The drop in our hormonal levels is certainly one of the most pronounced and early effects of aging.
From the age of 30, hormone production decreases with significant consequences. What can be done?
The production of hormones decrease with age
Between the ages of 20 and 25, all your hormone levels are at their peak to make you full of vitality, at the peak of your performance. So, most hormones fall with age and aging. Some hormone levels drop more than 60% after the age of 60.
Hormones that decrease a lot as you get older.
Among those we know best, here are the most important ones:
- Estrogens and progesterone
- Growth Hormone (GH)
However, it should be noted that this hormonal decrease varies greatly from person to person. For example, we see 30-year-old men with collapsing testosterone levels and 50-year-old men with 20-year levels.
Studies show that this decrease in hormones is also related to lifestyle: nutrition, sleep, serenity, environment, pollution…etc. Regular exercise and good stress management can help maintain good hormone levels much longer.
The effects of decreasing levels of hormones
This drop in hormone levels leads to known symptoms related to aging such as:
- Andropause and Menopause
- Sleep disorders
- Decreased libido and sexual performance
- Hair loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Feminization in men and masculinization in women
- Bad mood, memory loss, irritability and depressive tendencies.
Hormones are therefore an important pillar in the fight against the effects of aging. Moreover, it must be recognized that their effects are often overwhelming.
Should you take anti-aging hormones?
Compensating for age-related hormonal decreases
Although it is medically accepted that an increase in hormone levels is accompanied by a marked improvement in the physical condition, hormone replacement therapy is far from being compulsory. Replacing the missing often leads to spectacular rejuvenating effects. Therefore the quest for longevity and vitality often goes hand in hand with the restoration of hormone levels, with or without medication.
Hormonal injection Do not fall into “doping”.
However, it is easy to fall into the convenience of using synthetic hormones. This should be avoided because it would be no different from doping which comes with severe side effects.
Yet a well versed doctor would know the side effects of these drugs and their contraindications. He would also know how to use the minimum doses to avoid any unwanted effects.
The most important thing is the hormonal balance.
Above all, we have to think about our health balance and our form. In the same way, the symptoms we feel are more important than the results of biological tests.
There is no point in messing up with your hormones if there is no particular condition that indicates a deficiency.
An experienced doctor can advise on the suitability of hormonal replacement therapy but only after taking into consideration the overall health picture.
Hormonal precursor DHEA
Since the discovery of DHEA by Pr Beaulieu it has been widely used to treat and prevent age-related diseases.
This substances produced by our body generally decreases with age and it is from its transformation that other hormones are formed, in particular testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.
DHEA appears to have no side effects and is therefore available over the counter in many countries. This does not mean that it should be taken routinely after the age of 40 or 50. DHEA is only useful if you are sure you are deficient in it and its dosage needs to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis.
Improve hormonal balance naturally
There are natural alternatives to synthetic hormone therapy such as phytotherapy (plants and “phytohormones”), organ therapy (homeopathic dilutions of endocrine gland extracts), micronutrients, etc…
Plants that contain phytohormones do not replace our own hormones, but work by sensitizing the hormonal receptors in our tissues and organs or by stimulating our glands to increase their hormonal production.
The effect is very much the same, but in this case our own hormone production is not slowed down by the feedback effect. This is because an endocrine gland produces less of a hormone as its blood level rises. During a high intake of drugs it can even stop its production and atrophy (aplasia). This is for example the case when thyroid gland extracts are given, which eventually calm the thyroid gland and lead to atrophy.
Therefore, plants should be referred to as “phyto-modulators” or “phyto-stimulants”.
- Sage, Shatavari, soy for estradiol
- Yam, the Chaste tree for progesterone
- Maca, Tribulus, ginseng for sex hormones in general
- Blackcurrants, licorice for cortisol
A healthy lifestyle to maintain your hormones
It is good to know that intermittent high intensity exercise greatly increases the production of growth hormone and that most sports activities stimulate the production of testosterone, for example, even during andropause.
Raising HGH levels can also be done naturally by taking natural HGH supplements such as Genf20 plus, Sytropin, Somatropinne and Growth Factor Plus.
Moreover, be aware that meditation can increase hormone levels at any age.
Nutrition for optimal hormonal health
A balanced diet is important, especially one that provides enough proteins and amino acids (especially after the age of 65) and the vitamins and minerals necessary for the production of hormones in our endocrine glands.
Nutrients for the most common hormones:
- Testosterone: zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin E and B6…
- Growth hormone : vitamin B3, arginine, ornithine
- Estradiol: zinc, selenium, vitamin E, iodine
- Progesterone: zinc
- Cortisol: vitamin C, copper
- Thyroid hormones: selenium, iron, iodine and B vitamins
It should also be noted that fasting for 24 to 72 hours can occasionally increase our growth hormone levels, especially in our muscle cells, according to several studies in humans.
Finally, certain foods help to produce certain hormones better. They contain nutrients that are precursors or stimulate production. This is the case, for example, with soy for estrogens, yams for progesterone, cocoa for growth hormone and oats for testosterone.
On the other hand, once the health lifestyle has improved, one should not necessarily deprive oneself of the hormone replacement that can be useful if natural treatments are not enough. In fact, it is possible to combine the two by using the lowest possible doses of hormones.
Pollution and hormones
Scientific studies increasingly show that many pollutants in our environment have a hormonal effect that is harmful to our health.
In our highly industrialized world we breathe or absorb particles every day that can affect our health, some of which disrupt our endocrine system. They come from detergents, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, glues, solvents, paints, building materials..etc
Here are some examples:
- Phthalates: in plasticizers, varnishes, PVC, they disrupt androgens.
- Bisphenols in plastics and alkylphenols in shampoos and detergents have the effects of estrogens.
- Dioxins (non-biodegradable) disrupt the thyroid gland and sex hormones.
- Pesticides DDT, DDE, lindane can block androgenic hormones, increase estrogen levels and promote breast tumors and male infertility.
Today, the effects of endocrine disrupters on public health, especially those contained in plastic, are well known. The government is aware of this and is looking for solutions. Some countries have taken initial measures such as a ban on the use of plastic bottles, the gradual reduction of bisphenols and phthalates in food packaging, and so on. This will take time.
In any case, it is wise to maintain your hormones at healthy levels if you want to slow down aging and limit the consequences of age-related diseases. It is important to do this with respect for the balance of the body and in a way that is as natural as possible. Under no circumstances should this disrupt your health, but on the contrary, it should strengthen it.