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What Do Hormones Have to Do with a Healthy Recovery?

What Do Hormones Have to Do with a Healthy Recovery?

Hormones are produced by the organs in the body and secreted to influence metabolic activity. In response to stimulation, hormones enter the bloodstream and increase or decrease the rate of metabolic processes. The entire body system functions because of hormones and when those are out of balance, the body can become a minefield.

Understanding Insulin

The hormone that is of utmost importance for many people is insulin as it relates to blood sugar management. Insulin – a hormone produced by the pancreas – regulates metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. This promotes absorption of glucose into skeletal muscle where it is used for short-term production of energy or fat tissue. In a healthy body, carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, causing the blood sugar to rise. As blood sugar rises, the pancreas spits out insulin to help move glucose out of the blood into muscles and fat. Problems come up when the body is not able to move glucose out of the blood stream, which may contribute to the development of glucose metabolism disorders like hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), also known as diabetes. Left untreated, hyperglycemia may occur which is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate and fat metabolism that develops as the body resists insulin. Wild fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin may cause the body to become numb to insulin, preventing sugar from moving into muscles or fat.

Stress, Cortisol, and Adrenal Fatigue

Stress can disrupt biological homeostasis. Stress can be by physical or psychological, acute or chronic, as the product of stimulation in the environment. Exercise, sleep deprivation, and poor diet are a few examples of physical stressors while work deadlines, poor relationships, and traumatic events are a few common stressors. The human body manages stress through heightened awareness of surroundings including sensory overload. This ‘fight-or-flight’ response can be helpful if there is danger. If no danger is present, the body is just in that mode for a long period of time for no reason which taxes the body’s systems over time.

Stress Hormones

Cortisol is referred to as a ‘stress hormone,’ produced by adrenal glands in response to stress. The abundance of stressors psychologically is not effective and actually erodes vital organs and causes weight gain, immune system issue, depression, anxiety, and the inability to concentrate over time. The challenge of taxing the body’s system with a flood of unnecessary hormones can wreak havoc on the way a body works now and in the future if things do not get changed and stress is lowered along with eating healthier foods to lower blood sugar.

The body needs to calm down and relax now and again. When under constant stress from within, the body cannot rest. Addiction taxes the body to the point it needs to rest so it can heal. If you are ready to quit using drugs or drinking, we will help you heal your body, mind, and soul. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401