What are Human Hormones?
Human hormones control a variety of everyday functions in your body. These include the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Synthetic versions of these hormones are used in certain pharmaceuticals.
Here’s a snapshot of some groups of particular concern that can be found in our tap water:
Estrogens: Estrogens are hormones primarily known for their role in the female reproductive system. There are natural estrogens like estriol, estrone, and 17-β-estradiol, as well as synthetic ones, which are used in medications like birth control pills.
Androgens: This group includes hormones like testosterone, known for their role in developing male characteristics. They are present in both males and females, albeit in different concentrations.
Progesterone: Another hormone related to the female reproductive system, progesterone plays a role in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.
Corticosteroids: These steroid hormones, including cortisol, are involved in various metabolic processes and the immune response. They are also associated with how the body responds to stress.
Thyroid Hormones: Produced by the thyroid gland, these hormones regulate metabolism, growth, and development.
Insulin: This hormone, produced by the pancreas, is critical in regulating blood glucose levels.
Even though many of these hormones are naturally occurring in the body, consuming them through drinking water can upset your body's delicate hormonal balance.