- Hormones 101
- The Cycle-pedia
Imagine a world where the word “hormonal” isn’t used as an insult. Eden strives to help women recognize that hormones help make them who they are and who they can be. It’s time that women feel empowered and embrace their bodies by understanding hormone health. Feeling hormonal can be fantastic!
Just like we strive for balance in our lifestyles—offsetting long work weeks with plenty of rest and self-care—our bodies seek equilibrium, too. (This balanced biological state is called homeostasis, if you want to get technical.) Hormones are highly specialized watchdogs for homeostasis. They communicate closely with tissues and organs, sensing tiny shifts in body chemistry and responding accordingly.
Think you don’t need to worry about hormonal health unless you’re trying to conceive or nearing menopause? Not true. From a woman’s first menstrual cycle and for the rest of her life, hormones regulate mood, metabolism, sleep, and much more.
Sadly, we aren’t often encouraged to have pride in the possibilities of our hormones. Instead, we tend to blame them when we don’t feel our best. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance, like bloating, mood swings, fatigue, and PMS, are often brushed aside. They’re normalized, and women are taught to accept them.
But here’s the thing: Hormonal health is a reflection of overall health. When we consistently produce too much of one hormone or too little of another, it creates a ripple effect that can throw the whole body out of balance. This can contribute to major problems down the road, including inflammation, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, immune disturbances, sexual dysfunction, and infertility.
This is why Eden exists. We’re on a mission to empower you by helping you understand your hormone health. It’s time to embrace your body and recognize that your hormones are a powerful asset, not an adversary.
Your hormonal profile is unique to you, and it naturally shifts over time. There are over 50 hormones and they all interact like instruments in a symphony: Each organ in the endocrine system relies on the others to function at its best.
In an ideal situation, every note blends with the rest to create something beautiful. However, if the percussion suddenly goes out of rhythm or the string section plays too quietly, the music doesn’t sound as harmonious.
That second scenario is all too common, but there are things you can do to positively impact your hormonal experience. The first step in taking better care of your hormones is to understand their needs.
Just like many other aspects of overall health, lifestyle elements such as fitness and environment can make a difference—and so can nutrition.
Eden provides focused nutrients to nourish hormone balance every day, and the information you need to support your hormones in every other aspect of life.
The endocrine system is where our hormones come alive. It’s a body-wide complex of glands that create hormones and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones communicate with other organs and tissues to get important jobs done—growth and development, reproduction, sleep, and metabolism, to name a few—and to create balance in the body.
Want to know more? Explore the key elements of your endocrine system below—because, really, we should all be on a first-name basis with our own biology.
Gland: Hypothalamus - Essential nutrients for function include B Vitamins and Vitamin C
Gonadotropin -releasing hormone (GnRH)- Cycle Switch. Regulates the on and off switch of monthly menstrual cycles. GnRH stimulates pituitary gland to produce Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Leutinizing hormone.
- Oxytocin - Brain candy and love potion. A chemical messenger important to human interactions and behaviors such as sexual arousal, social bonding, anxiety, addiction, trust.
- Thyrotropin-releasing hormone- activates the pituitary gland to stimulate thyroid stimulating hormone.
Melatonin - The sleep hormone. Integral to the sleep/wake cycle known as circadian rhythm to decrease body temperature and respiration rate at night to encourage sleep. Although the direct impact is still unknown melatonin can influence reproductive development and fertility.
Follicle -stimulating hormone (FSH)- Stimulates the maturation of ovarian follicles that produce an egg.
- Leutenizing hormone (LH) - Stimulated the production of progesterone and estrogen, triggers the releases of a mature egg during ovulation, and develops the corpus luteum.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone - controls thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine in the thyroid gland by binding to receptors on the thyroid.
- Estrogen aka Oestrogen - key female reproductive hormone that promotes the ripening and release of an egg during menstruation, thicken the uterine lining, and develops the placenta during pregnancy.
- Progesterone - prepares the lining of the uterus for the to receive and nourish a fertilized egg. The increase of progesterone limits the production of estrogen to signal that ovulation is complete.
- Glucagon - Controls blood glucose levels from becoming too low. Glucagon works by releasing sored glucose from the liver into the blood stream and blocking uptake of glucose from the liver. Glucagon also can create glucose from non-carbohydrate sources such as amino acids and stored fat for fuel.
- Insulin - Regulates blood glucose levels. Insulin pulls glucose from the blood stream which lowers total blood glucose. Insulin enters into cells of muscle, liver, fat tissues as a to transform glucose into useable fuel for function and energy. Blood glucose levels dictate how much energy is used from food and how much energy is stored as fat.
- Ghrelen - commonly known as the hunger hormone as it stimulates the appetite. It also plays a role in glucose balance and stimulates growth hormone for muscle formation.
- Serotonin- The happiness hormone. Used to transmit information between nerve cells. Most serotonin is concentrated in the GI tract where it regulates bowel function. It has a role in the regulation of mood and happiness, appetite, emotions, sleep, memory, sexual desire and function.
Adrenaline - The fight or flight hormone that respond to acute stress. Adrenaline increases blood pressure, dilates pupils, increase heart rate, increases lung capacity, increases blood glucose to brain and muscles.
- Aldosterone- Works with the kidneys to regulate water weight, electrolyte balance, and blood pressure. Its main function is to maintain hydration balance.
- Cortisol - Prompts different hormones and tissue to maximize fuel in order to do highly active work such as waking up or responding to stressful stimuli. Almost every cell in the body houses cortisol receptors. Cortisol effects blood glucose control, inflammatory response, blood pressure, and hydration balance.
- DHEA/ Dehydroepiandrsterone - A precursor of estrogen and progesterone
- Triiodothyronine, aka T3 - becomes activated from thyroxine in the kidneys and liver to regulate metabolism, heart rate and circulation, digestive function, muscle control, bone density, and brain development.
- Thyroxine - Inactive, abundantly circulating form of thyroid hormone.
The Adrenal Glands produce hormones that regulate the immune system, blood pressure, metabolism and respond to stress. Adrenal hormones are part of the steroid family of chemicals made from cholesterol.
Here they are: The 28 ingredients that go into every Eden capsule, each one selected with intention. Some of these nutrients have been rigorously studied by western scientists, while others have deeper roots in eastern medicine. The one thing they all have in common? Every vitamin, mineral, and botanical we include has the power to influence hormone balance for the better.
- The root and berry of this plant are used in Ayurvedic medicine.
- Classified as an adaptogen, it can help the body manage stress.
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels and cortisol response, as well as improved mood.
- May be beneficial for an underactive thyroid.
- Helps promote the absorption and activity of vitamin A and curcumin from turmeric.
- Powerful antioxidant—helps keep cells healthy for proper hormone function.
- May aid in digestion.
- Naturally-occurring enzyme in pineapple and other foods.
- Aids in digestion.
- Supports healthy inflammation response after exercise, which is necessary for stable hormones.
- Antioxidant-rich mushroom found in cold, northern climates.
- Protects against oxidative stress and promotes healthy inflammation response, which can support hormone function.
- Fruit of the chaste tree found in the Mediterranean and central Asia.
- Can help support symptoms associated with PMS.
- May help to balance mood, irritability, and stress and supports healthy bowel movement.
- A type of mushroom widely used in traditional Chinese medicine.
- One of its natural chemicals, cordycepin, may help the body utilize oxygen to support energy, circulation, and libido.
- Fruit that packs an antioxidant and antibacterial punch.
- Supports a healthy bladder and urinary tract.
- An essential trace mineral that’s difficult to find in food sources.
- Essential for carbohydrate metabolism.
- May help promote glucose tolerance, fat metabolism, and lean body mass.
- It is widely recommended that women of reproductive age are encouraged to supplement with folate to avoid birth defects.
- Folate is essential to building DNA and RNA.
- Similar in structure to B vitamins—sometimes called B8.
- Plays a role in healthy insulin activity, which can impact other hormones.
- Involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and may help support mood and stress response.
- A radish-like cruciferous vegetable grown in Peru that’s used in cooking and medicine.
- Rich in flavonoids, which may support mood and memory function.
- May promote athletic endurance and performance.
- An essential trace mineral involved in nutrient metabolism.
- Important for the production of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone that balances appetite, metabolism, and overall hormone function.
- Supports the efficacy of vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B1.
- Niacin helps support healthy looking skin.
- Essential to create NAD which is involved in every metabolic pathway in the body.
- Involved in lipid (fat) synthesis, balance, and metabolism.
- Niacin is essential to support digestive and nervous system functions, therefore deficiency is associated with gut distress and confusion.
- Bacillus coagulans, lactobacillus fermentum, lactobacillus gasseri, lactobacillus rhamnosus.
- Helps promote a balanced microbiome for optimal digestive function and nutrient absorption.
- Supports a healthy immune system for ideal hormone balance.
- Positively impacts digestive symptoms.
- Supports healthy neurotransmission and serotonin production for stable mood.
- Edible mushroom rich in the chemical triterpene.
- Has calming properties that may promote restful sleep, a balanced mood, stress reduction, and focus.
- Plant grown in cold mountainous regions of Europe, Asia, and the Arctic.
- May support physical performance and promote mental sharpness.
- Tested by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and linked with supporting a balanced mood.
- Powerful antioxidant and important to immunity cells.
- Involved in DNA synthesis.
- Important in energy transformation and metabolism, especially the breakdown of carbohydrates.
- B1 deficiency is associated with PMS symptoms such as bloating and cramps.
- A root closely related to ginger used in cooking and Ayurvedic medicine.
- Curcuminoids, a naturally occurring chemical in turmeric, have been shown to support healthy inflammation response.
- A powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralize harmful free radicals.
- Antioxidant actions helps provide protection to the delicate lipid membranes of cells, maintaining cell integrity.
- Retinols, circulating forms of vitamin A in the body, support healthy skin.
- Necessary for the creation of thyroid hormones.
- Is involved in gene expression and important to reproductive development.
- Vitamin A is important for the maintenance of the absorptive and secretive epithelium tissues used to exchange fluids and chemicals in the kidneys, pancreas, blood vessels, and small intestine.
- Important to immunity, renal health, and fluid balance.
- Serves as a co-factor to activate chemicals such as serotonin, adrenaline, and dopamine. Therefore, B6 deficiency is associated with PMS symptoms such as bloating and cramps.
- Functions as a coenzyme to over 100 enzymes in the body.
- Essential to forming erythroblasts which are building blocks of red blood cells. Deficiency is associated with anemia which menstruating women are more prone to.
- B12 supports functions of B6 and Folate.
- Essential to collagen formation for healthy skin and strong connective tissue.
- Powerful antioxidant that protects cells and tissues from harmful free radicals.
- Involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
- Helps the absorption of Iron.
- Both a nutrient and a hormone.
- Used in the body to make hormones from cholesterol.
- Essential to building healthy bone and bone maintenance.
- Balances sodium and calcium levels.
- Zinc and estrogen are closely linked, and low levels of zinc are associated with irregular ovulation and minor conditions associated with PMS.
- Is a catalyst for the activity of 50 different enzymes in the body.
- Important to DNA and gene expression.
- Active in immune cells to differentiate invaders and inactive them.
- Found in structural support of tissues materials.