Hormones: The Chemistry of Wellness

  1. God’s Word:“ You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.” Psalm 139:13-14
  2. The key to optimizing your overall health is to optimize your hormonal biochemistry
  3. The word hormone comes from the Greek root, “HORMAO” meaning “arouse to activity”
  4. A hormone is a biochemical messenger that influences the communication between all cells
  5. The study of hormones is called endocrinology
  6. There are over 120 hormones produced in the body
  7. Hormones regulate:
    1. Metabolism
    2. Sex drive
    3. Body temperature
    4. Thirst & hunger
    5. Blood sugars
    6. Motivation
    7. Confidence
    8. Mood
    9. Overall energy & drive
  8. The Four Major Important Hormones
    1. Insulin
    2. Human Growth Hormone
    3. Serotonin
    4. Cortisol
  9. Other Important Hormones
    1. Eicosonoids
    2. Glucagon
    3. Testosterone
    4. Estrogen
    5. Progesterone
    6. Leptin
    7. Gherlin
    8. Thyroxin
  10. Insulin
    1. Called The Master Hormone
    2. Affects All Other Hormones
    3. Produced By Pancreas
    4. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
    5. The Fat-Storing Hormone
    6. Opens The Cells For Nutrient Entry
  11. Elevated Blood Sugar Leads To Over Production Of Insulin
    1. Too Much Insulin Leads To…
      1. Obesity
      2. Heart Disease
      3. Diabetes
      4. High Cholesterol
      5. Hypertension
      6. Rapid Aging
  12. Keys to Insulin Health
    1. Minimize High Blood Sugars
    2. Minimize Insulin Output
    3. Strong Beta Receptors
  13. Eleven (11) Healthy Ways To Optimize Insulin
      1. Regular Physical Activity
      2. Reduce Calories Per Meal
      3. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
      4. Reduce Processed Carbohydrates
      5. Eat Plenty Of Fiber-Rich Foods
      6. Achieve Adequate Sleep
      7. Practice Diaphragmatic Breathing
      8. Add Lemon (Lime) Juice To Water
      9. Take A Quality Vitamin & Mineral
      10. Minimize Negative Stress
      11. Release Your Faith & Eliminate Unbelief 
        1. “Your Thoughts & Beliefs Determine Your Hormonal Chemistry”
  14. Human Growth Hormone
    1. The Fat Burning & Muscle Building Hormone
    2. The Anti-Aging Hormone
    3. Produced By Pituitary Gland
    4. Repairs Tissue Damage
    5. Improves Immune System
    6. Affected By Insulin & Cortisol
    7. Peaks In The First Two Hours of Sleep
  15. Nine (9) Healthy Ways to Optimize Human Growth Hormone
      1. Do Resistance Or Weight Training
      2. Do Interval or Anaerobic Training
      3. Abstain From Processed Carbohydrates 2-3 Hours Before Regular Bed Time
      4. Reduce The Intake Of Processed Carbohydrates
      5. Reduce The Amount Of Calories Per Meal
      6. Achieve Adequate Sleep
      7. Practice Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing
      8. Eat Plenty Of Vegetables & Fruits
      9. Use Your Faith and Eliminate Unbelief 
        1. “Your Thoughts and Beliefs Determine Your Hormonal Chemistry”
  16. Serotonin
    1. Associated With Depression
    2. Related To SRII Drugs
    3. 25% of Serotonin Produced in the Brain
    4. 75% of Serotonin Produced in the Intestinal Tract
  17. 21 Healthy Ways To Raise Serotonin
      1. Do An Activity Outdoors
      2. Read A Inspirational Book Or Listen To An Inspirational CD
      3. Take A Bath
      4. Call A Friend
      5. Eat A Diet Rich In Healthy Carbohydrates
      6. Eat Cold-water Fish
      7. Pray & Meditate
      8. Have A Pet
      9. Play A Game (Chess, Checkers, Cards, Etc…)
      10. Practice Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing
      11. Do Stretching-type Exercises
      12. Listen To Your Favorite Music
      13. Go Dancing
      14. Participate In Moderate Physical Activity
      15. Keep A Journal
      16. Attend Religious Services Regularly
      17. Get Adequate Indirect Sunlight (Melatonin)
      18. Get Plenty Of Delta Sleep
      19. Intimacy With Your Mate
      20. Laugh
      21. Release Your Faith and Eliminate Unbelief 
        1. “Your Thoughts and Beliefs Determine Your Hormonal Chemistry”
  18. Cortisol
    1. The “Stress” Hormone (Fight Or Flight)
    2. Secreted By The Adrenal Glands
    3. Elevates Heart Rate & Blood Pressure
    4. Elevates Blood Sugars
    5. Increases Blood Flow To Muscles
    6. Decreases Blood Flow To Digestive System & Internal Organs
    7. Sharpens Senses & Awareness
  19. Prolonged Over Secretion Of Cortisol
    1. Causes Hypertension
    2. Elevates Cholesterol
    3. Decreases Serotonin Stores
    4. Increases Chances Of Diabetes
    5. Suppresses Or Excites Immune System
    6. Leads To Osteoporosis
    7. Leads To Rapid Aging
    8. Leads To Cushing’s Disease
  20. Eleven (11) Healthy Ways To Dissipate Cortisol
      1. Embrace Moderate Physical Activity
      2. Practice Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing
      3. Embrace Prayer & Meditation
      4. Participate In Stretching Activities Like Yoga & Functional Stretching
      5. Listening To Your Favorite Music
      6. Reduce The Intake Of “Junk Food”
      7. Get Adequate Sleep
      8. Minimize TV Viewing, Video Game Playing & Computer Use
      9. Laugh
      10. Attend Religious Services Regularly
      11. Release Your Faith and Eliminate Unbelief 
        1. “Your Thoughts and Beliefs Determine Your Hormonal Chemistry”
  21. Hormone Summary
    1. What Are 5 Of The Most Prevalent Commonalities For Optimizing The 4 Major Hormones?
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    2. The Renewing Of Your Mind Is The Most Important Way To Optimizing Your Hormones (Romans 12:2)
    3. It Is The Only Supernatural Way To Optimize Your Hormonal Balance (Isaiah 53:5, I Peter 2:24)
  22. Challenge:
    1. Embrace 2 New Healthy Habits That Optimize Major Hormones
    2. Meditate On The Following Scripture 
      1. Psalm 103:2-5, Mark 10:52 , Isaiah 53:5
      2. I Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Gal 5:22
      3. Jer. 29:11, 3 John 2, John 10:10