Maintaining optimal hormone levels can help slow down the aging process and keep our physical and mental health in good shape.
Let’s take a look at some of the hormones which can affect the way we age.
Insulin regulates blood glucose levels in the body and allows cells to absorb sugar from the bloodstream. When we eat too much sugary food, it can cause spikes in insulin levels, increase inflammation and facilitate the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. It is important to have a balanced diet (this should be a hyperlink to the Nutrition page) and get enough sleep for keeping your insulin levels in balance and maintaining a youthful appearance.
Melatonin regulates our sleep cycles, serves as an antioxidant and helps our body get rid of free radicals. This hormone is actively produced during the evening time to prepare the body for a good sleep which is essential for healthy-looking skin and its recovery from external stressors. To facilitate proper production of melatonin, stop using devices that emit blue light (such as phones and laptops) before going to bed, try to keep your bedroom dark, and spend some time in the sun during the day.
Cortisol is the “stress hormone” which is released when we are in a stressful situation. It also helps us to be awake and alert when needed. However, overproduction of cortisol can result in dull, sagging skin, and may worsen such skin conditions as eczema and acne. To avoid premature aging, it is very important to manage your stress level (this should be a hyperlink to the Psychological (mental) state page), get some sun exposure during the day and sleep well.
Estrogen has many functions, among them are women’s reproductive system development and reduction of the risk of various medical conditions such as heart disease. This hormone also influences skin elasticity, firmness and ability to retain moisture. As estrogen affects the production of collagen and elastin, the lack of it can cause the skin to become sagging and less elastic. Committing to proper diet, decreasing regular stress and getting enough sleep can support healthy estrogen levels and help you keep the skin younger-looking, firm and smooth.
These and other hormones produced in our bodies can greatly affect our appearance as we age. When some of the hormones are imbalanced, we may experience health issues and premature aging.
As a part of our program, experienced professionals help you identify the need for hormonal testing, and then work towards maintaining the hormonal balance so that you can fight aging and look younger naturally.