Hormone imbalance occurs at various stages of life. Many times it is brought on by stress. Stress management, coupled with balanced nutrition, should lower your risk of hormone imbalance.
The symptoms of hormone disruption are difficult to diagnose. Estrogen imbalance is speculated to affect the function of neurotransmitters in your central nervous system. People with low levels of estrogen typically score lower on cognitive testing.
The same low cognitive testing results were seen with men having low levels of testosterone. Testosterone is associated with many facets of cognitive function. Some men with Alzheimer’s disease have responded well to testosterone therapy.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an adrenal hormone that declines with age. It is a critical component of your central nervous system. It is tied to cognitive performance. Tests have shown that people with low DHEA levels perform poorly on cognitive tests.
The converse is true – those with higher levels of DHEA performed significantly better than the norm on intellectual assessments. A recent double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical experiment of aging women was conducted for six months using DHEA therapy. All responded positively, particularly in verbal fluency.
Pregnenolone is a neurosteroid. It is associated with a number of thinking processes within the brain. Thyroid hormones assist the brain to grow and mature. Hormonal imbalance of thyroid interrupts your intellectual thought development. Hormone imbalance is unhealthy for your body and your brain. It can damage your organs if left unchecked for long periods of time.
Our brain uses 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Oxygen flows in our blood vessels. Any shrinking or inflexibility of our blood vessels can reduce the amount of oxygen arriving at our brains. Exercise delivers more oxygen to the brain, as does intentional breathing practices. YouTube has great videos for improving breathing efficiency and effectiveness. Put in the keywords – ‘pranayama’ and/or ‘breathing’.
Testing has shown that patients with low HDL levels typically do poorly on visual-spatial memory tests. HDL is correlated to your brain’s gray matter volume. Your gray matter is normally associated with neurodegenerative decline. Patients scored higher on academic examinations when their HDL levels were higher compared than the norm.