How Sex Hormones Act on the Brain

Sex Hormones affect almost all aspects of your being.

Join my friend and mentor, Mark Hyman, as helps us to explore this important topic.

For even more about how sex hormones affect your mood, memory, and behavior and what you can do to balance them, see Dr. Hyman's book, The UltraMind Solution.
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Progesterone is an important sex hormone.

Levels drop in PMS and in perimenopause, leading to increases in anxiety and insomnia. There is evidence that natural, bio-identical progesterone reduces this anxiety and stress through its action on GABA receptors. The GABA receptors are the relaxing neurotransmitter.

There are receptors for all sex hormones, including estrogen, in the brain.

Estrogen promotes the production of neurotransmitters, especially serotonin. Estrogen in the brain seems to be neuroprotective, potentially reducing the risk of dementia. This makes it a wonderful antidepressant and sleep aid. Getting the balance right is essential. A little too much can cause breast, uterine, and cervical cancer.

Testosterone is also a wonderful brain-boosting hormone improving mood, memory,  and motivation.

Testosterone drops significantly in women and men with age. This occurs mostly due to weight gain, lack of exercise, stress, and high-sugar diets.

However, biggest reason I see low testosterone in men is insulin resistance. High belly fat drives insulin up and testosterone down. Men can lose hair on their bodies, grow breasts, and have rounded, soft skin. It is because they are producing less testosterone and more estrogen. 

Correcting insulin problems may naturally raise testosterone levels. This can be achieved by eating whole foods, cutting out sugar and flour, and building muscle.

A topical bio-identical testosterone may help with building muscle and bone. It may also help with weight loss, depression relief, mood swings, memory, concentration, and sexual function. Even women benefit from the use of bio-identical testosterone.

80 percent of the time simply changing your diet and lifestyle, detoxifying, addressing stress, and rebalancing all the other seven Keys to UltraWellness health will help you regain balance without taking hormones.

For even more about how sex hormones affect your mood, memory, and behavior see Dr. Hyman’s book, The UltraMind Solution.



Author: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
With over 25 years of experience, Elise Cohen Ho, PhD, HHP, NC, MH is an expert in natural health (mental, physical and emotional), support of the family unit and support of the individual. As a Natural Health & Lifestyle Therapist, Amazon International Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker, she wants every person to understand that they bring incredible POWER to the world with their amazing and unique gifts. Elise is available as a freelance writer, public speaker and for private consultation. Please email elise@elisecohenho.com to set up a FREE consultation today.

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