What Are Hormones Anyway?
Simply put, hormones are chemical messengers in your body that communicate with every part of your body to keep you at your best possible health.
There is so much more to a hormone than just communication. Every second of every day you have dozens of hormones acting in your body to get certain physiologic functions accomplished.
Physiologically speaking, hormones control much of what we feel be it tired, hungry, horny, hot, or cold. They control the rates of certain chemical reactions, assist in transporting substances through membranes, and help regulate water balance, electrolyte balance, and blood pressure. They manage development, growth, reproduction, mood, and even behavior.
Hormones are the body’s little messengers, which get produced in one part of the body, such as the thyroid, adrenal or pituitary gland, pass into the bloodstream or other body fluid, and go to distant organs and tissues where they act to modify structures and functions. They are like traffic signals, telling our body what to do and when so it can run smoothly and efficiently.
Hormones are as much a part of our reproductive system as they are a part of our urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, skeletal, immune, and digestive system.