“Hormones are like music played in a beautiful but sometimes discordant symphony,” explains New York City–based holistic ob-gyn Eden Fromberg, D.O., likening the different glands in the endocrine system that produce distinct hormones to an array of musicians that create unique sounds in an orchestra, with each having to listen to the other so to play in progression. “When hormones play too loud or soft, too fast or slow, and don’t coordinate with the others, the sound produced may be jarring to the system.”
Having control over many of the body’s crucial functions such as mood, health, and behavior, hormones are humans’ most sensitive chemical messengers. “Women’s cycles and hormones affect our moods and behavior because the female body is an ecosystem and hormones nourish and inform the system as a whole,” says Fromberg.
“One way to tap into our own biological intelligence is by observing the cycles and rhythms of our bodies,” explains Fromberg, who points out most women are already aware of certain hormonal shifts within their bodies. “We can amplify that awareness.” But in today’s modern world, with hormone balance becoming increasingly compromised by environmental factors such as extreme stress, exposure to harmful chemicals, and Westernized diets, taking your understanding and awareness to the next level, especially through the is essential—particularly in your 20s, when you’re setting the stage for your overall wellness.
“Reproductive health is your health, and maintaining it isn’t any different than exercising or eating a healthy diet,” explains Jaclyn Tolentino, D.O., a holistic family physician at Parsley Health with a subspecialty certification in hormone optimization. “Even if pregnancy isn’t on your radar right now, when you’re in your 20s, your body is still trying to function as if it’s capable of producing healthy offspring.”
These are not just words from a doctor, they are beneficial health tips for a young growing girl, and these should be taken seriously by every one. Male or Female.
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