think.

The surest way to have an accident is to rush.

Just when you think coffee is good for you another study comes out saying it’s not.

Contrary to what you may think, it is NOT raining on YOUR parade.  It’s raining on everyone else’s too.

“God works in mysterious ways.”:   Aside from the fact that there is no God, if there were one, I’d have to say that those “mysterious” ways always manage to fall in the same category: bad, stupid, nasty, unnecessary, mean-spirited.

“You make your own luck.”:   Really?  Please tell me how I can win the next $100-million lottery.

Who told Hillary Clinton that she looks good wearing light blue or mustard colored suits?

If they can make textiles out of marijuana/hemp, how come they can’t make similarly safe, useful products out of tobacco instead of those lousy cancer sticks?

When things go wrong in your life, do you often wonder “why me”?  Answer:  It’s because God hates you.  Yes, the very same God who does not exist.  It’s a pickle, that’s for sure.

Being positive doesn’t work.  Save yourself a lifetime of disappointment, be negative instead.

“It’s the Law.”:   What law?  Whose law?  What gives you the right to make that law?  Is the law ethical?  What if my ‘laws’ are more ethical than yours?   Does the law make sense?  Is the law outdated?  Does the law do more harm than good?  Are the persons, who are making the law, infallible?

Everything man touches, he destroys: bees, butterflies, every other species on the planet, the land, the oceans, the air and if that weren’t enough, he ventures into space and fills that too with his junk.

(for less depressing observations, visit Ginger’s Storytime Theatre Affirmations)

Author Ginger Marin is an actor, freelance writer and storyteller.  You can also find her on Google+

Think Tank – A Ginger Marin Film

It’s “torture” by bingo in this kickass political satire where three women, who have kidnapped the President, give him a piece of their mind on some hot political issues. Stars Ginger Marin (as Diana), Anna Ommanney (as Jane), Melissa Martinez (as Alejandra), Preston Dupri (as “V”).


Three women activists from the secretive Think Tank have managed to kidnap the President and a member of Congress in order to instill in them a sense of accountability for their actions while in office.

The story begins in the Think Tank torture chamber which is really an empty Bingo Hall. The ladies are happily enjoying their American apple pie as the first victim, code-named “V”, as in “victim” and “vendetta”, is readied for his part in their great power play. On cue, the ladies approach the stage where V is on display.

DIANA, the group’s leader is a serious businesswoman. She’s had enough of all the banks’ mortgage and foreclosure fraud and Congressional insider trading. She approaches the leader of the “free” world, threatening him with her apple pie server while at the same time informing him that “we have your wife and daughters” and if he doesn’t do what she says, his whole family will be wiped out. Strong words for sure, but, Diana knows she obviously has to become one of those “special interests” in order to be heard. She goes on to tell V that he’d better put the fraudsters in jail “or else”.

After a short respite, JANE, a concerned school teacher, awakens V to new issues like job losses and the need for universal health care. She wants to be civil, sort of, but she can’t control herself. She has a wicked bingo card in hand, which she uses to good effect, before losing all sense and sensibility and leaping onto his lap to literally shake some common sense into him. V is left in a stupor.

Then ALEJANDRA goes at him. She’s an exotic dancer who cares more about animals and the environment than she does herself. “What about the polar bears and the walruses”, she innocently asks before intimidating him with a stuffed wolf pup and telling him this isn’t the “eighteenth century” anymore when slaughtering wolves was an acceptable practice, even though, in Alaska and a few other states, it’s apparently common. Finally, to drive home her point, she smacks him hard in the head before storming off stage, sobbing and spewing curses in Spanish.

After the ladies finish expressing their views, they regroup at the pie table and await their next victim. Who’s that second masked figure awaiting his fate?

Author Ginger Marin is an actor, freelance writer and storyteller.  You can also find her on Google+

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