A side effect of smoking you may not have considered is the effect on the hormone estrogen. Women are familiar with this but males also require a small amount to enjoy good health.
Nicotine and the combination of the thousands of toxic chemicals in a burning cigarette can reduce or completely cancel the effect of orally administered oestrogens.
This can increase hot flushes and raise LDL cholesterol and therefore make worse the symptoms of menopause.
For men smoking is a sure way to drastically impact your sex life. Nicotine is considered an anti Viagra compound. It lowers nitric oxide which is important to increase blood flow in the penis and constricts blood vessels.
Smoking raises LDL which is considered the bad cholesterol. Cholesterol is a hormone like compound found in every cell in the body and is instrumental in the production of testosterone, estrogen, DHEA and progesterone.
We need cholesterol but if the LDL is to high relative to the HDL and your insulin is high because of too much sugar then the flow on effect is increased inflammation and hormone disruption.
All of these hormones are produced in the adrenal glands and smoking stresses the adrenals affecting all the other hormones in this group.
Many smokers believe that smoking will relieve stress but the opposite is what happens. After a brief period of relaxation your body produces excessive cortisol which is a stress hormone.
Smoking causes your adrenals to secrete more cortisol which is the main stress hormone This makes you feel stressed and anxious.
Over time this increased stress affects the HPA and The HPT. The HPA is the hyperthalmic pituitary adrenal access and impacts all hormones produced in the adrenals such as DHEA, which is your live long and feel good hormone.
The HPT is the hyperthalic pituitary thyroid axis and controls how much thyroid stimulating hormone is produced which controls your levels of thyroid hormone.
The result of smoking on your HPT and HPA is that your hormonal balance is severely affected, which impacts weight loss, sleep and energy just to name a few problems.
This affects your sex life, your energy, your sleep, your capacity to think and that’s just the start.
When cortisol is too high across the day your normal melatonin production will be diminished. Melatonin is your sleep hormone so you need it or you will suffer.
Compounds in cigarettes affect your thyroid, the cyanide in cigarettes inhibits thyroid function and both under active and over active thyroid is made worse by smoking.
One of the main ways we influence our cells is via hormones. They determine if our cells are in a healthy growth phase or in a stressed out protective phase. To be blunt smoking is hard on your cells, and considering you have 50 billion of them you do not want them to under pressure.
The other way we influence our cells is va nutrients in the blood stream. So if your blood is pumping toxic chemicals and dirty oxygen to everyone single one of those 50 billion cells then you are in trouble.
A whole lot of these cells make up organs like your thyroid or adrenals, so here again is the effect that smoking is having on your hormones.
So if you want to make happy hormones, if you want your health to be as good as possible then you have to quit, and the best way to quit is with hypnosis. Fast, effective, low stress and the best way to go.
If you don’t quit you may need a whole raft of hormone medications to try and correct a problem which is being recreated by your habit. The good news is that you can fix this.