Chapter 3: Hormones – Part 1
Understanding hormones and hormonal regulation is an integral part of nutritional prescription.
As exercise modalities have increased in intensity over the years, we have seen more and more hormonal dysregulation. As a nutrition coach, you should feel comfortable discussing this topic, but never prescribing based on this topic. As you will learn later in the application portion of this course, understanding your scope of practice is critical when it comes to hormonal discussions.
Sex hormones are simply defined as: a steroid hormone (such as testosterone or estrogen) that is produced especially by the ovaries, testes, or adrenal cortex and affects the growth or function of the reproductive organs or the development of secondary sex characteristics.