Energy & Hormones

Adrenaline Rush

There are a lot of physiological processes involved in our fight or flight response, and more than one hormone has a part to play. If you ask most people, however, the one they’ll know about is adrenaline. The adrenaline rush is one of the most recognizable parts of our response to stress, and it has

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Hormones And Histamine

If you know anything about histamine (and you’re not a doctor or scientist who studies the stuff), it’s probably because of allergies. You need histamine for your immune response, but sometimes it gets carried away trying to battle things that aren’t actually threats. That’s an allergic reaction. A less talked-about aspect of histamine is how

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Testosterone has a bad reputation as far as hormones go. It’s associated with cheating at sports and violent, aggressive behavior in the everyday world. It’s also thought of, somewhat erroneously, as the “male” hormone, despite it being present and important in most women. Let’s talk a little about how it actually works. Not everything you

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There are times when it’s particularly important to have plenty of energy. In an emergency, when your fight or flight response is kicking in, that’s the time when an energy boost could be the thing that saves your life. That’s when your stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline/epinephrine, come into play. These little chemical messengers, released

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Sleep Apnea

You get up in the morning but you’re still tired and you have no energy. What’s going on? You’re not particularly stressed and you’ve checked out your hormone levels, but none of the usual suspects seem to be to blame. Perhaps you’re having a problem with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is one of the more

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What exactly is going on in your body at the moment? You may just be sitting still and reading this, but under your skin there are all kinds of chemical reactions taking place. Maybe your digestive system is still processing the last thing you ate. Maybe it’s simply that you’re breathing. One thing is certain:

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The Menstrual Cycle

If you menstruate, you know just how aggravating this particular set of bodily functions can be. Every month you go through the same cycle of shifting hormones that lead to fatigue, mood swings and all sorts of physical changes on top of the ever-uncomfortable bleeding. For people measuring their hormones and trying to improve their

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There’s a strange thing that happens when you exercise. You may have noticed it yourself, but it can still be pretty hard to believe. If you’re not someone who exercises at all, you might think it’s complete nonsense. We’re talking about the fact that exercise can actually give you more energy than you had when

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Creatine And ATP

You might think of creatine as a strength-building supplement. After all, it seems to be the preferred choice of those muscle-bound, gym-going types. Creatine certainly has its uses when you’re exercising, but it’s a lot more complicated than just increasing your muscle. One of its most important roles is as stored energy. There’s a compound

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