Acting as special chemical messengers in the body, hormones are created in the endocrine glands. As messengers, hormones control most bodily functions, from simple systems like hunger to more complex systems such as reproduction. They also control emotions and mood. It’s important to keep your hormone levels normal so that your body is working properly, and you look and feel your best.
The messages hormones carry originate in the glands and are carried to the cells. Hormones are responsible for the following:
- Growth and development
- Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
- Sexual function