July 16, 2018
Under the spotlight: Cortisol
Think of cortisol as your body’s alarm system. It’s the main stress hormone which helps fuel your body’s fight or flight response in emergencies. Cortisol works with certain parts of the brain to help control your mood, motivation and fear responses. What does cortisol do? Triangle-shaped hormones called the adrenal glands make cortisol. Almost every cell in your body has receptors for cortisol, so this means that cortisol is involved in different actions in the body. These include: Managing how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Acting as an anti-inflammatory when needed. Regulating your blood pressure. Increasing your blood sugar (glucose). Regulating…Read More
January 5, 2018
What is a goiter?
It’s a funny-sounding word, but a goiter can have a real impact on your health. A goiter is an abnormal growth on your thyroid gland. The lump is an enlargement of the butterfly-shaped gland (your thyroid) at the base of your neck; which will move up and down when you swallow. Your thyroid produces two important hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4) These thyroid hormones have a major impact on: Growth Heartbeat Immune regulation in the intestine The use of oxygen and energy The use of vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, electrolytes, and water Heat production Fertility So, the presence of a…Read More
January 5, 2018
Get to know your thyroid
Your thyroid, an important gland located in the neck, functions like the conductor of the orchestra of the human body. It secretes important hormones that are pivotal to growth and metabolism. “It’s involved in assisting with the regulation of body temperature and weight, growth and development, the function of the muscles, the brain and the nervous system as well as assisting in fertility and pregnancy, among many other functions,” says Dr Joel Dave, an endocrinologist based in Cape Town. In order to regulate these body functions, the thyroid takes iodine (which is found in many foods and helps convert food…Read More
January 5, 2018
What you need to know about testosterone
Ever wondered why some guys are able to build rock solid muscles in no time and others (to their dismay) just can’t? One reason could be due to the amount of testosterone they produce. Testosterone is a sex hormone found in males and females, but it’s more prominent in men. Production starts to increase during puberty and dips after the age of 30. This macho hormone helps with sperm production, helps male characteristics fully develop and plays an important role in the overall health of men. Here’s what you need to know about it: Testosterone’s main jobs: Helps with the…Read More
January 5, 2018
Oestrogen: a hormone for women and men
What separates the girls from the boys? From a physical perspective, it all boils down to hormones. The glands all over your body secrete substances which have an effect on how your organ system behaves; either in a positive or negative way. Although oestrogen is a female hormone, a man’s body also makes oestrogen; but at a lower level. Oestrogen is a group of sex hormones that help with the development and maintenance of female characteristics in the human body. So, your hormones act like messengers, that tell specific tissues in your body to behave a certain way. Amazing, right?…Read More
December 8, 2017
What is hypothyroidism?
Too little or too many hormones in your body can cause dysfunction. Hypothyroidism is a condition in the body where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine. The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland in your neck that produces, secretes and regulates hormones throughout the body. What is the cause? Thyroid hormones control and affect nearly every organ in your body, including the way your heart beats. Your thyroid produces two main and important hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4) A low level of these hormones can change the way your body processes fat. This can cause…Read More
October 25, 2017
Feeling anxious often? You could have hyperthyroidism.
Despite being one of the smaller organs in the body, the thyroid gland is one of the most powerful. Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences metabolism, breathing, heart rate, the nervous system, body weight and body temperature! With all that responsibility, what happens if something goes wrong?! Disorders of the thyroid The thyroid gland uses iodine from the foods you eat to make two main hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4) T3 and T4 travel in your bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body and are responsible for regulating the speed with which your cells work.…Read More
March 19, 2017
Is your thyroid making you tired?
Can’t keep your eyes open? Feeling heavy-headed? Energy completely zapped? Your thyroid may be the problem. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck, just under your voice box. It produces hormones that impact just about every organ, tissue and cell in your body, and controls many vital functions. These include the regulation of your body temperature, metabolism, growth and development, and muscle, brain and nervous system function. When your thyroid isn’t working properly, your body will tell you – and bone-numbing fatigue is the most common sign. Thyroid-related fatigue shows up when you can’t sustain…Read More
May 11, 2016
3 Things you can do to boost your thyroid function
So, you’ve had your thyroid tested and everything is ok, except you still don’t feel ok? Or have you been diagnosed with hypothyroidism? Along with any medication prescribed by your doctor, here’s what you can do to boost and support your thyroid function: Exercise! Ideally every day, but at least 3 times a week, get 30-40 min of exercise where you raise your heart beat, sweat and get out of breath. Running, walking, swimming and circuit training are all great options Eat to support your thyroid! Eat more iodine rich foods such as low fat dairy products, eggs, fish, soy…Read More