Any woman’s dream is to stay young and healthy as long as possible, however, over time, irreversible processes take place in the body, leading to the aging of all organs and systems.
Why Hormones are Essentially Importan
Results of the recent study of the scientists at the University of St Andrews that compared photos of 59 women (between 18 and 25) for six weeks revealed the direct and strong connection between the level of attractiveness and level of hormones in the female bodies. They concluded the beauty of the face and overall health strongly depends on hormone levels. With the face, you can always use make up to ‘improve the appearance’ and look more attractive. But this trick will not work with the whole organism. So the hormone level depends a lot on our genes. But not only! Lifestyle, diet, beauty and healthy (or non-healthy) routine have a great impact on our appearance and health. So let’s have a closer look into the question ‘What hormones preserve the youth and beauty of women? What makes us look attractive?’
Women’s hormone system is a unique complex of biologically active substances produced by our body in order to maintain its normal functioning, and is responsible for aging.
The combination of hormones that can directly slow down the aging process, as well as preserve youth and freshness, consists of such hormones as estrogen, melatonin, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and somatotropin.
Estrogens – Youth and longevity
Estrogens are female reproductive sex hormones produced by the ovarian follicles and partly by the adrenal cortex. They contribute to the feminizing effects on the body, are responsible for the elasticity of the skin, reproductive function and sexuality. They have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, and responsible for density of bone tissues. The normal level of estrogen prevents early menopause, and the later menopause allows a woman to stay young and active longer.
Somatotropin – Beauty and youth
Somatotropin is produce by the anterior pituitary glands, the hormone that helps to maintain the youthfulness of tissues and positively affects the clarity of the mind, regulates the volume of lipid tissues in the body and slows down their accumulation, moreover it contributes to a slim and strong body, fit and toned muscles.
A slender body, strong muscles, a clear mind are of key importance to preserve female beauty and youthfulness.
Testosterone – Emotions and Sexuality
In the female body the male hormone testosterone is responsible for stimulation of metabolism, it increases self-esteem, tones muscles, promotes skin cell regeneration and strengthens bones and joints tissues. What is more, testosterone regulates emotional mood and stimulates sexuality. Testosterone is produced by the ovaries and the adrenal cortex.
DHEA – Slenderness
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is produced by the adrenal glands and is responsible for slenderness, it regulates disposition of lipid tissues in the body, increases muscles tone, prevents osteoporosis, cancer, heart attack, strengthens the immune system, and also increases resistance to stressful situations. The level of this hormone is significantly reduced after 40 years, so it is necessary to regulate it.
Melatonin – Healthy Endocrine System
One of the most important hormones responsible for the youth of the body is melatonin. It is responsible for sleep and wakefulness regimes, which helps to maintain youth at the cellular level, normalizes blood pressure, regulates the endocrine system and brain, normalizes the digestive function. Unfortunately, the secretion of melatonin also decreases after 40.
Thyreotrophin – ‘Can-Do’ Attitude
Proper level of this hormone (TSH), produced by a healthy and properly functioning thyroid gland, guarantees longevity, activity, youth and a ‘can-do’ attitude to life. Hormones, produced by a thyroid gland, regulate metabolism, oxygen, energy, body temperature, participate in the processes of development, growth and reproduction.
Food that Can Boost and Regulate Female Hormones
When a woman notices such symptoms as mood swings, fatigues and irrelativeness, dull hair and skin, weak digestion, appearance of any diseases (for example, osteoporosis), etc, all these are the signs of hormonal misbalance. In some cases it can be improved by regulating your diet and adding healthy food in a regular basis.
- To maintain the level of estrogen at a proper level, eat flax seeds, beans, nuts, black pepper, bran, rhubarb – these all are products containing phytoestrogens, substances similar to female sex hormones.
- To regulate testosterone, sufficient intake of zinc and manganese is necessary. Pearl barley, oatmeal, buckwheat, leafy vegetables, seafood, etc are extremely rich in these elements.
- Fish, olive oil, fresh olives, avocado and other fats are products that help fill the deficiency of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).
- A shortage of melatonin can be replenished by eating more food rich in slow carbohydrates and fibers, such as vegetables and fruits, dark green leafs, beans, whole grains, and nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, hazelnuts and cashews).
- Lentils and nuts are a great source of somatotropin.
It is important what we eat, but is not less important what we should not eat. It is desirable to exclude the following food and beverages for the period when you want to regulate your hormone balance. And some of these products are strongly recommended to stop eating at all.
Foods and Beverages Harmful for Your Hormones:
- Coffee and black tea
- White-wheat pastries and white rice
- Peanut and soya oil
Final Tips to Stay Young and Shiny
Needless to say, that smoking, alcohol, harmful eating habits, irregular sleep and sedentary lifestyle are all bad habits that negatively affect not only our health, but also our youth.
Thus, not only genes are responsible for our good health and beautiful and fresh appearance, even after the bloom of youth. Healthy eating habits, understanding the needs of organism, ability to hear and read its signs and properly react to them – all this in complex can significantly prolong glow of our beauty.